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Leafs hang on to beat Senators, improve to 3-0

The Leafs continued their impressive start to the season with a shootout win over the Ottawa Senators in a wild back-and-forth game. The Leafs would get on the board early with a Mason Raymond goal off a nice backhand pass from David Bolland. The Senators would tie it up 3 minutes later when a bad turnover in the Leafs’ zone lead to Kyle Turris putting it past James Reimer. Goals from Eric Condra and Jason Spezza would give the Senators a 4-2 lead and lead into Jonathan Bernier replacing Reimer. That would seem to spark the Leafs as Joffrey Lupul would make it 4-3 in the second, and early in the third James van Riemsdyk would bury a Phil Kessel pass to even the score. This game would go into a wild overtime but a shootout was needed as both Raymond and Tyler Bozak scored to give the Leafs the win.

Mason Raymond fits like a glove 

Mason Raymond is making most of his one-year deal so far with the Leafs. He had a goal and two assists for three points tonight and his line with Bolland and Lupul were arguably the Leafs’ best line. Raymond used his speed to his advantage as it seemed like he was blowing past every Ottawa defender. If he can keep a positive game going and if the Leafs can find a way to sign him it should be a great addition of depth and speed for the Leafs on the third line. He also had a cool shootout move.

Turnovers a theme tonight 

Mainly what kept the Senators in the game and leading at one point were the amount of horrible Leafs’ turnovers. A Kyle Turris goal in the first period that would tie the game up is a great example of a bad turnover leading to a goal. The Leafs and especially their defense looked flat tonight. With the exception of Dion Phanuef and Carl Gunnarsson, the Leafs’ D were the culprits on multiple turnovers. In a game against a great puck-possession team like the Senators, mistakes like that can be costly.

Paul Ranger needs to improve or his time as a Leaf might be cut short 

This seems like a recurring theme to you, because it is. For some reason Ranger just does not look comfortable out on the ice. He was caught many times leaving his man for an open shot, turning the puck over and when he had the puck, he would struggle to make the right play. I don’t know how well he played in Tampa back in 2009 but he certainly is not the same player as he has not met expectations thus far.

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