OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Shane Pinto had a goal and two assists and the Ottawa Senators beat Toronto 5-3 on Saturday night in a game that ended with Maple Leafs defenseman Morgan Reilly cross-checking Ridly Greig for firing a slap shot into an empty net.
Claude Giroux, Vladimir Tarasenko and Josh Norris also scored for Ottawa in its return from a 10-day break. Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves.
Greig scored with 5.1 seconds left, racing down the middle and firing a slap shot from short range into the empty net. As the Ottawa player headed back up the boards towards the bench, Reilly hit him high with the cross-check.
“We obviously didn’t like the result on the empty-netter,” Toronto captain John Tavares said. “So, we’re going to stick together and stand our ground when necessary.”
Reilly was given a major penalty for cross-checking and a game misconduct. Toronto sent out enforcer Ryan Reaves for the final faceoff, but the officials quickly jumped in to prevent a brawl.
“You never really know what Greiger’s going to do,” Norris said. “I mean, I love it, but I’m sure, obviously, if we’re on the other side of that I don’t know if we would like it either. I didn’t really like the retaliation, but I understand their frustration, but it’s over with and I guess it was entertaining.”
Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 42nd goal for Toronto. Matthew Knies and Max Domi also scored and Martin Jones stopped 27 shots.
“We missed a ton of chances. We probably could’ve scored more than we did tonight,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe. said “And we didn’t. So, we lose the game.”
Pinto gave Ottawa a 3-2 lead midway through second on a tip, and Norris scored with 4:47 left in the period. Domi pulled Toronto within a goal early in the third.
“I thought it was a really good effort,” Senators interim coach Jacques Martin said. “I thought we were slow off the mark, but I think that’s kind of expected after being off for 10 days and not having played.”
Senators: Host Columbus on Tuesday night.
Maple Leafs: Host St. Louis on Tuesday night.
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