TORONTO (AP) — Peter Holland scored the winning goal in the seventh round of the shootout to lift the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night.
Joffrey Lupul and James van Riemsdyk scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, and Jonathan Bernier had 43 saves through overtime.
Erik Karlsson and rookie Mark Stone scored for Ottawa, and Andrew Hammond finished with 36 saves — including 21 in the first period.
Mika Zibanejad scored in the first round of the shootout for Ottawa, and Lupul tied it in the second. Neither team broke through again until Holland’s game-winner.
Despite the loss, the Senators picked up a valuable point, pulling two behind Detroit, Boston and Pittsburgh — who are tied for the last three playoff spots in the Eastern Conference with three games left for each team. Ottawa hosts Pittsburgh on Tuesday night.
This was the Senators’ fourth straight game to reach overtime, and the fifth in six matchups with the Maple Leafs.
Toronto came out fast, as Lupul opened the scoring at 3:10 of the first period when he corralled the puck in front of Hammond and slid a shot past him.
The Senators had some chances, including a 2-on-1 rush, but Toronto controlled the play and finished with a season-high in shots for a period, outshooting Ottawa 22-12.
It was all Senators for the majority of the second. Nine seconds into a power play, Karlsson crashed the net from the point to put home a rebound at 7:15 for his 21st goal of the season.
The Leafs didn’t have a shot on goal for the first 9 minutes of the middle period, but van Riemsdyk got the tiebreaker with 7:19 remaining. With the teams skating 4-on-4, the Senators left van Riemsdyk open, and Holland found him for the go-ahead goal.
Stone tied it 1:09 into the third on the power play, firing a one-timer off a pass from Kyle Turris past Bernier. It was the rookie’s 22nd goal of the season.
NOTES: Oft-injured Leafs forward David Booth played in his 500th career NHL game. … The Senators started Hammond for the second straight night after he beat Washington at home in overtime Saturday.
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