Nylander cracks the Rittich code, Maple Leafs defeat Flames 2-1 in OT

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 2-1 in OT on Wednesday night. William Nylander scored both goals for the Leafs, while Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames.
Flames goaltender David Rittich was the star of this two-game set. Rittich turned aside 71 of 73 shots fired on goal, including a 34 save shutout on Monday night and stopping 37 of 39 tonight. After a scary game Monday night, Michael Hutchinson had a very nice rebound performance, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced.
Tonight’s game looked like it was headed that way as well. Rittich stole the show throughout the game, making highlight-reel stops on John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev in close. Hutchinson wasn’t tested as often as Rittich, but he was able to close the door when called upon.

What a chance by Tavares from Matthews pic.twitter.com/M6p5C32RpR
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

Mikheyev with another shorthanded scoring chance pic.twitter.com/RIWMzhtKdB
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

The scoring didn’t start until the final three minutes of the third period. The Leafs failed to get the puck out of their own end, causing them to scramble defensively. Tkachuk found Mangiapane all alone in …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

The Leafs look to put out the Flames and get back on the scoreboard

A mere 48 hours after getting shutout by the Flames on Monday night, the Leafs head into the rematch with some much-needed reinforcements.

Sheldon Keefe on #Leafs injured parties:
Zach Hyman WILL play tonight. Nic Petan out.
Everyone else is still out.
— Kristen Shilton (@kristen_shilton) February 24, 2021

The Leafs surely missed Zach Hyman two nights ago as the Leafs loaded top line failed to find the back of the net while also hurting the overall depth. Hyman should help restore some balance and provide Toronto with some much-needed offensive reinforcement.
Sheldon Keefe told the media that Frederik Andersen is “progressing well” but did not provide an update as to when we can expect him to be reinstated into the lineup. Along with Jack Campbell still not cleared to return, that means we can expect Michael Hutchinson to make his second straight start (more on him in a bit).
Kristen Shilton reported that the Leafs might be going with their Reverse Retros for tonight’s tilt as the Leafs tweeted out a picture of John Tavares wearing the jersey for the Game Day post. Going into the game, the Leafs have a record of 1-0-1 when they don the Reverse Retros …

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Author: Michael Mazzei / The Leafs Nation

Leafs hope to keep Alberta hot streak alive tonight in Edmonton

Following back-to-back wins against the Flames in the Saddledome, the Leafs find themselves travelling North for another two-game series at Rogers Place in Edmonton. The two franchises have already matched up twice against each other in this speed run of a season taking a game apiece and will now each be looking to take the season series lead against one another.
Hockey fans everywhere were surprised at just how underwhelming the first two games between Toronto and Edmonton were, especially with two squads that have been built around offensive firepower. That trend should look to break sooner rather than later however as each team has not only shown they can put up goals on command, but have also had growing concerns in net with injuries sidelining the backup goalies while their starters have looked inconsistent. To rub salt in the wounds, the two franchises have each also lost third-string goalies to waivers, an especially troublesome reality as Leafs and Oilers goalies have both put up season save percentages below .900.
For Toronto, the powerplay has been the driving force behind their early-season success. Converting at a staggering 41.7%, they’ll look to build off that trend against an Edmonton penalty kill that …

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Author: Filipe Dimas / The Leafs Nation