Having split the previous two meetings at BMO Field, with the Sounders lifting the trophy in 2016 and TFC exacting revenge in 2017, the scene shifts to CenturyLink Field in Seattle.
“It’s a very unique scenario because they’re like us – a lot of big games the past few years, a group that has been together most of the time,” said Jozy Altidore, the TFC striker who is injured a likely wonèt play. “A tactical game for sure. Two teams that know each other well, have always found different ways to win.”
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• The Toronto Raptors begin a five-game road trip (Nov. 8-16) Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans at Smoothie King Center. This matches Toronto’s longest trip of the season. The Raptors will also play five in a row on the road March 1-9. Toronto will not play at home again until Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte. The Raptors play eight of 13 games on the road in the month of November. Toronto was 11-4 on the road vs. Western Conference opponents last season.
• The Raptors have won eight of their last nine games against the Pelicans, including their last four visits to New Orleans. In the first meeting this season, Fred VanVleet and Pascal Siakam scored 34 points apiece, as Toronto beat the Pelicans 130-122 in overtime in the NBA’s season-opening game. Siakam is averaging 25.0 points in his last three games vs. New Orleans. With a victory Friday, the Raptors would sweep the season-series for the fourth time in the past five years.
• Pascal Siakam scored 11 of his 23 points in the third quarter Nov. 6 vs. Sacramento. He has now scored 10 or more three times in the third quarter this season, including 19 points Oct. 30 vs. Detroit. Siakam is currently averaging 9.7 points in the third frame – second in the NBA behind only Damian Lillard (10.5).
• Serge Ibaka scored a season-best 21 points (9-16 FG, 1-4 3PT, 2-2 FT) in 24 minutes as a reserve Wednesday night against the Kings. Ibaka has now led (or tied) the bench in scoring in every game this season; averaging 14.9 points. Ibaka averaged 12.2 points in 23 games as a reserve last season.
• Toronto ranks first in the NBA in opponent field goal percentage (.407). The Raptors have held their opponent below 40 per cent shooting from the floor three times in the first seven games of the regular season.
• Fred VanVleet finished with 12 points and five assists in 35 minutes of action Nov. 6 vs. Sacramento. VanVleet has now recorded at least five assists in a career-long seven straight games; averaging a teamhigh 6.9 assists during this stretch.
• Kyle Lowry (39.0) and Fred VanVleet (37.4) currently rank first and third, respectively, in the NBA in minutes per game. Lowry has played at least 34 minutes in every game this season. VanVleet has logged 40+ minutes three times, including a career-high 44 minutes in the season-opener vs. New Orleans.
• OG Anunoby is one of only five players in the NBA – along with Bam Adebayo, GiannisAntetokounmpo, Andre Drummond and Jonathan Isaac – with at least 10 steals and 10 blocks this season. Anunoby has already set single-game career bestss in both categories with five steals Oct. 28 vs. Orlando and four blocks Oct. 26 at Chicago. •
Patrick McCaw underwent arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to remove a benign mass on the back of the knee. 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.
In their first meeting of the season, Brandon Ingram scored a team-high 22 points for New Orleans to go with five rebounds, five assists, one steal and two blocks…Jrue Holiday added 13 points, four rebounds, six assists and two blocks…JJ Redick registered 16 points on 6-of-9 shooting, including 4-of-6 from deep…Josh Hart posted a double-double off the bench for the Pelicans with 15 points and 10 rebounds…Nicolo Melli added 14 bench points for New Orleans on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-5 from deep.
In their first matchup of the season against New Orleans, Pascal Siakam recorded a game-high 34 points to go with a game-high 18 rebounds, five assists and one block…Fred VanVleet also posted a game-high 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including 5-of-7 from long range…Kyle Lowry added 22 points, five rebounds, six assists and two steals for the Raptors
. Alvin Gentry is 12-16 (.428) all-time against the Raptors…Nick Nurse is 2-1 (.667) all-time against New Orleans.
