HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On winning an 11-round shootout:
We started asking the guys who are in there doing YouTube review to see who actually scored a goal in the minors. We’ve got a pretty good list and then as time went on, you’re starting to wonder where you’re going, for sure. Obviously, some guys do a lot of real good things and in shootouts weren’t as good. Other guys came through for us. It was good for [Johnsson] and good for our team. I thought a real big goal by Mitch [Marner] obviously to get us back in the game.
On his level of concern in the number of penalties taken:
We’ve talked about this, right? So, if I talk to you about it, you can bet we’ve talked about it and we’ll continue to talk about it. I thought we started really good, I thought when we took the three penalties in a row we got off-kilter and got on our heels. I didn’t think we really, to be honest with you, got our game back. To me, you’ve got to play longer and harder than the other team and we were unable to do that. We get ourselves a win so we feel good about the win. We’re set up with a good week here this week. We’ve got to take some steps. The guys know that, I know that and we’ve got to do a better job.
On Kapanen’s performance tonight:
He was our best player, right? He was flying, obviously has some history here, wanted to make an impression, was good. We had him on multiple lines. I thought he played well.
On Spezza working to help the team:
Obviously, with [Tavares] out it’s a different scenario. Spezz is trying to do what he can to help out any way he can.
On what Spezza has meant to the team:
The thing I think he brings the most is he loves hockey. What’s he doing at the rink? Sometimes he’s a fourth line guy, sometimes he’s scratched. Why the heck would he come to the rink? He loves hockey, wants to be around the guys. He loves it. What you do is you show the people how much you love hockey and your passion for the game and I think that’s great.
On Frederik Andersen’s performance:
Yeah, he would have liked to have their power play goal back but after that he was outstanding. They didn’t have much early and one of the first shots ends up bouncing off [Rielly] and going in, and then you get the other one that goes in and then he just said, ‘enough is enough,’ and especially in the shootout, obviously.
KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On his line’s goal in the second period:
I think we just had a good shift. That period wasn’t that great for us. Obviously, taking two penalties and spending a lot of time in our zone. I think it’s a big goal for [Spezza] too. He’s had so many chances and hockey is cruel that way, sometimes they just don’t go in. I’m happy it went his way.
On taking a penalty in overtime:
It’s not a fun feeling, for sure. Our team has been taking a lot of penalties and we’ve been talking about it. Obviously, my penalty wasn’t great either. It’s something we’ve got to be better at.
MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL)
On Frederik Andersen’s performance:
We talk every day about how he keeps our team grounded. He keeps us in games a lot of times. It’s a hell of a shootout performance by him. That win happens because of his saves.
On what he was thinking as the shootout progressed:
Just keep thinking who they’re putting out and who we’re putting out. Trying to guess where people are going to go. Hope Fred saves ours and hope we score on our chances.
On the quality of the ice during the shootout:
I think that’s one of the challenges in these shootouts. It’s not great ice so you’ve got to decide if you want to try and stickhandle with it or not. That’s a hell of a move by [Spezza] to put that on the net. That’s a good goal for us.
JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On if he has a tactical approach in the shootout:
No, I just kind of read it off the goalie’s flow. He had made some good saves so you just kind of go with what you think.
On what he saw on his goal in the second period:
Just whacked it in the net. Happy to see it cross the line. Nothing pretty about it but we had a couple of shots on net there, I had a few chances earlier in the game and it’s nice to see one drop for me.
On what it means to score his first goal as a Maple Leaf:
It’s great. It was a big goal. I had been in the penalty box for a couple there and they scored so it was nice to get it back to tie the game up. You don’t like seeing goals going in when you’re in the box. It’s a bad feeling so it was good to get it. I thought we had a great first, didn’t have a good second, probably because of the penalties and just got on our heels a little bit. Pretty competitive third and great kills in overtime. To win the shootout was huge for us. We needed it tonight.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (7-5-3 – 17 Points) 4 vs.
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (6-5-2 – 14 Points) 3 (SO).
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Kasperi Kapanen opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:55 of the first period and later hadthe secondary assist on Jason Spezza’s second period goal. Kapanen has registered eight (3-5-8) of his 10 points on the road this season. He has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in five games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2019-20. Tonight’s game is his third multi-point game of the season and the 13th multi-point game of his career.
- Jason Spezza had the secondary assist on Kapanen’s first period goal and later scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 17:55 of the second period. Spezza’s second period goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf. He has three points over his last four games played. Tonight’s game is his first multi-point game of the season and the 228th multi-point game of his career.
