SENS SCORE ONLY GOAL IN FIRST, BUT LEAFS SCORE TWICE IN FIRST 70 SECONDS OF SECOND FRAME
1. The Leafs were seeking to start a winning streak by putting up a second-straight victory at Scotiabank Arena Saturday, but they didn't get off on the right foot, as the Senators scored the only goal of the first period. But they came out of the dressing room intent on taking a lead of their own - and they did so with two goals in the first 70 seconds of the second frame.
The first goal came on a goal from defenseman Morgan Rielly, who was the recipient of a brilliant cross-ice pass from winger Mitch Marner and tapped the puck past Senators goalie Craig Anderson at the 29-second mark for his first goal of the season:
Video: OTT@TOR: Marner spots Rielly backdoor with great pass
Marner created time and space for himself prior to the pass, but his impact on the game wouldn't end there. (More on him later.) And Toronto quickly took their first lead of the evening just 41 seconds after Rielly's goal, when centre Auston Matthews got the puck - after some solid forechecking from wingers Tyler Ennis and Patrick Marleau - and got a wrist shot past Andersen at 1:10 of the frame:
Video: OTT@TOR: Matthews beats Anderson with quick wrister
The Buds outshot Ottawa 12-6 in the opening frame, and their frustrations at not coming up with a goal in the first 20 minutes were quickly addressed after the first intermission.