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Maple Leafs cough up lead, win in the shootout

Dec 8, 2013, 12:18 AM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs were badly outshot. Again.

And yet they somehow managed to still come away with a victory, as the defeated their provincial rivals, the Ottawa Senators, 4-3 in the shootout on Saturday night.

James van Riemsdyk scored once in regulation, added two assists and then scored again in the shootout to lead the Leafs’ offensive attack. Mason Raymond also scored in the deciding breakaway competition.

The Senators fired 50 shots on James Reimer, who got the start in goal.

In fact, the Leafs combined for 19 shots through the final two periods and overtime, which was the same amount their goalie, Reimer, faced from Ottawa in the opening period.

The Leafs held a two-goal leading going into the third period, coughed it up then won in the shootout.

“When we get a lead, we freeze,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, as per the Toronto Star. “But we found a way to win and that’s the most important thing. We’ve had some pretty down times here prior to the last two games, so no matter how we get the points, we’re going to take them and move on.”

  1. elguapo12 - Dec 8, 2013 at 12:56 AM

    Didn’t see goalie interference at all. Nice clean Leafs goal.

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Dec 8, 2013 at 1:28 AM

    They allowed 50 shots in back-to-back games yet have two wins to show for it. Mindboggling.

    • 19to77 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:03 AM

      What’s crazier still is that it’s becoming more or less the standard pattern for the season. They just about always get outshot, their goalies perform somewhere between “very good” and “absolutely phenomenal” nearly every night to make up for their apparently nonexistent defense and in the end they scrape out unlikely win after unlikely win.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Dec 8, 2013 at 2:57 AM

    I hope Randy and Co. understand what happens to all those exciting shootout wins if they end up tied for the last playoff spot. Goalie save pctg. is NOT the first tiebreaker.

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