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Andersen helps Maple Leafs shut down Flames

Makes 19 saves to improve to 7-1-1 in past nine starts

by Aaron Vickers / NHL.com Correspondent

CALGARY -- Frederik Andersen made 19 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 4-1 win against the Calgary Flames at Scotiabank Saddledome on Tuesday.

Roman Polak, Nikita Zaitsev, Nazem Kadri and Leo Komarov scored for the Maple Leafs (16-9-1), who began a three-game road trip. They are 8-4-1 on the road this season.

 

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"Right off the bat that's definitely important to come out with two points," Kadri said. "Confidence on the road is an important thing, and so is momentum."

Toronto plays 11 of its next 14 games on the road.

"We want to start playing well on the road and get some wins," Andersen said. "We have a lot of road games coming up so we want to make sure we get some points and play well and keep this going."

Michael Stone scored and Mike Smith made 26 saves for the Flames (13-10-1), who lost the opener of a four-game homestand.

"We score one goal, on most nights you're not going to have a chance to win," Flames defenseman Mark Giordano said. "It's going to be pretty tough. We had our opportunities. I thought they were better tonight."

Video: TOR@CGY: Zaitsev goes five-hole off Backlund's stick

Polak's first goal of the season put Toronto up 1-0 with 1:24 remaining in the first period. His point shot deflected off two Flames, Mark Jankowski and Travis Hamonic, before going into the net.

"It was a lucky shot," Polak said. "I broke my stick on the shot too, and it was a rolling puck. It hit one of their 'D' and went in. It was a lucky shot."

The goal came after Smith made a glove save on Mitchell Marner on the power play at 16:07, and after Andersen stopped Hamonic's one-timer from the high slot at 17:57.

Zaitsev made it 2-0 at 12:36 of the second period when his shot from just inside the hashmarks deflected off Mikael Backlund's stick and went between Smith's legs.

"They're good. What they do when you do turn it over is they throw the puck at the net," Giordano said. "I thought a few of their goals, they threw pucks at the net which kept it in for them and generated a cycle and some chances and then they put it in."

Kadri scored 1:54 into the third period to make it 3-0. Kadri has 11 points (six goals, five assists), and has been held without a point once in his past 11 games.

"I think he was screened a little bit," Kadri said. "I think that's very important. Any shot he can see clearly, he's going to stop. He's a big goaltender. A lot of pucks just happen to hit him because his angles are so good."

Stone cut it to 3-1 at 5:29 with a slap shot from the point that went past Andersen's blocker.

Komarov scored into an empty net with 0.9 seconds left to make it 4-1.

Video: TOR@CGY: Stone scores on long-range point blast

 

Goal of the game

Kadri's goal at 1:54 of the third period.

Video: TOR@CGY: Kadri buries a loose puck to pad Leafs' lead

 

Save of the game

Andersen stopped Matthew Tkachuk at 6:40 of the second period.

Video: TOR@CGY: Andersen makes brilliant skate save in 2nd

 

Highlight of the game

Polak's goal at 18:36 of the first period.

Video: TOR@CGY: Polak scores off multiple redirects in 1st

 

They said it

"You don't want to be behind the 8-ball and the first one is really important getting momentum, getting your feet wet on the road. … You put two points in your pocket and look forward to the next one." -- Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman

 

"I didn't think we did enough. They're a good team. They play with a lot of speed, but they do little things. They chip the puck a lot. I felt like a few mistakes cost us this game. We weren't outplayed that badly. I just think (there was) a few moments in the game where they took advantage. They got some big goals." -- Flames defenseman Mark Giordano

 

Video: TOR@CGY: Smith extends pad to stone Marner in front

 

Need to know

Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews was held without a shot for the first time in his NHL career. He had shots in each of his first 103 regular-season games, and six Stanley Cup Playoff games. … Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau has been held without a point in three of the past four games following a 10-game point streak (eight goals, 11 assists). … Flames forward Kris Versteeg missed his second straight game because of a lower-body injury. … Flames forward Jaromir Jagr did not play because of a lower-body injury and is day to day. Jagr, 45, needs 43 games to surpass Gordie Howe (1,767) and become the all-time NHL leader in games played.

 

What's next

Maple Leafs: At the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; TVA Sports, SNW, TSN4, NHL.TV)

Flames: Host the Arizona Coyotes on Thursday (9 p.m. ET; SN360, FS-A, NHL.TV)

 

Video: Four different Leafs score in 4-1 win against Flames

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