Kerfoot breaks tie in third for Maple Leafs in win against Senators

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TORONTO — Alexander Kerfoot broke a tie midway through the third period to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 2-1 win against the Ottawa Senators at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.

Kerfoot collected a loose puck in the slot on a rebound from Jake Muzzin‘s point shot and banked a shot off Senators goalie Matt Murray for a 2-1 lead at 10:46.

Auston Matthews scored to extend his individual point streak to 14 games, and Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto (12-3-2), which was 0-1-1 after nine-game point streak (8-0-1).

Brady Tkachuk scored, and Murray made 26 saves after missing the past two games with an upper-body injury for Ottawa (4-13-1), which had won two in a row.

The Maple Leafs and Senators have split the first two of the three-game set. They play again here Thursday.

Maple Leafs forward Joe Thornton had two goals disallowed: the first with two seconds left in the first period when it was ruled that he pushed Murray’s right pad into the net; the second at 4:32 of the second period when he deflected Muzzin’s point shot with a high stick.

The Maple Leafs took a 1-0 lead at 4:41 of the second period when Matthews one-timed a shot from the right face-off dot after taking a pass from Justin Holl.

Matthews has 20 points (14 goals, six assists) in the streak. 

Tkachuk tied it 1-1 at 18:51 when he deflected a pass from Chris Tierney at the top of the goal crease.

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