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Toronto 2, Ottawa 1
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Eric Furlatt, Graham Skilliter
Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Bevan Mills
Attendance: 0

Alexander Kerfoot scored in the third period to snap a tie and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Wednesday night.

The teams have split the first two games of a three-game series. Ottawa won the series opener on Monday 6-5 in overtime after overcoming a four-goal deficit.

Auston Matthews also scored for Toronto and Jake Muzzin had two assists.

Brady Tkachuk scored for the Senators.

Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto while Matt Murray made 26 saves for Ottawa.

Ottawa had a 10-5 advantage in shots on goal in a scoreless first period.

Murray, who had missed the previous two games with an upper-body injury, thwarted a dangerous backhand attempt by John Tavares at 17:39 of the first period. Less than a minute later, Connor Brown failed to beat Andersen on a three-on-one break out by Ottawa.

Toronto's Joe Thornton shoved Murray's pad into the net and it took the puck over the goal line at 19:57 of the first but it was ruled no goal.

Matthews scored for Toronto at 4:41 of the second period, seconds after Thornton was denied a goal because he deflected the puck into the net with a high stick. Justin Holl froze Murray as he hesitated in the high slot before passing to Matthews, whose slap shot went in off the post and into the net for his 14th goal of the season. He has at least one point in each of his past 14 games.

Murray stopped a shot by Pierre Engvall, who was alone in front of the goal, at 13:46 of the second.

Tkachuk tied the game at 18:51 of the second period with his fifth goal this season, knocking in a pass to the goalmouth from Chris Tierney.

Ottawa led 22-18 in shots on goal after two periods.

Kerfoot notched his third goal of the season at 10:46 of the third, controlling the rebound off Muzzin's shot and putting in a wrist shot off the sprawling Murray and the left post.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Toronto
Brady Tkachuk 1 Points Jake Muzzin 2
Brady Tkachuk 1 Goals Alexander Kerfoot 1
Josh Norris 1 Assists Jake Muzzin 2
N/A Power Play Goals N/A
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Matt Murray .929 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .964
Matt Murray 26 Saves Frederik Andersen 27
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 28 1 0-3 3-3 6 26
Toronto 28 2 0-3 3-3 6 28
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .800 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Senators have a W/L % of .250 after a win and .154 after a loss.