Calgary — Sheldon Cooper took 30 seconds to calm things down.
The Maple Leafs head coach had just seen the power play of Toronto’s anemia. One was talented, but remained neutral in a mysterious 0-29 run over the past three weeks. Until the third term.
Reefs still had time to work 5 to 4, but after calling the timeout, Keef sent back Unit 1 on the board in hopes of reorganizing and fixing it.
“It’s probably as rocky as powerplay can get the way it’s going,” he explained. “Everyone reacted beautifully.”
Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the night with his advantage, increasing the total NHL vest to 27, and Jack Campbell rivals the franchise record with Toronto defeating Calgary Flames 5-3. Recorded 26 saves.
“It was a great reset for us,” Matthew said of Kief’s move to the press pose. “Just relax and have plenty of time left for power play. It wasn’t clean … but it was great to get our power play back on track.”
John Tabares had goals and assists, and Jason Spezza and Wayne Simmons provided the rest of the attack to Toronto (26-10-3). Toronto has won four straight games and has improved to 7-0-1 in the last eight games. game. William Nilander has added two assists.
Campbell’s winning streak, now Frederik Andersen’s number one choice for Reefs still dealing with lower body injuries, is shared with Felix Potvin (1993-94), Jack Plant (1970-71) and John Ross. It is consistent with the record of Toronto. Roach (1924-25).
“It just shows how well we are playing as a group,” Campbell said. “Without anyone, these wins wouldn’t be possible. Tonight we made a huge contribution from powerplay to get the game done. We’ve really been building games all year long. . “
“This record is a great honor, but it’s all about winning.”
Michael Backlund scored two goals and Andrew Mangiapane replied to Calgary (16-21-3). Jacob Markstrom stopped 25 shots due to a flame that lost four and eight of the last nine in the regulation. Elias Lindholm had two assists.
“It’s difficult,” Backlund said. “We fought. We found a way to connect the games.”
“They came back and beat us two anyway … it’s really hard.”
North Division’s top Toronto, who passed Winnipeg and Calgary in four games and beat the NHL on a 14-4-1 road record, led Jet in second place by 6 points, while Edmonton Oilers was in seventh place. Go back to the third.
Reefs improved to 6-2-0 against Calgary in 2020-21, including a 4-0-0 record at Scotiabank Saddledome. The fading flame fell to 5-10-1 under coach Darryl Sutter, who replaced Jeff Ward with a team sitting 11-11-2 on March 5.
Calgary got it even at 4:17, the third time, when Buckland, who fired a scrambled draw, shot at Toronto defenseman Travis Dermot and tricked Campbell into the seventh inning, 2 to 1 to 40 minutes.
Reefs responded at 7:13 when Simmons redirected Pierre Embal’s pass from his knee to his sixth home, making it the first in nine games since he returned to the lineup from a broken wrist.
“I [feel] Simmons, who was critical of himself before the road trip, said. “The timing has fallen and I’m starting to play the game the right way.”
“I’m happy with my performance and I’m happy with the team’s performance in the last four games.”
Toronto then took advantage of the man, and when Buckland took 8th place 2 to 1 at 10:05, Kief called a time-out and Matthews set the stage to beat Markstrom and hit the winner. When I did, I gave up on that short hand goal.
“It’s no secret that our power play is struggling,” Spezza said. “I thought it was a great move to keep them out (and) give them the opportunity to get it back.”
“In the clutch way, they did.”
Tavares won the only assist with 800 points in his NHL career, and the Toronto captain took 12th place just after 1:20, finishing second in many games.
Campbell took Matthew Tokachuk late with a glittering glove save and bowed to nine straight wins.
“He’s fighting his ass here and there,” Keef said. “He’s injured. He’s on a long vacation and it doesn’t surprise him. It was fun to see it happen, and obviously he’s with us It ’s great to be there. ”
Reefs scored second at 3:10 after finishing hitting home for a ninth goal (fourth in the last nine games) so that Spezza could match the sum of 2019-20 veteran forwards. It was started.
Matthews took a pass from Nilander at 7:53 and passed Markstrom 26 times to 2-0. Matthews has scored five goals in the last six contests after playing five games without goals last month.
Reefs blueliner Justin Hall cleared Sean Monaghan’s chance from Campbell’s goal line before the Toronto explosion, but fired while Noah Hanifin’s shot was deflected from Man Japan’s right front leg. Finally got on the board leaving 1:54. There was no doubt that he would fill his 12th.
After Reefs dawned Campbell on Sunday night, Veini Vevirainen set third stringer Michael Hutchinson on fire 4-2. ..
Dermot also saw Toronto deny Joachim Nordstrom while Campbell, who was first injured in Calgary on January 24, was lying down on the ice, before holding the fort in the next melee attack, a goal in Toronto. I scooped a loose pack from the line.
“It’s really fun to get involved,” Campbell said of the soaring Reefs. “I still have a lot to do, but it’s a fun time.”