In the Calgary Flames’ second game against the Toronto Maple Leafs during this road trip, the same goaltenders were slotted to play. It’d be David Rittich facing off against Michael Hutchinson for the second time in a row. Neither Jacob Markstrom nor Frederik Andersen would dress, as both remained on the sidelines.
The Flames actually stuck to the same roster as they did from a game ago, meaning players like Josh Leivo, Glenn Gawdin, and Oliver Kylington were all getting a few games in a row under their belts this season. The extra bit of consistency, albeit minor, was appreciated from a viewer perspective.
Against all odds, Calgary opened the game up with a good pace and it was Toronto that was instead slow to start. However, the Leafs got things going and two teams evened things out by period’s end and were sitting at similar shot attempts, despite the Leafs holding an 11-7 shot advantage after a late-period push.
In the second period, the Leafs continued to surge ahead in terms of shot pressure, but Rittich was up to the task. His counterpart on the other end of the ice was also holding steady, despite not being tested as heavily. Both Hutchinson and Rittich were doing a great job at keeping the game scoreless.
In the third period, it was once again the Leafs with more offensive pressure, but as the game clock winded down, the Flames were the first to get on the scoreboard. With less than three and half minutes remaining, Andrew Mangiapane put the Flames up by one. The Leafs pulled Hutchinson for the extra attacker, and the Flames were unable to capitalise. Instead, the Leafs tied the game up after a scramble in front of Rittich, and the game headed to overtime.
The Flames got the first shot off in extra time, but followed it by losing an offensive zone faceoff. The Leafs transitioned out of their zone into the Flames’, where William Nylander would end up scoring his second of the game to put the game away. Leafs take it by a final score of 2-1 in overtime.
Check out the visualisations from the game below:
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