TORONTO — Frederik Andersen stopped 47 shots through regulation and overtime, and three more in the shootout as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat Calgary 2-1 on Wednesday for their second win over the Flames in eight days.
William Nylander scored the winner in the fourth round of the shootout, deking to the backhand to beat Mike Smith.
Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs (18-10-1), who also downed Calgary 4-1 on Nov. 28.
Mark Giordano scored for the Flames (14-12-2), who have dropped three in a row.
Smith stopped 28 shots in a losing cause.
Toronto centre Tyler Bozak was back in the lineup after missing two games and was placed on a line between James van Riemsdyk and Mitch Marner to start the game.
Calgary had control early in the contest when Toronto’s Matt Martin went to the box midway through the first period.
And Giordano made Martin pay for his hooking penalty when his wrist shot from the point went through traffic and beat Andersen for the game’s first goal at 10:37.
Later in the period, Martin checked Troy Brouwer into the boards between the benches, leading to a brief scrum. Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk appeared to spear Martin from the bench while the altercation ensued, but it went undetected by officials. Martin showed no sign of being hurt.
Toronto began the second period on the power play, but couldn’t get much going in front of a quiet Air Canada Centre crowd.
Sean Monahan almost doubled Calgary’s lead seven minutes into the second only for Andersen to turn him away from between the hash …read more