Five days later, and for at least one game, the goaltender got the Leafs out of a goaltending mess.
On Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars, Kallgren played with poise and confidence, a couple of crucial factors that have been absent from the Leafs’ crease.
In making 35 saves in a 4-0 Leafs win, Kallgren became the fourth goalie in team history and first since Garret Sparks in 2015 to record a shutout in his first National Hockey League start.
“A lot of emotions, but I am really happy for the win,” Kallgren said. “Before the game, I just tried to treat it as a regular game. During the game, I tried to not think too much. At the end, I was happy we could keep the shutout.
“I felt good. I’ve played in some big games before (in helping Vaxjo win the Swedish Hockey League championship last season), but not in the NHL. Just tried to treat it as a normal game and embrace the moment.”