Montreal Canadiens 0, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

It is fair to say that Michael Hutchinson is making his case as the leading contender to be the backup goaltender for the coming season.

Hutchinson made 38 saves for the shutout victory as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-0 on Monday in a pre-season fixture.

The Leafs led 2-0 during the final frame, and Hutchinson made big saves from Tomas Tatar on the power play, Nick Cousins from the crease and Alex Belzile alone in front of the net to preserve the two-goal lead.

Hutchinson was exceptional throughout. He had previously denied Charles Hudon on a 2-on-1 before stopping Tatar on a fast break late in the second period.

Toronto’s top young prospects were on display as the biggest stars didn’t make the trip.

Forwards Auston Matthews, John Tavares, William Nylander and Mitch were not in the line-up for the Leafs. Defencemen Jake Muzzin and Morgan Rielly also played no part.

After a scoreless opening period, the visitors struck first at 1:05 of the second. With the Maple Leafs on the power play, Yegor Korshkov crashed the net and fired a pass from Nic Petan behind Charlie Lindgren.

Toronto doubled their lead five minutes later through Darren Archibald’s first of pre-season. The 29-year-old has played 55 NHL games with the Canucks and Senators. He drove hard to the net and cashed in Petan’s rebound.

Meanwhile, Korshkov made it 3-0 to the Maple Leafs from a strong individual effort at 8:04 of the third. The Russian stripped the puck off Brett Kulak in the Montreal end before snapping a quick release into the roof of the net.

Peace,

Burke.

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