Matthews scores twice, Maple Leafs defeat Flames for fourth straight win


CALGARY — Auston Matthews scored two goals for the Toronto Maple Leafs in their fourth straight win, 5-3 against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Monday.

John Tavares had a goal and an assist to reach 800 NHL points for Toronto (26-10-3), which has won seven of eight (7-0-1), including 4-2 on Sunday in the first of a two-game set at Calgary.

Jack Campbell made 26 saves to improve to 9-0-0, tying him for the longest winning streak by a goalie in Maple Leafs history with Felix Potvin (Oct. 7-28, 1993), Jacques Plante (Dec. 12, 1970-Jan. 9, 1971) and John Ross Roach (Jan. 31-Feb. 28, 1925).

Mikael Backlund scored two goals for Calgary (16-21-3), which has lost four straight and are 2-9-0 since a three-game winning streak that started when Darryl Sutter took over as coach on March 11. Jacob Markstrom made 25 saves.

Matthews scored on the power play to put Toronto ahead 4-3 at 10:50 of the third period. It was his NHL-leading 27th goal. Tavares had an assist to reach the milestone.

Matthews’ second of the night came 45 seconds after Backlund scored his second shorthanded to tie the game 3-3 at 10:05.

Tavares scored to make it 5-3 at 12:10 when he shot a loose puck in the slot.

Jason Spezza gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 3:10 of the second period when he scored on his own rebound from the edge of the crease.

Matthews scored to make it 2-0 at 7:53.

Andrew Mangiapane cut the lead to 2-1 at 18:06, and Backlund tied it 2-2 4:17 into the third period when he picked up a loose puck off a scrambled offensive zone draw and shot underneath Campbell.

Wayne Simmonds scored from his knees on a backdoor pass from Pierre Engvall to put Toronto up 3-2 at 7:13.

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