Michael Hutchinson earned his sixth profession shutout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Edmonton Oilers 3-Zero on Monday.
Hutchinson stopped all 31 of the pictures he confronted because the Leafs (17-4-2) shutdown Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and their teammates for a second straight recreation.
Toronto additionally blanked Edmonton 4-Zero on Saturday with Jack Campbell in internet.
Morgan Rielly and WIlliam Nylander had a purpose and an help apiece Monday, whereas Zach Hyman additionally scored for the NHL’s high group.
Oilers (14-10-0) goalie Mikko Koskinen allowed three objectives on 10 pictures earlier than being changed by Mike Smith to begin the second interval. Smith had 13 saves in reduction.
Toronto was with out Auston Matthews for a second straight recreation because the group’s star centre recovers from a wrist harm.
Matthews — who has 31 factors (18 objectives, 13 assists) on the season — is travelling with the group and took half in an non-compulsory skate together with his teammates on Monday.
Toronto’s first shot of the evening did not come till 7:19 into the primary interval, however it was definitely worth the wait as Rielly put a move on Hyman’s tape and the ahead despatched a nifty backhanded shot previous Koskinen to present the Leafs a 1-Zero lead.
Three minutes later, Nylander collected the puck off a faceoff and streaked deep into the Edmonton zone. He sailed a backhander over Koskinen’s glove and into the top-left nook of the web.
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An influence-play strike rounded out the first-period scoring after Edmonton’s Adam Larsson was known as for hooking.
Rielly uncorked a blast from close to the blue line and, whereas Koskinen received a chunk of it, he could not management the puck and it dribbled via his legs and over the purpose line, giving Toronto a 3-Zero lead heading into the primary intermission.
The Leafs got here into the sport with the league’s top-ranked energy play, having capitalized on 32.Four per cent of their possibilities with the person benefit.
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Toronto was 1 for Four on the facility play Monday. Edmonton didn’t capitalize on any of its 4 possibilities.
The Oilers had ample alternatives to claw out a purpose within the third interval, outshooting the Leafs 13-Eight throughout the body, however could not beat Hutchinson.
The 31-year-old goalie’s final shutout got here on Jan. 4, 2020, when he led Toronto to a 3-Zero victory over the New York Islanders.
The Leafs and Oilers will wrap up a three-game collection in Edmonton on Wednesday.