OTTAWA (AP) — Peter Holland had a goal and an assist as the Toronto Maple Leafs erased a one-goal deficit three times in a 5-3 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
James van Riemsdyk, Mike Santorelli, Josh Leivo and David Clarkson also scored for the Maple Leafs, and James Reimer stopped 38 shots.
Clarkson had the only goal of the third period and gave Toronto its two-goal lead with 14 minutes to play.
Mike Hoffman, Kyle Turris and Mark Stone scored for the Senators, who lost for the first time in regulation at home this season, dropping to 4-1-3 at Canadian Tire Centre.
Although he allowed five goals on 30 shots, Robin Lehner made some brilliant saves including one off Phil Kessel in the third when, while on his stomach, he reached out with his stick to swipe the puck away just before it crossed the goal line.
The Maple Leafs had the best scoring chance in the opening minutes of the game but Lehner made a great pad save on a one-timer from Leivo.
Seconds later, Hoffman intercepted a clearing attempt just inside Toronto’s blue line, moved into the face-off circle and put a wrist shot over the shoulder of Reimer for a 1-0 Senators lead less than 3 minutes into the game.
The rest of the first period was fairly uneventful until the waning minutes when the two clubs traded goals a little more than 2 minutes apart.
The Maple Leafs got the first one with 3:35 remaining when Holland took a shot that hit Lehner’s stick and was redirected over his shoulder into the top of net were it became lodged between the netting and the bar. There was confusion as it wasn’t immediately known where the puck was and the play was reviewed before the score was confirmed.
Just over a minute later, Turris beat Reimer with a wrist shot on a delayed penalty call as Bobby Ryan was hooked coming out of his own end. Ryan managed to get into the Toronto end and send a pass to Jared Cowen, who tipped it to Turris as he was entering the zone late.
The Leafs tied the score again early in the second period on another funny bounce involving Lehner.
Van Riemsdyk took a shot as he crossed the blue line that hit Lehner in the shoulder, bounced high into the air and came down behind the goalie in the crease where van Riemsdyk tapped it in on his way by the net.
Less than two minutes later Stone gave the Senators their third lead of the game as he buried a rebound past Reimer during a power play at 4:04.
Leivo then scored his first goal of the season when he redirected a centering pass from Trevor Smith past Lehner at 6:21.
Toronto took its first lead as Santorelli scored a short-handed goal with 9:07 remaining in the period.
NOTES: The game was the makeup of the Oct. 22 game that was postponed following the shooting at the War Memorial in Ottawa earlier in the day that took the life of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo. … Erik Condra, Patrick Wiercioch and Alex Chiasson were scratches for the Senators while scratches for the Maple Leafs were Daniel Winnik, Matt Frattin and Stuart Percy. … Before his first-period goal, Turris hadn’t scored a goal since the first game of the season, a span of 13 games. … Sunday’s game was the 100th meeting between the Senators and Maple Leafs. … The Maple Leafs recalled forward Trevor Smith from Toronto of the AHL earlier in the day.
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