The Flames were looking to snap a three game losing streak against the Maple Leafs Monday night, but couldn’t get the job done. Calgary battled all night long in an attempt to get two points yet their effort just wasn’t enough as they fell 5-3 to the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Saddledome. To add insult to injury, the Montreal Canadiens were 3-2 winners in OT over the Edmonton Oilers, putting Calgary six points behind the Habs who also have five games in hand.
There’s not much that can be said about the Flames that hasn’t been said already a million times. Calgary’s best players weren’t on the scoresheet and Toronto’s best were. Auston Matthews had a two goal night and John Tavares collected a goal and an assist, while Jack Campbell stood on his head again, stopping 26 of the Flames 29 shots on the night. Line changes in the third period seemed to spark Calgary as Mikael Backlund was the Flames best player on the night, scoring twice, had five SOG and had 16:22 of ice time. But in a game where the Flames needed their big names to go toe to toe with Toronto, Johnny Gaudreau, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan were nowhere to be found in the boxscore. That trio combined for only four total shots on goal and in a game like this, that’s clearly not enough.
As for goaltending, it’s hard to not fault Jacob Markstrom tonight. A couple of Toronto’s goals were fluke tallies, but the Flames need their $6 million dollar goalie to steal them a game and he hasn’t in a long time. The loss tonight was his 5th straight and six loss in his last seven starts.
There wasn’t much action in regards to special teams, but the Leafs were finally able to get one past the Flames on the PP. Coming into tonight Toronto hadn’t scored in 21 times with the man advantage against Calgary, but tonight they would go 1-2, with Auston Matthews’ PPG being the game winner.
1st Period: None
2nd Period: TOR: 3:10- Spezza (Kerfoot/Dermott), TOR: 7:53- Matthews (Brodie/Nylander), CGY: 18:06- Mangiapane (Hanifin/Lindholm)
3rd Period: CGY: 4:17- Backlund (Bennett), TOR: 7:13- Simmonds (Engvall), CGY: 10:05 SHG- Backlund (Lindholm), TOR: 10:50- PPG Matthews (Tavares/Hyman), TOR: 12:10- Tavares (Muzzin/Nylander)
Shots On Goal
Calgary: 29 (10-9-10)
Toronto: 30 (6-12-12)
Calgary: Markstrom- 30 SA - 5 GA- 25 SV
Toronto: Campbell- 29 SA - 3 GA - 26 SV
Calgary: PP: 0-1, PK: 3-4
Toronto: PP: 1-4, PK: 1-1
Flame Of The Game
Mikael Backlund: 2 goals, 5 SOG, 16:22 TOI
4/10: Calgary Flames vs Edmonton Oilers, 8 PM MT