National Hockey League
Ottawa 6, Toronto 5
When: 7:00 PM ET, Monday, February 15, 2021
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Marc Joannette, Chris Schlenker
Linesmen: Steve Barton, Bevan Mills
Attendance: N/A

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

Top Game Performances
Ottawa   Toronto
Evgenii Dadonov 2 Points Auston Matthews 3
Evgenii Dadonov 2 Goals Auston Matthews 2
Thomas Chabot 2 Assists Auston Matthews 1
N/A Power Play Goals Auston Matthews 1
Nick Paul 1 Short Handed Goals N/A
Marcus Hogberg .868 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .806
Marcus Hogberg 33 Saves Frederik Andersen 25
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Ottawa 31 6 0-3 1-2 9 32
Toronto 38 5 1-2 3-3 11 31
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .636 after a win and .750 after a loss.
  • Ottawa will play their next game on the road against Toronto. The Senators have a W/L % of .333 after a win and .154 after a loss.