The Leafs allowed an early goal to the Senators in the third period and it appeared that the Senators would hang on but then Nazem Kadri struck.
Kadri scored on a great toe-drag to tie the game at 3-3 with just over six minutes left . Then with just over a minute to go he showed great patience and vision to feed Dion Phaneuf in the slot whose shot was tipped in by Phil Kessel for the game winner.
Without a doubt this was Nazem Kadri's best game of the preseason. As training camp winds down, Kadri knew that this was one of his last chances to make an impression on the coaches and he certainly did.
Not only did he record three points, playing the wing allowed him to play a simpler defensive game and he seemed to have more jump and more freedom with the puck. Playing on the top line gave him the opportunity to get lots of ice-time (16:36) and power play chances.
It wasn't so much a certain player but the Leafs' third line of Luca Caputi, Tim Brent and Colby Armstrong did great work throughout the game. While Fredrik Sjostrom returned to the lineup, by the end of the game Caputi was back with his usual linemates.
Brent and Armstrong were big keys to the Leafs killing off all five shorthanded chances and the trio found themselves on the ice at the end of the game to help protect the one goal lead.
Last season the Leafs' special teams were awful and for any chance at improvement this year the Leafs need to be better in those areas. Wednesday against Ottawa, the Leafs not only killed off the five shorthanded chances they also recorded three power play goals.
With different personnel the improvements have already taken place and with a week to go before the season starts there will be plenty of time to iron out who is on the power play and who will kill penalties.