Toronto Maple Leafs 1, Ottawa Senators 3
The quietest part of the five day trip in St John’s, Newfoundland for the Maple Leafs came last night in their 3-1 defeat against the Ottawa Senators. Newfoundland had been roaring with excitement for the game, but in truth there was not a lot to like on the ice.
Mike Babcock used split squads to try out new line-mates, defensive pairings and coach Mike Babcock worked for the first game with his two new assistant coaches.
Tristan Scherwey, who has spent the last 10 seasons playing for SC Bern in Switzerland, jumped on a loose puck on a Leafs power play and fired it past Kasimir Kaskisuo to give Ottawa a 2-1 lead at the 9:45 mark.
Max Lajoie also scored for the Senators, with an assist by Scherwey, in an otherwise uneventful first period. Anthony Duclair added a goal late in the third to clinch the win.
Kasperi Kapanen scored the lone goal for the Maple Leafs to tie the game early in the third period. Mitch Marner, who had missed the opening of training camp while awaiting a contract extension, assisted on the play. The Leafs signed Marner on Friday to a six-year worth $65.358 million deal.
Marner said he felt the love from fans in St. John’s but rejected the idea that the loss was a disappointment after a huge turnout for training camp and Tuesday’s game.
“I thought we played well,” he said. “We gave them too many chances and they scored on them.”