Thomas Chabot, Craig An­der­son lead Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors over Toronto Maple Leafs

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL SPORTS - By Joshua Clip­per­ton THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Afew more nights like this from Thomas Chabot and the blow of los­ing Erik Karls­son might be­gin to ease ever so slightly for fans of the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors.

The 21-year-old de­fence­man scored twice, in­clud­ing the win­ner on a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort, as Ot­tawa de­feated the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-3 on Satur­day.

Chabot, who also set up his team's first goal, sliced into the of­fen­sive zone, put the puck through the skates of rookie Toronto blue-liner Igor Ozhiganov and beat Leafs goalie Fred­erik Andersen up­stairs to snap a 3-3 tie at 1:42 of the third pe­riod.

The Sen­a­tors (1-0-1) are a fran­chise in the midst of a re­build af­ter a num­ber of off-ice is­sues and the trad­ing of Karls­son _ their cap­tain and star de­fence­man _ to the San Jose Sharks in a six-player swap on the eve of training camp, but have looked good with their speedy, young ros­ter through two games.

Chabot played 63 games with the Sen­a­tors last sea­son af­ter fail­ing to make the club out of training camp be­fore fin­ish­ing his rookie cam­paign with nine goals and 16 as­sists.

“Usu­ally a de­fence­man gets into his prime around 23, 24,'' he said of be­ing thrust into top-pair duty min­utes fol­low­ing the Karls­son deal. “It's ear­lier than we ex­pected.

“We talked about tran­si­tion­ing to­gether this year, whether it's on the ice or off ice,'' Boucher said. “When there's ad­ver­sity, we want to at­tack that ad­ver­sity with be­ing quick on it. “That's our theme.''

Chabot fin­ished with 21 min­utes 31 sec­onds of ice time Satur­day, while rookie de­fence­man Max La­joie, who had a goal and as­sist in his NHL de­but Thurs­day, clocked in at 21:56 against the high­oc­tane Leafs.

Mitch Marner, Aus­ton Matthews and Mor­gan Rielly each had a goal and an as­sist for the Leafs (1-1-0) _ Stan­ley Cup con­tenders that have had a wob­bly start to the sea­son.

The Leafs beat the Mon­treal Cana­di­ens 3-2 in over­time to open the NHL sched­ule Wed­nes­day in a dis­jointed ef­fort that saw the vis­i­tors carry the play for long stretches.

“If you're go­ing to be 1-1, prob­a­bly should have won tonight and lost against Mon­treal,'' Toronto head coach Mike Bab­cock said. “We didn't cap­i­tal­ize around the net tonight like we prob­a­bly could have.''

Ot­tawa, mean­while, opened with a 43 over­time de­feat to Chicago at Cana­dian Tire Cen­tre in a game where the Sen­a­tors led 3-2 mid­way through the third on Thurs­day.

Toronto made an ex­pected push late in reg­u­la­tion and pulled Andersen with three min­utes to go, but couldn't find an equal­izer be­fore Stone iced it.

Ot­tawa led 1-0 af­ter the first, but Toronto struck back twice early in the sec­ond to take a 2-1 lead. Rielly got things started 29 sec­onds in when he took a sweet feed from Marner be­fore Matthews scored his third of the sea­son at 1:10.

The Sen­a­tors got back even at 3:49 when Chabot took ad­van­tage of some sloppy Leafs cov­er­age to pick up his own re­bound and score on a down-and-out Andersen.

Ot­tawa then stunned the crowd at Sco­tia­bank Arena just 38 sec­onds af­ter that when Tier­ney snuck be­hind Toronto's de­fence and fired five-hole on Andersen for the Sen­a­tors' third goal on just nine shots.

“The sec­ond pe­riod was not a good pe­riod for the An­der­son boys,'' Craig An­der­son joked, play­ing off the sim­i­lar­ity of the goalies' last names.

The Leafs got the bet­ter start they wanted Satur­day af­ter the Cana­di­ens came hard at them in the opener, but it was the Sen­a­tors that took the lead at 9:42 of the first.

Chabot's pass from the left cor­ner in the of­fen­sive zone went off Smith's stick to Demelo, who beat Andersen along the ice to snap a per­sonal 87-game goal drought.

Marner had a chance to tie it with 5:47 left in the pe­riod on a penalty shot, but An­der­son stared down the Toronto winger and made a right pad save.

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