Jarnkrok scores game winner for Maple Leafs in win over Flames

Calle Jarnkrok scored the game winner for the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 2-1 victory over the host Calgary Flames on Thursday.

Jarnkrok struck early in the third interval and Mitch Marner additionally scored for Toronto (38-16-8).

Blake Coleman scored for Calgary (27-22-13), which dropped to 3-4-3 in its final 10 video games.

With 20 video games to go, and the Nashville Predators on their heels one level behind, the Flames chased the Winnipeg Jets, who’re holding down the Western Convention’s second wild-card spot 5 factors forward.

Backup Joseph Woll had 25 saves in his third begin for the Maple Leafs, who performed their second game in as many nights following a 5-2 loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

Jacob Markstrom has been beneath the microscope in Calgary, however the Swede gave the Flames the goaltending they wanted to win the game with 32 saves.

Denying William Nylander on a breakaway with lower than a minute left in the second interval saved the game deadlocked 1-1 heading into the third interval.

Jarnkrok scored the go-ahead aim at 2:20 of the ultimate body.

Markstrom made the preliminary save on an all-alone Morgan Rielly, however Rielly tapped the puck again to the web for Jarnkrok to tuck beneath the sprawled goaltender’s glove.

Marner pulled the Leafs even 1-1 at 7:36 of the second interval.

Calgary’s Nazem Kadri scored two minutes later, whereas Marner served a high-sticking minor.

The facility-play aim was efficiently challenged for offside, nonetheless, by Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe.

After corralling the puck on the high of the zone, Marner zigzagged by the slot and beat Markstrom’s glove for his eleventh level in his final 5 video games.

Auston Matthews’s help on Marner’s aim was his fourth level in three video games.

Toronto outshot the Flames 10-7 in the opening interval on the energy of a pair of power-play possibilities, however the crew that leads the NHL in first-period targets (67) trailed 1-0.

With the Flames serving a too-many-men minor, Coleman scored short-handed at 2:32 of the primary interval for his second aim in as many video games.

Coleman received the soar on Erik Gustafsson, who didn’t corral the puck on the blue line, for a breakaway to beat Woll low stick aspect.


Defencemen Luke Schenn and Gustafsson suited up for Toronto in their first video games since they have been acquired this week in trades with Vancouver and Washington, respectively.

Toronto has added half a dozen new gamers to its lineup by way of trades since Feb. 17.


The Flames cap a three-game homestand Saturday in opposition to the Minnesota Wild.

Toronto continues west to face the Canucks in Vancouver on Saturday.

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