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CALGARY – Sheldon Keefe is big on “teaching moments” for his Maple Leafs, but the third period on Thursday deserved a detention. In a stretch of two minutes, 49 seconds, the Leafs undid much of their good work on this road trip, giving up three and losing 4-2 to the Flames. Sure, Calgary is on […]Leafs revert to old ways vs. Flames — Toronto Sun
CALGARY — Sheldon Keefe is big on teaching moments for his Maple Leafs, but the third period on Thursday deserved a detention. In a stretch of two minutes and 49 seconds, the Leafs undid much of their good work on this road trip, losing 4-2 to the Flames. Calgary showed its seven-game winning streak is […]Leafs’ early third-period collapse in Calgary spoils road swing — Toronto Sun
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what he would like back from the third period:
Well the start, obviously. I mean, we didn’t really get a chance to get started in the period at all. Lose the face off and then we get first touch on it in our zone and they end up getting it back and it’s in our net. So, you know, the start isn’t great. I guess the recovery after that, it compounded itself. That’s what we’d like to have back. Obviously, not the way we wanted to go in that third period. You know, the game works in funny ways. I thought, obviously, we look at the game the other night and what we gave up in the third period, Freddie was there for us and we got out of that game clean. In the second period here today, I thought we got out of that period clean again and we probably didn’t deserve to. We score a goal and give ourselves a lead and a chance to go in the third and the chance to sort of redeem ourselves and take care of it. It doesn’t go our way right from the start. So, as I said, the game works in funny ways and teaches you lessons along the way. Just another sign that we’ve got a long way to go as a group.
On if the mistakes made were recurring issues from the Vancouver game:
No, not in the first five minutes of the third. I thought through the second period it was. As I said, I thought the third period we just didn’t have a chance to get started and, all of a sudden, they’re coming, and we haven’t found our footing in the period yet. There are things we could definitely do differently and better in those spots, but the second period I thought was more similar to some of the issues that we had in Vancouver.
On if he addressed the team after the game:
No, I didn’t.
On if tonight’s errors were the result of mental or structural errors:
I think it’s both, but it’s both in terms of the first mistake is the structure piece and the next mistake, I think, is the mental piece because now instead of just keeping our composure and staying in our structure, we’re running around and then it compounds the problem. It’s a little bit of both there, for sure. The other part of it is we just didn’t have a lot of guys who had good games today. We had one line I thought that was outstanding. After that I don’t think — it would be hard to find guys who had a good day today.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (20 SAVES)
On the third period
I thought we had a great chance going into the third, obviously. In a good position but they made us pay for some mistakes and it happens quick in hockey. So, hopefully that’s a teaching moment for us.
On Calgary’s early goal to start the third period:
It was the wrong play, I guess. There was nothing there, obviously. I’ve got to do something better with the puck there.
On what the team can do better to close out leads:
I think today was just a few mistakes. For myself included, I wasn’t sharp enough to get the win. I wouldn’t panic about it; we just have to move on and get back on track.
MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On what went wrong in the third period tonight:
I think in the second we got away from our game a little in the start and got it back at the end. I think Freddie bailed us out a lot of times in the second. Then just careless with the puck in the third and they didn’t miss.
On Calgary’s fourth goal:
I thought we were five inside, they found a hole and they scored.
On what the message was during the timeout in the third period:
I mean, we know what team we can be. When we control the puck, we’ve got the skill and we’re a hard team to defend when we have it in our hands. I think that was the message. Stop throwing the puck away and play with calmness. I think as a team we’ve got to be way better at being in these thirds. We’ve got to make sure we have that calmness and not throwing pucks away.
JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On why the game turned so quickly in the third period:
I think, obviously, giving up the one as quick as we did, we just seemed to get down on ourselves and just didn’t have a good response after that. Obviously, didn’t execute very well and gave them too much space in the middle of the ice that let them capitalize on those next couple chances.
On the need to stick with things when the team faces adversity in a game:
Absolutely. Not every game is going to go to script and always go the way you want and you’re going to have to fight through it. I thought over the last number of games we have been doing a lot better job in our D-zone coverage. Then for those few minutes, we just obviously had some lapses and gave them too much time and space and, obviously, you’ve got to have some response that’s much better than we did after they tied it up.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (15-14-4 – 34 Points) vs.
CALGARY FLAMES (18-12-4 – 40 Points)
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2019
ON THE SCORESHEET
- John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 8:24 of the first period and later registered the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal. Tavares has goals (3), assists (2) and points (3-2-5) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Tavares’ ninth multi-point game of the season and his fifth multi-point game in his last eight games played. He has 18 points (8 goals, 10 assists) in 15 career games against the Flames.
- Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 14:06 of the second period. Marner has assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third consecutive multi-point game and his seventh multi-point game in 22 games played this season. He has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in nine games on the road in 2019-20.
- Tyson Barrie picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Barrie has registered eight (3-5-8) of his 13 points on the road in 2019-20. He has 17 points (2-15-17) in 23 career games against the Flames.
- Cody Ceci collected the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Ceci has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded three assists over his last four games. He has recorded five of his six assists in 13 games against Western Conference opponents this season.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 20 of the 24 shots he faced in the loss.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||10 (10)||13 (13)||11 (7)||–||34 (30)|
|CALGARY||9 (8)||8 (8)||7 (7)||–||24 (23)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||16 (16)||23 (22)||23 (11)||–||62 (49)|
|CALGARY||22 (21)||19 (19)||14 (11)||–||55 (51)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||8-10-0 (18 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary||61-60-12-4 (137 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Calgary on the Road:||25-41-5-2 (73 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||8-5-0 (13 Games)|
|Record vs. Pacific Division||5-2-0 (7 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||5 (Marner, Mikheyev, Tavares)|
|Shot Attempts||9 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Wins||11 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||75% (Spezza – 3 won, 1 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Rielly)|
|Power Play TOI||3:48 (Barrie)|
|Shorthanded TOI||1:24 (Hyman)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||75.0% (Spezza – 6 for, 2 against)|
|Tied after 1||6-5-2|
|Lead after 2||11-1-2|
|Do not score a power play goal||6-10-2|
|Do not allow a power play goal||10-5-0|
- The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play tonight.
- Cody Ceci started 14.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Auston Matthews won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) when matched up with Calgary centre Elias Lindholm.
- John Tavares was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Tavares finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 50 percent (23 for, 23 against).
- John Tavares was 5-for-8 (63%) in the faceoff circle when taking defensive zone draws.
- Saturday, December 14, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Tuesday, December 17, 7:00 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Friday, December 20, 7:00 p.m. at New York Rangers (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
- Saturday, December 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Monday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)