Zach Hyman sends a backhand shot to the back of the net as the Maple Leafs take down the Oilers 3-0

EDMONTON, Alta .– – Michael Hutchinson stopped 31 shots in his sixth career shutout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Edmonton Oilers 3-0 on Monday night

Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each scored a goal and an assist, and Zach Hyman also scored for Toronto The Maple Leafs shut out Edmonton for the second game in a row, following a 4-0 victory on Saturday

Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe thanked his entire roster for advancing as he played without star center Auston Matthews and starting goalie Frederik Andersen, both injured

“It’s been really healthy for us to see,” Keefe said “Obviously we want to bring our people back here, obviously we’re a stronger bunch when we’re healthy But that’s a very good sign that you can still win, especially here on the road against a very good team “

Mikko Koskinen started for the Oilers and allowed three goals on 10 shots before being replaced by Mike Smith to start the second period Smith made 13 relief saves

“We’re in a little rut,” said Edmonton coach Dave Tippett “Teams end up in a bit of a rut It seems like nothing you shoot is happening in the net You know, punctual hits, deflections, you can usually find one or two in a few games But they’re not going for us right now “

The teams meet Wednesday night in Edmonton to complete a three-game series

When the Leafs had blackouts, Hutchinson was there to bail them out

“It was just like one of those nights, the way he was moving around the net and the saves he was making, at least gave me on the bench the confidence that they were going to have to do a lot. to mark one tonight, “said Keefe” It was great It was fun watching him there “

Hutchinson was on the bench on Saturday when Jack Campbell led the Leafs to a 4-0 victory

“It was a lot of fun watching (Campbell) get the shutout in the last game, injuring himself like he did,” Hutchinson said. “And for me, I thought the guys fought really well in front of me all night tonight and made my job as easy as possible.”

Toronto’s first shot of the night didn’t come until 7:19 of the first period, but it was worth the wait as Rielly passed a pass to Hyman’s board and the forward sent a clever backhand shot past Koskinen to give the Leafs a 1-0 lead

Three minutes later, Nylander struck out the puck from a face-off and went deep into the Edmonton zone He backhanded over Koskinen’s glove and into the upper left corner of the net

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A power-play strike completed the first period scoring after Edmonton’s Adam Larsson was called up for a crash Rielly fired a shot near the blue line and, although Koskinen did secure a part of it, he couldn’t control the puck and it dribbled between his legs and over the goal line, giving Toronto a 3-0 lead before the first intermission

The Oilers had plenty of scoring opportunities in the third period, edging the Leafs 13-8 through the frame, but couldn’t beat Hutchinson The 31-year-old’s last shutout has taken place on January 4, 2020, when he led Toronto to a 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders

“We couldn’t find a way to crack them first and start and get that confidence back,” he said. “But I mean, we have to stay confident We were riding before that, it’s a bit of a noise on the radar It happens”

Hutchinson had to stop a quick Connor McDavid in the third to keep his shutout intact

“You don’t have a lot of time to think about (McDavid’s) descent,” Hutchinson said “You just see that he has a chance to have a chance and from there he’s is just trying to react and hope that you will be able to make the backup”

ALWAYS SIDE

Toronto was without Matthews for a second straight game as team star center recovered from a wrist injury Matthews – who has 31 points (18 goals, 13 assists) this season – travels with the team and participated in an optional skating with his teammates on Monday

GAMES OF POWER

The Leafs entered the game with the best power play in the league, after capitalizing on 324% of their chances with the Toronto power play 1 for 4 on Monday Edmonton did not benefit from any his four chances

MOVING THE ROSTER

Earlier Monday, the Oilers pulled goalie Alex Stalock from Minnesota Wild waivers

MILESTONE

Toronto D Jake Muzzin played his 600th career game

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