Jack Campbell scored 31 saves to record his second shutout of the season when the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Calgary Flames 2-0 on Saturday night –

Toronto were nine points ahead of the North Division at the time, but came first on points with two games in hand on Saturday The Winnipeg Jets were two points behind with one game in hand

For the second time since a leg injury against the Flames in Calgary on Jan. January 24, Campbell provided Toronto with a much-needed performance in the fold after a series of shaky forays from fight # 1 option Frederik Andersen

Campbell, who entered with a 3-0-0 record and saved 951 percent this season, was joined by Michael Hutchinson when the Leafs gave Andersen the night off since Andersen returned from a lower body injury earlier this month, he’s only got 2-5-0 with an 876 percent save

Rittich beat the Leafs 1-0-1 this season after stopping 71 of 73 shots in another set of two games between the teams last month, but watched Jacob Markstrom the top seven Games after Darryl Sutter started earlier this month as head coach over

After seeing Andersen allow goals in two of the first four shots he faced on Friday, Campbell was able to establish a team early on that had been shaky for the last 2 1/2 weeks during his Runs had suffered from miserable starts

Toronto scored their first goal for the second time in their last eight games when Spezza scored their seventh and second goal on as many nights after Jake Muzzin read a good read to keep the game on Calgary’s blue line alive received Spezza, who had fired a shot from the iron shortly before, collected a bouncing puck before shooting up at Rittich as the Leafs breathed a sigh of relief with a 1-0 lead during the break

Toronto’s netminder, who was tackling the fourth shutout of his career, stopped Derek Ryan on a shorthanded chance after William Nylander flipped the puck in the neutral zone

NHL goalkeeper Auston Matthews later shot a shot off the post when Rittich was at his mercy, before Muzzin found ironclad moments after the penalty as the Leafs continued to take a 1-0 lead

The home team would finally have a two-goal lead – Toronto’s first since that three-game series in Edmonton – with 3:32 in that time, which was scored by Hyman individually while Morgan Rielly drove hard through the middle and occupied two flames , the winger took the puck around Calgary’s net and shot for the 11th Times in the campaign by Rittich

Toronto had their fourth power play at the start of the third but, despite some good zone times in the last eight competitions, couldn’t break through by dropping to 1 for 17

Leafs defender Justin Holl’s deflected shot hit another post in Calgary before Matthews was subsequently denied with another shot that struck iron

Sean Monahan had another chance for the Flames in less than nine minutes, but Campbell was back

Campbell then played Matthew Tkachuk with a terrific double-pad stack, apart from a Calgary power game where there were less than five minutes left to keep the shutout intact

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