OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Alexander Kerfoot scored the deciding goal in the ninth round of the shootout, and Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 5-4 on Saturday night.
Ottawa’s Alex DeBrincat and Drake Batherson and Toronto’s William Nylander and Auston Matthews scored in the first three rounds of the tiebreaker. Derick Brassard then scored for the Senators in the seventh round and Michael Bunting tied it for the Maple Leafs before Kerfoot — the 18th skater — won it.
Calle Jarnkrok scored twice for Toronto in regulation, Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist, and Jake McCable also scored. Matthews and John Tavares each had two assists, and Matt Murray stopped 48 shots as the Maple Leafs won their second straight.
Brady Tkachuk had two goals, Tim Stützle had a goal and an assist, and Julien Gauthier also scored for Ottawa. Travis Hamonic had two assists and Mads Sogaard finished with 25 saves in the Senators’ fifth straight loss.
Trailing 4-2 midway through the third period, Tkachuk tied it for Ottawa with two goals in a nine-minute stretch.
Tkachuk beat Murray from the slot to pull the Senators within one with 9:18 left, and then got his second of the night and 30th of the season to tie it on the power play with 10.1 seconds remaining.
Stützle gave the Senators a 2-1 lead with a short-handed goal as he raced up the right side and fired a shot past Murray from the right circle for his 35th at 5:32 of the second.
Marner scored on the power play to tie it just 37 seconds later for his 26th.
Jarnkrok’s one-time off a pass from Matthews put the Maple Leafs ahead at 9:16 of the middle period, and his second of the night and 17th of the season made it 4-2 at 9:39 of the third.
McCabe beat Sogaard from between the circles to give Toronto a 1-0 lead 3:11 into the game, and Erik Brannstrom’s shot deflected off Gauthier up and in over Murry to tie it with 5:32 remaining in the first.
Maple Leafs: At New York Islanders on Tuesday night in the second of a five-game trip.
Senators: At Pittsburgh on Monday night to open a two-game trip.
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