Matthews, Campbell lead Maple Leafs past Senators 4-2

OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) — Auston Matthews scored and Jack Campbell made 24 saves for his third win in four games with Toronto, sending the Maple Leafs to a 4-2 victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday night.

Jake Muzzin, William Nylander and Mitch Marner also scored for the Maple Leafs (31-20-8), who opened a four-point lead over Florida for third place in the Atlantic Division. The Panthers lost 4-1 to Edmonton earlier in the day.

Campbell improved to 3-0-1 since Toronto acquired him on Feb. 5.

Connor Brown and Cody Goloubef scored for the Senators (19-28-11), who fell to 1-5-2 in their last eight games. Marcus Hogberg was pulled after giving up three goals on 16 shots. Craig Anderson stopped all 14 he faced.

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While games against Toronto have always brought Maple Leafs fans to Canadian Tire Centre, on this night it was hard to find a Senators jersey throughout entire sections of the building. The crowd of 18,544 was the biggest of the season for Ottawa.

The Senators cut it to 3-2 midway through the third period when Goloubef scored his first goal since Nov. 17, 2015.

Zach Hyman had a great opportunity to restore the two-goal lead as he took advantage of a Senators giveaway and broke in alone short-handed, but Anderson made a great glove save to keep Ottawa within reach.

Marner sealed it on an empty-net goal with just more than a minute remaining. He flipped the puck into the net from deep in his own zone, launching it over the Senators defense.

Toronto opened a three-goal lead in the second. Muzzin sent a wrist shot past a screened Hogberg, who had no chance at the puck. Ten minutes later, Nylander tipped John Tavares’ shot past Hogberg to make it 3-0 and end the Ottawa goalie’s night.

The Senators got on the board at the 16-minute mark as Chris Tierney made a nice pass out front to Vladislav Namestnikov, who fed Brown for his 11th of the season into an open net. With his 36th point, Brown, a former member of the Maple Leafs, tied his career high.

Toronto came out of the first with a 1-0 lead after Matthews was able to squeeze a shot through Hogberg, a goal the rookie would surely want back.

NOTES: With Mark Borowiecki sidelined by an ankle injury, Thomas Chabot was given the “A”. … Mikkel Boedker was the lone healthy scratch for the Senators. … Toronto canceled practice Friday because of a flu bug making its way around the team.

UP NEXT

Maple Leafs: At the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday night.

Senators: Host the Dallas Stars on Sunday.

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