Jumbo Joe ratings as Maple Leafs post win over Senators
While Joe Thornton became the earliest forward in group history ever to rating, the youngest player on the club was lost to injury.
The latter event, an opening-period knee injury to rookie Nick Robertson in his first regular season game for the Maple Leafs, took a little shine off Toronto’s 3-2 win over the Senators Saturday at Canadian Tire Centre.
The Leafs come house with a Bytown split– and a few splinters– now understanding Ottawa won’t be easy marks for points in the North Division in the remaining seven matches.
The level of Robertson’s problem wasn’t instantly referred to as he remained in an awkward position dealing with the boards when Drake Batherson finished a check. Robertson was taking Alexander Barabanov’s location as coach Sheldon Keefe’s only lineup change other than changing Frederik Andersen in net for Jack Campbell.
Prior to the game, Keefe stated he ‘d wanted to take care with Robertson’s comfort level with the physical play in the NHL, feeling the Columbus playoff series took a toll after he made a splashy launching. Robertson was kept back from the World Junior Championship for Group U.S.A. to focus on Toronto’s camp.