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HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what the team learns from playing against Dallas:
I think what we learned is you’re playing against a team that knows how to make it hard on you defensively. You can’t spot them a lead just because you make it even harder. That’s a real tough team to play against when you’re chasing a game. It was the opposite when we were down in Dallas, we played with the lead virtually the whole game, all the way through and they had to open up, so we had lots of chances, lots of good things happening for us. It was a much different hockey game. We spot them the lead here really at the start of every period, spot them goals like, and it’s going to make it real tough.
On his level of concern with the team taking four minor penalties tonight:
Concerned about it. The Marner call, if we were to go back and pull out the video, I think we would could call that penalty 30 times in the game both ways. For some reason, that one was selected. Funny things that happened, I thought we could have been on the power play more than we were, but that’s not the difference in the game.
On Johnsson’s status:
We’ll know more tomorrow, but it’s a knee injury and it’s not going to be short term.
On if the goals against early in periods is a focus issue or the way the game played out:
I think it’s the kind of the way the game went. I thought we started the game pretty well in terms of our ability to have the puck and be in control. We were a little bit casual on the one, don’t get a stick on it and they get in behind us and then it’s in the net. Is it a focus thing? An execution thing? We’ve got to be a lot sharper. We had all the numbers; we were in full control of it. We just need to take care of it.
On how to prevent mixups when the team wants to play fast vs. focus on building up possession:
I think part of it is a symptom of what’s happening in the game. You give a team like them a lead and after that point they’re really not trying to score much. They’re going to be in their structure the entire time. When that’s the case, it’s a real balance. Sometimes you want to go real fast, but you’re going real fast into a wall. So, you want to make sure you’re organized and then you get impatient. To me it’s just a symptom of the way the game goes and it’s going to happen. That’s how they’re trying to play as a team, it’s going to be an issue for us, at times. It’s even harder when a team is going to sit back and play in its structure like they do.
On if he expects to see more defensive play like Dallas as the team gets closer to the postseason:
I think it will depend on who we play. I don’t think it’s the kind of thing you flip a switch and do overnight. That team has been committed to it all season, they’re doing that as good or better than anybody in the League. Like I said, it’s a much different hockey game down in Dallas when we get the lead and the game is way different. We spot them a lead here, they’re on the road, that makes it a real hard game. Obviously, I thought Clifford got his fight and the emotion and energy level of the game changed significantly, players responded very well, and we started to come. That didn’t last long enough for us, we didn’t get an even-strength goal. It was a bail bond power play goal we got and then we’re coming, trying to push to start the third and now you’re shorthanded before you know it. They win a faceoff, don’t get an exit and it’s in your net. That’s it. You can’t spot a team like that goals.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (16 SAVES)
On facing Dallas and getting back into game action:
They came pretty hard on those turnovers, but that’s their game. I felt good. I would have liked to come up with a couple of saves early on in those two periods, especially, even in the third. Obviously, would have been nice to come out with a win.
On the challenge of the Stars’ style of play:
They have their structure and they stick to it through the game. Them getting a lead is huge for their style of play and they just try to shut ‘er down and make the best of their opportunities. That’s really what happened today.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s loss:
Yeah, they came out really fast. Just a couple of careless plays in both periods and they got behind us there with their speed and their skill and they were able to capitalize. Obviously, that’s an area of concern and something we’d like to clean up because everything is starting to amp up, it’s something that’s extremely important and we’ve been struggling with throughout the year.
On what makes it difficult to score against Dallas:
They just play a really structured game; they don’t really give you much. They’re a patient team, they wait on their chances. They just all kind of fall inside, they’ve got a good neutral zone and obviously, I think they give up the least amount of chances in the NHL. I think that’s something that you expect, especially if you watch the pre-scout. If you look at all those stats and everything coming into it, it’s tough generate offence and they obviously do a really good job.
JAKE MUZZIN (21:10 TOI)
On what the difference in tonight’s game:
They capitalized on a few turnovers and odd man rushes. Once they get the lead, they’re tough to crack. I thought we did a good job of coming back and we had really good spurts, but a few kind of lapses where they capitalized. Overall, I thought we did a pretty good job.
On what the team can take away from playing a team like Dallas:
Yeah, just we’ve got to stay patient, stay with it. We can’t start changing our game plan because we’re getting frustrated or things aren’t working. We’ve got to stick with it and eventually we’ll break through and get our chance.
JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)
On playing against one of the League’s best defensive teams when down a goal:
Yeah, they’re very well structured and don’t mind if it’s a sleepy type of night. They’ve got good depth through all four lines that play extremely hard, very good mobile D that handle pressure really well and have really good sticks whether it’s just closing time and space or closing off shooting lanes. We just tried to stay with it. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get it done today.
On if the team got energy from Clifford’s fight in the second period:
Yeah, absolutely, it was a great job by Cliff that provided some good life for us and we got a big goal from Matty. Certainly was a really good spark, got the building into it and we seemed to have a better jump after that.
DALLAS STARS (33-19-5 – 71 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (30-20-8 – 68 Points)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 11:21 of the second period. Matthews’ goal is his 41st of 2019-20, which establishes a new single-season career-high for goals, surpassing his previous high of 40 set in 2016-17. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his last five games played. Thirty of his 41 goals have come on home ice. In two games against the Stars, Matthews has recorded two goals and an assist.
- Zach Hyman scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 18:41 of the third period. Hyman has goals (3) in two consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games. He has registered 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 18 games on home ice this season. Hyman has scored seven of his 17 goals in 10 games against Central Division opponents.
- Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Barrie has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has a goal and two assists in two games against the Stars this season. His 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 27 career games against the Stars stand as his second-highest point total against a single opponent.
- William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Nylander has four points (1-3-4) in five games during the month of February. In 13 games against Central Division opposition, he has recorded 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists).
- John Tavares registered the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Tavares has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in six consecutive games. He has 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 18 career games against Dallas.
- Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner is tied for eighth in the NHL with 44 assists. He has recorded 33 of his 44 assists in 28 games on home ice this season. In two games against Dallas this season, Marner recorded three assists.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced in the loss.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|DALLAS||6 (6)||10 (5)||3 (2)||–||19 (13)|
|TORONTO||3 (3)||14 (7)||12 (8)||–||29 (18)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|DALLAS||13 (13)||16 (8)||6 (5)||–||35 (26)|
|TORONTO||18 (18)||28 (14)||23 (17)||–||69 (49)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||15-8-7 (30 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Dallas||97-92-28-1 (218 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Dallas at Home||55-39-17-0 (111 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||15-8-2 (25 Games)|
|Record vs. Central Division||7-5-1 (13 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||5 (Matthews, Nylander)|
|Shot Attempts||13 (Barrie)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||71% (Spezza – 5 won, 2 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||1 (Four players tied)|
|Power Play TOI||1:27 (Barrie, Marner)|
|Shorthanded TOI||2:59 (Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||100% (Johnsson – 1 for, 0 against)|
|Opponent scores first||10-16-6|
|Trail after 1||3-13-3|
|Trail after 2||3-13-4|
|Score one power play goal||9-8-4|
|Allow one power play goal||13-10-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
- Zach Hyman was 3-for-5 (60%) in the faceoff circle when taking draws in the defensive zone.
- Mitch Marner was on the ice for a team-high 27 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Marner had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 77.1 percent (27 for, 8 against).
- John Tavares won 67 percent (8 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- 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 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
- Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)