Dog days are over for Toronto Maple Leafs goalkeeper Michael Hutchinson. After seven no-win games for the Maple Leafs this season, the 29-year-old was finally able to put on a show with the Detroit Red Wings and get his first win of the season in a 4-1 win on Saturday. .
Before his start against Detroit, Hutchinson’s numbers were less than ideal. He was 0-5-1 on the year with a 4.55 GAA and .876 save percentage and allowed no fewer than four goals in each start. He was also fighting for the Leafs backup role, with Kasimir Kaskisuo, who had started just one game and allowed six goals for the Pittsburgh Penguins.
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So, as Toronto’s Saturday opponent comes last in the Eastern Conference, Hutchinson certainly saw the opportunity to show his worth – and he earned his worth.
Bari, Od. the native stopped 29 of 30 shots on the night, coming up with enough stops to help Toronto win its fourth win and fifth in six races.
Although his close was damaged by a third-half goal from Tyler Bertuzzi, Barrie, Ont. the native appeared full to finally get to the victory column, and his face said it all after the victory.
With the win, Hutchinson is now 1-5-1 with a 4.06 GAA and .886 save percentage through eight games, ranking 59th in the league among 63 goaltenders with at least six games.