Senators edge Leafs as Marleau scores in exhibition debut

Burgdoerfer gets game-winner, Toronto drops two straight in preseason

TORONTO – Erik Burgdoerfer scored the game winning goal at 10:31 of the third period as the Ottawa Senators defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 at the Air Canada Centre on Tuesday night.

Burgdoerfer was sent in alone out of the penalty box with his initial shot turned aside by Frederik Andersen.

However, Toronto’s Andreas Borgman attempted to clear the puck from in front but it deflected off Burgdoerfer and into the net.

Logan Brown, Frederik Claesson, Filip Chlapik, and Patrick Sielof also scored for the Senators who come away with back-to-back victories against the Leafs in preseason action.

Goalies Mike Condon and Marcus Hogberg combined for the win with Condon stopping 22 shots and Hogberg saving 17 in relief.

Frederik Andersen made the start for the Leafs making 18 saves with Kasimir Kaskisuo making three saves in relief.

Patrick Marleau and James van Riemsdyk scored their first goals of the preseason for the Leafs, the former his first in Blue and White, both coming in the opening frame.

Toronto outshot Ottawa 40-26.

Senators score early

It did not take Ottawa long to pull ahead taking the lead on the powerplay. Leafs defenceman Martin Marincin was unable to clear the zone which allowed rookie Logan Brown to get a shot past Andersen, 4:27 into the game with an assist by Chris Wideman.

Marleau would score later in the period getting by the defence, picking up a loose puck and roofing a shot over the shoulder of Condon who made some tough saves early in the game.

With the Leafs on a two-man advantage, van Riemsdyk finished off a nice tic-tac-toe passing play to put Toronto up 2-1 to end the first period. They would go into the intermission with an 17-9 edge in shots.

Down a goal late in the second, Claesson would get the equalizer on the man advantage beating Andersen glove side with a  hard shot from the slot.

Both teams struggled to stay out of the box with Ottawa having 33 minutes in penalties including a 10-minute misconduct to Mike Blunden after he instigated a fight with Leafs defenceman Borgman.

Leafs went 1-for-8 on the power play while Ottawa edged Toronto going two-for-seven with the man advantage.

Jake Gardiner led all Leafs players with 25:30 of ice time while Ben Harpur led all Senators skaters with 22:59.

A crowd of 18,837 were in attendance as Toronto .

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Posted: Sep 19 2017 10:47 pm
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