SHELDON KEEFE: “Special teams, really for me, is what lost the game but we couldn’t get any rhythm, we couldn’t get on the inside and overall, I just thought we were the slower team on the ice today, thought that they outskated us and out-skilled us in a lot of areas of the game and it makes it pretty tough on you that way.”

TORONTO MARLIES (7-1-2-1 – 17 Points) vs. ROCKFORD ICEHOGS (6-5-0-0 – 12 Points)





Toronto: M. Read (1) (K. Rubins, T. Gaudet)
Goaltender: K. Kaskisuo (28/30)

Rockford: R. Johnson (3) (N. Moutry, M. Entwistle), P. Kurashev (1) PP (P. Holm, N. Beaudin), B. Hagel (2) EN (I. McCoshen)
Goaltender: K. Lankinen (19/20)


  • Matt Read opened the scoring eight seconds into the second period. This is Read’s first goal for the Marlies. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) through nine games.
  • Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Read’s second period goal. Rubins has three assists through eight games.
  • Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Read’s second period goal. Gaudet has picked up five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in 10 games this season.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo stopped 28 of 30 shots he faced. Kaskisuo is now 5-1-1-0 on the season with a .925 Save Percentage and a 2.15 Goals Against Average.


  • The Marlies have played two games at 10:30 a.m. (1-1-0-0) since 2005-06, both against Oklahoma City in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
  • Toronto has not given up an empty-net goal since March 23, 2019 in a 5-2 loss against the Rochester Americans.
  • This is Toronto’s first regulation loss this season, capturing 17 of 22 points through their first 11 games.
  • Toronto was 5-for-6 on the penalty kill and was 0-for-5 on the power play.
  • Rockford had a 31-20 edge in shots in all situations. Multiple playersled the Marlies with two shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 against Central Division opponents and are 0-1-0-0 against the IceHogs. This is the first of two games this season against Rockford. Toronto last played Rockford on April 18, 2015, winning 3-1 on the road.
  • 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.


  • Goals: P. Aberg (7)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (8)
  • Points: P. Aberg (12)
  • PPG: E. Korshkov (4)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (37)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+11)
  • PIMS: E. Korshkov,J. Schmaltz (12)


  • Toronto is 6-1-1-1 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 2-1-0-0 when tied after the first period and 1-1-2-0 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 2-1-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-1-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 1-1-0-1 in November.


  • No current point streaks


  • Darren Archibald (forearm strain) did not play in today’s game against Rockford.
  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not play in today’s game against Rockford.


  • November 5: Recalled forward Aaron Luchuk from to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 5: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 5: Recalled forward Nic Petan from loan to Toronto (NHL).
  • November 3: Returned forward Zach O’Brien on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • November 1: Loaned forward Nic Petan from Toronto (NHL) to Toronto (AHL).
  • October 31: Traded defenceman Ryan Johnston to San Diego (AHL).



On today’s game:
We just really struggled to generate any sort of offence today. That was our biggest issue. Penalties of course would be the only thing that would be bigger than that. At five-on-five today, I mean we didn’t give up very much. It was the least amount of scoring chances that we’ve given up all season but we just didn’t get any offence today ourselves and you need to score more than one goal to win and our power play couldn’t make it up for us. They scored a power play goal and we didn’t. We took too many penalties. Special teams, really for me, is what lost the game but we couldn’t get any rhythm, we couldn’t get on the inside and overall, I just thought we were the slower team on the ice today, thought that they outskated us and out-skilled us in a lot of areas of the game and it makes it pretty tough on you that way.


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
November 20 vs Laval – 7:00 p.m. ET

RAPTORS: McCaw has arthroscopic knee surgery


After a short period of experiencing discomfort in his left knee, Patrick McCaw underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to determine and correct the issue. A benign mass on the back of the knee was removed. The procedure was performed by Dr. Riley Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

A timetable for McCaw’s return has not been established. He will be reevaluated in four weeks and his condition will be updated as appropriate. He will not travel with the Raptors as they begin a five-game west coast road swing on Friday.

McCaw has totaled eight points, six rebounds, three assists, three steals and 40 minutes in two games this season.

JOHN TAVARES: “Obviously, probably a little bit of rust and just getting back into the rhythm of things. Overall, I think physically I felt pretty good. Certainly, I can play a lot better, but good to get back in it. It was a tight hockey game and just great we came through at the end.”

HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK On tonight’s game: We knew as a coaching staff – obviously, we did the pre-scout – we knew what we were in for. We knew it was going to be a grind. After the first period, the teams were on pace for 21-21 in shots. They did a real good job in the neutral zone; they did a real good job in their own zone blocking shots and staying on the inside. They just stayed with it. That’s what they’ve been doing. They’ve got good leadership there. If you look at it, they’ve got stars in three positions in Kopitar, Doughty and then in net [Quick]. So, they’ve got some leadership for the group as they try to build it. Obviously, their coach and their staff did a real good job. They made it hard, there was no free space. It was hard, but I thought it was a really good game for our team to just stay the course, this is where we are, do things right, don’t cheat and you’ll be rewarded in the end.

On Tavares’ return to the lineup: We were just talking about it. It doesn’t matter what you do, how hard you train, what work. He was fine but you’re not playing NHL games. I imagine Hyman is going to go through a stretch too. It’s hard when you’re sitting out and everyone else is practicing no matter who you work with and how good the development team is and all that stuff, it’s still not NHL hockey.

On if Dermott is rounding into his usual form: Yeah, the offensive side. You’ve still got to – you can’t have chances, that’s the key. Chances – you’ve got to be safe. Do all the other stuff and be safe and then you’re like the old guy.

On Petan’s performance tonight: I thought it was good for Petey. He went to work. He went down, went to work, came back and, obviously, there’s a guy for that spot so there’s not going to be a lot of opportunity. [Moore] is a real good hockey player too. It was an opportunity and we wanted to see Pete. Good for him.

On the Matthews line scoring a pair of goals despite few chances: I thought it was a tough night for every line. I thought Kerfoot’s line was real good, but there wasn’t a whole lot. From their end, they didn’t generate anything either. They had to throw it in, couldn’t get it through from the point, the blocked shots. Some people would think it was ugly, I thought it was beautiful.

On what Kerfoot brings to the team: I think Kerf is a good hockey player. A real smart, smart person, a good person, he works hard. He’s greasy, he’s competitive, he knows how to play, he’s just going to get better and better. I think we can have an unbelievable line there with [Mikheyev] and [Kapanen] once we get it organized and they get to know each other and feel good.

On Marner taking shorthanded faceoffs: I forget what happened, it’s just the way it was. Hyman will take those right-handed faceoffs when he’s back. Hyms is good at it, he’ll work at it. [Shore] has done a heck of a job for us there, really good job.

On why he thinks tonight was a beautiful game: We need to go through that. We need to figure out who we are and the harder the game is the better it is for the team. Now, would you like to win by a touchdown and everyone relax and all that? Yeah, but we’re not getting anywhere like that. This is important to do. You give up one goal, you play well without the puck, the goalie makes some saves, we didn’t win it on special teams, we had to grind. It’s good for us.

On the Kings being a different style of team than McLellan’s previous teams: That’s what I said this morning — every team you coach is different. The reason it’s different is you have a different group of guys. That’s how he has to coach to have success with this team. I talked to him for a long time this morning, did the pre-scout, have a pretty good handle on what the program is there. He’s going to do a real nice job

. On if Hyman will be available next game: I don’t know.


On the hit he received by Jeff Carter in the first period: It was a pretty big hit. He made a good play; I had my head down a little bit and saw him at the last second but couldn’t get out of the way.

On his second period goal: It was good. It was kind of a broken play. There was a good line change by [Moore] and they turned the puck over right at the blue line and I was fortunate enough to be in a good spot and tried to put it on net and it went in.

On what the Kings did well tonight: They play well defensively. They lock it down pretty good, they don’t give up a lot off the rush, they kind of stay back and they’re tough to play against. We played them pretty good, stuck with our game plan and were able to get a couple there at the end.


On the team’s performance tonight: I think we just stayed patient throughout the whole game. Not really much going on, I guess, in the first two periods, but we tried to stay patient and tried to play as little in our zone as we could, just tried to break out fast. Obviously, a tight game there and couple of big goals in the third.

On the challenge of staying patient when the opponent tries to slow the team down: It’s tough, but, I mean, that’s what a lot of teams tend to do, especially against us. We can do a better job of getting through the neutral zone and keeping it a bit more simple so we can get in the offensive zone and play in there. At times, games are going to be like that. Just try to stay patient, work with one another and continue to push through.


