Rittich made 15 saves in a 4-1 win over Vancouver on Thursday. It was his first win as a Maple Leaf and just is third since the first of March. The only goal he allowed came off the stick of J.T. Miller on the power play. Rittich has struggled since his arrival in Toronto, but this performance was solid. Let's see if he can build on it.
Rittich will guard the home cage during Thursday's matchup with the Canucks, Terry Koshan of The Toronto Sun reports. Rittich struggled in his last start April 20 against Vancouver, surrendering five goals on 28 shots en route to an ugly 6-3 loss. He'll attempt to shake off that poor performance and snap his personal three-game losing streak in a rematch with the same Canucks club Thursday.
Rittich allowed five goals on 28 shots in a 6-3 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday. The sixth goal was an empty-netter. Rittich's search for his first win as a Leaf was on the right track until the third period. The Canucks scored four unanswered goals -- three against Rittich and one into an empty net -- to run away with the result. The 28-year-old netminder slipped to 4-8-2 with a 2.98 GAA and an .899 save percentage through 18 appearances between Toronto and Calgary. Jack Campbell was announced as the Maple Leafs' starter for Thursday's game against the Jets, which likely leaves Rittich as the backup.
Rittich will patrol the crease for Tuesday's road contest in Vancouver, Mark Masters of TSN.ca reports. Rittich will make his second start and third appearance with Toronto on Tuesday. He's stopped 41 of 45 shots in his brief time as a Maple Leaf so far while losing his only decision in overtime against the Flames. For the season, the 28-year-old owns a.905 save percentage and 2.82 GAA through 17 games. Rittich will look for his first win as a Maple Leaf against a Vancouver team playing for just the second time since March 24.
Rittich stopped 25 of 28 shots Tuesday in a 3-2 overtime loss to Calgary. Rittich, a trade deadline acquisition from the Flames, had his Toronto debut spoiled when former teammate Johnny Gaudreau beat him just 36 seconds into overtime. Rittich was added by the Maple Leafs to spell current No. 1 netminder Jack Campbell while Frederik Andersen (lower body) remains sidelined. The 28-year-old Rittich went 4-7-1 with Calgary, posting a 2.90 GAA and .904 save percentage.
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