February 23, 2013
Leafs let the Senators back up
By STEVE BUFFERY, QMI Agency

Maple Leafs defenceman Korbinian Holzer lays out forward Kyle Turris of the Ottawa Senators along the boards during last night's game at ScotiaBank Place. (DARREN BROWN/QMI Agency)

The Maple Leafs had to kick the Ottawa Senators while the hometown team was down.

But they didn’t, and that’s not a good sign going forward.

And the fact that Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Senators in Ottawa was one of the more sloppy efforts put forth by the Leafs this season only added to coach Randy Carlyle’s misery — especially in the second period when Toronto allowed numerous Senators odd-man rushes. The Sens’ late goal in the second, by Erik Condra when Ben Scrivens failed to control a rebound off a long shot, had to be a dagger in the heart for the Leafs coach.

Both teams have been snake-bit this season, but Ottawa especially so, and the Leafs had to take advantage of that. This was a Toronto team that had won four of five in Ottawa heading into Saturday’s game, and had outscored the Sens 11-1 in their past three meeting.

The Senators faced the Leafs without three stars — goaltender Craig Anderson (sprained ankle), forward Jason Spezza (back) and defenceman Erik Karlsson (sliced Achilles).



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