TORONTO – Erik Kallgren made 34 saves in its second straight start, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday.
Kallgren made 35 saves in his first NHL start, a 4-0 win against the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.
“That we won the match (was the best part),” said Kallgren.
“I think there are a few more bad returns today, but other than that, pretty similar (like Tuesday).”
Ilja Mikheyev, Mitchell Marner and Ondrej Kase scored for the Maple Leafs (39-17-5), who have been 4-1-1 in their last six games.
“I know the last match [Kallgren] had a suspension, but I think he played incredibly, just like this match, says Kase. I think this match was so much harder for him.
“It was physical. Carolina is a great team, and there is not much space on the ice.”
Video: CAR @ TOR: Kallgren sues Skjei with the left pad
Ethan Bear and Vincent Trocheck scored goals, and Frederik Andersen made 18 saves for the Hurricanes (41-14-5), who have lost two in a row after winning four straight.
“I thought we played hard. We always play hard, which is good, but we have to take our chances, which we did not, and that reinforces the mistakes you make,” said Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour. “You will make mistakes, but give them credit, they capitalized and obviously got the profit out of it.”
Mikheyev led Toronto 1-0 at 15:48 of the first period when he caught Andersen leaning and scoring from a sharp angle with a backhand on a rush.
The Hurricanes outscored the Maple Leafs 14-6 in the first period.
“That [stinks], obvious. “Toronto is a good team, and obviously they have a lot of skill and they are a fast team, so when you fall behind, it’s hard to get out of these games,” said Bear. “It’s just tough. You always want to get the first goal. “
Kallgren held the Toronto lead as he made a sprawling left save Brady Skjei 20 seconds into the second period.
“It was a situation in front of the net and he was kind of completely to himself, so I just tried to stick out my left pillow and I was lucky and saved it,” said Kallgren.
Marner then made it 2-0 at 4:39 when he cut in on the right edge and shot under Andersen’s right pad on a 2-on-1.
“There was a big chance in the other one where he kicked out the leg. They are game-changing or saving types of saves,” Keefe said. “They make a big difference when they let our team find themselves and get started, so [Kallgren] was fantastic. “
Video: CAR @ TOR: Marner pulls home a low wrist that is pushed into yarn
Bear dropped to 2-1 at 4:09 of the third period. Jesper Fasts first shot was blocked by Ilya Lyubushkinbut Bear got to the loose puck and quickly shot five holes on Kallgren.
The goal ended Kallgren’s shutout suite at 104: 09.
“It’s been one of the most eventful weeks of my life, so a lot has happened,” said Kallgren, who was recalled from Toronto by the American Hockey League in March. 10. “It’s unreal, but I’m just trying to enjoy it.”
Kase answered for the Maple Leafs to make it 3-1 at 7:20, and converted a one-time match from a saucer pass from William Nylander on a 2-on-1.
“[Nylander] is a super-skilled guy, so I was actually ready for it, as if he could handle it, Kase said.
Trocheck put a loose puck to the side of the net with 3.6 seconds left until the 3-2 final.
“I think there are a lot of similarities in how these two teams play,” Trocheck said. “Our systems are very similar, both (the teams) played really hard. I think it was a matter of those few mistakes in very simple games that we know and practice all the time, just to execute them.”
Maple Leafs played without center Auston Matthewswho served the second of a two-game suspension to cross-check the Buffalo Saber defender Rasmus Dahlin at 2022 Tim Horton’s NHL Heritage Classic.
NOTES: Hurricane defender Brendan Smith returned to the lineup after missing 10 games due to a fracture in his skull. He had three hits and two blocks in 12:28 ice time. … Hurricanes ahead Jordan Martinook left the match in the third period due to an unknown injury. Brind’Amour had no update on their status after the match.