Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Survive Blowing Big Lead, Beat Leafs in First Shootout of NHL Season

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Senators Survive Blowing Big Lead, Beat Leafs in First Shootout of NHL Season

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Senators blow lead, beat Leafs in shootout


TORONTO - Three-on-three overtime isn't going to lead to a goal every time, so the Ottawa Senators made sure in the shootout they wouldn't let two points slip away.

The Senators blew a three-goal lead but came back to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-4 Saturday night in the first shootout of the NHL season. Craig Anderson made seven saves in three-on-three overtime to make it possible.

"At this point, we just won the game, so we're happy," said Anderson, who stopped 37 of the 41 shots he faced through regulation and the extra period. "You just dig down deep, especially when we went down four-on-three there, and you just find a way."

While the Leafs vowed to be better about not slumping after giving up goals and made good on that, the Senators again relaxed with a lead as they did in their opener Thursday in Buffalo. It's a problem players lamented happening even last year when they roared back from a bad start to make the playoffs.

"We just find a way to kind of lose our intensity, lose our forecheck and back off a bit," said Kyle Turris, who scored Ottawa's first of three power-play goals in the second period. "We squeaked out a win last game, we squeaked out a win tonight. It's something we've got to all learn and find a way to fix."

The Senators (2-0-0) would like to get fixing it quick with the unbeaten Montreal Canadiens visiting them Sunday night. The Leafs don't play again until facing the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday.

After Ottawa took a 3-0 lead on goals by Turris, Alex Chiasson and Milan Michalek, coach Dave Cameron wasn't pleased at the "gift" goals his team gave up. Patrick Wiercioch served the puck up right on the tape of Joffrey Lupul's stick to get the Leafs on the board, and all of a sudden players could feel the game shifting.

"Once they get one, the momentum starts going, they get two," Turris said, citing Tyler Bozak's goal a few minutes later. "It just grows, right? …

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