David Rittich made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season because the Calgary Flames blanked the red-hot Auston Matthews and his first-place Toronto Maple Leafs 3-Zero on Monday evening
Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan had a purpose and an help every for Calgary (9-9-1), whereas Sam Bennett additionally scored.
Rasmus Andersson added two assists for the Flames, who got here in determined having misplaced 4 of 5 in regulation, and had been outscored a mixed 14-Three in three consecutive defeats, together with Saturday’s embarrassing 7-1 throttling by Connor McDavid’s Edmonton Oilers.
Michael Hutchinson stopped 30 pictures in a shock begin for Toronto (14-4-2).
Each groups introduced simply earlier than puck drop they might be minus their No. 1 goalies. Frederik Andersen sat out for the Leafs with a lower-body harm, whereas Jacob Markstrom, who was pulled in his final two begins, did not costume for the Flames due to an upper-body ailment.
Toronto, which was trying to safe its finest begin in franchise historical past by way of 20 video games and entered play atop the North Division and NHL standings, hosts Calgary once more Wednesday again at Scotiabank Area.
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Matthews, who leads the NHL with 18 objectives and was named the NHL’s first star of the week, noticed his 16-game level streak come to an finish — two wanting the franchise file held by Darryl Sittler and Ed Olczyk.
Minus top-6 forwards Joe Thornton and Zach Hyman as a result of harm, Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded up his first line with the struggling John Tavares becoming a member of Matthews and Mitch Marner, however his group appeared out of kinds from the get-go in opposition to an opponent embarking on an important stretch within the schedule.
Down 1-Zero by way of 20 minutes, Toronto had three nice probabilities to tie the sport on the penalty kill within the second interval, however Rittich stopped Ilya Mikheyev on two breakaways and Jason Spezza on a 2-on-1 rush.
Calgary ultimately struck on the facility play after Mikheyev’s second miss when Tkachuk tipped Mark Giordano’s level shot previous Hutchinson at 9:28 for his sixth purpose of the season and the 100th of his NHL profession.
The Leafs, who got here to life with a 5-on-Three energy play in Saturday’s 5-Three victory in Montreal over the Canadiens, received a two-man benefit later within the interval for 1:36, however weren’t capable of get a lot by way of to Rittich.
Inserted into the lineup and onto Toronto’s second line due to the harm absences, Alexander Barabanov rattled Rittich’s crossbar early within the third.
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However Monahan, who returned after two video games on the shelf with a lower-body harm, banged residence his third on a Calgary energy play at 3:26 to make it 3-0.
The Leafs began to get up after that as Keefe blended up his strains, nevertheless it was too little too late for the house facet as Rittich picked up the fourth shutout of his NHL profession.
Matthews got here in off back-to-back four-point performances and had an opportunity to change into the primary participant in NHL historical past to open the scoring in 5 straight video games, however Calgary went up 1-Zero at 3:55 of the primary when Andersson’s level shot hit the stick of Tavares earlier than leaking by way of Hutchinson for Bennett to faucet over the road for his third.
Toronto’s top-ranked energy play received two alternatives within the interval, with Morgan Rielly coming closest when his shot struck the crossbar earlier than Rittich closed the door on a scramble along side his internet.
The Flames goaltender needed to be sharp once more late within the first when he fired out a pad to disclaim Spezza.
One potential storyline heading into Monday that did not have an opportunity to materialize was a gathering of the minds between Tkachuk and Leafs defenceman Jake Muzzin, who sat out with a damaged bone in his face. Muzzin gently flipped the puck at an opponent well-versed within the artwork of antagonism following the second of Toronto’s two victories in Calgary final month, which despatched Tkachuk right into a rage.