CALGARY — NHL aim chief Auston Matthews scored twice and Jack Campbell made 26 saves to tie a franchise file together with his ninth straight win because the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames 5-3 on Monday night time.
John Tavares, with a aim and an help, Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds offered the remainder of the offence for Toronto (26-10-3), which has received 4 in a row and improved to 7-0-1 over its final eight video games. William Nylander added two assists.
Mikael Backlund, with two, and Andrew Mangiapane replied for Calgary (16-21-3). Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 pictures for the Flames, who’ve misplaced 4 straight and eight of their final 9 in regulation. Elias Lindholm had two assists.
Presently the Leafs’ No. 1 possibility with Frederik Andersen nonetheless coping with a lower-body damage, Campbell’s win streak equals a Leafs’ file shared by Felix Potvin (1993-94), Jacques Plante (1970-71) and John Ross Roach (1924-25).
North Division-topping Toronto, which swept a four-game street journey by Winnipeg and Calgary, leads the second-place Jets by six factors within the standings, whereas the Edmonton Oilers are seven again in third.
The Leafs improved to 6-2-0 in opposition to the Flames in 2020-21, together with a 4-0-0 file in Calgary.
The fading Flames dropped to 5-10-1 beneath head coach Darryl Sutter, who changed Geoff Ward on March 5 with the workforce sitting at 11-11-2.
Down 2-1 by 40 minutes, Calgary bought even at 4:17 of the third interval when Backlund’s shot off a scrambled draw hit Toronto defenceman Travis Dermott and fooled Campbell for his seventh of the season.
The Leafs responded at 7:13 when Simmonds redirected Pierre Engvall’s move house from his knees for his sixth, and first in 9 video games since returning to the lineup from a damaged wrist.
Toronto’s anemic energy play, which was sat 0 for 28, then bought an opportunity, however the Flames scored shorthanded when Backlund deposited his eighth at 10:05.
Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe referred to as a timeout to settle issues down, and his workforce responded when Matthews banged house a rebound to attain his twenty seventh aim of the marketing campaign simply 55 seconds later to snap Toronto’s ugly run with the person benefit.
Tavares picked up the one help on that one for the 800th level of his NHL profession, and Toronto’s captain then made it 5-3 simply 1:20 later when he scored his twelfth, and second in as many video games.
Campbell robbed Matthew Tkachuk late with a glowing glove save to place an accent on his ninth consecutive win.
The Leafs opened the scoring at 3:10 of the second following a grinding shift by the trio of Spezza, Joe Thornton and Alexander Kerfoot within the Calgary finish. The puck finally discovered its manner in entrance to Spezza for him swat house for his ninth aim — and fourth within the final 9 video games — to equal his complete from 2019-20.
Matthews made it 2-0 at 7:53 when he took a move from Nylander and snapped his twenty sixth previous Markstrom. After going 5 video games with out a aim final month, Matthews now has 5 objectives in his final six contests.
Leafs blue-liner Justin Holl cleared a Sean Monahan probability off Campbell’s aim line previous to Toronto’s outburst, however the Flames lastly bought on the board with 1:54 left within the interval when Noah Hanifin’s shot deflected off a leg in entrance proper to Mangiapane, who made no mistake in burying his twelfth.
After the Leafs gave Campbell the night time off Sunday — Veini Vehvilainen backed up third-stringer Michael Hutchinson in a 4-2 win over the Flames — as he continues to handle a nagging leg damage, the 29-year-old had a to be sharp early.
Dermott additionally scooped a unfastened puck off Toronto’s aim line earlier than Campbell, who was initially harm Jan. 24 in Calgary, held the fort on the following scramble that noticed him by some means rob Nordstrom whereas inclined on the ice.
Matthews got here near placing the guests in entrance on a between-the-legs effort from in tight solely to see his shot go simply large.
Notes: Campbell and Potvin’s 9 straight wins each got here at the beginning of their respective seasons. … Markstrom performed the three hundredth regular-season sport of his profession, changing into the fifth Swedish goalie to succeed in that milestone. … Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson dressed for his 2 hundredth NHL sport.
This report by The Canadian Press was first revealed April 5, 2021.
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