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Role Players Coming Through

by David Alter / Toronto Maple Leafs

A big win from the Maple Leafs over the Senators on an emotional day in our nation’s capital: Here’s why Toronto came out with two points.

Scoring Depth

The Maple Leafs have scored five or more goals in back-to-back nights for the first time since Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 in 2013. On those days, they beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-0, and followed that with a 5-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers.

Saturday’s game featured five different scorers: Phil Kessel, Peter Holland, Richard Panik, Roman Polak and Leo Komarov.

Sunday’s game also featured five different scorers: Holland, James van Riemsdyk, Josh Leivo, Mike Santorelli and David Clarkson.

Only two of those goals came from the main scoring unit, while the rest came from the depth players. Secondary scoring has been an issue for Leafs teams of the past but they certainly haven’t had any trouble in this department lately.

Reimer’s Den

James Reimer made his first career NHL start on Jan. 1, 2011 in Ottawa and won the hearts of many fans with a 32-save performance en route to his first victory. But his mastery over the Senators has been something the Manitoba native can’t quite explain. Sunday night, at the same building where it all started, he made 38 saves. His record against the Senators improved to 10-2-1.

Shorthanded Goals

The Maple Leafs added another timely shorthanded goal over on Sunday when Mike Santorelli scored while a man down, which was also the game-winning goal. Toronto has scored three shorthanded goals all season, including one in their win over the Rangers on Saturday.

Peter Holland

We already know he’s a bit of a “Blackhawks Killer” but now we also know he can score against other teams, too. He had his first multi-point game of the season with a goal and an assist and has as a two-game goal streak for the first time in his NHL career.

Call Ups Rise to the Occasion

In just his second game this season, Josh Leivo scored a goal, while Trevor Smith (called up earlier in the morning to make his season debut) helped out with an assist.

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