Ottawa Senators' Scott Sabourin (49) keeps the puck from Toronto Maple Leafs' Michael Amadio (18) and Rasmus Sandin (38) during second period pre-season NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Michael Bunting’s hat trick lifts Maple Leafs to 4-0 victory over Senators

Michael Bunting’s hat trick lifts Maple Leafs to 4-0 victory over Senators

OTTAWA — Michael Bunting scored three power play goals to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-0 win over the Ottawa Senators in pre-season action Wednesday night.

David Kampf also scored, while Josh Ho-Sang — invited to camp on a professional tryout — picked up two assists.

Petr Mrazek wasn’t overly busy and stopped all 19 shots he faced in the Toronto net.

Ottawa’s Filip Gustavsson, who played the first two periods, allowed three goals on 25 shots. Mads Sogaard allowed one goal on seven shots in relief

The Leafs iced a rather innocuous lineup but gave the Senators a challenge. Ottawa — who had a number of veterans playing — seemed to lack any kind of intensity and were flat for much of the game.

Bunting scored his third of the night in the final 90 seconds of the game.

Toronto was 3-for-8 on the power play.

Ottawa was 0-for-5 with the man advantage as they struggled to create any momentum.

Two second period power-play goals by Bunting gave the Leafs a 3-0 lead.

His first came off a nice pass from Ho-Sang, and just over two minutes later, he picked up his second of the night as he tipped in Rasmus Sandin’s point shot.

The Leafs opened the scoring in the 13th minute of the first period as Kampf was able to redirect a shot to beat Gustavsson. It was a tough break for the Ottawa netminder as he had just made two nice saves.

Provincial health regulations allow currently allow for 50 per cent capacity, equal to 9,326 fans, at Canadian Tire Centre, but the building was surprisingly empty Wednesday.

Ottawa will be back in action Friday night as they play the first of a home-and-home series with the Montreal Canadiens.

Notes: Zach Stanford, acquired Saturday in the trade with the St. Louis Blues for Logan Brown, made his Senators debut Wednesday night. … The Senators signed forward Zack Ostapchuk, drafted 39th overall in 2021, to a three-year, entry-level contract earlier on Wednesday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 29, 2021.

Lisa Wallace, The Canadian Press

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