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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.
BUFFALO SABRES (26-24-8 – 60 Points)
FEBRUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST
KEYBANK CENTER (BUFFALO, NY) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||83-105-18-11 (217 Games)|
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||32-65-6-6 (109 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jason Spezza (65), John Tavares (33), Morgan Rielly (26)|
|GOALS:||Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (21), Auston Matthews (11)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (13)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (40), Auston Matthews (17)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (44), Zach Hyman (20), John Tavares (18)|
MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||208 (2nd)||165 (t-21st)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||190 (27th)||179 (18th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||40/160 [25.0%] (t-3rd)||32/166 [19.3%] (t-19th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||129/165 [78.2%] (23rd)||123/164 [75.0%] (29th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1976 (4th)||1692 (29th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2979 (2nd)||2361 (30th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||52.5% (5th)||49.3% (18th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.9% (3rd)||46.2% (31st)|
MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES
|First Matchup between Clubs:||November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)|
|All-Time Record:||83-105-18-11 (217 Games)|
|All-Time Record at Home:||51-40-12-5 (108 Games)|
|All-Time Record on the Road:||32-65-6-6 (109 Games)|
|Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:||March 2, 2019 (Toronto 5, Buffalo 2)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES
|Frederik Andersen||100th win as a Maple Leaf (February 25, 2019 vs. Buffalo)|
|Tyson Barrie||100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. Buffalo)|
|Cody Ceci||First NHL game (December 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. Buffalo)|
|Frederik Gauthier||First NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)|
|Zach Hyman||First NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. Buffalo)|
|Martin Marincin||First goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)|
|Auston Matthews||200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at Buffalo)|
|John Tavares||400th NHL assist (November 30, 2019 vs. Buffalo)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||22 (Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.5% (Gauthier)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.5% (Nylander)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||94 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:15 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:06 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||2:50 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-4-0 record on the road with a .922 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 55.8 percent of his starts this season, which is the sixth-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.|
|Tyson Barrie||– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).|
– Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (51).- Averages 14.49 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.
|Jack Campbell||– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.|
|Kyle Clifford||– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).|
– Ranks 26th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.25).
|Pierre Engvall||– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 31.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the second highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.|
|Justin Holl||– Ranks first in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.4%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.9%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.|
|Zach Hyman||– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 25th among NHLers in points since January 1 (8-9-17; 18 GP).- Has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).|
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Has drawn 13 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 26th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 32 points in 29 games on the road this season.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has 10 points (4-6-10) in 15 games against Atlantic Division opposition.|
|Mitch Marner||– Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (44). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the third-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.|
|Auston Matthews||– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 240 shots on goal.|
|William Nylander||– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).|
|Rasmus Sandin||– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.|
|Jason Spezza||– Averaging 1.89 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.94 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.|
|John Tavares||– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in eight games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55.3 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this season, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Zach Hyman||Has points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Four games from 300 games.|
|Jason Spezza||Five assists from 600 assists|
|Timothy Liljegren||First NHL point (Assist) (February 15 at Ottawa)|
|Cody Ceci (Ankle)||On injured reserve.|
|Andreas Johnsson (Knee)||Left Toronto’s game on February 13 vs. Dallas and did not return.|
|Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)||On injured reserve.|
|Morgan Rielly (Foot)||On injured reserve.|
|Man Games Lost: 152|
|February 14||Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|February 13||Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.|
|February 12||Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.|
|February 10||Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
Placed goaltender Frederik Andersen on injured reserve.
By LANCE HORNBY
OTTAWA — Welcome to the 70s, Maple Leafs.
Though it felt like years to get here, and added grey hairs behind the bench and in the management booth, Toronto broke the 70-point barrier on Saturday with what turned into a 4-2 nail-biter win over the 49-point Ottawa Senators.
Where close to 80 by this stage of the NHL schedule seemed possible after Christmas, the Leafs hit some potholes with injuries, weak goaltending and even recent scoring issues as they flailed around .500.
That was eased to a degree on Saturday at the Canadian Tire Centre when the Leafs scored first, built upon it and, when the Sens rallied, had the proper response, with Jack Campbell bending, but not breaking in net.
