The goaltenders came up big and Jason Spezza sparked Toronto’s power play.
Goaltenders Anton Forsberg, Petr Mrazek, and Jack Campbell rose to the challenge in Ottawa’s 3-2 win against Toronto and Ottawa Senators coach D.J. Smith had praise for the puck-stoppers.
“Give them credit. They didn’t stop,” Smith said about the Maple Leafs. “Being down 3-0, they had a lot of chances, and so did we. Jack (Campbell) made some unreal saves in the third period.”
“Ultimately, Forsy, he was the difference tonight,” Smith continued, praising Sens goaltender Anton Forsberg. “That was old-school hockey. Without real good goaltending, that could have been a 9-8 barn-burner.”
With Mrazek forced to leave the game after two periods, Jack Campbell did come into the game for the Maple Leafs and stopped 10 shots in the third period. If Mrazek is going to miss some time, Michael Hutchinson is most likely to get recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League.
With the Maple Leafs looking for offense, they did move William Nylander to the top line to play with John Tavares and Mitch Marner for a little more than five minutes and, not surprisingly, they had some success (78.6 CF%, 98.1 xGF%) together, though they did not score at evens.
On to 5 Takeaways from Toronto’s 3-2 loss at Ottawa Thursday night.