Unlike in the first preseason game, the Leafs jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Nikolai Kulemin on a power play scored Toronto's first goal of the preseason. After the Senators tied it, Phil Kessel and Luca Caputi scored two more power play goals 39 seconds apart for the commanding 3-1 lead.
After scoring just once in 19 games after he was acquired last season from Pittsburgh, Caputi realizes that he has to prove himself to have a shot at making the Leafs' opening night roster.
Not only did he score, he also helped set up the Leafs' final goal after he used his improved strength and reach to outfight the Senators defenceman. It is that effort and determination that the coaches want to see.
Playing his first professional season in North America in 2009-10, Juraj Mikus was an unknown but he quickly caught the attention of Leafs management. He had a strong game Wednesday playing 23:17 with one assist and four blocked shots.
Mikus impressed Ron Wilson with his long reach and his ability to to make good outlet passes to spring the attack. Don't be surprised if Mikus finds himself with the Leafs some time this season.
It is no secret that the Leafs plan to be a physical team this season and Wednesday they had some punishing hits. In total the Leafs had 23 hits according to the final stats.
Mike Komisarek had by far the loudest hit of the night when he sent Francis Lessard flying into the broadcast area at centre ice between the benches. Darryl Boyce also had some nice hits as the Leafs made life miserable for the Senators.
"Luke played very well. I think it helps him too that we show him a little confidence, get some power play time. He was very effective killing penalties. He's got a lot more jump at this point than he had last year. So he's getting off to a good start. Last year he got off to a bad start and it took him a long time to really find his game."
Thursday September 23 @ Philadelphia 7 PM ET (Leafs TV, AM640)
Game Notes: The Leafs continue their preseason action when they go west on the 401 to London to take on the Philadelphia Flyers.
Last year's Stanley Cup runner-up, the Flyers will be a good test for the Leafs as they are coming off a win over New Jersey on Tuesday.