The Maple Leafs defeated the rival Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday, marking the first time that Toronto has earned back-to-back wins this season. Jeff Finger made his Leafs debut after missing the first 7 games of the year due to a bruised foot.
Defenceman Luke Schenn was named the game’s first star, logging 21:33 of ice time and participating in the first fight of his NHL career. Schenn dropped the gloves with Senators enforcer Chris Neil, who had initiated a knee-on-knee hit on the Leafs’ Matt Stajan.
“I think Luke would respond to any kind of what he feels is a cheap shot,” said head coach Ron Wilson. “He gets right in there, and that really fired our bench up. There was a mob scene when he got out of the penalty box and came back to the bench.”
Mikhail Grabovski, the team’s leading goal scorer during the pre-season, notched his first goal of the year. Dominic Moore opened the game’s scoring and Alexei Ponikarovsky’s third period marker held up as the game winner. Vesa Toskala made 22 saves for the win.
Toronto’s next game is Tuesday when they host the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Forward Lines: Ponikarovsky-Stajan-Antropov, Hagman-Grabovski-Kulemin, Steen-Moore-Blake, Hollweg-Mayers-Mitchell
Defence pairings: Kaberle-Schenn, Finger-Kubina, Van Ryn-Stralman
Goaltenders: Toskala (Win, 60:00 minutes, 22 saves, 2 GA) Joseph (0:00)
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