The Canadian Press
OTTAWA–Pre-season game or not, Mike Babcock was less than impressed after the Ottawa Senators beat his Toronto Maple Leafs 6-2 last night.
“Any way you look at it we got slapped,” said the Leafs’ head coach.
Mike Hoffman scored twice to lead the Senators while Mark Stone, Tyler Randell, Gabriel Gagne, and Cody Ceci added singles.
Craig Anderson looked solid playing the first half of the game, allowing one goal on 16 shots.
Daniel Taylor, slated to play in AHL Belleville this season, allowed one goal on 15 shots.
“I said this morning we weren’t looking at the score, winning or losing, it’s not about that,” said Senators’ coach Guy Boucher.
“I think it was a good night for us, but it’s just the beginning and we’ve got a lot of work to do,” he stressed.
Auston Matthews and William Nylander scored for the Leafs.
Curtis McElhinney started the game and allowed four goals on 12 shots before Garret Sparks came in midway through the second.
Sparks allowed two goals on 14 shots.
Hoffman said while the win was a nice bonus, the Senators want to use these pre-season games to come together as a group.
“I think the biggest thing for everyone in this dressing room and team is to try and get off to a good start, and try to get the bad habits out of the way that might have been created over the summer not playing an organized game,” he noted.
“It’s getting the systems down–try to build off each day and each game,” Hoffman added.
The two teams are back in action tonight at Air Canada Centre.
Highly-touted Senators’ prospect Colin White left the game holding his left arm after blocking a Calle Rosen shot late in the third.
Three face-off violations were called during the game, which Boucher called a symptom of the league’s new face-off rules.
“Hopefully by the time the season starts, everyone will have the right habits so we can stay out of the box,” he said.
Elsewhere in exhibition play, Minnesota edged Winnipeg 3-2 (SO), Boston nipped Montreal 3-2, New Jersey beat Washington 4-1, Carolina shaded Buffalo 3-2 (OT). and the N.Y. Rangers blanked the N.Y. Islanders 1-0 (OT).
Edmonton won a pair of split-squad games against Calgary by scores of 5-4 and 5-2.