Mark Giordano clinches overtime winner in comeback win in Ottawa – The Athletic

The schedule called for Saturday night to be an away game for the Maple Leafs, but as usual, there was plenty of blue and white in Ottawa. Luckily for those fans, the Leafs gave them something to cheer about with a 5-4 win over the Senators. Despite the errors and the annoyances, the Leafs persevered and took the second point in overtime without Auston Matthews having to hit his 59th and 60th.

First Star

Markus Giordano

The veteran was already on his way to an A+ night and the overtime winner – his third point of the game – gave him the first star.

Giordano’s two assists early in the game were special in their own way. The pass to Michael Bunting in the second half speaks for itself, but I really like the second to Kyle Clifford as holding the line is a key way to keep the pressure on. I also liked the patient one-on-one play on Connor Brown’s undermanned rush, waiting him on the wall and finishing him off with a check in the corner.

Second Star

Mitch Marner

The power drained from Marner before his crucial goal. His end-to-end power play opportunity, as well as the two offensive zone spins, were enough to knock anyone out of their seats.

The goal itself is a well-placed shot, but the beauty of it is that Marner created the opportunity in the first place. Matthews lost a tie in the offensive zone and it was Marner who pushed turnover down and got the puck back on point. The rest is history. Mark Giordano clinches overtime winner in comeback win in Ottawa – The Athletic

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