Just over a week ago, Michael Hutchinson was battling to get back into the NHL. Now, he’s filling a key need for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Hutchinson stopped 28 shots for his first shutout in more than two years, Auston Matthews had a goal and two assists, and the Maple Leafs beat the Vancouver Canucks 5-0 Saturday night.
Hutchinson was playing for Springfield of the AHL when he was acquired from Florida last weekend with Toronto starter Frederik Anderson (groin) and backup Garret Sparks (concussion) still sidelined.
“It’s hard to imagine,” Hutchinson said of how much his life changed in only eight days. “Being in Springfield, you don’t know where your season’s going and how things are going to turn out.”
Islanders 4, Blues 3: Jordan Eberle and Johnny Boychuk scored 11 seconds apart in the third period to help New York rally in St. Louis. Anders Lee and Matt Martin also scored for the Islanders, who won their sixth in a row.
Predators 4, Canadiens 1: Craig Smith scored two goals and Nashville won in Montreal. Juuse Saros stopped 27 shots in place of Pekka Rinne.
Blue Jackets 4, Panthers 3: Seth Jones scored 18 seconds into overtime and Columbus triumphed in Florida. Brandon Dubinsky, Josh Anderson and Anthony Duclair also scored goals for the Blue Jackets.
Bruins 2, Sabres 1: Chris Wagner and David Backes scored, Tuukka Rask stopped 31 shots and Boston won at home for its fourth straight victory. Rask was looking for his first shutout of the season, but former Bruins defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen beat him with a wrist shot with 2:38 left in regulation.
Flames 3, Flyers 2: TJ Brodie scored 1 minute, 59 seconds into overtime after Matthew Tkachuk tied it with 4:17 left in regulation to lead Calgary to a road victory.
Wild 4, Senators 3: Jared Spurgeon scored twice to lead Minnesota in Ottawa.
Kings 4, Oilers 0: Anze Kopitar scored his 10th goal of the year for host L.A.
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