This certainly was an unexpected result. After edging out the Montreal Canadiens last night, the Toronto Maple Leafs were back at it tonight. This time, they travel to their Ontario rival in the Ottawa Senators. For the second straight game, Auston Matthews would be absent for the Maple Leafs. The Senators are coming off some big news of their own today. They announced that they have signed their franchise player Brady Tkachuk to a seven-year extension. This was their number one priority to get done before the season started.
This was the first game of the season for the Ottawa Senators. There aren’t any high expectations for this team as they haven’t made a huge impact in the standings over the last few years. The Maple Leafs are a clear favorite to bet on any time these two teams meet. That being said, Ottawa always plays a tough game when they play Toronto. That showed tonight as they played a pretty solid game. As a result, they skate away with a 3-2 win over their division rivals.
— Ottawa Senators (@Senators) October 15, 2021
Ottawa’s Explosive First Period
Sometimes, all it takes is one great period to lead you to a victory. Tonight, that applied to Ottawa’s great first period. Chris Tierney got the Senators rolling at the 8:31 mark of the period. Tyler Ennis proceeded to tally a late goal with 1:02 left on the clock in the period. The Senators were not done there though. Alex Formenton beats the buzzer with 0.6 seconds left on the clock. This gave Ottawa a 3-0 lead at the end of the first period. When you play a team like Toronto, getting a huge lead at any point in the game is always a plus. You know they are going to go on a surge and that lead could be very valuable.
— Hockey Daily 365 (@HockeyDaily365) October 14, 2021
Anton Forsberg Shuts Down Toronto
The Senators haven’t solved their goaltending situation ever since the glory years of Craig Anderson. Last offseason, they made the trade for former Penguins star goalie Matt Murray. That seems to not have worked out so well after the season he had last year. Tonight, Anton Forsberg got the nod for the Senators’ season opener and he did not disappoint.
In the first period, Forsberg stopped all 17 shots that he faced. He proceeded to stop all 6 shots in the second period. Even with a surge from Toronto in the third period, Forsberg stopped 23 of 25 shots in the period. He helped preserve a 3-2 win with a solid 46 save performance. Even without Auston Matthews, the Leafs can put up plenty of shots. Forsberg was up to the task and helped give the Senators an impressive win.
Live look at Anton Forsberg pic.twitter.com/YnucTIPC0G
— Jon Trottier (@jrtrottier) October 15, 2021
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