Toronto complete season sweep

08 December 2017 03:49:19 GMTPlus11

The Toronto Maple Leafs were made to work hard before defeating the visiting Calgary Flames 2-1 in a shootout at the Air Canada Centre on Wednesday.

Comfortable 4-1 winners over the Flames at the Scotiabank Saddledome last week as part of a winning road swing, the Maple Leafs could thank Auston Matthews and William Nylander for scoring in the shootout, as they bounced back from their loss in the road trip finale to the Vancouver Canucks.

Frederik Andersen was peppered in the Toronto net by the visitors and turned away 47 of the 48 shots that he faced in the contest.

It was a brief one-game home stand for the Maple Leafs, who now head to the PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh to face the defending Stanley Cup champion Penguins on Saturday.

Three points ahead of Toronto in the Atlantic Division standings, and having played two games less, the Tampa Bay Lightning play the third contest of their four-game home stand when they welcome in the Colorado Avalanche to the Amalie Arena.

The Lightning had a disappointing road trip losing three of four, but the home cooking seems to have hit the spot as they have defeated the San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders since their return.

The gap from second to third in the Division is a healthy, at least from Toronto's standpoint, eight points to the Canadiens.

Montreal could not extend their winning streak to six games last time out as they fell 4-3 to the St. Louis Blues at the Bell Centre.

The Flames, Edmonton Oilers and New Jersey Devils now follow the Blues into town as the Canadiens look to consolidate their small turnaround.

Tampa Bay are 1.43 to win the Atlantic Division title, with the Maple Leafs 2.80 and the Canadiens 29.00.

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