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The third overall pick in the 2020 draft, Tim Stützle, made his NHL debut against the team many expect to win the North Division.

Maple Leafs vs. Senators results: Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot lead new-look Ottawa to win over Toronto | Sporting News Canada



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Maple Leafs vs. Senators results: Brady Tkachuk, Thomas Chabot lead new-look Ottawa to win over Toronto

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So . . . are the Ottawa Senators good?

That’s probably the thought running through hockey minds after the team handed the Maple Leafs a 5-3 loss in the first installment of the 2021 season’s Battle of Ontario.

It had been 310 days since the Senators last played an NHL game; they were not invited to summer bubble hockey. It had been 314 days since the Senators won a hockey game — a 2-1 overtime decision over the Sharks on March 7. It had been 316 days since the squad won in regulation, a 4-3 triumph over the Islanders, and it had been 323 days since they put at least five goals past the opposition netminder.

Needless to say, it has been a while for a lot of good things in Ottawa. Maybe it was the new 2-D logo and jerseys? Maybe it was just that it was the opener? Regardless, the Senators didn’t show much rust on Friday night and put the rest of the North Division on notice.

Ottawa came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits before punching in three consecutive goals. Derek Stepan and Austin Watson, both making their Sens debuts, had goals, as did Thomas Chabot, Brady Tkachuk and Chris Tierney. Tkachuk, Drake Batherson, Josh Norris and Nikita Zaitsev chipped in two assists each. 

Offseason trade pickup Matt Murray backstopped the win with 20 saves on 23 shots and looked solid in net. Tim Stützle, the third overall pick in the October draft, made his NHL on his 19th birthday. In 12 minutes, 11 seconds of ice time, including just under 90 seconds on the power play, he had one shot and one hit.  

The Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman opened the scoring by knocking the puck out of mid-air — a la a baseball bunt — on the power play midway through the first. Alexander Kerfoot and John Tavares also netted goals for a Leafs team that saw 19 of its shot attempts blocked. But the offensive spurts were few and far between. , the Leafs had just five high-danger shots at 5v5 the entire game (zero in the final period); overall, they had 10 to the Senators’ 14 (10 at 5v5). 

Frederik Anderson made 19 saves on 24 shots, and the Leafs were a tad manhandled in the physicality department; Ottawa threw 33 hits to Toronto’s 12.

Sporting News had all the action as the Senators and Leafs met in the first Battle of Ontario for 2021. They’ll meet up for Round 2 on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

Maple Leafs vs. Senators scores, highlights 

(All times Eastern)

Third period: Senators 5, Maple Leafs 3

9:41 p.m. — With 23.1 seconds left, there’s some pushing and shoving and how-do-you-dos. Leafs call a timeout after everyone is separated but they need two. It’ll be 4-on-4 when the puck is dropped, although the Leafs do pull Andersen.

9:34 p.m. — Just under five minutes left and the Senators get a power play. Not great for the Leafs who need two to tie.

9:18 p.m. — PP GOAL. Watson called for slashing and on the man advantage John Tavares snaps the puck home from the left circle. Senators lead 5-3.

🚨 John Tavares PP

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

9:14 p.m. — GOAL. After Drake Batherson’s shot doesn’t connect and bounces away from Andersen, Derek Stepan gets the puck at the post and scores. Senators lead 5-2.

🚨 Derek Stepan

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

9:09 p.m. — Leafs on the power play (Reader: they would only get one shot on goal and not score).

9:06 p.m. — Final period starts and the Senators are on the power play.

Second period: Senators 4, Maple Leafs 2

8:47 p.m. — Senators will start the final frame with 20 seconds of power-play time.

8:44 p.m. — With 1:40 left in the period and 22 seconds on the Leafs power play, Jason Spezza called for tripping.

8:42 p.m. — Leafs get a power play.

8:37 p.m. — GOAL. With a delayed penalty on the Leafs and an extra skater on, Tierney knocks in the rebound. Senators lead 4-2.

These jerseys are 🔥🔥🔥
They’re up 4-2 on the in the Battle of Ontario.

