Matthews streak ends, Flames shut out Maple Leafs


TORONTO — Auston Matthews was held without a point for the first time in 17 games when David Rittich made 34 saves for the Calgary Flames in a 3-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Rittich got the start after the Flames announced less than an hour before the game that goalie Jacob Markstrom was out with an upper-body injury.

Sam Bennett, Matthew Tkachuk and Sean Monahan scored for Calgary (9-9-1), which had lost three in a row, including a 7-1 loss to the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday.

Michael Hutchinson made 29 saves for Toronto (14-4-2), which had won three in a row and was 3-0-1 in its previous four. He started after the Maple Leafs announced about a half-hour before the game that goalie Frederik Andersen was out with a lower-body injury.

Matthews scored 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) during his personal 16-game point streak, including four points in each of his previous two games. The streak started Jan. 16 in a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators.

Bennett gave the Flames a 1-0 lead at 3:55 of the first period when he put in the rebound of Rasmus Andersson‘s point shot, which got between Hutchinson’s pads and was loose at the side of the net.

Tkachuk made it 2-0 at 9:28 of the second period when he deflected Mark Giordano‘s point shot in the slot on the power play for his 100th NHL goal. It ended a nine-game goal drought for Tkachuk.

The Maple Leafs had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:36 in the second period after Elias Lindholm took a minor penalty for tripping at 14:35 with Johnny Gaudreau serving a penalty for tripping at 14:11.

Monahan, who returned after missing two games with a lower-body injury, put the Flames up 3-0 at 3:26 of the third period on the power play.

Matthews had at least one point in 13 straight Toronto games, the longest such streak in the NHL this season, scoring 24 points (16 goals, eight assists) in that span. He did not play in a 4-2 win at the Edmonton Oilers on Jan. 22.

Toronto played without defenseman Jake Muzzin (facial injury) and forwards Joe Thornton and Zach Hyman, each out with an undisclosed injury.

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