Back to health and back in the American League, Josh Donaldson is ready to pick up where he left off — Toronto Sun

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Clippers’ Reggie Jackson is getting acclimated, with Paul George’s help — Daily News

LOS ANGELES — It wasn’t the most auspicious start to Reggie Jackson’s Clippers’ tenure, but Coach Doc Rivers, a former point guard typically demanding of those filling that role, proved Saturday he can be empathetic too. “He struggled a little bit, but he should have,” Rivers said of Jackson, who started in his Clippers debut…

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The Celtics-Lakers rivalry isn’t considered one of the best in all of sports just because. In addition to being one of the fiercest, most entertaining rivalries around, the Celtics-Lakers rivalry also is unbelievably competitive, particularly over the past 55 years. Since the 1965-66 season, which culminated in Boston beating Los Angeles in the NBA Finals, the…

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PACERS AT RAPTORS PREGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry is one game shy of tying Morris Peterson (542) for second on the Raptors’ all-time games played list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 675 appearances in a Raptors uniform.

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 SUNDAY

Indiana Pacers Bowen II, Brian Out G League – Two-Way
Mitrou-Long, Naz Out G League – Two-Way
Oladipo, Victor Out Injury/Illness – Back; Sore lower
Sumner, Edmond Out Injury/Illness – Left Hip; Sore
Toronto Raptors Brissett, Oshae Available – Gasol, Marc Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain
Hernandez, Dewan Out Injury/Illness – Right Ankle; Sprain
McCaw, Patrick Out Injury/Illness – Illness; Flu-like symptoms
Powell, Norman Out Injury/Illness – Left Finger; Fourth – metacarpal fracture
Watson, Paul Available

RAPTORS NOTES

• The Toronto Raptors continue a four-game homestand (Feb. 21-28) Sunday night when they host the Indiana Pacers at Scotiabank Arena. This is the third game between the two teams this month and the fourth and final meeting of the season. Kyle Lowry is averaging 26.0 points and 10.0 assists in three games against the Pacers this season. With a victory, Toronto would capture the season-series with Indiana for the sixth consecutive year. Since the start of the 2014-15 campaign, the Raptors are 15-5 vs. the Pacers.

• With Friday night’s win over Phoenix, the Raptors have now won eight in a row at Scotiabank Arena. It’s their second longest home winning streak of the season. Toronto opened the 2019-20 campaign with nine straight victories at Scotiabank Arena. Over the last eight home games, Toronto is averaging 124.9 points and is shooting .520 (368-708) form the field, including .417 (121-290) from three-point distance.

Kyle Lowry is one game shy of tying Morris Peterson (542) for second on the Raptors’ all-time games played list. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 675 appearances in a Raptors uniform.

• The Raptors have finished with a winning record each of the past 22 calendar months (February 2017 – February 2020) after guaranteeing a winning month with Friday night’s victory. The streak is the longest in franchise history and the longest current streak in the NBA. The last month in which Toronto did not have a winning record was January 2017 (8–9). Toronto is 6-1 this month.

Kyle Lowry recorded his career-high fifth straight double-double (Feb. 5-21) with 13 points and 10 assists Friday night against the Suns. Over his last five games, Lowry is averaging 17.0 points and 11.0 assists. Lowry now has 12 double-doubles this season – second most on the team behind only Serge Ibaka (15).

• Phoenix shot .176 (6-for-34) from three-point range Friday night, its lowest mark of the season. Pascal Siakam’s five three-pointers were just one fewer than the six the Suns managed on 34 attempts. The Raptors currently lead the NBA in opponent three-point percentage (.336). Opponents are averaging 38.5 three -point attempts against Toronto this season, second-most in the league behind only Milwaukee (38.8).

• The Raptors outscored Phoenix 30-17 on the fast-break Friday night. Toronto ranks first in the NBA in fast break points per game (18.9). Pascal Siakam sits fifth among all players averaging 4.2 fast break points, while Fred VanVleet is 12th at 3.5 fast-break points per game.

Pascal Siakam is averaging career highs of 23.8 points and 7.6 rebounds through 45 games this season. Only two players in Raptors history have finished a season averaging at least 23.0 points and 7.0 rebounds: Chris Bosh in 2009–10 (24.0, 10.8) and Kawhi Leonard in 2018–19 (26.6, 7.3).

