BINGHAMTON 5, MARLIES 3: “First period wasn’t awful, we did a lot of good stuff. Second period got away from us for sure. We weren’t making plays, we weren’t sprinting back for pucks, we weren’t supporting the puck well. They forechecked really hard, they pressured us, took away our time and space and it didn’t seem as though our players were ready for it.” –GREG MOORE.

TORONTO MARLIES (26-21-3-2 – 57 Points) vs. BINGHAMTON DEVILS (26-23-4-0 – 56 Points)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020

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BINGHAMTON3115
TORONTO1023

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Binghamton: M. Studenic (6) (J. Groleau, J. Melchiori), E. Sharangovich (7) (K. Cumiskey, M. Studenic), C. Conner (10) PP (D. Mermis, N. Bastian), N. Bastian (10) PP (M. Maltsev), M. Tennyson (1) (EN) (Unassisted)
Goaltender: G. Senn (32/35)

Toronto: M. Read (10) (T. Gaudet, J. Duszak), G. Estephan (1) (N. Baptiste), M. Read (11) (G. Wilson, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (29/33)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Matt Read opened the scoring at 7:57 of the first period and added Toronto’s third goal at 14:19 of the third period. Read has recorded eight points (6 goals, 2 assists) in his last six games.
  • Giorgio Estephan scored Toronto’s second goal at 5:25 of the third period. This is his first goal for the Marlies. He has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) through seven games this season.
  • Tyler Gaudet recorded the primary assist on Read’s first period goal. He has 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) in 49 games.
  • Joseph Duszak registered the secondary assist on Read’s first period goal. Duszak has 12 points (1 goal, 11 assists) in his last eight games.
  • Nick Baptiste had the lone assist on Estephan’s third period goal. Baptiste has nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) in 29 games.
  • Garrett Wilson picked up the primary assist on Read’s second goal of the game. He has four assists in his last five games. Wilson has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 44 games.
  • Mac Hollowell recorded the secondary assist on Read’s second goal of the game. Hollowell has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in his last three games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 29 of 33 shots he faced. Woll is now 9-12-3-2 on the season with a .887 save percentage and a 3.67 goals against average.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 35-34 edge in shots in all situations. Garrett Wilson led the Marlies with five shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 12-13-2-1 against North Division opponents and 0-2-1-0 against the Binghamton Devils.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (23)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  P. Aberg, K. Agostino (40)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (126)
  • +/-:  B. Harpur (+10)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

RECORD WHEN…

  • Toronto is 18-6-2-2 when scoring first.
  • The Marlies are 8-12-1-0 when trailing after the first period and 4-17-2-1 when trailing after the second period.
  • Toronto is 8-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 2-4-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 4-5-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • Joseph Duszak has assists (6) in three consecutive games.

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for today’s game against Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game today’s game against Binghamton. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for tonight’s game against Binghamton. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Binghamton. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on Feb. 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 19: Traded forward Mason Marchment to Florida (NHL).
  • February 18: Returned forward Mason Marchment on loan from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 17: Recalled forward Colt Conrad from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 17: Recalled forward Riley Woods from loan to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 16: Recalled forward Egor Korshkov from loan by Toronto (NHL).
  • February 16: Recalled forward Mason Marchment from loan by Toronto (NHL)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On whether he was happy with how the team responded in the third period:
Yeah, it was similar to a couple games ago. Just wish we didn’t have to find it. To come out with that intensity in the first period. It happens a lot to us. The room, we’ve got to find a way to manufacture that and play a full sixty minutes in that sense. First period wasn’t awful, we did a lot of good stuff. Second period got away from us for sure. We weren’t making plays, we weren’t sprinting back for pucks, we weren’t supporting the puck well. They forechecked really hard, they pressured us, took away our time and space and it didn’t seem as though our players were ready for it.

On the recent call ups Colt Conrad, Giorgio Estephan and Riley Woods
Yeah, I got to give them a little more ice tonight. It was that type of game and I wanted to for sure. I wanted to see more of them. They played really well, they made plays. They were part of the reason that we started coming back there towards the end and feeling like more of a confident team. So good signs for the development of the organization.

