TORONTO -- Randy Carlyles goaltending decision is becoming more difficult. And hes not complaining. "Its a nice problem to have, definitely," the Toronto coach said Tuesday night after a fine performance by James Reimer in a 3-2 exhibition loss to Ottawa. "Both goaltenders have played hard, made what youd call 10-bell stops and theyve kept us in, gave us chances in the games." Carlyle has said he will alternate incumbent Reimer and newcomer Jonathan Bernier for the first two games of the season, back-to-back visits to Montreal and Philadelphia next week. But thats it so far. Going into Tuesday nights contest, the two goalies had almost identical pre-season numbers including a save percentage of 90.9. After a parade to the penalty box against Buffalo on Sunday, the Maple Leafs got a rest from the rough stuff against Ottawa. While Bernier made headlines with his fists against the Sabres, Reimer stole the show Tuesday in a losing cause before an announced crowd of 19,176. Zach Smith, Jim OBrien and Colin Greening scored for the Senators who did not dress Jason Spezza, Bobby Ryan or Erik Karlsson as they played the first of three games in three nights. James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf scored for Toronto (4-1-1) in a game tied 1-1 going into the final period. The Leafs almost tied it up in the dying seconds with a wild flurry and Reimer on the bench. It was a night of giveaways by Toronto and odd-man rushes by Ottawa (3-1-0). If the Leafs continue to play this way, they will need more than two quality goalies. Ottawa outshot Toronto 37-28. "I was the starter here last year and I had no intention of giving up whether they brought in Bernier or Lundqvist or someone whod never played an NHL game before," said Reimer. But the ultimate goal is to ensure the team wins, he noted. "The (goaltending) battle, sure its there. Were both fighting for the same thing, but thats secondary to what we really want." The game was the first for the Leafs since the ugly brouhaha with Buffalo, which resulted in suspensions for Torontos David Clarkson and Phil Kessel and a fine for Sabres coach Ron Rolston. Bernier started that game in goal for Toronto, challenging and then winning a decision over Sabres goalie Ryan Miller when the fisticuffs began. Clarkson was banned 10 regular season games for coming off the bench to save Leafs star Kessel from six-foot-eight, 269-pound enforcer John Scott. Kessel was banned for the final three games of the pre-season for swinging his stick at Scott. The bans allowed Clarkson to play Tuesday while Kessel sat out. Clarkson met the media after the game, saying he would take his punishment. But its clear his teammates appreciated his actions in defending Kessel. "The message I got from this locker-room was outstanding," he said of his teammates Sundays game produced 211 penalty minutes, including three game misconducts. In contrast, there were just four minor penalties Tuesday. After a slow offensive start, Ottawa outshot Toronto 11-5 in the first period and tested Reimer repeatedly. "He made big-league stops, played very well," said Carlyle. It took Ottawa more than six minutes to get its first shot on goal, a Corey Cowick breakaway stopped by Reimer. The Sens second shot produced another big save, off Smith directly in front. Ottawa forced Reimer into more quality saves as the first period wore on including a stylish save on Mark Stone after the Sens hit the goalpost. Reimer then kicked out a pad to deny Stephane Da Costa. But some class from van Riemsdyk put Toronto ahead early in the second period when the big forward, taking a pass from Tyler Bozak at the edge of the crease, controlled the puck and dragged it into the crease to get an angle before roofing it past Robin Lehner. Clarkson also got an assist. Reimer stopped Da Costa again after he was put in alone by Cody Ceci. But Smith, breaking in alone, finally solved Reimer, slipping a wrist shot through his legs at 5:27 with Ottawas 16th shot. Reimer did it again on a two-on-one, stopping Andre Petersson with a sprawling save. The Sens forward was hurt going into the boards after the shot, losing his balance as Bozak finished a check. As the second period wore on, it was Lehner stealing the show with a fine glove save off Clarkson in the dying seconds. Ottawa outshot Toronto 27-17 after two periods. The Sens pulled ahead at 6:48 on the third after OBrien somehow shovelled in the rebound of a Cowick shot stopped stylishly by Reimer, who thought the puck had been kicked in on the goal. Greening padded the lead at 8:43 after a fortunate Ottawa bounce in front of net. Phaneuf cut the lead in half, finishing a two-on-one with Joffrey Lupul at 10:13. 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A concern and top priority since his takeover from Ron Wilson just days earlier, team defence struck a chord for Carlyle in the loss, which also saw Joffrey Lupul and Colby Armstrong depart with injuries. “Weve got enough goals to win the hockey game,†Carlyle said simply. “Its the defensive aspect that needs to be improved upon.