Toronto-Ottawa: Luke Schenn, Luca Caputi Strong as Maple Leafs Beat Senators
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The Leafs earned a little redemption on Wednesday after the 5-0 demoralizing loss the Sens handed the Leafs in the preseason home opener. After going 0-for-8 on the power play Tuesday night, the Leafs showed fans a glimmer of the Leafs of old.
Tonight, an almost entirely different Leafs squad faced a largely unchanged Sens team with the only change being Brian Elliot making the start between the pipes for Ottawa.
The Leafs gave the fans something to cheer about early on in the game, scoring a power-play goal just under four minutes into the game, one of three goals with the man advantage for the night.
After bulking up to 230 lbs. in the offseason, it appeared that Schenn gained 15 pounds of confidence on Wednesday. Schenn played with poise and tenacity earning him top minutes on the night among Leafs defensemen.
Meanwhile, Toronto boy, Luca Caputi, showed exactly why the Leafs traded for him last season. Caputi was hungry in front of the net and it showed. Caputi went on to post a goal and an assist on the night while playing on a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur.
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A strong showing for the Leafs, both on offense and truculence. The Leafs were throwing checks and throwing fists, previewing the type of team that GM Brian Burke cherishes.
An active power play, and a perfect night for the penalty kill. The Leafs need to bring the same work ethic tomorrow night when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at the John Labatt Centre in London.
The game will be available on Leafs TV and NHLN-US.
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