“When they made a push, we came back and made plays in their end,” said Auston Matthews, whose 42nd goal in his favourite visiting rink opened the scoring.
At least now, Toronto has simplified the math to a magic playoff number somewhere in the mid-90s, if they manage some combo of 25 points in their remaining 23 games. They’ve yet to escape the pursuing Panthers, who lost again at home Saturday and are four points back with a game in hand, but Florida is also among 13 teams still in the mushy 60-plus points bracket.
“I not keeping track of where are points are. I just know we have to collect as many as we can,” said coach Sheldon Keefe. “We took care of what we needed to today and now have a chance to do it tomorrow (in Buffalo).”
After the puzzling low output from blending Matthews, Mitch Marner and William Nylander on a super dollar-sign line, Keefe went back to the less glamorous, but effective Zach Hyman on their left wing. Nylander shifted back to John Tavares and Alex Kerfoot, while the starting five included popular former Senator Jason Spezza, with Pierre Engvall and Kyle Clifford.
The Leafs were on the roster tightrope at forward after Andreas Johnsson required surgery on his knee and Pontus Aberg was sent back to the Marlies. After reinstating Frederik Gauthier and Dmytro Timashov, the Leafs have no extra forwards and one spare defenceman, Martin Marincin.
Yet, with the Marlies winning four straight, Keefe is reluctant to mess with the farm team’s chemistry unless he really has to.
Matthews waited for Ottawa goalkeeper Marcus Hogberg to commit before scoring his 15th in 13 games overall against the Sens.
Then Nylander helped set up Jake Muzzin’s first goal in months, before tipping in his own via Tavares.
But with the Nylander goal signalling Hogberg’s departure on 16 shots, Craig Anderson came in and Ottawa fought its way back in on goals by Connor Brown and Cody Goloubef.
Andersen stopped a couple of breakaways before Marner’s high floating empty-netter, assisted by Matthews.
Only 10 Leafs have ever reached 42 goals, topped by Rick Vaive’s franchise-record 54. Nylander’s 26th is as many goals as his father Michael had in his best NHL campaign, 13 years ago with the Rangers.
Campbell, whose enthusiasm for this new career chapter since the trade with L.A. is infectious, couldn’t get over how many Toronto fans were here.
“That was cool, that first lap (of warmup) with all the blue and white,” he said after 25 saves and his third win in four games, one fewer than Michael Hutchinson before the latter was waived on Friday.
“The boys have played well and now Andersen’s back (starting in Buffalo).”
The one-anthem game began with recognition of the Canadian flag’s 55th anniversary of being flown above Parliament Hill, and a high number of visiting minor hockey players and Winterlude vacationers pushing recent sparse attendance to the Sens’ first sellout of 2019-20.
“I’m used to being on the other side,” joked Brown earlier in the day of the heavy Toronto presence.
“Hopefully, all those people will forget to come.”
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020
Belleville: J. Szwarz (14) (A. Formenton, J. Murray), J. Norris (26) (M. Klimchuk, J. Murray), J. Aspirot (2) (E. Brannstrom, J. Szwarz), V. Abramov (17) (Unassisted), J. LaBate (7) (J. Murray, P. Kelly), J. Szwarz (15) (A. Formenton)
Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (21/28)
Toronto: S. Pooley (7) (J. Duszak, T. Gaudet), M. Marchment (13) PP (J. Duszak, K. Agostino), M. Hollowell (2) (M. Read, G. Wilson), M. Hollowell (3) (H. Elynuik, S. Pooley), M. Read (9) (M. Hollowell, S. Pooley), A. Brooks (9) (J. Duszak, T. MacMaster), E. Korshkov (14) (J. Duszak, T. MacMaster)
Goaltender: J. Woll (30/36)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Scott Pooley put the Marlies on the board at 15:17 of the first period. He later added the secondary assists on Hollowell and Read’s third period goals. This is Pooley’s first career AHL three-point game. Pooley has nine points (7 goals, 2 assists) through 21 games this season.
- Mason Marchment scored on the power play at 9:55 of the second period. He has eight goals in his last five games. Marchment has 18 points (13 goals, 5 assists) through 24 games.
- Mac Hollowell scored at 18:20 of the second period and 1:51 of the third period. He added the primary assist on Read’s third period goal. This is his first career AHL three-point game.
- Joseph Duszak recorded four primary assists including on Korshkov’s game-winner in overtime. This is Duszak’s first AHL career four-point game. Duszak has ten points (1 goal, 9 assists) in his last six games.
- Matt Read scored at 17:26 of the third period and earlierpicked up the primary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. He has goals (4) in four consecutive games. Read has 19 points (9 goals, 10 assists) in 37 games this season.
- Adam Brooks scored the game-tying goal at 19:43 of the third period. Brooks has 20 points (9 goals, 11 assists) through 29 games this season.
- Egor Korshkov scored at 1:01 of overtime. He has scored the game-winning goal in consecutive games. Korshkov has 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists) in 35 games with the Marlies
- Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Pooley’s first period goal.
- Kenny Agostino had the secondary assist on Marchment’s second period power play goal. He has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. Agostino has 39 points (22 goals, 17 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Garret Wilson recorded the secondary assist on Hollowell’s second period goal. Wilson has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 42 games this season.
- Hudson Elynuik registered the primary assist on Hollowell’s third period goal.
- Tanner MacMaster picked up the secondary assists on Brooks’ third period goal and Korshkov’s overtime goal. MacMaster has points (3-7-10) in his last 11 games.
- Joseph Woll stopped 30 of 36 shots he faced. Woll is now 9-11-2-1 on the season with a .887 save percentage and a 3.65 goals against average. Woll was selected as first star of the game.
- Toronto is 11-0-0-1 when scoring five or more goals.
- The Marlies are now 3-3 in overtime games. Pontus Aberg and Kenny Agostino have scored Toronto’s two other overtime winning goals.
- Toronto was 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play. This is the fourth consecutive game Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill (17/17).
- Belleville had a 36-28 edge in shots in all situations. Joseph Duszak and Mason Marchment led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 12-11-2-1 against North Division opponents and 5-4-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 38-32 through nine games.
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
- Goals: K. Agostino (22)
- Assists: J. Bracco (30)
- Points: K. Agostino (39)
- PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
- Shots: P. Aberg (124)
- +/-: P. Aberg (+11)
- PIMS: G. Wilson (69)
HOME SWEET HOME
- Toronto’s home record is 17-8-0-0 (34 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 92-68. Kenny Agostino leads the Marlies in goals (14) and Jeremy Bracco in assists (18) at home.
- Goaltenders Kasimir Kaskisuo (8-3-0-0) and Joseph Woll (6-5-0-0) have combined to make 590 saves. Michael Hutchinson also started three games (3-0-0-0) at Coca-Cola Coliseum.
- The Marlies are 8-11-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-15-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 18-10-1-2 when outshot by their opponents.
- The Marlies are 10-5-2-2 in Saturday games and are 4-3-0-0 in February.
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
- Kenny Agostino has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games.
- Adam Brooks has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
- Egor Korshkov has goals (3) in three consecutive games.
- Mason Marchment has points (8-1-9) in five consecutive games.
- Matt Read has points (4-2-6) in four consecutive games.
- Garrett Wilson has assists (3) in three consecutive games.
- Rich Clune (high ankle sprain) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. 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 Belleville.
- Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
- Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for tonight’s game against Belleville. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.
- February 14: Returned forward Pontus Aberg on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 14: Returned goaltender Michael Hutchinson on loan from Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from loan by Toronto (NHL).
- February 10: Returned goaltender Parker Gahagen on loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Reassigned defenceman Joseph Duszak by Toronto (NHL) from Newfoundland (ECHL).
- February 7: Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from loan by Toronto (NHL).
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
A lot of good things for a team to build confidence to find a way to get back into a game. Joseph Woll was unbelievable tonight. We kind of hung him out to dry early in the game, especially in the first period. He made some really good saves. It’s not like the goals were weak goals, we just were giving up too much. We finally found our game. Joe continued to battle for us and give us confidence to come back in it, and the offence came. The guys started to play the right way and do the things that needed to find those goals.
