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Five Takeaways From Leafs vs. Senators

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs fell to the Senators 4-3. Here are some takeaways from this performance.

First period mistakes
The Sens got the jump on a Maple Leafs team that was better rested. Ottawa was playing on the heels of a back-to-back and Toronto missed an opportunity to pounce. Toronto had a better second and third period, but the damage was already done.

Strong second half
Despite a three-goal deficit after one period of play, the Leafs battled back for goals in the second and third periods. David Clarkson got the Leafs on the board for his first tally in 15 games. He was also initially credited for Toronto’s second goal, but it was taken away when a Nazem Kadri shot was ruled to not have been tipped by Clarkson. The Leafs brought bodies to the net and showed some resilience that had been lacking in some of the previous games.

Shots fired
The Maple Leafs outshot the Senators 40-27. The Leafs hadn’t lost a game where they fired 40 or more shots since the 2013 playoffs. In an effort to control possession, the Leafs are getting better in that department. In the third period, the Leafs outshot the Senators 17-6 and nearly completed a comeback.

Special Teams
Some progress in the power-play and penalty-kill departments in Ottawa. It was the second consecutive game where the Leafs scored a power-play goal and went perfect on the PK. That hasn’t happened on back-to-back nights since the Leafs last two wins of their season high six-game win streak in mid-December.

While the losing streak continues, the Leafs can take solace in the fact that they found their scoring power. Their three goals surpassed the two they had in a combined five games previous.

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