Mitch Marner and the Maple Leafs turn it around in rematch with Senators

Mitch Marner and the rest of the Maple Leafs wingers on the top two lines had something to prove against the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday night.Marner, like the other three wingers among the top six forwards, registered zero shots on goal in Friday night’s disappointing loss to Ottawa. The goal in Saturday’s rematch was to reverse that narrative. After Marner buzzed the offensive zone for a go-ahead goal in the second period, that’s exactly what happened.The Leafs wound up with a 3-2 win, showing attention to offence and defence that wasn’t evident the night before.This was Marner’s night, arguably his best offensive performance of the young season.Marner had five shot attempts Friday, but none on net and nothing to show for it. The lack of production up front prompted coach Sheldon Keefe to call out his offence despite the fact they dominated puck possession and overall time in the offensive zone.The issue, according to Keefe: they remained on the outside of the offensive-zone play and failed to get bodies to the net.In fact, through two games, the Leafs — one of the best five-on-five offensively in the NHL last season — had just four of their eight goals through two games at full strength to go with four power-play goals.Marner responded with four shots, seven shot attempts, a goal, a nifty assist on Joe Thornton’s first-period marker, and another nifty play to set up Auston Matthews’ eventual winner on the power play in the third.This was a game in which Marner drove the play, as Keefe likes to say. It was also a game where Marner played the role of shooter. It remains a small sample size, but Marner is trending toward that shooting role, with his passing skills still in tact.Jumbo marker: Marner corralled a stretch pass from T.J. Brodie at the Senators blue line — laying his stick along the ice to collect it — before setting up Thornton for his goal. It was Thornton’s first goal as a Leafs, and with no fans in the stands the celebration could be heard pretty clearly. The 41-year-old Thornton didn’t score his first goal last season with the Sharks until the 39th game.Sens killer: Matthews put Toronto up 3-1 on the power play early in the third period. It was his 14th goal in 16 career games against the Senators. That’s the most by any one player against the Senators since Matthews came into the league four seasons ago.Better D: Keefe had to be happier with the Leafs’ effort on defence. They outshot Ottawa 40-18, clamping down in their own zone in front of goalie Jack Campbell, making his first start of the season.It was also apparent in shot attempts, where the Leafs held a wide edge: 56-21.Matthews’ goal was the fifth of the season on the power play for the Leafs, who are now 5-for-11 with the man advantage. The penalty kill blanked Ottawa on a five-on-three opportunity in the second period with the score 2-1. That was a key moment defensively for Toronto, which has now allowed three power-play goals.Campbell starts: Campbell got the nod in goal after Frederik Andersen started the first two games, while Aaron Dell served as backup. With three goalies on board, it won’t be the last time. Campbell made a game saving stop on Evgenii Dadonov late in the third period.Stutzle scores: Tim Stutzle, drafted third overall by the Senators last year, scored his first goal in the third period to cut the Leafs’ lead to 3-2. The goal came a day after his 19th birthday, and it made him the third-youngest Senator ever to score.Robertson hurt: Leafs rookie Nick Robertson left the game in the first period with what the team called a knee issue. Robertson, plugged in with Keefe sitting Alex Barabanov, took a big hit along the boards near the Leafs bench.Mark Zwolinski is a Toronto-based sports reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @markzwol

Mitch Marner and the Maple Leafs turn it around in rematch with Senators

Mitch Marner and the rest of the Maple Leafs wingers on the top two lines had something to prove against the Senators in Ottawa on Saturday night.

Marner, like the other three wingers among the top six forwards, registered zero shots on goal in Friday night’s disappointing loss to Ottawa. The goal in Saturday’s rematch was to reverse that narrative. After Marner buzzed the offensive zone for a go-ahead goal in the second period, that’s exactly what happened.

The Leafs wound up with a 3-2 win, showing attention to offence and defence that wasn’t evident the night before.

This was Marner’s night, arguably his best offensive performance of the young season.

Marner had five shot attempts Friday, but none on net and nothing to show for it. The lack of production up front prompted coach Sheldon Keefe to call out his offence despite the fact they dominated puck possession and overall time in the offensive zone.

The issue, according to Keefe: they remained on the outside of the offensive-zone play and failed to get bodies to the net.

In fact, through two games, the Leafs — one of the best five-on-five offensively in the NHL last season — had just four of their eight goals through two games at full strength to go with four power-play goals.