†Lost puck battles in front of the net and in the corners, missed assignments in dangerous scoring areas and a slew of leaks defensively in the middle frame ultimately cost the Leafs their sixth consecutive loss at home. The same troubles which plagued the hockey club in its final weeks under Wilson emerged in Carlyles second game behind the bench. Tuesday marked the 10th time in the last 12 games that the Leafs have yielded three or more against, a definite recipe for failure with postseason aspirations slipping away. “I think we deteriorated in some defensive situations where we were there, but we werent strong enough on the puck,†Carlyle said. “If you look where the goals were scored from, those werent tough enough areas from a defending standpoint from our hockey club.†“We scored enough goals to win the game,†Dion Phaneuf stated, echoing the words of Carlyle. “Weve just got to tighten up in our end.†With the loss the Leafs remain entrenched in 12th in the Eastern Conference – with a date in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night – five points behind the Jets with three teams standing in the way. “Its frustrating when you score four goals and you lose a hockey game,†Carlyle concluded. “Thats as simple as I can put it.†Five Points 1. Potentially worrisome in the loss were injuries to Armstrong and Lupul, the latter presenting a real source of trouble if significant. Armstrong departed following a fight with Dennis Seidenberg in the second during which the Bruins defenceman managed to land at least one good shot to the nose, bloodying the Leafs oft-injured winger. The 29-year-old Armstrong is just over a month returned from a concussion which sidelined him for 18 games, not to mention the 23 games missed prior to that because of a right ankle sprain. Lupul meanwhile, took a hit from David Krejci in behind the Boston net and left favouring his right hand. Losing the 28-year-old and second leading scorer would present a major hole up front if he were to miss any length of time in the final days of the season. Neither player is expected to play in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night. 2. With a pair of lengthy practices following his Leaf debut on Saturday, Carlyle is looking to implement change on the defensive front. Without divulging too much in the way of details, Cody Franson offered a glimpse into the adjustments. “I think the main basis of it is just be a little bit more patiennt and kind of protect ourselves from those danger areas that we havent necessarily been protecting that well as of late,†he told TSN.ddddddddddddca prior to the game. “We went into that skid and there was always something that bit us. It was a little bit different each game, but the one common thing was we werent protecting our own house well enough. We werent protecting our slot area that well. We were kind of cheating with things. Were going to try to be a little smarter in that area.†3. Carlyle lamented the one-on-one battles his team lost to the defending Stanley Cup champions. “Winning your fair share of one-on-one battles is a skill-set and it has to be developed with this hockey club,†he said. “Expectations are that weve got to win more of our 50/50 battles or the one-on-one battles for the puck.†“Youve got to read the play and try to be first to the puck,†Carl Gunnarsson noted. “We know we can do it. We did it for 40 minutes – first and third period – its just a matter of doing it for 60. We know how to do it. Its just a matter of executing.†Having coached the likes of Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger in Anaheim, Carlyle explained why skill is involved in coming up with pucks in one-on-one situations. “Theres a skill-set thats involved with it,†he said. “If you look at the great players in the game they have a good stick. Some players dont have to use their body. Like a Nik Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer, Pronger, the elite-level defencemen that have played the game for a number of years had the ability to strip people of the puck with their stick. Thats a select group. Other guys that played numbers of years ago had to use their body, get inside on people, use their skill-set that way.†4. Mikhail Grabovski added his 21st goal of the year in defeat, hours after a five-year contract extension worth $27.5 million was announced. “For sure, its nice feeling,†he said before the game. “When you protect your life in five years, right now you can concentrate on hockey. For sure inside you feel much better than [if] you dont have contract.†The 28-year-old had no interest in leaving Toronto, happy with partner Kate and their two childen. Grabovski made a quick impression on Carlyle with a three-point performance in Montreal three days prior. “Players like Grabovski demonstrate the will and the compete thats going to be required for this hockey club to continue to have success,†he said. 5. Typically one of the final players to exit the ice after practice, teammates offered one common thought on Grabovski. “His biggest attribute is his work ethic I think,†Franson said. “Hes always out there working on certain areas that hes feeling needs a little bit more work I guess. Its guys like that are always pushing to be that much better that stay playing at a high level. Hes not really letting himself get comfortable. Its what you want to see in a guy like that…Ive played with some skill guys, but not skill guys that stay out for an hour after practice like that. Hes pretty unique like that.†' ' '