Leafs close out the preseason with a 4-1 win over Ottawa
FiredUp Network Sports Writer
Saturday, October 9, 2021
The Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 4-1 on Saturday night at Scotiabank Arena to finish off the preseason.
Toronto opened the scoring in the first period on the power-play as Morgan Rielly let go of a quick wrist shot that beat Ottawa goaltender Matt Murray. William Nylander and Ilya Mikheyev picked up the assists.
Ottawa tied the game with seconds left in the first period by a goal from Alex Formenton.
Ilya Mikheyev took an awkward fall on his arm/wrist at the end of the first period. Mikheyev would not return to the game. Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe said that Mikheyev's injury doesn't look like it will be a short time. He adds that the team will know more by tomorrow.
Mikheyev was having a good preseason as it looked like he was going to be in the top six but now with his injury, this will give an opening to someone else in the meantime.
The flood gates opened in the second period as Nick Ritchie gave the Leafs a 2-1 lead following a beautiful passing play from the veterans Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds. Ritchie finishes the preseason with three goals.
Pierre Engvall got on the scoresheet as another beautiful pass was made this time by Mitch Marner onto the tape of Engvall who buried his shot beating Matt Murray giving the buds a comfortable 3-1 lead.
John Tavares finished off the scoring as TJ Brodie's slapshot deflected off Tavares and went into the back of the net.
There was no scoring in the third period but there was a fight between Wayne Simmonds and his former Maple Leafs teammate Scott Sabourin.
Jack Campbell got the start for the Leafs and played the full 60 minutes. Campbell looked like he was in midseason form making 18 saves on 19 shots. After the game Campbell commented about playing in front of the fans at Scotiabank Arena again "Kinda gave me some goosebumps and nerves. In a good way." he said. Campbell will get the start Wednesday in the Leafs first game of the season.
Toronto finishes the preseason going 5-1-0.
The fun begins for the Leafs Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena when they host the Montreal Canadiens in their home opener. Game time is at 7:00 PM EST on Sportsnet for Scotiabank Wednesday Night Hockey.