On the line of Matt Read, Tyler Gaudet and Garrett Wilson:
The whole line has been carrying the team as of the last couple games. They play with tons of energy, they take away time and space. You can tell they’re starting to gain more confidence and make more plays with the puck which is really good to see and they have some chemistry with each other and they play hard for each other.

On what Mason Marchment meant to the Marlies:
A lot. For as little time as I’ve been here or spent time with him, I was actually a little emotional. He’s a great kid and I’m sad to see him go but happy for his opportunity and what’s to come for him. I know the guys in the room love him and it’ll be felt that he’s gone.

NEXT GAME:

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
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET

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PENGUINS 5, LEAFS 2 — WHAT THEY SAID: “I mean, it’s frustrating. We don’t think we’ve played this poorly since the last time we were in this building a few months ago. It’s obviously frustrating, but I mean we’ve got 20 plus games left obviously, we need to have more urgency in our game. We’re running out of time and have to start playing some good hockey here and really figure it out within this locker room going forward because obviously you only have a certain amount of games left and we’ve got a pretty tough schedule here coming up.” –AUSTON MATTHEWS.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what the process is for a team getting its confidence back:

Well it looks like the process that we want to go through is to just get embarrassed enough to the point where we just really look in the mirror and recognize what’s required for us to be able to compete at a high level at this stage of the season.

On if he is bewildered with recent performances:

Yeah, I am. It’s a different issue again today. We’ve talked about that. It’s been a little bit different each night. So if you had special teams on your bingo card of things that are hurting our group, then you’re happy today and get that one filled. But I think, ultimately, as we look at the different things, whether it’s giving up leads in the third period a couple weeks ago or getting scored on early on home ice or today special teams or what have you, I think the common denominator is just that the overall urgency and competitiveness of the group — I mean, special teams are the issue today, but we get a power play early in the game, we get a chance to take a hold of the game on the road against a very good team and we’re just not there. They’re just competing at a higher level than we are and then they get their chance and they just make it pretty clear what the difference is.

On if the team relies too much on skill rather than hard work:

It’s an easy narrative to latch on to. I don’t think we were relying on our skill or our talent or our work ethic at all today. But it’s not just today, and it’s not everyone either. Some guys are there consistently. You see the difference between a team that’s good some days and not so good others and a team that’s good all the time, no matter who’s in the lineup and you see that in the game tonight, the difference between them and us. They just work and when you do that, then the skilled players are having the puck a lot more and good things are happening and all that kind of stuff. We have to make a decision here what we want to be as a team because we’re going to run out of games.

On how the group finds urgency:

It’s a good question. I think it’s a decision to be made, obviously I have a role to be played in it in terms of demanding it from the group, in terms of accountability amongst the group, all those kinds of things. I think what’s happening here is as the injuries have piled up and as the schedule has gotten harder and the League has gotten harder, the time of the year and how desperate and urgent things are, more and more issues are coming up with our group in terms of some of our habits and details that are lacking and that’s where our team really has to grow. The skill is there, the other part of it has to be there. Without that foundation you don’t have a chance.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (19 SAVES)

On the difference on special teams tonight:

I mean that’s a big part of the game. I think they capitalized on their chances, we didn’t and that’s usually when a team wins that category that bad, usually they come out with a win.

On his level of concern with the team’s recent performances:

It’s not been good. I think today was good lesson in seeing a team that’s built championship teams and they haven’t really missed a step. Every time they’ve had a guy hurt, they have another guy coming in and playing their bag off with their effort and their detail. Something we can learn from and hopefully we can, like I said, use it and learn from it, but we better do it quick.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On if special teams told the story tonight:

Just early we had a power play and they were pretty quick and obviously still sleeping and then they get their power plays and they capitalize on pretty much all of them and that’s pretty much the story of the night. We just weren’t good from the start.

On his level of concern and wanting to turn things around:

I mean, it’s frustrating. We don’t think we’ve played this poorly since the last time we were in this building a few months ago. It’s obviously frustrating, but I mean we’ve got 20 plus games left obviously, we need to have more urgency in our game. We’re running out of time and have to start playing some good hockey here and really figure it out within this locker room going forward because obviously you only have a certain amount of games left and we’ve got a pretty tough schedule here coming up.

