Maple Leafs defeat Flames, extend point streak to seven


CALGARY — John Tavares and Auston Matthews scored 2:21 apart in the third period for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 4-2 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday.

Tavares and Matthews each had a goal and an assist, and Alex Galchenyuk scored his first goal for the Maple Leafs (25-10-3), who have won three straight games and six of seven (6-0-1). Michael Hutchinson made 32 saves.

Joakim Nordstrom and Andrew Mangiapane scored, and David Rittich made 26 saves for the Flames (16-20-3), who have lost three in a row and seven of eight (1-7-0).

The teams will play again here Monday.

Tavares put Toronto up 3-2 at 6:55 of the third when the rebound from his shot went in off the skate of defenseman Noah Hanifin.

Matthews scored from the slot off a pass by Mitchell Marner to make it 4-2 at 9:16. Matthews leads the NHL with 25 goals.

Morgan Rielly scored 58 seconds into the first period on the first shot on goal of the game to give the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead.

Nordstrom scored his first goal with the Flames to tie it 1-1 at 11:43.

Mangiapane scored on a shot from the slot with 40 seconds left in the first to put Calgary up 2-1.

Galchenyuk tied it 2-2 with 2:52 remaining in the second period when he tapped in a cross-crease pass from Tavares. It was Galchenyuk’s eighth game with Toronto after being acquired in a trade from the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 15, two days after Carolina got him in a trade from the Ottawa Senators.

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