"It was one of those games where throughout the anthems I felt really calm and unwinded," stated Hutchinson, who got a boost of confidence when he saved a shot by Isles defenceman Scott Mayfield 22 seconds into the opening period. It was Hutchinson's third-straight win following a 4-1 triumph over Detroit on Dec. 21 and a 5-4 overtime victory in New Jersey on Dec. 27, both part of Toronto's point streak."It's kind of resetting and knowing you can't change anything that took place earlier in the season," said Hutchinson of his recent success."We produced a little additional difficulty for our group today going into it, obviously, providing Freddie the day off and putting Hutch in," said Keefe, who notified Hutchinson of his choice on Friday. After a scoreless first period, Hutchinson stepped up in the 2nd, dealing with 16 shots.
Michael Hutchinson had more than 24 hours to psychologically prepare for an unusual start in web for the Toronto Maple Leafs. That relatively prolonged leadup was sufficient for him.
"It was among those video games where during the anthems I felt really calm and unwinded," stated Hutchinson, who got a boost of confidence when he saved a shot by Isles defenceman Scott Mayfield 22 seconds into the opening period. "The video game started and their very first shot was in from the point with a fair bit of traffic and I had the ability to find the lane immediately and make a quite easy conserve on my feet."
Pierre Engvall, Auston Matthews and Zach Hyman, into an empty net, scored for the Maple Leafs (24-14-5), who have actually won nine of their last 10 video games.