Evgenii Dadonov scored his second aim of the sport in time beyond regulation and the Ottawa Senators overcame a four-goal deficit to win for the primary time in franchise historical past, beautiful the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 on Monday night time.
Ottawa trailed 5-1 late within the second interval earlier than charging again, bettering to 1-237-Three when trailing by at the least 4 objectives.
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“It’s hockey … something can occur,” Dadonov stated. “We didn’t cease enjoying.”
Conor Brown and Nick Paul every had a aim and an help for the Senators. Drake Batherson and Artem Zub additionally scored, and Marcus Hogberg stopped 33 photographs.
“Give the blokes credit score for staying within the combat,” coach D.J. Smith stated. “(Hogberg) gave us each likelihood. I assumed we hung him out for a pair intervals. We simply didn’t have our legs.
“We had been flat, we didn’t make many performs, however we discovered a means.”
Auston Matthews had two objectives — giving him an NHL-leading 12 — and an help for Toronto, and Joe Thornton had a aim and an help in his return from harm. Travis Boyd and Pierre Engvall supplied the remainder of the offense for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.
“Sloppiness is creeping into our recreation,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe stated. “It wasn’t all people, however sufficient guys gave the sport to them.
“What we had towards us is sloppy play … that led to us enjoying extra in our finish than we needed to.”
Dadanov batted a puck out of mid-air for his fifth aim with 2:01 left and Hogbeg on the bench for an additional attacker. He then buried his second on a breakaway within the additional interval after blocking Morgan Rielly’s shot within the crease with Hogberg utterly out of place.
Thornton was again on Toronto’s high line with Matthews and Mitch Marner after the 41-year-old missed 10 video games with a fractured rib suffered Jan. 20.
“A few careless performs,” Matthews stated. “They challenged us and we didn’t actually reply. We positively blew this one.”
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The Leafs introduced earlier than the sport that they had acquired ahead Alex Galchenyuk from the Carolina Hurricanes for ahead Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky.
The groups play towards Wednesday and Thursday in Ottawa.