Raptors Assistant Coach Jamaal Magloire played for New Orleans from 2002-05…In 187 games, Magloire averaged 11.9 points and 9.5 rebounds…Magloire represented New Orleans in the 2004 NBA All-Star game, the lone All-Star selection of his career.
Pelicans G Nickeil Alexander-Walker is a native of Toronto…Alexander-Walker briefly attended Vaughan Secondary School in Vaughan, Ontario.
Raptors G/F Stanley Johnson appeared in 18 games for New Orleans during the 2018-19 season, posting averages of 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.6
“We’re very disappointed in the loss,” said Canadian Manager Ernie Whitt. “Our pitching was outstanding all tournament but you have to score runs to win games and we failed to do that.
Closer Scott Mathieson (Aldergrove, BC) entered the game in the eighth with two out and runners on first and second before Wade hit ball into the gap in right-centre.
“My only regret is that we walked the leadoff hitter and it seems anytime you give up a free pass in these tournament it comes back to haunt you,” said Whitt. “We got beat with our best pitchers today but again, you have to score runs to win games.”
Brock Dykxhoorn (Goderich, ON) gave Canada the start it need one the mound as he allowed just a run in the first inning and held Australia to two hits and walk while striking out seven over six innings of work.
Down by one run in the second inning Rene Tosoni (Port Coquitlam, BC) doubled to right field with two out to score Tristan Pompey (Mississauga, ON) for Canada’s only run of the ballgame.
Australia’s Steven Kent fanned seven over four and one-third innings of work before Jon Kennedy and Ryan Searle shut the door in the eighth and ninth.
On the team improvising on the power play leading to Matthews’ goal:
Well, he just shot it. Obviously, we had some real good looks, we had some real good power plays, but didn’t score. Then, we had a couple that were hard to watch. If you look at both teams, the penalty killing was
really good for both teams. They didn’t get much done on ours, we didn’t get much done on theirs. In the end, we were fortunate to win the special teams battle tonight and win. For us, an important shot obviously. We were able to tie it, Freddie made some
big saves for us. It was good.
On if this game was beautiful like the LA game:
What I would say is the game is way higher end. Obviously, they’re a real good team. They’re heavy, they’re fast and they’ve got a great top six, I liked their back-end tonight, I thought Subban played well. I thought
it was a good game. I thought we were better in the first, I thought they were better in the second and I didn’t think there was much to pick between the teams in the third.
On the too many men penalty at the end of the third:
We had a guy on the ice and the other guy wasn’t off. Now, that’ll be our third one. The one was just at the end of the game the one night there just for padding the penalty kill stats, but this one tonight could
have been a big deal. A guy going on can’t go on before the other guy. It’s just simple. We didn’t touch the puck or anything, I haven’t seen any overhead or anything to see whether it was or wasn’t. I’m sure it was.
On Andersen’s recent play:
I think we’re 4-1-1 in our last six. Is that right? So, he’s been playing and he’s been gotten better just like each year. He kind of gets through October and seems to kick it into gear and gets feeling good. He’s
an important player for us, a good leader for us. We need him to make big saves.
On he sees the team loosening up:
That’s what we said before the power play there, ‘Come on, lighten up here fellas. Let’s just go out there and breathe a little bit and do what we’re supposed to do.’ You know, I think the biggest thing is we’re
getting to know each other. I’ve said this a number of times, I don’t know if anyone believes it. It’s easier to play with people you know and over a period of time you get to know each other. I think this road trip we have coming up will be real good for
us as well. It appears that the guys are starting to have more fun, interacting more. I see more abuse, which is — I think that’s a great thing, once you have fun having fun together. That’s once you get to know each other.
On if Hyman will return this weekend:
I don’t think Zach is coming until next week. I don’t know all the details, but he’ll give me a heads up. I don’t think he’s around until next week and I don’t know why.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (37 SAVES)
On a strong performance in goal:
It definitely felt like the puck was following me a little bit around so it’s a good feeling. There’s different nights where the puck seems to bounce your way and it felt good.
