Coming off easily one of their worst performances of the season on Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Calgary Flames immediately turned their attention to one of the hottest teams in the NHL: The Toronto Maple Leafs.
In what can best be described as a back and forth effort, the scoring started early and often.
Auston Matthews started things off with a power play goal, which would become a trend in this game. The Flames tied things up a few minutes later thanks to Noah Hanifin netting his second of the season. Just a short while after, the Flames would get their first lead of the game thanks to Nazem Kadri performing yet again on Toronto ice.
Unfortunately the Flames couldn’t hold the lead into the intermission, as on yet another powerplay the Leafs would find the back of the net thanks to William Nylander’s first of the night. Mitch Marner would get the assist, helping him extend his Toronto Maple Leafs point streak record to 22 games.
Nylander and Trevor Lewis would exchange goals in the second frame, leaving the game tied 3–3 heading into the final period.
Hanifin would score his second of the night on the powerplay, despite the goal going through quite a unique review period. That 4–3 lead would only last a few minutes, as Michael Bunting scored his first goal on home ice this season to knot the game at four.
Despite the Flames taking a minor and a double minor in the final eight minutes of the game, they were able to squeeze into OT.
Unfortunately, off the opening draw Jonathan Huberdeau would take the Flames’ seventh minor penalty of the evening. Without a doubt, Marner scored for the second time during the game and with an assist gave Nylander a five-point game.
The Leafs went 3-for-6 on the power play, which was simply the difference.
Charts from the game are below.
|Auston Matthews (PPG)||William Nylander, Rasmus Sandin||05:04 | 1st||CGY 0 – 1 TOR|
|Noah Hanifin||Jonathan Huberdeau, Elias Lindholm||09:13 | 1st||CGY 1 – 1 TOR|
|Nazem Kadri||Dillon Dube, Andrew Mangiapane||12:52 | 1st||CGY 2 – 1 TOR|
|William Nylander (PPG)||Rasmus Sandin, Mitchell Marner||17:10 | 1st||CGY 2 – 2 TOR|
|Trevor Lewis||Mikael Backlund||11:11 | 2nd||CGY 3 – 2 TOR|
|William Nylander||Auston Matthews||17:19 | 2nd||CGY 3 – 3 TOR|
|Noah Hanifin (PPG)||Adam Ruzicka, Andrew Mangiapane||03:31 | 3rd||CGY 4 – 3 TOR|
|Michael Bunting||Auston Matthews, William Nylander||06:10 | 3rd||CGY 4 – 4 TOR|
|Mitchell Marner (PPG)||William Nylander, John Tavares||00:43 | OT||CGY 4 – 5 TOR|
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