Fresh off of his first NHL victory, goaltender Erik Kallgren will be between the pipes when the Toronto Maple Leafs host the Carolina Hurricanes on Thursday.
“He obviously earned it last night,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “The way the guys played in front of him, it was an easy decision.”
Kallgren made 35 saves to pick up his first career NHL shutout in his first start in a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday. It was his second appearance in the league after making his debut in relief of struggling goaltender Petr Mrazek last week against the Arizona Coyotes.
Over the course of his two NHL appearances, Kallgren is 1-0-1 and has made 45 saves on 46 shots (.978 save percentage).
Kallgren said he went to bed around 12:30 a.m. ET last night, which is later than usual for him after a game night as he tried to come down from the emotions of Tuesday’s big win.
He exchanged text messages with his family but has not actually seen or heard their voices yet.
“There’s been a lot of things happening for me for the last week so I’m looking forward to having a FaceTime with them later today …
Author: David Alter / The Leafs Nation