Nylander cracks the Rittich code, Maple Leafs defeat Flames 2-1 in OT

The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames by a final score of 2-1 in OT on Wednesday night. William Nylander scored both goals for the Leafs, while Andrew Mangiapane scored for the Flames.
Flames goaltender David Rittich was the star of this two-game set. Rittich turned aside 71 of 73 shots fired on goal, including a 34 save shutout on Monday night and stopping 37 of 39 tonight. After a scary game Monday night, Michael Hutchinson had a very nice rebound performance, stopping 21 of the 22 shots he faced.
Tonight’s game looked like it was headed that way as well. Rittich stole the show throughout the game, making highlight-reel stops on John Tavares and Ilya Mikheyev in close. Hutchinson wasn’t tested as often as Rittich, but he was able to close the door when called upon.

What a chance by Tavares from Matthews pic.twitter.com/M6p5C32RpR
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

Mikheyev with another shorthanded scoring chance pic.twitter.com/RIWMzhtKdB
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) February 25, 2021

The scoring didn’t start until the final three minutes of the third period. The Leafs failed to get the puck out of their own end, causing them to scramble defensively. Tkachuk found Mangiapane all alone in …

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Author: Brendan Mori / The Leafs Nation

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