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DAVID RITTICH ADMITS TO FUNNY IN-GAME SEQUENCE WHERE HE FEARED HIS OWN LEAFS DEFENSEMAN

APR 14, 2021  (10H14)      MIKE ARMENTI
The Toronto Maple Leafs were hoping for a better result on Tuesday for deadline acquisition David Rittich, after the Czech netminder got the nod against his former team, the Calgary Flames in his first game with his new club.

Unfortunately for Rittich and the Leafs, the Flames picked up the 3-2 OT win, thanks to a nifty move in tight by Flames winger Johnny Gaudreau to seal the deal. The silver-lining in the loss was that "Big Save Dave" played well in his first outing as a Leaf and was one of the main reasons that the Buds picked up a point on Tuesday, making several key saves in the third period to keep the game knotted at 2 apiece.

During the postgame media availability, Rittich was asked what the weirdest thing about playing against his former team was on Tuesday. His reply was absolute gold.

"Probably in the first period when I got scared of a player in blue jersey," Rittich said. "That was probably the weirdest thing to what could happen to me so I just rimmed that puck and then I figure out I'm blue too," he continued.

Rittich is nothing if not an honest man, and it's fun that he can see the humour in the situation, even after his first loss with his new club.

It always helps to make a good impression on your new coach as well, which Rittich appears to have done with his effort in the OT loss.

"I thought he looked really good in the net," said Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, following the game. "I am sure it is a difficult night for him. The emotions are part of it, but then the actual gameplay is another thing even just the colours of the jerseys and the different people on the ice that used to be on the other side. That can be difficult.

"I thought he looked good in the net and looked confident. He made some good saves for us. I don't think he had a chance on any of the goals. It was a good debut for him," Keefe concluded.

Rittich and Campbell, barring injury, are expected to shoulder the load the rest of the way this season, though GM Kyle Dubas has not shut the door on Andersen's return at some point towards the end of the year.

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NHL STATS
SEASON
2020-2021GPGAPTS
CONNOR MCDAVID
533268100
LEON DRAISAITL
53304979
BRAD MARCHAND
52283967
MITCH MARNER
54204767
PATRICK KANE
+2
55155166
NATHAN MACKINNON
47204565
AUSTON MATTHEWS
50402565
SIDNEY CROSBY
55243862
MIKKO RANTANEN
49303161
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
55204161
MARK STONE
53213960
ARTEMI PANARIN
42174158
MARK SCHEIFELE
53203858
ALEKSANDER BARKOV
49263157
SEBASTIAN AHO
55243357
JAKE GUENTZEL
56233457
ALEX DEBRINCAT
+2
51312354
NICKLAS BACKSTROM
54153853
MAX PACIORETTY
48242751
DAVID PERRON
53163551
  COMPLETE STATS
NHL STATS
YESTERDAY
MAY 9, 2021 G A PTS
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
1 2 3
MATTHEW TKACHUK
1 2 3
ALEX DEBRINCAT
2 - 2
MARK GIORDANO
1 1 2
BRANDON HAGEL
1 1 2
PATRICK KANE
- 2 2
MIKAEL BACKLUND
1 - 1
DILLON DUBE
1 - 1
MACKENZIE ENTWISTLE
1 - 1
DENIS GURIANOV
1 - 1
  COMPLETE RESULTS