CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — NHL aim leader 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.
John Tavares had a aim and an encourage, and Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmonds also scored for Toronto (26-10-3), which has gained four in a row and improved to 7-0-1 over its closing eight games. William Nylander added two assists.
Mikael Backlund, had two objectives, and Andrew Mangiapane also scored for Calgary (16-21-3). Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots for the Flames, who possess lost four straight and eight of nine in law. Elias Lindholm had two assists.
“It’s tough,” Backlund mentioned. “We battled, we uncover a plot to tie the game.
“They attain support and beat us by two anyways … it’s in actuality laborious.”
At negate the Leafs’ No. 1 goalie with Frederik Andersen going through a decrease-physique spoil, Campbell’s win streak equals a Leafs’ file shared by Felix Potvin (1993-94), Jacques Plante (1970-71) and John Ross Roach (1924-25).
“It correct negate how successfully we’re playing as a group,” Campbell mentioned. “You don’t win these wins with out every person. Tonight we received a broad contribution from the power play to assign the game away. We’ve been in actuality constructing our game all year.
“The file’s a broad honor. However it’s all about winning.”
North Division-leading Toronto, which swept a four-game slither through Winnipeg and Calgary, leads the 2d-articulate Jets by six formulation in the standings, whereas the Edmonton Oilers are seven support in third.
The Leafs improved to 6-2-0 towards the Flames in 2020-21, including 4-0-0 in Calgary.
The fading Flames dropped to 5-10-1 below head coach Darryl Sutter, who changed Geoff Ward on March 5 with the group at 11-11-2.
Down 2-1 through 40 minutes, Calgary received even at 4: 17 of the third length when Backlund’s shot off a scrambled plot hit Toronto defenseman Travis Dermott and fooled Campbell for his seventh of the season.
The Leafs spoke back at 7: 13 when Simmonds redirected Pierre Engvall’s cross from his knees for his sixth, and first in nine games since returning to the lineup from a broken wrist.
Toronto’s power play, which was once 0 for 29, received an opportunity, however the Flames scored instant-handed when Backlund scored his eighth at 10: 05.
Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe known as a timeout to identify issues down, and his group spoke back when Matthews banged home a rebound to rating his 27th aim of the advertising and marketing and marketing campaign correct 55 seconds later to snap Toronto’s bustle with the particular person advantage.
Tavares picked up the fully encourage on that aim for the 800th point of his NHL profession, and Toronto’s captain then made it 5-3 correct 1: 20 later when he scored his 12th, and 2d in as many games.
The Leafs opened the scoring at 3: 10 of the 2d following a grinding shift by the trio of Spezza, Joe Thornton and Alexander Kerfoot in the Calgary terminate. The puck in the end realized its plot in entrance to Spezza and he scored his ninth aim — and fourth in the closing nine games — to equal his total from 2019-20.
Matthews made it 2-0 at 7: 53 when he took a cross from Nylander and snapped his 26th previous Markstrom. After going 5 games with out a aim closing month, Matthews now has 5 objectives in his closing six games.
The Flames in the raze received on the board with 1: 54 left in the length when Noah Hanifin’s shot deflected off a leg in entrance factual to Mangiapane, who scored his 12th.
After the Leafs gave Campbell the night off Sunday — Veini Vehvilainen backed up third-stringer Michael Hutchinson in a 4-2 win over the Flames — as he continues to organize a nagging leg spoil, the 29-year-worn had a to be keen early.
NOTES: Campbell and Potvin’s nine straight wins got right here before the entirety up of their respective seasons. … Markstrom performed the 300th usual-season game of his profession, changing into the fifth Swedish goalie to attain that milestone. … Flames defenceman Rasmus Andersson dressed for his 200th NHL game.
Maple Leafs: Host the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
Flames: At Toronto on April 13.
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