The collective sigh of relief fans could be heard from Toronto all the way to the nation’s capital when – for the first time in five games – the Leafs staged a third period comeback instead of giving up one.
Trailing 3-1 after forty minutes, the Leafs got goals from Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner and Connor Carrick to defeat the Ottawa Senators 4-3 and snap a four-game losing streak.
During the second intermission with his team trailing by a pair of goals, Patrick Marleau gave an impassioned pep talk in the Leafs’ dressing room in an effort to rally the squad, with positive results.
“I just think it was time,” Marleau said to reporters after the game. “We have been going through a little bit of a skid here but just working our way out of it. We needed everybody and everybody bought in, which is good.”
Zach Hyman had opened the scoring in the game, in the first period.
The Leafs were missing defenceman Morgan Rielly, who sustained an upper body injury during Thursday’s game in Philadelphia.