On his save in overtime and Rielly’s blocked shot:
Yeah, [Rielly] blocked a shot and obviously, it hit a tough spot and bounced right back to [Marchessault]. I just tried to stay with it and tried to make the save.
On the important of the penalty kill when the power play is struggling.
I think penalty killers just focus on what they can control and just try to eliminate their scoring chances when we take a penalty. Obviously, we just keep believing that we’re going to find one eventually and we
did. Huge goal by [Matthews] and unbelievable shot.
MITCH MARNER (1 ASSIST)
On a big penalty kill in overtime to give the team a chance to win it:
Yeah, it was nice finally getting some 3-on-3 time in there but, I mean, something we’ve always talked about is staying out of the box, we’ve got to do a better job of that. It’s hard to get even-strength going,
but I thought our team stayed patient with it. It’s a big win.
On if team was getting frustrated on the power play:
No, I think you saw we went through a little drought there. It was tough throughout the middle but I thought we were getting our entries there well and that’s a big goal there by [Matthews]. I think that was our
last power play we had and we needed a goal and we did it.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s win:
Yeah, I think in the first period we played well, the second I think they kind of ran that and the third was a toss-up. So, obviously, some big saves from Freddie there, probably by far our best player on the ice
tonight. He just kept us in it with the penalty kill obviously at the end of the game. So, just stuck with it. Like you said just stayed patient and a big two points.
On the power play changing its look ahead of his goal:
I thought as we went along through the first two periods, we were a bit stagnant. In the third, we pretty much said, ‘what do you have to lose?’ Let’s move around, let’s get the penalty kill thinking more. I thought
we did a really good job of that with different guys going to different areas and reacting, playing off our instincts. Not just drawn up plays, but reacting off one another, using each other and making plays. We spread them out a little bit and were able to
JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On tonight’s overtime winner:
I think Mitch [Marner] did a great job reading their entry and causing a turnover and as soon as I read what he was seeing got good anticipation that he was going to be able to get the puck. After that I’m just trying
to get available and make the lane as easy as I can if he wants to move it over and that’s what he does best. So, just tried to reward a good play that he made.
On the mindset when the team goes to the power play
Just that we’ve got another opportunity and we’re down a goal so we want to make the most of it. Whatever has happened up until that point, we’ve got an opportunity then and now to give ourselves a chance to get back in the game. Obviously, at times I think our execution wasn’t great but I think we also had a lot of looks on net, we put a lot of pucks there and sometimes it’s just getting those second and third opportunities. I think on that last power play that was what happened. We got some pucks to the net, got some looks and we kept retrieving them, retrieving them and finally were able to wear them down. You get [Matthews] inside the dots and there is no better shooter you want in that spot.
Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 8:14 of the third period. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. He has five goals and seven points (5-2-7) in four career games against Vegas. Matthews has 12 goals in 11 home games this season.
John Tavares registered the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal before scoring the overtime-winning goal at 2:33 of the extra frame. Tavares’ assist was his first point since returning from injury on November 5 vs. Los Angeles. He has six points (3-3-6) in five career games against the Golden Knights. His goal tonight is the 13th overtime goal of his career. Tonight’s game is his second multi-point performance of 2019-20.
Morgan Rielly collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Rielly has four assists over his last five games. He has recorded six points (1-5-6) in five games against Western Conference opponents in 2019-20.
Mitch Marner registered the lone assist on Tavares’ overtime goal. Marner has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games. Of his 14 assists this season, 12 have come on home ice. He is tied for sixth in the NHL in primary assists (10).
Frederik Andersen stopped 37 shots to earn the win. Tonight’s game was Andersen’s 205th appearance as a Maple Leafs, which places him in a tie with Alan Bester for 11th on Toronto’s goaltending register.