Flames hand Maple Leafs third straight loss, sixth in seven games

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TORONTO — The Calgary Flames won for the fourth time in five games since Darryl Sutter took over as coach, defeating the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-3 at Scotiabank Arena on Friday.

It was the third straight loss for the Maple Leafs and sixth in their past seven games.

Matthew Tkachuk, Derek Ryan, Christopher Tanev and Mark Giordano scored, and Jacob Markstrom made 24 saves for the Flames (15-13-3).

Calgary was coming off its only loss since Sutter went behind the bench, 7-3 to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday. Sutter replaced Geoff Ward, who was fired March 4.

Jason Spezza, Alexander Kerfoot and Mitchell Marner scored, and Frederik Andersen made 14 saves for the Maple Leafs (19-10-2).

The Flames took a 4-3 lead at 12:33 of the second period, three seconds into a power play, when Giordano’s shot from the point went in off defenseman Jake Muzzin in the slot.

Tkachuk gave Calgary a 1-0 lead at 1:19 of the first period when he ended his eight-game goal drought.

Ryan made it 2-0 at 7:33.

Spezza scored from the slot at 12:47 to cut the lead to 2-1.

Tanev put the Flames up 3-1 at 18:55, but Kerfoot scored with 25 seconds left in the first to cut it to 3-2.

Marner tied it 3-3 at 3:48 of the second period when he collected a loose puck along the boards, skated into the slot, and shot over Markstrom’s glove.

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