ICYMI: Toffoli tips Gaudreau’s pass by Talbot for fifth goal in seven games
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By Mike Gould1 year ago
@Tyler Toffoli scored his fifth goal as a member of the Calgary Flames — and his first on the road — early in the third period of Tuesday’s 5–1 win over the Minnesota Wild.
The Flames entered the final 20 minutes of play at Xcel Energy Center up 3–1 over the Wild. With 1:03 still remaining on a tripping minor penalty Wild forward Matt Boldy took late in the second period, Calgary had an early opportunity to potentially put the game out of reach.
The newest (and arguably hottest) Flame struck just 33 seconds into the third period. After the Flames’ top power-play unit set itself up in the attacking zone, @Johnny Gaudreau managed to find Toffoli wide-open in front of @Cam Talbot’s net.
With no Minnesota defenders even remotely close to him, Toffoli deftly redirected Gaudreau’s feed past Talbot’s left pad and into the bottom corner of the Wild net. @Rasmus Andersson also picked up an assist on Toffoli’s 14th goal of the season.
Toffoli also picked up an assist on @Matthew Tkachuk’s opening goal in the first period, giving him his second consecutive multi-point game. The 29-year-old forward now has 33 points in 44 games during the 2021–22 season, including seven points in his first seven games with the Flames.
Tkachuk, Toffoli, @Andrew Mangiapane, @Elias Lindholm, and @Mikael Backlund scored in Calgary’s 5–1 win over the Wild on Tuesday. @Jacob Markstrom made 32 saves to secure his 25th win of the season; at the other end, former Flame @Cam Talbot allowed four goals on 26 shots.
The Flames will return to action on Mar. 3 when they welcome Toffoli’s former team, the Montreal Canadiens, to the Scotiabank Saddledome.
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