Leafs blank Flyers In a mid-week affair. Toronto goalie Jack Campbell was perfect, turning aside 36 Flyers shots leading the Maple Leafs (8-5-1) to a 3-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers (6-3-2) in Wednesday action.
TO THE GAME
Campbell and Flyers goalie Carter Hart were the story in the opening stanza. They were making save after save all period long, keeping the game scoreless after one period.
In a bit of controversy, William Nylander (2g) put the Toronto team up 1-0 when a feed from Austin Matthews hit him in the foot. This caused the puck to get by a sprawling Carter Hart. Although originally waived off due to a “kicking motion”, a further review had the call reversed, giving Toronto the 1-0 lead.
“I didn’t really know if I kicked it or not,” said Nylander of his goal, but it put the Leafs up 1-0 after two periods.
With Toronto up 1-0, and the Leafs on the power play, Nylander hit again for his second of the game, again assisted by Austin Matthews (On a side note, this was Nylander’s seventh goal in thirteen games against the Flyers). With just over 6:00 to play the Leafs struck again, this time when Ondrej Kase bagged his second of the season, and 100th point of his career, to seal the Flyers fate 3-0.
“They were playing a real solid game and it was tough to get those Grade-A chances,”Flyers coach Alain Vigneault
Hart was the best player for Philly and stopped 30 of the 33 shots the Leafs fired at him. Toronto went 1 for 2 on the advantage with the home team going 0 for 4. The Leafs picked up their sixth win in their last seven tries. The Flyers won the face-off battle, 33-27 with Scott Laughton going 10 of 15. Claude Giroux was 8 of 13. Austin Matthews won 11 draws for the Leafs, as did David Kampf. Leafs blank Flyers In a mid-week affair.