LEAFS HAVE ISSUES GENERATING GOALS THROUGH FIRST TWO PERIODS
For the second consecutive game, the Maple Leafs couldn't produce a goal in the first two periods of play. To their credit Monday, they also prevented the Calgary Flames from scoring, but considering the Buds generated only four shots in the first period, they would've had issues getting on the scoresheet against any team.
FLAMES STRIKE TWICE QUICKLY IN THIRD TO PUT LEAFS IN A HOLE
Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen once again played a solid game for the Leafs, keeping Calgary goalless through the first 45 minutes of action. But after the Leafs took a penalty at 5:21 of the third, the Flames quickly scored - just 18 seconds into the man advantage - and the visitors followed up with the second goal of the night 55 seconds later to make it 2-0.
KADRI NETS THIRD IN AS MANY GAMES, BUT BUDS CAN'T COME UP WITH GAME-TYING MARKER
The Leafs turned up the heat as the third period unfolded, and cut Calgary's lead in half when centre Nazem Kadri netted his third goal in as many games with 3:53 left in regulation time:
Video: CGY@TOR: Kadri nets power-play goal in 500th game
Kadri's goal gave the crowd at Scotiabank Arena hope the Leafs could come back from a two-goal deficit for the second straight game. But although they came close to tying it up in the dying minutes, Flames goalie Mike Smith stayed strong, Calgary got an empty-net marker from Elias Lindholm, and the visitors ended Toronto's two-game win streak while snapping a three-game losing skid of their own.
Toronto will have a chance to get back in the win column Thursday when they host the Dallas Stars. And if they're to beat Tyler Seguin & Co., an offensive outburst - and perhaps, scoring the first goal of the night - will help their odds.