Michael Amadio scored the game winner to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-1 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Monday in NHL pre-season action.
Pierre Engvall scored twice for Toronto (3-1-0) as Jack Campbell turned away 26 shots.
Connor Brown scored the lone goal for the Senators, now 2-2-0 in the pre-season. Matt Murray, playing his second complete game, was solid stopping 24 shots.
Toronto had shut out the Senators 4-0 less than a week ago, when the teams met for the first time and will close out the pre-season against one another Saturday night.
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“Give them credit, they have guys that are on their last leg trying to make the National Hockey League and they’re playing that game,” said Smith. “Some of those guys it’s a playoff game for them, it’s do or die and they deserve to win.”
Tied 1-1 heading into the third period, neither team could capitalize on scoring chances until Amadio beat Thomas Chabot in a battle for the puck with 1:25 remaining in regulation.
The teams exchanged goals in the second period.
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Toronto’s Engvall opened the scoring in the second minute with a power-play goal as he took a Josh Ho-Sang pass in the circle and beat Murray.
Ottawa tied the game late in the period as Brown tipped Nick Holden’s point shot.
The Senators had a chance to take the lead, but struggled to create any real momentum with the man advantage.
Ottawa’s power play has struggled significantly through the pre-season going 1 for 20 through the first five games.
A scoreless first period saw both teams exchange a couple chances, but both Murray and Campbell were solid.
Colin White left early in the first period and appeared to be favouring his right shoulder.
The Senators wrapped up their home portion of the pre-season with Monday’s and have two more games before they open the regular season Oct. 14 against Toronto.
Oilers rally to beat Flames
Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl scored third period power-play goals 55 seconds apart as the Edmonton Oilers rallied past the Calgary Flames 4-3 on Monday.
Brendan Perlini and Jesse Puljujarvi also scored for the Oilers (4-1-1), who have won two straight.
Matthew Tkachuk, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm replied for the Flames (2-3-1), who had a two-game winning streak halted.
It appeared that Calgary’s Milan Lucic had scored five minutes into the game, but the goal was called back after a challenge showed that the Flames were offside on the play.
Tkachuk took advantage of a Darnell Nurse giveaway 11 minutes into the game and lifted a puck off of the arm of Oilers goaltender Mikko Koskinen and in for his third of the pre-season.
Calgary added another one with 1:15 left in the first as another giveaway sprung Gaudreau on a break and he beat Koskinen high to the glove side.
Lindholm fired home a one-timer on a feed from behind the net by Tkachuk to make it 3-0 for Calgary midway through the game.
Edmonton finally got on the board with eight minutes left in the second period as Perlini chipped a shot past Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom for his fifth of the pre-season. They then closed to within one just over a minute later as Draisaitl fed it front to a hard-charging Puljujarvi, who scored his fourth.
The Oilers tied the game 3-3 nine minutes into the third period on the power play as McDavid was tripped up as he charged the net with the puck and took out Markstrom, then getting hit by the puck on a Puljujarvi shot and being credited with the goal.
Calgary unsuccessfully challenged that goal and received a penalty, giving the Oilers another power-play marker less than a minute later as Draisaitl rifled home a shot from the right circle.
The Flames are back at it on Wednesday as they head to Winnipeg to face the Jets. The Oilers remain home to welcome the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday.