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MARLIES 4, ROCHESTER 0: “You could tell the energy in the locker room. The guys were excited to play tonight, they can feel the momentum they’re starting to gain in games. Even though the results haven’t been there, they’re very proud of the work they’ve put in. The start was great. It was a good opportunity for us to come out and gain some momentum.” — GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (23-20-3-2 – 51 Points) vs. ROCHESTER AMERICANS (27-15-2-4 – 60 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

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SCORING SUMMARY

Rochester: No goals
Goaltender: A. Hammond (21/23)

Toronto: M. Marchment (9) (N. Petan, T. Kivihalme), M. Marchment (10) PP (K. Agostino, J. Duszak), M. Read (6) EN (G. Wilson), J. Duszak (2) EN (T. Gaudet, K. Gravel)
Goaltender: J. Woll (38/38)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Mason Marchment opened the scoring at 52 seconds in the first period and on the power play at 19:21 of the second period. He has five goals through his last two games and is the first Marlie to score five consecutive goals. Marchment has 14 points (10 goals, 4 assists) through 21 games.
  • Matt Read scored on the empty net at 16:02 of the third period. Read has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 34 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak scored on the empty net at 19:06 of the third period and earlierhad the secondary assist on Marchment’s second period goal. Duszak has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) through 10 games with the Marlies and has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan recorded the primary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. He has four assists through two games. Petan has 30 points (10 goals, 20 assists) in 22 games with the Marlies.
  • Teemu Kivihalme registered the secondary assist on Marchment’s first period goal. Kivihalme has 13 points (3 goals, 10 assists) through 42 games this season.
  • Kenny Agostino picked up the primary assist on Marchment’s second period goal. He was selected as third star. Agostino has 35 points (21 goals, 14 assists) in 39 games this season.
  • Garrett Wilson had the lone assist on Read’s third period goal. Wilson has 14 points (8 goals, 6 assists) in 40 games.
  • Tyler Gaudet recorded the primary assist on Duszak’s third period goal.
  • Kevin Gravel registered the secondary assist on Duszak’s third period goal. This is Gravel’s first point with the Marlies and his first game since November 9 due to illness.
  • Joseph Woll stopped all 38 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season. Woll is now 8-11-2-1 on the season with a .890 save percentage and a 3.53 goals against average. Woll was selected as first star of the game.

OF NOTE…

  • Kenny Agostino was awarded a penalty shot at 12:24 of the second period which was stopped by Rochester. Toronto was awarded a penalty shot in consecutive games (Baptiste, Feb. 7 at Belleville).
  • Toronto was 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
  • Rochester had a 38-25 edge in shots in all situations. Mason Marchment led the Marlies with seven shots on goal for the second consecutive game.
  • The Marlies are 11-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-1-0-0 against the Rochester Americans.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (21)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  P. Aberg (36)
  • PPG: N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (120)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

HOME SWEET HOME

  • Toronto’s home record is 15-8-0-0 (30 points) this season. Toronto’s longest home point streak reached 18 points from Oct. 5 to Nov. 24 (9-0-0-0).
  • The Marlies have outscored their opponents 80-60. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
  • Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (7-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (5-5-0-0) have combined to make 535 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 17-5-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 10-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 15-1-1-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 16-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 9-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 1-3-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Joseph Duszak has points (1-4-5) in three consecutive games.
  • Mason Marchment has goals (5) in consecutive games.
  • Nic Petan has assists (4) in consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Rochester. He left Toronto’s game against Charlotte on January 19 and did not return.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for tonight’s game against Rochester.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Rochester. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 5: Returned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 4: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 4: Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 3: Recalled forward Giorgio Estephan from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s start with Marchment scoring 52 seconds into the game:
Yeah, that’s something that we had struggled with in the stretch here. You could tell the energy in the locker room. The guys were excited to play tonight, they can feel the momentum they’re starting to gain in games. Even though the results haven’t been there, they’re very proud of the work they’ve put in. The start was great. It was a good opportunity for us to come out and gain some momentum.

On what he likes about Nic Petan’s line with Kenny Agostino and Mason Marchment:
Just their compete level. They seemed to build some chemistry. Marchment builds a lot of time and space for guys. He gets under the skin of the opponent and that opens up time and space for Kenny and Petey to make plays and I think there’s a good combination of skill there.

On the shutout helping Joseph Woll’s confidence going forward:
Huge. He came up big tonight. You could just tell his body language was really calm, he was assertive, he was tracking the puck really well. It was a solid game for him.

On Adam Brooks not dressing and Nic Petan leaving the game:
We’ll see. No real status or timeline on either of them. Nothing major but we definitely miss those guys if they’re not in our lineup, they’re big players. But we’ll see in the future.

On Kevin Gravel’s play today (first game since Nov. 9):
I was really surprised. That was my first opportunity to even watch him play in a game. It’s been a long road, we’re really proud of the work he’s put in. He’s a great person. For the team to get a win, for him to play the way he did, to get the minutes he did, is a really fun story to see and we’re really proud of him.

KEVIN GRAVEL (1 ASSIST)

On his first game since Nov. 9:
It was good. It was good to get back out there. It was another game of the year for a lot of guys but for me, it kind of meant a little more. Kind of in an unknown position there for a while in terms of health so you don’t really know what’s going to happen. It felt good to be out there and then to contribute to the team and be back on the ice to play a game again.

On not playing through a difficult stretch of games for the Marlies:
Yeah it’s hard to watch. Obviously you want to be there for the guys and you want to be able to work through that with them and help the guys out. You’re close as a team and you go through the good times together and you go through the bad times together. You can ask anyone, they don’t like watching, whether it’s one game or three months. It’s always tough to be on the sidelines. It was good to get back, it was good to be on the ice again.

On Joseph Woll’s performance:
It was really good, really good. Especially the first period there, they had close to I think 20 shots on goal in the first. Kind of bought us a little bit of time there and let us get a chance to get our feet underneath us. We got the lead there and he made a couple of ten-bell saves for us on the PP and the PK as well. He was great for us. It’s good to be able to shut the door for him and get him that shutout and have his back there too.

JOSEPH WOLL (SECOND CAREER SHUTOUT, 38 SAVES)

On the significance of today’s shutout:
I think it was big for me but I think it was really huge for the team. I think we’ve been on a little bit of a downward spiral lately so I think a big win like that against a good team is something we can really build on.

On how he has stayed focused through difficult games:
I think the biggest thing is keeping with your routine. I think it’s easy to start changing a lot of things when you’re going through some adversity but for me and for the team it’s just been come in every day and keep getting better and sticking with it.

On Mason Marchment:
He’s been awesome. He’s one of those players that you love to have on your team and probably hate to play against so he can do it all really. He’s scoring a lot of big goals for us, he’s creating some havoc around the net. I love to see it.

NEXT GAME:

February 9 vs Laval – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 14 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 15 vs Belleville – 4:00 p.m. ET
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET

RAPTORS 119, NETS 118. WHAT THE TEAMS SAID: “Incredible depth. Gasol is out, this guy is out, this guy is out. That’s a true sign of not only a good basketball team but a good program when you can have the injuries they’ve sustained and go deep into your roster. You’re going 11th man, 12th man. McCaw plays well. Boucher was really good tonight. They have young guys that are deep in their roster that have helped them win the game. That’s how you go on a long streak in this league. You can’t just do it with your top five or your top six, you’ve got to be deep. They are deep. They are playing great basketball.” — KENNY ATKINSON.

(23-28) BROOKLYN NETS, 118 VS. (39-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 119 SCOTIABANK ARENA SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On running out of gas towards the end of the game … You’re right – we were, we didn’t make a three, I don’t think, forever, it seemed like there in the fourth. We had a couple of point-blank front- of- the-rimmers and we all knew it. We talked about it in a couple of the timeouts, man, we gotta gather everything we’ve got when we get it inside and try to finish, but we couldn’t quite do it. Big stop at the end, good job of pressing up and getting him disjointed down there.

On playing Matt Thomas for 15 straight minutes and continuously getting big performances from guys that never play … Our assistant coaches do a great job of keeping those guys ready. I think the mindset of you never know and stay ready maybe helps a little bit once in a while. When you don’t hit the scouting report because you haven’t played for a while too, so that is the other thing. He played great, man he came in there and like always every time he raises up you think it’s going in and he banged a bunch of them in. That was a big lift. That group was awesome, first half. They were incredible, they turned a lacklustre start to the game into an energetic game and they were great.

On starting Terence Davis … I just wanted the spacing, and he has been shooting the ball really well and I just wanted the spacing out there along with kind of considering Pat (McCaw) our backup point guard. I wanted him to be able to come in and sub for either him or Fred (VanVleet) and go from there.

On leaving the bench in the game with Brooklyn brought their starters back … I thought they were playing with great defensive energy, getting out on the open floor and they guarded great for about six straight minutes. They did their job, got it the down to about five and a half or something and we started filtering the guys. It was just based on their energy really, they had it going defensively and that was creating some offence for them.

FRED VANVLEET (29 points, six assists, two rebounds)

On tonight’s final minutes… Obviously it’s not a textbook way to close out a game, but when you have a long winning streak like that there will be different types of ways to finish it. We had a good idea they were probably going to give the ball to Caris (LeVert) in some sort of fashion and try to switch everything. I thought we did a good job of stopping their initial play that they were trying to give to Joe Harris for a pin down or something like that and then OG (Anunoby) was just great (with) one-on-one defence. We did give up an offensive rebound, he had a good look in the end, but it bounced out, so sometimes it’s good to be lucky too.

On the bench play… Those guys can play. I feel like we’ve had this conversation five to 10 times this year. It’s a good thing. Every time they step up and they play well people are surprised because they’re at the end of the bench, but you just have to wait for your turn (and) wait for (the) opportunity. Somebody like Matt (Thomas), who doesn’t’ really play on a consistent basis, stepped up there with a big first half, some key buckets. Obviously Terence (Davis) started tonight, but same thing with him. Those guys have been good for us all year; Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson), Chris (Boucher), and to do it on consistent nights … it’s special and that’s what we need out of those guys.

MATT THOMAS (15 points, six rebounds)

How much easier is it to get in a rhythm when you’re out there for an extended period of time? (For) any athlete when you get in the zone and you get in that rhythm, obviously it’s a lot easier. The game comes a lot naturally and you just play a lot more confident.

What is it about this team that makes everyone pretty comfortable with playing with different guys? I think it’s just a testament to how hard everyone works on the team. Everyone stays ready. We have a very deep and talented team and everyone is more than capable of coming in and making plays. Also, just shows the chemistry we have on this team. We’re all so good at playing off each other and everyone plays unselfishly and plays the right way.

BROOKLYN NETS QUOTES

KENNY ATKINSON (HEAD COACH)

In a game like that what stands out: the comeback or the deficit? Missed opportunities. On the road, I think 34, 33, 34 points is a lot to give up. It’s a lot to make up. The fourth quarter was fantastic. We held them to 19 points defensively. We obviously started to make some shots. That’s what got us back in it. I don’t think you can dig yourself a 20-point hole against a really good team like this.

How about DeAndre Jordan’s fourth quarter? He was our defensive anchor. I felt like we weren’t getting that resistance and he anchored our defence. He did a good job on (Serge) Ibaka, was patrolling the paint, he got us back in the game with his defence.

On the last possession… We wanted to go quicker. I think guys got into a little bit. You want to go as quick as possible. We wanted to get a good shot at the end of the day.

Did you want to them to get to the rim if possible? There were a couple of options on the play. They took away the first option. Joe was the second option coming off to stagger if we didn’t get him, and Caris went one-on-one

What do you think of the Raptors run? Incredible depth. Gasol is out, this guy is out, this guy is out. That’s a true sign of not only a good basketball team but a good program when you can have the injuries they’ve sustained and go deep into your roster. You’re going 11th man, 12th man. McCaw plays well. Boucher was really good tonight. They have young guys that are deep in their roster that have helped them win the game. That’s how you go on a long streak in this league. You can’t just do it with your top five or your top six, you’ve got to be deep. They are deep. They are playing great basketball.

On Caris LeVert’s progress… I said it when he wasn’t playing well, he’s going to catch his rhythm. He caught his rhythm and he’s doing it consistently now. It’s game after game after game. That’s kind of the all-star Caris we saw at the beginning of last year and the playoffs last year. It’s great to see and it’s great news for the Nets.

SPENCER DINWIDDIE (21 points, 11 assists, six rebounds)

What turned the game and allowed the Nets to get back in it? Finally in the fourth quarter we started getting stops. Obviously Caris was phenomenal offensively for us. Just our collective energy and effort beyond Caris’ offensive outburst was what got us back into the game.

Does the early deficit make this loss that much more disappointing? Definitely. If we had have played good defence the first three quarters – and credit Toronto, they are obviously a great basketball team, making shots and doing this to a lot of people – but 30-plus the first three quarters and then 19 in the fourth is tale of the tape right there.

Are there any positives to take from this loss? I don’t think we’re in the business of moral victories. We’re a playoff team as well. I think if you had asked me that two years ago we probably would’ve been like, “yeah, we played well. We fought. We’re a young group and we’re figuring it out.” We’re a playoff team. We need to figure out how to beat these teams that could be our first round matchup. We could play them, what, next week, four more or five more, six more times in the playoffs, right? You’ve got to be ready for that.

CANADIENS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT)– WHAT THEY SAID: “I really liked the way we were coming back and getting above them. We really tracked the puck well and caused a lot of turnovers that allowed us to get some good transition that just allowed us to be in on the forecheck and recover pucks and then be able to break them down. We would have liked to get in the middle of the ice a little bit more, but it was a tight hockey game, both goalies played well, but those things obviously were a good factor for us.” — JOHN TAVARES.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the third period:

Yeah, we scored that goal, it sets us up to give us a chance to win in the third. The pace of play increased dramatically after that goal. Obviously, they’re pushing. We didn’t handle it well, I thought. When I say that, I thought we handled it very well defensively. I didn’t think we cracked, they had a couple of little chances in and around our net. Other than that, they didn’t have anything, I thought. They score a goal on a point shot. But I didn’t like how we played offensively where we had the puck, we did all the things that we don’t want to be as a team and we just gave it back to them, so we never had a chance to get going.

On if fatigue played a role in the third period:

I’ll let you guys draw some conclusions on that. I’m not focused on that. It’s part of the League. It’s part of the demands of what goes on in the schedule, the ebbs and flows of it. I thought we played a good game and a hard game. I thought we competed. What happens in the third period today is a lot different than what happens yesterday. Yesterday we’re not engaged, we’re not competitive or physical enough and on our heels. This game here I thought we defended very well, defended very hard and didn’t give up the middle of the ice much at all. We just were very poor with the puck. When you have a team that’s pushing, they have the energy of the crowd and you just continuously give them the puck you’re going to be on your heels a lot.

On Jack Campbell’s play:

Yeah, he was there, he obviously didn’t let anything in until the very end and I thought we did a heck of a job protecting him. We didn’t give up very many scoring chances through this game at all. But they’re back-to-back games, he’s been through a lot here this week and he was solid.

On what has led to John Tavares’ scoring streak:

He’s just catching on. We’ve talked about him, he’s a good player, he’s going to have these swings. It’s kind of a waste of time to talk about it when he’s not scoring, because it’s going to turn. So it’s the way that it goes. It’s been great, it’s been good timing. Obviously, we played it out Willy this weekend, so we needed somebody else to step up. And, for me, that’s really the difference in the hockey game today is you don’t win games when you score one goal, it’s very difficult. So I think that’s the way it went this game. We were not able to generate enough offensively in the first and second periods as well. Power play wasn’t very good for us today. So we let that team hang around and when you just have a one goal cushion like that, you leave the door open over for a point shot to catch you.

On Frederik Andersen’s status:

I’m not quite sure where that’s at. I know he did skate again today. While we were here, he skated, and I haven’t got a report on it. So we’ll just have to see how he is when we get back.

TYSON BARRIE (25:02 TOI)

On the third period:

Yeah, give them credit, they came out — we had a good start to the third, obviously, we got one and then from there they kind of controlled the period had us on our heels, like you said. I think we have to do a better job of responding in a way. Getting more O-zone time and not letting them sustain so much pressure but, at the end of the day, we’re trying to hold on to the lead and they get one with two minutes left or whatever. It’s a bit frustrating.

On Jack Campbell’s play:

He was great tonight. He was good all night and makes a great save on the breakaway and it pops right to the guy. Probably not a great shot selection by me on that 3-on-2 but that’s sometimes the way 3-on-3 goes. You’ve got to be a little smarter sometimes.

JACK CAMPBELL (28 SAVES)

On playing in a Toronto-Montreal game:

It’s fun. What a rivalry. Historic and two really solid teams this year. I thought both teams competed really hard and didn’t give each other much. I thought Price at the other end was so solid and we could have easily had a couple more, but at the end of the day I’ve just got to make one more save before overtime and we get two points and that’s what we need right now.

On his performance tonight:

I’m just definitely not happy giving that one up to give them life again and blow that lead in the third. I just know my ability and I’m confident with my team in front of me and they battled all night. One more save and we get two points.

JAKE MUZZIN (24:39 TOI)

On if playing a back-to-back impacted the team’s third period performance:

Maybe a little bit. No excuse, though. Everyone goes through back-to-backs and playing tired and stuff like that. We’ve got to bear down and get it done.

On his long second period shift that included a heavy shot block:

Well, it doesn’t feel good. It’s part of hockey. Sometimes in the second period, you get a long change, you can’t get off. It happens both ways, so it is what it is.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s third period:

Yeah, obviously we got the lead. They came with a lot momentum, I think, felt some desperation. I think obviously, it’s human nature to be a little bit safer in those certain circumstances, but certainly we’ve got to find a way to get on their half of the ice more and generate some more offense and push to increase our lead and continue to be smart with the puck and defensively. No question the circumstances were tough, but you face that at times this year and, we’ve obviously got to find a way to close them out.

On what the team did well defensively through two periods:

I really liked the way we were coming back and getting above them. We really tracked the puck well and caused a lot of turnovers that allowed us to get some good transition that just allowed us to be in on the forecheck and recover pucks and then be able to break them down. We would have liked to get in the middle of the ice a little bit more, but it was a tight hockey game, both goalies played well, but those things obviously were a good factor for us.

RAPTORS 119, NETS 118 POSTGAME NOTES: Toronto tied a season-low with just seven turnovers and committed none in the fourth quarter. … The Raptors have now finished with a plus turnover differential in each of their past 14 games (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8). … Toronto has a +72-turnover differential during this stretch (185-to-257).

FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 119, BROOKLYN NETS 118

DATE: FEBRUARY 8, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,800 (Sellout)

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS Brooklyn 118 23-28 LeVert – 37 Jordan – 14 Dinwiddie – 11

Toronto 119 39-14 VanVleet – 29 Davis ll – 8 VanVleet – 6

KEY RUN

Trailing 36-33 early in the second quarter, Toronto went on 14-2 run to lead by nine with 7:15 left in the half … The Raptors never trailed the rest of the way … Pascal Siakam made the game-winning free throw with 22.9 seconds left in the fourth and Caris LeVert missed a pull-up jumper in the final seconds.

KEY STAT

Toronto tied a season-low with just seven turnovers and committed none in the fourth quarter … The Raptors have now finished with a plus turnover differential in each of their last 14 games (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8) … Toronto has a +72-turnover differential during this stretch (185-to-257).

RAPTORS NOTES:

• With the win, Toronto improves to 39-14 this season and 20-7 at home … Since the start of the 201516 campaign, the Raptors have won 18-of-19 games vs. the Nets, including the first three meetings this season … Toronto’s next game is Monday night when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

• The Raptors won their franchise record 14th straight game tonight (Jan. 15 – Feb. 8) – the second longest win streak in the NBA this season.

• Toronto’s 39-14 record after 53 games is the best in franchise history.

• The Raptors outscored Brooklyn 52-42 in the paint and 25-8 on the fast-break.

• Terence Davis ll scored 20 points in 30 minutes in his second start of the season … Davis has now scored 10+ points in four straight games (Feb. 2-8), averaging 19.8 points during this stretch.

• Matt Thomas scored a career-high 15 points, including 11 in the second quarter, in 22 minutes.

• The Raptors had five players score double figures – Fred VanVleet (29), Pascal Siakam (20), Davis ll (20), Thomas (15) and Serge Ibaka (12).

NETS NOTES:

• With the loss, Brooklyn falls to 23-28 on the season and 8-16 on the road … The Nets have dropped three in a row (Jan. 26 – Feb. 7) on the road … Brooklyn’s next game is Monday night when they visit the Indiana Pacers.

• Caris LeVert scored a career-high 37 points (12-18 FG, 6-7 3PT, 7-7 FT) in 33 minutes … LeVert has scored 20+ points in three straight games (Feb. 3-8), averaging 29.7 during this span.

• Spencer Dinwiddie posted his sixth double-double of the season with 21 points and a game-high 11 assists in 36 minutes.

• DeAndre Jordan recorded his eighth double-double of the season, and sixth as a reserve, with 15 points and a game-high 14 rebounds in 29 minutes.

• The Nets had five players score in double digits – LeVert (37), Dinwiddie (21), Taurean Prince (17), Jordan (15) and Joe Harris (11).

CANADIENS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT). John Tavares scored at 1:06 of the third period and he has goals (5) and points (5-2-7) in four consecutive games. In 25 road games, he has registered 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He has registered 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 career games at Bell Centre. Tonight’s game was his 800th in the NHL.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-19-8 – 66 Points) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (27-23-7 – 61 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 1:06 of the third period. Tavares has goals (5) and points (5-2-7) in four consecutive games. In 25 road games, he has registered 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He has registered 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 career games at Bell Centre. Tonight’s game was Tavares’ 800th NHL game.
  • Alex Kerfoot registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Kerfoot has four points (1-3-4) in three games against the Canadiens this season. He has recorded 14 (4 goals, 10 assists) of his 22 points on the road this season.
  • Zach Hyman collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Hyman has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has registered 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opposition in 2019-20.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in the overtime loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO7 (7)14 (11)1 (1)1 (0)23 (19)
MONTREAL7 (7)4 (4)16 (15)3 (0)30 (26)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO19 (19)25 (18)7 (6)1 (0)52 (44)
MONTREAL13 (13)12 (11)29 (26)3 (0)57 (50)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road15-12-1 (28 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal300-342-88-17 (747 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal on the Road110-214-43-7 (374 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference15-12-6 (33 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division8-7-2 (17 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Muzzin, Spezza)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Hyman)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI25:38 (Holl)
Power Play TOI3:53 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI3:16 (Holl)
Shifts27 (Barrie, Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.2% (Hyman – 15 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first20-4-2
Tied after 112-5-4
Tied after 26-5-2
Do not score on the power play11-11-4
Do not allow a power play goal15-7-4
Outshot by opponent13-11-4
Overtime7-8
Saturday10-3-4

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Tyson Barrie, Justin Holl and Alex Kerfoot were on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.8 percent (19 for, 17 against), Holl had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 50.0 percent (19 for, 19 against) and Kerfoot finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.3 percent (19 for, 12 against).
  • Jake Muzzin started 14.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs skaters.
  • Auston Matthews won 63 percent (5 won, 3 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up against Montreal centre Phillip Danault in all situations.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. vs. Arizona Coyotes (TSN, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Dallas Stars (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Sunday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)