Marner responded with four shots, seven shot attempts, a goal, a nifty assist on Joe Thornton’s first-period marker, and another nifty play to set up Auston Matthews’ eventual winner on the power play in the third.

This was a game in which Marner drove the play, as Keefe likes to say. It was also a game where Marner played the role of shooter. It remains a small sample size, but Marner is trending toward that shooting role, with his passing skills still in tact.

  • Jumbo marker: Marner corralled a stretch pass from T.J. Brodie at the Senators blue line — laying his stick along the ice to collect it — before setting up Thornton for his goal. It was Thornton’s first goal as a Leafs, and with no fans in the stands the celebration could be heard pretty clearly. The 41-year-old Thornton didn’t score his first goal last season with the Sharks until the 39th game.

  • Sens killer: Matthews put Toronto up 3-1 on the power play early in the third period. It was his 14th goal in 16 career games against the Senators. That’s the most by any one player against the Senators since Matthews came into the league four seasons ago.

  • Better D: Keefe had to be happier with the Leafs’ effort on defence. They outshot Ottawa 40-18, clamping down in their own zone in front of goalie Jack Campbell, making his first start of the season.

It was also apparent in shot attempts, where the Leafs held a wide edge: 56-21.

Matthews’ goal was the fifth of the season on the power play for the Leafs, who are now 5-for-11 with the man advantage.

The penalty kill blanked Ottawa on a five-on-three opportunity in the second period with the score 2-1. That was a key moment defensively for Toronto, which has now allowed three power-play goals.

  • Campbell starts: Campbell got the nod in goal after Frederik Andersen started the first two games, while Aaron Dell served as backup. With three goalies on board, it won’t be the last time. Campbell made a game saving stop on Evgenii Dadonov late in the third period.

  • Stutzle scores: Tim Stutzle, drafted third overall by the Senators last year, scored his first goal in the third period to cut the Leafs’ lead to 3-2. The goal came a day after his 19th birthday, and it made him the third-youngest Senator ever to score.

  • Robertson hurt: Leafs rookie Nick Robertson left the game in the first period with what the team called a knee issue. Robertson, plugged in with Keefe sitting Alex Barabanov, took a big hit along the boards near the Leafs bench.

Mark Zwolinski is a Toronto-based sports reporter for the Star. Follow him on Twitter: @markzwol

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“He is definitely not the only person in our county that has this,” said DCHHS Director Dr. Philip Huang. “We are thinking it’s probably here, and this is just our first official confirmation of that.”

Dallas County Leaders Concerned Over 1st UK Coronavirus Variant Case: ‘Definitely Not The Only Person’

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas County officials are expressing their concern after the county reported its first known case of the coronavirus variant originally discovered in the United Kingdom. The strain is known as SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7.

The man in his 20’s has no recent travel history outside of the U.S., health officials said on Saturday. He is currently stable in isolation as the county works to contact trace.

“Yes the virus is here, we are doing a robust contact trace on this one person,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins.

Though the case, now the third known in Texas, is believed to already have been established here.

“He is definitely not the only person in our county that has this,” said Dallas County Health and Human Services Director Dr. Philip Huang. “We are thinking it’s probably here, and this is just our first official confirmation of that.”

But how it got here is still unknown. Dr. Huang says county epidemiologists are working to learn more.

“We found him but there’s probably dozens more if not hundreds more with this strain already in the community—who are asymptomatic and don’t know they’re spreading it,” Jenkins said.

In a study released Friday, the CDC projected the new variant to be the dominant source of infection by March, since it is believed to be 70% more contagious. Though it is not understood to be dangerous.

It’s a major concern for Dallas County who, as of Friday, only had 23 adult ICU beds remaining, according to the North Central Texas Trauma Regional Advisory Council.

“If you start increasing the numbers that are getting it because it’s more easily transmitted, then that is concerning- especially with our hospital numbers being at record highs,” Dr. Huang said.

Dr. Huang says the first case was caught through sampling at a specialty lab and that not all COVID-19 tests detect the strain.

Experts do believe that the current vaccine works against it. But Jenkins says we have to protect ourselves before more mutations form.

“This new variant is still within the effective fuel rate of our vaccine, but it will keep mutating and Eventually we will get a variant that this vaccine won’t work on. And so we have to work like hell to get as many people vaccinated as possible,” Jenkins said.

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