Sunday, March 7

Senators look to build momentum for rematch with Leafs

After overcoming a four-goal deficit to win the first game of a three-game series in overtime on Monday, the Ottawa Senators will seek their third straight victory Wednesday night when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs.

The Senators have won two in a row for the first time this season following a comeback on Monday after losing 5-1 at the end of the second period – and 5-2 entering the third period – to defeat the Maple Leafs 6- 5.

Evgenii Dadonov scored the tying goal at the end of the third period with the goalkeeper eliminated by an additional attacker and scored the winner’s goal in extra time on a breakaway.

“Give the guys credit for staying in the fight,” Senators coach DJ Smith said. “We took our chances. There have been a lot of games where I felt like we played well, or played better than the other team, and we didn’t win. Tonight is not one of those nights, but it was coming our way.”

“We don’t stop playing. We just play turn by turn and score goal by goal,” said Dadonov, who blocked a shot in front of Ottawa’s goal before setting off on his winning breakaway. “It hit me somewhere in my pants. I’ve played a lot and sometimes you get into a position where you get behind your own goalkeeper, so you try to stop the puck.”

It is the first time the Senators have returned from a deficit of four or more goals in franchise history.

The Senators have won four games this season, two against the Maple Leafs. Toronto has defeated Ottawa once.

“We definitely screwed this one up, for sure,” said Auston Matthews, who scored two goals and one assist for the Maple Leafs.

Matthews has at least one point in his last 13 games.

“I think it’s something that has been creeping into our game,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “I thought the nature of the way the game was going, it wasn’t everyone, but I think there were enough guys. We just gave them the game at a time when nothing really happened. They really only got what we gave them. . “

The teams will play the third game of the series on Thursday night. Marcus Hogberg played goal for Ottawa on Monday. Goalkeeper Matt Murray, who has missed two games with an upper body injury, could play in one of the next two. Senators are also expecting defender Erik Brannstrom (upper body) to return after being wounded on February 8.

The momentum is with the senators.

“That was incredible,” said Colin White, who had an assist for Ottawa. “I have to say, that’s my most memorable or favorite win that I’ve had in the last three years. It was a special win tonight. It was a great third period for us.”

“When we got the fourth, you could tell the bank was like, ‘Wow, we’re on this,'” Smith said. “It’s hard to believe when you’re down like we were, 5-1, and suddenly we find our legs. That’s what momentum does. It gives you energy.”

Keefe acknowledged being concerned after second period.

“Whether we win the game or not, I said after the second period it’s so bad that I felt like a 5-2 lead that I probably had,” he said.

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