That was especially true for Frederik Andersen, who allowed three goals on the first six shots he faced, and finished the night with 28 saves and a.824 save percentage.
Without a doubt feeling his milestone at hand, Kane had three 1,000-point cracks on a dominant shift in the middle of the period, but Andersen - one of the Leafs' three stars with Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner - closed the door to save a little face on an otherwise miserable night.
"It's time to just look in the mirror", said Leafs netminder Frederik Andersen, who surrendered six goals on 34 shots in another sub-par performance.
The game, a 4-3 victory for Calgary, where Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian hit Tkachuk after receiving some questionable blows from the Flames pusher, prompted double donations among fans of each team.
After the January 29 rematch, the two rivals face off again just three days later.More news: Fiat Chrysler & Foxconn Plan an Electric Vehicle Joint Venture in China
Nylander had a couple of chances from the slot to get Toronto back within one, but Crawford was there as the Leafs - still minus a pair of injured top-4 defencemen in Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin - finally showed a bit of life. "Reality checks come. I thought we were an immature team down in Florida, I thought we were an immature team here today".
"It's the discipline, it's the consistency to be able to (play well) all the time", Keefe said. "It was probably more my intention, but just kind of floated one in there and as they say, you can't give a good player a bad pass, I tried my best on that one and he still found a way to get a stick on it".
However, the Rangers want an NHL-ready player in exchange for Georgiev, which Mirtle imagines might end up being Kasperi Kapanen, Andreas Johnson or Alexander Kerfoot.
Defenceman Timothy Liljegren put his name in the team record book in his National Hockey League debut, becoming the 1,000th player in Leafs franchise history as Keefe made a decision to go with seven defencemen and 11 forwards.
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When that site broke its $ 2,500 goal to buy the billboards, the local radio station CJAY92 came on board, offering to co-ordinate the billboards itself and making it so all campaign money would go toward ALS research, chosen because of the Flames assistant general manager Chris Snow's ongoing battle with the disease. He's a pending unrestricted free agent and if the Senators can't sign him to an extension he'll be a hot commodity leading up to the February 24 trade deadline.
And specifically, that the Leafs are keen on Alexandar Georgiev of the New York Rangers, though we have not yet read a reasonable explanation as to why the Rangers would be willing to deal the 23-year-old.
"I guess there's a race", Toews said.
"You learn so much over the course of your career and I have been through a lot. We're showing each other what our potential really is if we play the right way and we're getting the results for our hard work". "What the team decides to do, your playing time and stuff like that is completely out of your control".More news: Turkish, German leaders hold phone talks on Libya