Anton Forsberg makes 46 saves, Senators beat Maple Leafs 3-2

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OTTAWA, Ontario (AP) – Anton Forsberg had a career-high 46 saves and the Ottawa Senators scored three times in the first period in a 3-2 season opener over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday evening.

Playing hours after the Senators signed Brady Tkachuk for a seven-year contract extension, Tyler Ennis had a goal and an assist and Chris Tierney and Alex Formenton also scored. Forsberg started the goal with Matt Murray battling a cold.

“It’s like welcoming your big brother home,” Senators coach DJ Smith said of Tkachuk. “He takes care of the boys over there and, you know, it doesn’t matter who you play, if you play for the other team, you know he’s over there. He continues to grow, to get stronger. He never takes a night off.

Tierney opened the scoring on a deflection at 8:31, Ennis took a power-play shot with 1:02 remaining and Formenton scored from a slapshot with 0.6 seconds left in the opening period.

Forsberg got off to a smooth start, with Toronto only managing two shots on goal in the first 10 minutes.

“I stayed there for a bit and then they kind of put in a lot of shots after the 10 minute mark,” Forsberg said. “I mean, I tried not to think about it and stay in my structure and then go from there.”

Toronto goalie Peter Mrazek left the game after sustaining a groin injury on the last play of the second period. He made 23 saves and Jack Campbell – the winner Wednesday night at home against Montreal – stopped 10 shots in the third.

“Both goalies were amazing, ultimately (Forsberg) is the difference,” said Smith. “He just looked confident. The goals they’ve scored are grade A. We’re giving one through the seam to a guy who shoots as well as anyone in the league. So our discipline must definitely be much better playing against them. “

Former Ottawa captain Jason Spezza and William Nylander scored power-play goals for Toronto. Spezza made it 3-1 early in the third with a power play goal, and Nylander had 11:10 left.

“We knew if we got one we would probably get two and make it interesting,” Spezza said. “Teams usually sit down after you have a few and tighten up a bit, so we just wanted to score a power play goal.”

The teams will meet again on Saturday night in Toronto.

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