Leafs caught fishing for the puck too often and drop pre-season opener to Senators
|Toronto Star 17 Sep 2019 at 19:29|
The people of Newfoundland treated the team like heroes. Mitch Marner signed a contract. Fish were kissed. Coach Mike Babcock filleted a cod with some local fishermen. The 6,200-seat Mile One Centre was sold out with Leafs fans spending upwards of $500 for a ticket on the secondary market.
It was a five-day celebration of all things blue and white.
Then the Ottawa Senators came to town with a barely recognizable roster and skated off with a 3-1 win on Tuesday night.
“We made a couple of mistakes and it was in our net,” said Babcock. “We’ve got to play a bit better. There was lots of things in our team game I didn’t like. We’re going to work on that.”