Evgenii Dadonov tied the game late in regulation before scoring on a breakaway in overtime as the visiting Ottawa Senators overcame a four-goal deficit to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 on Monday night.
Connor Brown had a goal and an assist for Ottawa. Drake Batherson, Nick Paul and Artem Zub also scored goals for the Senators, who fell behind 5-1 late in the second period before completing a furious rally. Thomas Chabot added two assists, including one on Dadonov’s game winner at 2:19 of overtime.
Auston Matthews had two goals and an assist for Toronto, while Joe Thornton added a goal and an assist. Travis Boyd and Pierre Engvall also scored in the opener of a three-game series.
Goaltender Frederik Andersen made 25 saves for Toronto, while Marcus Hogberg stopped 33 shots for Ottawa.
Matthews scored from the right circle at 6:32 of the first period on a cross-ice pass from Thornton, who was returning after missing 10 games with a rib injury. Boyd scored his second of the season from the right circle at 10:29 of the opening period.
Batherson got the Senators back within 2-1 on a pass from Tim Stutzle. It was his second of the season.
Engvall scored his first of the season at 1:49 of the second period to give the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead, converting Alexander Kerfoot’s feed. TJ Brodie’s stretch pass started the play.
Thornton scored his second this season for a 4-1 advantage at 9:51 of the second despite losing control of the puck before it slithered over the line off a skate. Matthews made the pass from the right boards to the front of the net.
Matthews then scored his 13th at 19:01 of the second period for a 5-1 lead while Toronto had a two-man advantage.
Less than a minute later, Paul knocked in Austin Watson’s rebound for his third goal of the season and Ottawa’s first while shorthanded.
As Zub left the penalty box less than a minute into the third period, he took Chris Tierney’s pass and scored on the breakaway for his first NHL goal. It brought Ottawa within 5-3.
Brown scored his third from the left circle at 5:52 of the final period to cut the Senators’ deficit to 5-4. Dadonov tied the game with his fifth of the season at 17:59 with Hogberg removed for an extra attacker.
--Field Level Media