JAKE MUZZIN (1 ASSIST)

On what the team needs to do to move forward:

Well, everyone’s got to take a look in the mirror, and we’ve got to be better. That’s unacceptable. We’ve got to find the urgency, the passion, the love of the game, the love to compete for each other. All of that needs to come. I don’t know why it’s not there. I think sometimes we, like I’ve touched on earlier, when we struggle, we want the easy game. When you play good teams it’s not going to be easy.

On what a hard game looks like:

A lot better than that. On the forecheck, finishing checks, working their D, talking in our zone, quick exits, a way better penalty kill, a way better power play, responding the right way, getting mad at yourself for not performing the right way. Lots of stuff.

JOHN TAVARES (15:48 TOI)

On tonight’s loss:

Well, we got dominated in special teams. We just didn’t respond very well at all when we faced some adversity. Our urgency just doesn’t seem to be there consistently. I don’t know what else we need in front of us to motivate us. We’re obviously at a crucial point in our season and time of year. You know, we’ve only got so many games left and we’re fighting hard so we’ve got to determine what we want to do.

More on tonight’s loss and turning things around:

Obviously, the way that special teams went today really put us in a tough spot. When things don’t go our way, we’ve got to find better ways to respond. We just don’t respond very well getting down a goal, getting down two even though the game wasn’t being dominated on either side for either stretch. We did some decent things early and then we seemed to, I don’t know, either get frustrated with the way we’re playing or feel like things aren’t going our way. That’s this time of year, things are going to be hard. You’ve got to find ways to overcome it.

PENGUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2 POSTGAME NOTES: Kyle Clifford scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 18:01 of the second period. Clifford has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. His goal is his first as a Maple Leaf. He has two goals in two games against the Penguins this season.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-22-8 – 70 Points) vs.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (37-15-6 – 80 Points)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020

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TORONTO0202
PITTSBURGH2305

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 16:35 of the second period. Matthews’ goal is his 43rd of the season, which moves him into the NHL lead for goals. He has three goals over his last four games. In 17 games against Metropolitan Division teams, he has recorded 14 goals. He has 12 points (7-5-12) in 10 games during the month of February.
  • Kyle Clifford scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 18:01 of the second period. Clifford has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. His goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf. He has two goals in two games against the Penguins this season.
  • William Nylander registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Nylander has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 30 road games this season. In 17 games against Metropolitan Division teams, he has recorded 19 points (9-10-19).
  • Jake Muzzin collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Muzzin has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has recorded 11 (3-8-11) of his 18 points on the road this season. Six of his 14 assists have come in 13 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Jason Spezza recorded the primary assist on Clifford’s second period goal. Spezza has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded 15 (5-10-15) of his 23 points on the road this season. He has a goal and an assist in two games against the Penguins this season.
  • Martin Marincin picked up the secondary assist on Clifford’s second period goal. Marincin’s assist is his first point in 19 games played this season.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO13 (12)14 (8)9 (9)36 (29)
PITTSBURGH12 (11)4 (2)8 (8)24 (21)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO18 (17)23 (13)16 (16)57 (46)
PITTSBURGH20 (18)8 (4)11 (11)39 (33)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road16-14-1 (31 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh83-80-17-7 (187 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh on the Road37-48-6-4 (95 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference16-14-6 (36 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division7-6-4 (17 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots6 (Barrie)
Shot Attempts10 (Barrie)
Faceoff Wins13 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage68% (Matthews – 13 won, 6 lost)
Hits5 (Clifford)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Gauthier, Matthews)
TOI22:08 (Barrie)
Power Play TOI4:46 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI1:49 (Holl)
Shifts28 (Barrie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage88.9% (Timashov – 8 for, 1 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first10-18-6
Tied after 113-7-4
Trail after 23-15-4
Do not score a power play goal13-13-4
Allow multiple power play goals1-4-1
Outshooting opponent16-9-3
Tuesday7-4-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 0-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Alex Kerfoot, William Nylander and John Tavares started 33.3 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs.
  • Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Matthews had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.5 percent (23for, 15 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 78 percent (7 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
  • John Tavares was 4-for-5 (80%) in the faceoff circle against Pittsburgh forward Teddy Blueger.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)