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)

8:34 p.m. — Chris Tierney on the bench in some discomfort. He was taken down hard just before the Watson goal.

8:33 p.m. — GOAL. Braydon Coburn drops the puck to Austin Watson who steps into it and scores. Senators take a 3-2 lead.

🚨 Austin Watson

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

8:29 p.m. — GOAL. Brady Tkachuk tips in the shot from Nikita Zaitsev from the right half-boards. Game tied 2-2.

🚨 Brady Tkachuk

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

8:23 p.m — GOAL. Leafs buzzing and controlling play in the Senators’ zone. Kerfoot up high, between the circle, beats Murray with the wrister. Maple Leafs lead 2-1.

🚨 Alex Kerfoot
2-1 TOR

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

8:18 p.m. — Some good D on both ends as Paul is unable to get a shot at one end and the Leafs can’t connect on a 2-on-1 on the other.

8:17 p.m. — Matt Murray is on fire in this one. The two-time Stanley Cup champ could be a game-changer for the Senators this season.

8:14 p.m —  Stützle playing on a line with Stepan and Dadonov. 

8:12 p.m. — Nick Paul dings one off the pipe behind Andersen. 

8:10 p.m. — Senators start the period with 40 seconds of power-play time.

First period: Maple Leafs 1, Senators 1

7:50 p.m. — PP GOAL. Drake Batherson goes dot-to-dot to Thomas Chabot for the one-timer. Game tied 1-1.

🚨 Thomas Chabot PP

— Here’s Your Replay ⬇️ (@HeresYourReplay)

7:48 p.m — Leafs called for too many men and  Ottawa gets a 5-on-3 for 1:08

7: 4 8 p.m. —  Zach Hyman gets a breakaway but misses wide.

7:47 p.m. — Senators get another power play.

7:39 p.m. — Frederik Andersen faces his first big test and stops Brady Tkachuk on the doorstep.

7:33 p.m. — Senators get a power play.

7:30 p.m. — PP GOAL. Zach Hyman bats the puck out of mid-air. It would be reviewed as it was close to being hit above the crossbar but the review holds up the call on the ice. Maple Leafs lead 1-0.

Dad strength: engaged ✅
Zach Hyman has the on the board in the first Battle of Ontario of the season.

— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet)

7:29 p.m. — Another Leafs power play.

7:28 p.m. — Matt Murray looking sharp early on as he makes a number of stops including a big stop on Auston Matthews in the slot.

7:26 p.m. — Derek Stepan called for delay of game as he sends the puck over the glass.

7:20 p.m. — Brady Tkachuk in an awkward collision with Zach Hyman. Trainer checking on him on the bench and Tkachuk is checking his shoulder.

7:17 p.m. —  Stützle gets his first shift. After some defensive zone time, he gets his first touch but dumps it down for a change.

Congrats to Tim Stützle on becoming the 143rd player to make his debut for the . He’s the 15th to do so vs .

— Sens Communications (@Media_Sens)

7:15 p.m. — Game on.


7:10 p.m. — Senators have a moment of silence for Alex Trebek and John Muckler.

7:08 p.m. —  Stützle is introduced and comes out with a big smile on his face.

6:53 p.m. — Happy birthday, Tim.

Pretty awesome of Tim Stützle’s teammates (David Wolf/wife) from German team in sent him Happy 19th Birthday cake. @TStuetzle #18 playing 1st game tonight.

— Ben Hankinson (@BenHankinson)

6:36 p.m. — Leafs’ lines are here.

Projected Leafs lines vs. Ottawa

— 𝐃𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐀𝐥𝐭𝐞𝐫 (@dalter)

6:30 p.m. — Solo lap for the birthday boy/rookie.

Tim Stützle with the rookie lap.

— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally)

6:10 p.m. — Call him Jimmy.

Tim Stütle’s NHL nickname is “Jimmy” and sometimes “Jimmy Stü.” I’m told Tkachuk wanted to mess with his new teammate and roommate and started calling him Jimmy and it has now stuck with the players. Norris says, “Sometimes I forget his name is actually Tim.”

— Brent Wallace (@tsn_wally)

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