On the first period timeout with Toronto down 4-0:
It didn’t feel like I needed to yell too much. I think they knew themselves that the effort wasn’t there. The execution of the game plan that we had followed the day before that brought us success was not being executed. So just a reminder of a few points of what we needed to do to get back to playing our game. And I could sense that they were all disappointed in how they started and they started to turn it on from there.
On Joseph Duszak, Mac Hollowell and Scott Pooley’s performance tonight:
Great. Any time you can get depth guys that come up in the organization have huge impacts for you in a game is great signs of the development process here within this organization. Really happy for their success tonight in helping our team.
On Adam Brooks’ tying goal and leaving in overtime due to injury:
Huge goal…Everybody loves him. You can tell that all his teammates are rooting for him every day. He’s such a good person. He brings a lot of positive life and energy in the room with everybody so it’s good to see everybody else’s reaction and how excited they were for him and that goal. In terms of injury, it’s too early for me to know or have gotten a report on what’s going on.
On what has led to Mason Marchment’s recent success:
Get to the net. He’s really good at net-front presence and just getting around the paint and being difficult and strong and big to play down there and plays with a little bit of an edge. He does a good job getting teams off their game so he gets to the net and guys are more focused on him than actually playing the game and it gives him more time and space to make plays.
GARRETT WILSON (1 ASSIST)
On what Toronto did differently in the final two periods:
We just played with a little more urgency. We knew we had to take a couple risks to get some offence going and it paid off for us and Woll made some huge saves for us back at the final line of defence there. We fed off it and we were able to get one on the power play. PK was great, so it was just a nice team win there.
On Egor Korshkov’s overtime goal:
Yeah, I think he only scores highlight reels. It’d be nice to see him get a garbage one here every once in a while and make us feel a little bit better. He’s a skilled player, big body, and he’s a hell of a player.
February 17 vs Binghamton – 3:00 p.m. ET (Scotiabank Arena)
February 19 vs Binghamton – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 22 at Laval – 3:00 p.m. ET
February 26 vs Cleveland – 11:00 a.m. ET
February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.
OTTAWA SENATORS (19-28-11 – 49 Points)
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:11 of the first period and later registered the lone assist on Mitch Marner’s third period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 23rd multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the third-most in the NHL. He has three goals and two assists in three games against Ottawa this season. In 15 career games against the Senators, he has recorded 13 goals and nine assists. His 13 goals against Ottawa mark his highest goal total against a single NHL opponent.
- Jake Muzzin scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 1:53 of the second period. He has two assists over his last five games played. He has registered 11 (3-8-11) of his 16 points against Eastern Conference opposition.
- William Nylander scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 11:48 of the second period. Nylander has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. In six games during the month of February, he has recorded five points (2-3-5). He has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 28 road games this season.
- Mitch Marner scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 18:46 of the third period. Marner has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has two goals and an assist in three games against the Senators this season. In eight games during the month of February, he has recorded nine points (2 goals, 7 assists).
- Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Hyman has points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games. He has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opposition in 2019-20.
- Travis Dermott collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Dermott has nine points (4-5-9) in 45 games played this season. He has recorded eight (3-5-8) of his nine points on the road in 2019-20.
- Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Kerfoot has four assists over his last four games. In 15 games against Atlantic Division teams in 2019-20, he has recorded 10 points (4-6-10).
- Timothy Liljegren had the secondary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Liljegren’s second period assist is his first career NHL point. He has 29 points (5 goals, 24 assists) in 38 games with the Toronto Marlies prior to being recalled by the Maple Leafs.
- John Tavares notched the lone assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tavares has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games. He has recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games on the road this season.
- Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||8 (7)||8 (4)||15 (12)||–||31 (23)|
|OTTAWA||9 (7)||6 (6)||12 (9)||–||27 (22)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||12 (9)||18 (12)||19 (16)||–||49 (37)|
|OTTAWA||27 (18)||16 (16)||24 (16)||–||67 (50)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||16-12-1 (29 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa||56-53-3-11 (123 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa on the Road||25-31-1-4 (61 Games)|
|Record vs. Eastern Conference||16-12-6 (34 Games)|
|Record vs. Atlantic Division||9-7-2 (18 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||5 (Five players tied)|
|Faceoff Wins||6 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Hyman – 1 won, 0 lost)|
|Hits||5 (Clifford, Holl)|
|Blocked Shots||8 (Muzzin)|
|Takeaways||2 (Kapanen, Nylander)|
|Power Play TOI||1:59 (Barrie, Nylander)|
|Shorthanded TOI||4:50 (Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||65.2% (Tavares – 15 for, 8 against)|
|Lead after 1||15-2-1|
|Lead after 2||22-2-2|
|Do not score a power play goal||13-11-4|
|Do not allow a power play goal||17-7-4|
- The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
- Toronto’s line of Pierre Engvall, Kasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 17 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.5 percent (17 for, 16 against).
- Auston Matthews won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- Jake Muzzin established a new career-high for blocked shots in a game (8).
- 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)
- Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the win starting with Campbell’s play in goal:
I would say in part. Soupy played a good game for us today. I thought our team played a good hockey game. You know, I thought we had a really good second period, they pull the goaltender, it changes momentum a little bit and I didn’t like how we responded for that final segment in the second period. But I liked a lot about our third period. Maybe three or four of our best chances of the game come in the third period there, we could have really blown the game open, but their goalie made a bunch of saves and let them hang around, so it made it interesting. Luckily, we got the bounce to go our way on the empty net, which I think we earned that bounce through our play with it.
On the opportunity to coach a game in Ottawa:
Well, it was special for me and nothing to do with the game or anything like that, but just a chance to see many of the people that were important in supporting me and my family through our time in Pembroke and the operation of the Lumber Kings. To have them in the building and have a chance to thank them each in person was important to me. Anytime when I think about the chance for me to coach in the NHL, right away I would think, ‘How can I thank those people?’ I can never say or do anything to really repay them for everything they sacrificed to give me a start and a foundation to be able to coach at that level. But having them in the building was special, and I was happy that it worked out.
On his evolution since taking over as head coach:
I think I’ve grown as I’ve learned about the League and the schedule and how quickly you have to reset for the next day and also how important framing each win or loss or adversity for the team because you have to manage the emotions because you don’t have time to let things fester. You’ve got to deal with things. So that would be the biggest thing and the biggest adjustment coming from the American League, just how quickly the games come at you and kind of relentless especially in this month.
JACK CAMPBELL (25 SAVES)
On if it matters whether the team is playing on the road and at home:
I don’t it does. I think the team plays great no matter what the situation is. Just happy to be here and glad the boys played so well and got two points.
On being 3-0-1 in goal since his arrival:
I would have loved to have kept that Scandella shot out in Montreal so we would have had six out of six, but I think the boys have played really well and we’ve gotten some big points. With Freddie coming back it just gives us a lot of momentum. We’ve got a pretty busy schedule here, so we’ve just got to hit the reset button tomorrow and be ready to go.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On Campbell’s play in net tonight:
Yeah, Soupy was great for us. He made some huge saves. I mean, you see him in there and he’s having so much fun. He just loves to compete and loves to battle for the guys, he came up with some big saves and obviously a big two points for us to pull out.
On his goal in the first period:
I just tried to wait him out and then saw a little bit of an opening and just tried to sneak it in there so that’s about it.
JAKE MUZZIN (1 GOAL)
On his goal in the second period:
I just saw traffic in front and just wristed one in there and it found its way through. It’s nice to get one once in a while.
On if there’s a secret to the team’s road success:
I don’t know, maybe that workman mentality coming in here, getting two points and getting out, that type of feel to the game and into our team. We did a lot of good things tonight and we’ll look to build on it and continue going forward.
On the importance of getting the first goal:
We always want to come out and have a good start, especially in away buildings and tonight we were able to get on the board and get going.