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Ottawa Senators Triumph in Battle of Ontario Against Toronto Maple Leafs | World News – Times of India

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NEW DELHI: In a thrilling Battle of Ontario showdown, the Ottawa Senators emerged victorious with a 5-3 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on home ice in Kanata, Ont., fueled by a strong performance from forward Josh Norris in his first game back from the NHL All-Star break.
Norris proved to be the difference-maker for the Senators, scoring the eventual game-winning goal in the second period.His timely tally, intercepted from a breakout pass by Toronto defenseman Simon Benoit, showcased his offensive prowess as he fired a wrist shot past Maple Leafs goaltender Martin Jones, securing his 13th goal of the season.

The Senators received offensive contributions from multiple players, with Claude Giroux, Vladimir Tarasenko, Shane Pinto, and Ridly Greig all finding the back of the net. Pinto, in particular, stood out with a goal and two assists, leading the team with three points on the night. Ottawa’s offensive depth was on full display as they fought back from an early deficit to secure their third consecutive victory, a feat they hadn’t accomplished since November.
Goaltender Joonas Korpisalo played a pivotal role in the Senators’ win, turning aside 31 shots to earn his 13th win of the season. His steady performance between the pipes provided a strong backbone for Ottawa’s success, stifling Toronto’s potent offensive threats and preserving the lead down the stretch.
Despite a valiant effort from the Maple Leafs, who received goals from Auston Matthews, Matthew Knies, and Max Domi, Ottawa’s resilience and determination ultimately proved too much to overcome. Matthews, the NHL’s leading goal-scorer, added to his impressive tally with his 42nd goal of the season, but it wasn’t enough to propel Toronto to victory.
The game was not without its physicality, as evidenced by a late-game scrum sparked by Greig’s empty-net goal, adding an extra layer of intensity to the heated rivalry between the two teams.
With the win, the Senators improved their record in the Battle of Ontario matchups, securing their third victory in four meetings against the Maple Leafs this season. The loss for Toronto highlighted the absence of veteran defenseman Mark Giordano, sidelined due to injury, as the Maple Leafs looked to regroup following a tough defeat on the road.
(Inputs from Reuters)

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