The Calgary Flames continued their winning ways Thursday night with a comeback win against the Leafs. The win gave the Flames their seventh win in a row. While the Leafs’ third period struggles continued.

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For many watching last night, the Leafs looked well on their way to a win after 40 mins. Strong play on offence had the Leafs leading 2-1 and on the back-end they looked just as good. Toronto was able to hold Calgary to only 17 shots after two.

However, the Leafs came out flat in the third. Calgary’s Gaudreau scored 19 seconds in to tie the game. The flood gates then opened up. Just over a minute later Frolik was able to put the Flames ahead. Gaudreau would add another giving the Flames a 4-2 lead.

Three goals on three shots in the span of less than three minutes sent the Leafs into shock. Even though they out shot the Flames 34-24, the Leafs just couldn’t bounce back.

Tavares’ & Marner’s Streak Continues

The dynamic duo kept their hot streak going last night, each recording a goal and assist. Tavares opened the scoring, making it seven goals in eight games for the captain. The goal was also Tavares’ 60th as a Maple Leaf. Marner also continued his own streak as he now has an assist in his last three games. Since returning from injury, Marner has six points in four games.

The pair looked back to their old ways last night setting each other up. Both Tavares and Marner made great heads up plays leading to the goals. The line of Marner – Tavares – Hyman has been most successful for the Leafs on this road trip.

Support For Matthews

Sitting two points out of a playoff spot, it’s time to talk about the elephant in the room. Matthews needs support. Matthews is having an amazing year with 34 points in 33 games. Even with his 19 goals, Matthews is not playing to his full potential and it’s not his fault. Matthews is at his best when his linemates can keep up with him.

Whenever Keefe switches up the lines and pairs Matthews up with one of Marner or Tavares, he simply thrives. The confidence in his game goes to new levels and he scores regularly. Last night, he was paired with Nylander and Kapanen and that did not work at all. The Leafs are going to need a big run and they need Matthews at his best.

The Leafs will look to end this road trip with a win on Saturday. They will head to Edmonton to face another red hot duo of McDavid and Draisaitl.