- Mitch Marner scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 5:03 of the third period. Marner has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. He has scored three of his four goals on the road this season and has five points (3-2-5) in six road games. Marner has picked up six points (3-3-6) in five games against Metropolitan Division opponents in 2019-20.
- Andreas Johnsson took his first career shootout attempt and scored his first career shootout-winning goal.
- Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Kapanen’s first period goal. Rielly has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games. He has five assists in five games against Metropolitan Division opposition this season.
- Ilya Mikheyev recorded the primary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Mikheyev has four points (1-3-4) over his last four games. He has five points (2-3-5) in six road games this season. He is tied for the lead among NHL rookies in points (6-5-11).
- Frederik Andersen stopped 37 shots in regulation and overtime before making another 10 saves in the shootout.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
- Auston Matthews: Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
- Mitch Marner: Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
- Kasperi Kapanen: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- William Nylander: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Dmytro Timashov: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Ilya Mikheyev: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Tyson Barrie: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Jason Spezza: Goal (2019-20: 1/1)
- Alex Kerfoot: Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
- Morgan Rielly: Missed (2019-20: 0/1)
- Andreas Johnsson: Goal (2019-20: 1/1)
- Frederik Andersen: 10/11 (2019-20:10/11)
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||12 (12)||7 (5)||5 (3)||2 (0)||26 (20)|
|PHILADELPHIA||5 (4)||16 (7)||11 (11)||8 (0)||40 (22)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||21 (21)||11 (6)||14 (11)||2 (0)||48 (38)|
|PHILADELPHIA||9 (8)||30 (16)||18 (17)||13 (0)||70 (41)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||3-3-0 (6 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Philadelphia||64-92-22-6 (184 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Philadelphia on the Road||27-54-8-3 (92 Games)|
|Record vs. Eastern Conference||5-4-3 (12 Games)|
|Record vs. Metropolitan Division||2-1-2 (5 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||4 (Marner, Nylander)|
|Shot Attempts||5 (Marner, Mikheyev)|
|Faceoff Wins||7 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||70% (Matthews – 7 won, 3 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Ceci)|
|Takeaways||1 (Four players tied)|
|Power Play TOI||2:00 (Matthews)|
|Shorthanded TOI||5:19 (Ceci)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||77.8% (Holl – 14 for, 4 against)|
|Tied after 1||2-1-2|
|Tied after 2||2-3-1|
|Do not score on the powerplay||4-3-1|
|Allow multiple power play goals||1-1-1|
|Outshot by opponent||2-3-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 4-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
- Tonight’s shootout went 11 rounds, which now stands as the longest shootout in franchise history (Previous: March 16, 2013 vs. Winnipeg).
- Toronto’s line of Frederik Gauthier, Nick Shore and Dmytro Timashov started all of their 5-on-5 shifts in the defensive zone.
- Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 20 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.6 percent (20 for, 16 against).
- Auston Matthews won 100 percent (4 won, 0 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with Philadelphia centre Sean Couturier.
- Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 p.m. vs. Los Angeles Kings (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, November 7, 7:30 p.m. vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
- Saturday, November 9, 7:00 p.m. vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Sunday, November 10, 7:00 p.m. at Chicago Blackhawks (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Wednesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. at New York Islanders (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 2019
Toronto: E. Korshkov (6) PP (J. Bracco, R. Sandin), R. Sandin (2) (T. MacMaster, T. Liljegren), D. Archibald (3) (G. Wilson), J. Bracco (2) (N. Petan, J. Schmaltz), P. Aberg (7) PP (T. Liljegren, P. Engvall)
Goaltender: J. Woll (47/52)
Laval: J. Cox (2) (N. Juulsen, L. Vejdemo), D. Weise (2) (Unassisted), L. Vejdemo (4) (G. Olofsson, J. Cox), C. Hudon (4) (D. Weise, M. Peca), C. Hudon (5) (O. Leskinen, D. Weise)
Goaltender: C. Lindgren (21/26)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Egor Korshkov opened the scoring for the third time this season at 6:37 of the first period on the power play. This is Korshkov’s fourth power play goal. He has eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Rasmus Sandin scored Toronto’s second goal of the game at 11:58 of the second period and earlier added the secondary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Sandin has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in seven games.
- Darren Archibald scored Toronto’s third goal of the game at 2:35 of the third period. Archibald has three goals in 10 games this season.
- Jeremy Bracco scored at 7:45 of third period and earlierrecorded the primary assist on Korshkov’s first period goal. Bracco has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) through 10 games this season.
- Pontus Aberg scored on the power play at 13:08 of the third period. Aberg leads the Marlies in points (12) and goals (7) through 10 games.
