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Maple Leafs cough up lead, win in the shootout

Toronto Maple Leafs v Ottawa Senators

OTTAWA, ON - DECEMBER 7: Dion Phaneuf #3 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates to the puck ahead of Chris Neil #25 of the Ottawa Senators to clear the puck as James Reimer #34 of the Toronto Maple Leafs follows the play during an NHL game at Canadian Tire Centre on December 7, 2013 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photography/Getty Images)

Jana Chytilova/Freestyle Photo

The Toronto Maple Leafs were badly outshot. Again.

And yet they somehow managed to still come away with a victory, as the defeated their provincial rivals, the Ottawa Senators, 4-3 in the shootout on Saturday night.

James van Riemsdyk scored once in regulation, added two assists and then scored again in the shootout to lead the Leafs’ offensive attack. Mason Raymond also scored in the deciding breakaway competition.

The Senators fired 50 shots on James Reimer, who got the start in goal.

In fact, the Leafs combined for 19 shots through the final two periods and overtime, which was the same amount their goalie, Reimer, faced from Ottawa in the opening period.

The Leafs held a two-goal leading going into the third period, coughed it up then won in the shootout.

“When we get a lead, we freeze,” said Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle, as per the Toronto Star. “But we found a way to win and that’s the most important thing. We’ve had some pretty down times here prior to the last two games, so no matter how we get the points, we’re going to take them and move on.”

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