By Peter Bojarinov
David Rittich’s stellar 34 shutout performance gave the Calgary Flames a 3-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Monday night.
Back-to-back huge saves in the Maple Leafs second extra man advantage in the 1st period, shut down the league’s 3rd best power play. Toronto went 0 for 7 with the extra man which included a 5 on 3 advantage. Coming into the game they had previously scored 5 power-play goals in the last 2 contests.
Sam Bennett scored the eventual game winner early for the Flames (9-9-1) on a rebound, after a point shot from Rasmus Anderssen which slightly deflected off John Tavares. Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan tallied as well for Calgary.
Michael Hutchinson made 31 stops for the Maple Leafs (14-4-2).
Auston Matthews and the Maple Leafs were cooled down ending his 16 game point streak, which includes 4 points in each of the previous 3 games.
Notes: John Tavares moves up to the top line with Mitch Marner and Matthews (with Zack Hyman out) leaving William Nylander who only has one point in the last nine games, he has 3 goals since his opening night of 2 goals. Additional Injuries to Jake Muzzin, who leads the team with 33 blocked shots, Travis Dermott filled in for Muzzin stepping into the top 4 pairing with Justin Holl tonight. Mikko Lehtonen enters back into the bottom six. Both teams with injuries have back-up goaltenders with no NHL experience in the lineup, interesting since it’s the one-year anniversary of the David Ayres game. The emergency back-up goalie who replaced James Reimer and Petr Mrazek for the Hurricanes in this same building to collect the first-ever NHL win by an EBUG.