Senators Lose 3-0 to Maple Leafs

Heading into tonight’s game, everyone knew it was extremely important for the Senators to establish that they can compete without their top two stars in Erik Karlsson & Jason Spezza.  Winning the opening faceoff, controlling the flow of play and scoring the first goal would go a long way in building confidence within the team and the fanbase.

Unfortunately for them, it was the Maple Leafs that opened the scoring on Frazer McLaren’s first goal of the season.  A shot from the point deflected off McLaren and through Craig Anderson’s legs to put Ottawa behind 1-0 in the first period.

The listless first seemed to spark the Senators in the second, outshooting the Leafs 19-10 and getting several quality chances at Ben Scrivens. But despite those chances, it was the failure to finish that did them in. Whether it was shooting pucks directly into the padding of the Maple Leafs’ backup goaltender or missing the net in its entirety, the Senators were unable to turn the red light on.

While Toronto added 2 more goals in the third, this matchup was dominated by the Senators.  They were the better team – but were simply not rewarded for their efforts.

Ben Scrivens made 34 saves to join Dan Ellis & Al Montoya as backup goaltenders who have shutout the Ottawa Senators so far this season.

The Senators next game is on Monday at 1pm against the New Jersey Devils.

Paul MacLean (audio)

https://vr.shapeservices.com/listen.php?hash=8647cbce1a658bdefce1e793b153b515fc02bab2771ad01f3

MacLean, Alfredsson, Anderson & Smith (video -SensTV)

http://video.senators.nhl.com/videocenter/console?id=202418

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