Matthews scores 31st goal to help Maple Leafs top Senators


TORONTO — Auston Matthews scored his third NHL hat trick and had an assist to help the Toronto Maple Leafs defeat the Ottawa Senators 6-5 at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.

Jack Campbell made 27 saves for his 11th straight win to start the season, setting an NHL record. Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists for the Maple Leafs (28-10-3), who have won six games in a row and are 9-0-1 in their past 10.

Connor Brown set a Senators record with a goal in his seventh straight game and had an assist, Tim Stutzle and Drake Batherson each had a goal and an assist, and Anton Forsberg made 32 saves for the Senators (13-25-4), who have lost four straight.

Matthews leads the NHL with 31 goals and is on pace for 40 this season, which is 56 games. His third goal gave Toronto a 4-3 lead at 19:16 of the second period when he took a pass from Marner in the slot and shot over Forsberg’s glove.

Ilya Mikheyev ended a seven-game goal drought, making it 5-3 at 4:44 of the third period.

Brown cut it to 5-4 at 7:43 when he scored at the side of the net. He is tied with Matthews, who scored in seven straight from Jan. 24 to Feb. 8, for the longest goal streak in the NHL this season.

Zach Hyman scored into an empty net with 27 seconds left to make it 6-4. 

Josh Norris scored a power-play goal with Forsberg pulled for the extra attacker for the 6-5 final with 16 seconds remaining.

The Senators scored three times in 4:23 in the second period to take a lead. Batherson cut it to 2-1 at 12:02, and Alex Formenton scored shorthanded on a breakaway to tie it 2-2 at 13:49.

Stutzle put Ottawa up 3-2 at 16:25 when he shot from the top of the left circle after Michael Amadio won a face-off back to him. It was his first goal since March 8, ending a 13-game drought.

Marner tied it 3-3 27 seconds later when he jammed in a loose puck at the side of the goal crease at 16:52.

Matthews put Toronto up 1-0 at 8:52 of the first period, then scored again 39 seconds later to make it 2-0 at 9:31. He has scored in seven of his past eight games and has scored 10 goals during that span. 

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