On playing his former team: It was weird. It was weird. A couple of chirps, a couple of laughs, but, at the end, of the day, you’re still trying to do your job and play hard. I don’t know, some funny moments and some serious ones. It was fun.

On if Kopitar told him to go to the penalty box in the second period: Yeah, I was complaining. It was a penalty, though.

On if he had any fun moments during the game with Doughty: He tripped me one time. I tripped him. A couple of subtle jokes back and forth, nothing crazy. I didn’t get him too fired up


On what he liked about the team’s effort: I thought we were patient. We didn’t try to force much. We grinded through the game.

On if it’s good to be able to win a tight game like this: Yeah, of course. When it’s 1-1 going into the third, we’ve got to be able to win those games. We’ve been tied going into a lot of third periods and this was a good start in the right direction


On how it felt to get back into game action: Not bad. Obviously, probably a little bit of rust and just getting back into the rhythm of things. Overall, I think physically I felt pretty good. Certainly, I can play a lot better, but good to get back in it. It was a tight hockey game and just great we came through at the end. Big couple of goals by [Matthews’] line. On missing an open net in the first period: Obviously, I’d love to have it back. I think I had way more time than I thought and knowing the type of goalie Quick is I got underneath it. It is what it is. You just move on and get ready for the next opportunity. Just glad that at the end of the day the result was still two points.

MAPLE LEAFS POSTGAME NOTES: “Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 12:36 of the third period and later had the lone assist on William Nylander’s third period goal. Matthews’ third period assist is the 100th assist of his NHL career. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his past five games.”

LOS ANGELES KINGS (5-10-0 – 10 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (8-5-3 – 19 Points)



GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


  • Alex Kerfoot put the Maple Leafs on the board at 13:29 of the second period. Kerfoot has registered five points (3-2-5) in 10 games on home ice this season. He has six points (3-3-6) in seven career games against the Kings.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 12:36 of the third period and later had the lone assist on William Nylander’s third period goal. Matthews’ third period assist is the 100th assist of his NHL career. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his last five games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ sixth multi-point performance of the season. 
  • William Nylander had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:06 of the third period. Nylander has nine points (4-5-9) in 10 games on home ice. Tonight’s game is his first multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has at least one point in 10 games this season.
  • Andreas Johnsson collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Johnsson has three points (2-1-3) over his last four games. He has nine points (3-6-9) in 10 games on home ice this season. Johnsson has been on the ice for 23 Toronto goals – the third-most on-ice goals for on the team.
  • Justin Holl picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Holl has four assists in 14 games played this season. His four even-strength points (0-4-4) place him in a tie for third among Maple Leafs defencemen in even-strength scoring.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn the victory tonight.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

LOS ANGELES7 (6)9 (5)9 (5)25 (16)
TORONTO7 (6)7 (4)9 (7)23 (17)

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

LOS ANGELES11 (10)17 (11)21 (14)49 (35)
TORONTO25 (21)20 (16)17 (9)62 (46)


Record on the Road5-2-3 (10 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Los Angeles65-64-21-2 (152 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Los Angeles at Home40-26-11-1 (78 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference3-1-0 (4 Games)
Record vs. Pacific Division2-0-0 (2 Games)


Shots3 (Rielly)
Shot Attempts(Mikheyev)
Faceoff Wins(Kerfoot, Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Matthews – 6 won, 3 lost)
Hits(Ceci, Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Five players tied)
TOI24:39 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI3:24 (Rielly)
Shorthanded TOI3:05 (Rielly)
Shifts26 (Barrie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage72.0% (Tavares – 18 for, 7 against)


Opponent scores first5-3-2
Tied after 13-1-2
Tied after 23-3-1
Do not score on the powerplay5-3-1
Allow 1 powerplay goal3-3-2
Outshot by opponent3-3-3


  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Frederik Gauthier and Nick Shore were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Tyson Barrie skated in his 500th career NHL game.
  • Auston Matthews won 100 percent (4 won, 0 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with Los Angeles centre Michael Amadio.
  • Morgan Rielly 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 62.5 percent (20 for, 12 against)..


  • 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)
  • Friday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. vs. Boston Bruins (TSN4, TSN 1050)