TORONTO — Johnny Gaudreau scored 36 seconds into time beyond regulation because the Calgary Flames defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 on Tuesday within the ninth and ultimate assembly between the groups this season.
Elias Lindholm, with a purpose and an help, and Juuso Valimaki scored in regulation for Calgary (18-21-3), whereas Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves. Flames winger Milan Lucic performed the 1,000th regular-season NHL recreation of his profession. Gaudreau additionally tacked on an help.
Zach Hyman, with a purpose and an help, and Alexander Kerfoot replied for Toronto (28-11-4). David Rittich, who was traded by the Flames to the Leafs late Sunday and was nonetheless sporting purple gear, stopped 25 pictures towards his former workforce. John Tavares added two assists.
Toronto misplaced for the second time in as many nights after dropping 4-2 in Montreal on Monday to snap a 9-0-1 run, whereas Calgary gained has now two straight for the primary time since mid-March.
The Leafs completed 6-2-1 towards the Flames in 2021 and stay six factors up on the Winnipeg Jets for first within the North Division.
On the winner, Gaudreau took a cross from Lindholm and undressed Rittich with a pleasant transfer for his fifteenth purpose of the season.
The deal for Rittich — Toronto shipped a 2022 third-round decide to Calgary — was simply one of many trades made forward of Monday’s deadline by Leafs basic supervisor Kyle Dubas, whose different strikes included buying forwards Nick Foligno and Riley Nash from Columbus, and defenceman Ben Hutton from Anaheim.
Rittich, who blanked his new workforce 3-0 on Feb. 22 at Scotiabank Area and had a .941 save share in 4 begins towards the Leafs in 2021, flew on the Flames’ constitution to Toronto on Monday due to COVID-19 restrictions associated to business journey.
“There was positively some enjoyable taking place there so far as pokes and jabs,” Lucic mentioned with a smile Tuesday morning. “With the circumstances, you do not ever actually expertise one thing like that … flying with an ex-teammate or anyone on one other workforce.
“It was sort of good and funky to have round for slightly bit (longer) and be capable to correctly say goodbye.”
The guests snapped a 1-1 tie 34 seconds into the second interval with Mitch Marner within the field for tripping when Lindholm took a cross from Matthew Tkachuk and wired his eleventh previous Rittich.
Markstrom made his finest save of the evening early within the third with a desperation effort at full stretch on Marner, however the Leafs obtained their equalizer at 6:17 when Kerfoot scored his seventh off a cross from Tavares.
The Leafs’ energy play — an inexplicable 1 for 36 over Toronto’s final 15 video games — obtained its first likelihood halfway by means of the interval when Rasmus Andersson was assessed a double-minor for high-sticking, however could not generate a lot of something till Tavares hit the put up late within the man benefit.
Calgary, which beat the Edmonton Oilers 5-0 on Saturday to snap a 1-8-0 slide earlier than dealing centre Sam Bennett to Florida forward of the deadline, opened the scoring at 4:37 of the primary when Lucic discovered a wide-open Valimaki in entrance to attain his second.
Lucic, who took a pair solo laps in warmups earlier than being joined by teammates, obtained an ovation from each benches in the course of the first TV timeout to acknowledge the 1,000-game milestone.
“I have been lucky sufficient to have some particular folks in my life,” Lucic, the fiftieth decide within the 2006 draft by Boston, mentioned after the morning skate. “You have to stay within the second, you have to benefit from the second.”
Toronto obtained even at 10:37 when Morgan Rielly’s shot off the top boards bounced to Hyman for him to pop his fifteenth upstairs on Markstrom. Rielly’s help was the three hundredth level of his profession, making him the sixth Toronto defenceman to succeed in that mark.
Lucic and Scott Sabourin, who made his Leafs debut and performed his first NHL recreation since March 11, 2020, dropped the gloves off the following faceoff at centre, with the Flames winger needing repairs for a minimize above his proper eye.
Tkachuk then gave Rittich a snow bathe late within the interval, prompting the Toronto goalie lash out at his former teammate earlier than a minor scrum ensued.
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