- Tanner MacMaster registered the primary assist on Sandin’s second period goal. MacMaster has set a career high with points (1 goal, 3 assists) in four consecutive games.
- Timothy Liljegren picked up the secondary assist on Sandin’s second period goal and the primary assist on Aberg’s third period power play goal. Liljegren has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) through 10 games.
- Garrett Wilson had the lone assist on Archibald’s third period goal. Wilson has four points (2 goals, 2 assist) in three consecutive games.
- Nic Petan recorded the primary assist on Bracco’s third period goal. Petan has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two games this season.
- Jordan Schmaltz collected the secondary assist on Bracco’s third period goal.
- Pierre Engvall registered the secondary assist on Aberg’s third period goal. Engvall has nine points (2 goals, 7 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Joseph Woll stopped 47 of 52 shots he faced. Woll is now 2-0-1-1 on the season with a 0.897 Save Percentage and a 3.36 Goals Against Average.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
· Nic Petan – Stopped (2019-20: 0/1)
· Kenny Agostino – Stopped (2019-20: 1/2)
· Pontus Aberg – Stopped (2019-20: 0/2)
· Joseph Woll – 2/3(2019-20: 7/9)
- The Marlies last allowed more than 50 shots on goal on January 30, 2015 in a 3-2 win against the Utica Comets.
- Toronto is the only AHL team without a regulation loss (7-0-2-1). This is the second-best start over 10 games since the 2007-08 team collected 18 points out of a possible 20 points.
- Toronto was 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and was 2-for-3 on the power play.
- Laval had a 53-26 edge in shots in all situations. Pontus Aberg led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 4-0-2-1 against North Division opponents and are 0-0-0-1 against the Rocket. This is the first of eight games this season against Laval.
- The Toronto Marlies are on their annual Royal Road Trip where they will play seven away games from October 26 to November 9 as Coca-Cola Coliseum hosts the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: P. Aberg (7)
- Assists: J. Bracco (8)
- Points: P. Aberg (12)
- PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
- Shots: P. Aberg (35)
- +/-: B. Harpur (+11)
- PIMS: E. Korshkov,J. Schmaltz (10)
- Toronto is 6-0-1-1 when scoring first.
- The Marlies are 4-0-1-1 when leading after the first period and 2-0-0-1 when tied after the second period.
- Toronto is 2-0-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 3-0-1-1 in Saturday games and are 1-0-0-1 in November.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Pontus Aberg has points (3-2-5) in three consecutive games.
- Jeremy Bracco has points (2-2-4) in consecutive games.
- Pierre Engvall has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Tanner MacMaster has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games.
- Nic Petan has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.
- Rasmus Sandin has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
- Jordan Schmaltz has assists (2) in consecutive games.
- Garret Wilson has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in tonight’s game against Belleville.
- November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
- October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).
- October 25: Recalled forward Zach O’Brien from Newfoundland (ECHL).
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On identifying trends through the beginning of the season:
I don’t know if I’d say trends, other than some of our play to the neutral zone, I think, we need to clean up and do better but a lot of our game I liked a lot to be honest. I liked how we stuck with it. We knew this was going to be a tough game for us to play here today with our travel coming in late and the quick turnaround here, playing against a team that I fully expected would be our toughest opponent that we’ve played to date here. Even last season playing against them with half the talent, they were one of the tougher teams we played against. We knew offence was hard to come by in that they shoot the puck a lot and spend a lot of time in your end and forecheck and work and all those things so it was going to be an extra challenge for our team today but I liked that we were able to play with the lead and do a lot of things to generate enough offence to score. We were good on special teams up until we weren’t in the third there when we needed it the most. All the things we wanted to do well I thought we did. Obviously, we know though that we have to be better in order to compete on a regular basis.
On the team’s identity:
I think we’re still trying to sort that out to be honest. We changed out lineup up a little bit here today. We’re waiting on some people to come into our lineup that I think are going to change the look of our team significantly. Obviously, Nic Petan’s arrival changes our group significantly. I think we’re still trying to sort that out and as I said, changing the lineup up a little bit today was just kind of experimenting on what we would look like if we would move things around and also just trying to utilize our depth but we’re a big, strong team with lots of experience and I don’t know if we’re playing like that quite yet. Still trying to find our way. It’s a little adjustment for me as a coach too. It’s a much different type of lineup and we’re trying to sort through that. I know we have spirit and we’ve got fight and that’s why we’ve been able to stick around and make sure we get points in every game.
November 6 at Rockford – 10:30 a.m. CT
November 8 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 9 at Grand Rapids – 7:00 p.m. ET
November 16 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET
November 17 vs Texas – 4:00 p.m. ET