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OTTAWA — Joffrey Lupul scored 55 seconds in to overtime as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Ottawa Senators 4-3 on Monday night in a split-squad pre-season game.

Lupul scored twice for the Leafs, with Dion Phaneuf and T.J. Brennan adding goals. James Reimer allowed three goals on 32 shots.

Shane Prince, Bobby Ryan and Erik Karlsson scored for the Senators. Craig Anderson allowed two goals on 20 shots, while rookie Matt O’Connor looked solid as he allowed one goal on 17 shots.

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The Senators had the more veteran-laden lineup, but their youngsters were equally impressive benefiting from playing with more experienced linemates.

O’Connor came in with the game tied 2-2, but then Karlsson scored a power-play goal midway through the second and the young goalie made a couple of impressive, but the Leafs tied it early in the third on Lupul’s goal.

O’Connor had little chance on the goal with traffic all around.

Comeback was the theme of the night for the Leafs, who trailed 2-0 before tying it on a late first-period goal by Phaneuf and Brennan’s goal early in the second.

Ottawa opened the scoring at the eight-minute mark of the first as Karlsson made a great pass to Prince through the slot and buried it. Ryan then made it 2-0 as he beat Reimer with a low wrister to the far side.

Notes: Mark Stone, Curtis Lazar, Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Chris Wideman and Marc Methot were all inactive for the Senators.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press


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