• Terence Davis ll is one of just two rookies in the NBA who has played in all games for their team this season, along with Coby White (Chicago). Two rookies have played in every game of a season for the Raptors: Vince Carter in 1998–99 (lockout-shortened 50-game season) and Matt Bonner (2004–05).

• Toronto’s 41-15 record after 56 games is the best in franchise history. The Raptors have won at least 51 games each of the previous four seasons (2015-19) after not reaching 50 wins in any of their first 20 seasons in the NBA.

PROBABLE STARTERS

G – OG ANUNOBY #3

MIN: 29.3 REB: 5.4 AST: 1.5 STL: 1.2 TO: 1.3 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 10.3

• Recorded 12 points and five rebounds and matched a career high with four blocks Feb. 21 vs. Phoenix. • Toronto is 22-4 this season when Anunoby scores 10 or more points. • Averaging a career-high 10.3 points and shooting a career-best .500 from the field this season.

F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 35.0 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.4 STL: 1.0 TO: 2.4 BLK: 0.9 PTS: 23.8

• Finished with game highs of 37 points and 12 rebounds in 38 minutes of action Feb. 21 vs. Phoenix • Ranks 15th in the NBA in scoring (23.8); averaging 24.5 points over the last six games (Feb. 5-21). • Has scored 30+ points 14 times; had five 30-point performances in 80 games played last season.

C – SERGE IBAKA #9

MIN: 27.2 REB: 8.0 AST: 1.3 STL: 0.5 TO: 2.0 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 16.1

• Recorded 16 points, six rebounds and one block in 26 minutes of play Feb. 21 vs. Phoenix. • Averaging 19.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 31.7 minutes in 22 games as a starter this season. • First player in NBA history with 500+ three-point field goals and 1,500+ blocks.

G – KYLE LOWRY #7

MIN: 36.4 REB: 4.8 AST: 7.7 STL: 1.2 TO: 3.0 BLK: 0.4 PTS: 19.5

• Posted his fifth straight double-double with 13 points and 10 assists in 34 minutes Feb. 21 vs. Phoenix. • Passed Vince Carter (9,420) for third on the franchise’s all-time scoring list Feb. 7 at Indiana. • Ranks eighth in the NBA in assists per game (7.7); has dished out 10+ assists 12 times.

G – FRED VANVLEET #23

MIN: 36.0 REB: 3.8 AST: 6.8 STL: 1.9 TO: 2.3 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.9

• Finished with 14 points, seven assists, seven rebounds and two steals in 36 minutes Feb. 21 vs. Phoenix. • Ranks fourth in the NBA in steals per game (1.91); has registered multiple steals in 23 games. • Has more assists than turnovers in all but two games – leads the team with a 2.95 assists to turnover ratio.



INJURY REPORT Marc Gasol (Left hamstring; tightness) – Out Dewan Hernandez (Right ankle; sprain) – Out Patrick McCaw (Flu-like symptoms) – Doubtful Norman Powell (Left hand; fourth metacarpal – fracture) – Out

Opponent: Indiana Pacers Date: Sunday, February 23 Tip-Off: 6 p.m. (ET) Venue: Scotiabank Arena Television: Sportsnet One Radio: TSN 1050 Toronto

SERIES RECAP VS. INDIANA

OVERALL HOME ROAD

2019-20 2-1 1-0 1-1

ALL-TIME 42-49 28-18 14-31

STREAKS Won 2 Won 12 Won 1

LAST WIN: February 7, 2020 (115-106)

LAST HOME WIN: February 5, 2020 (119-118)

LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +25, March 19, 2017

LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -29, April 8, 2009

LAST TIME VS. INDIANA

GAME 52 – FEBRUARY 7, 2020 TORONTO 115, INDIANA 106

INDIANAPOLIS — Two days after rallying from a 19-point deficit to extend their franchise-record winning streak, the short-handed Raptors beat Indiana 115-106 for their 13th consecutive victory … Toronto has been winning without Marc Gasol and Norman Powell, two key players who are injured … Kyle Lowry missed the final 14 and a half minutes with a whiplash injury … The Raptors beat the Pacers for the second time in three days and head home with their 10th consecutive road victory … Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds … Fred VanVleet added 20 points and seven assists for Toronto, which hasn’t lost since Jan. 15 … Lowry finished with 16 points and 11 assists, his ninth double-double of the season … Domantas Sabonis finished with 19 points and 16 rebounds to lead the Pacers, and Victor Oladipo added 15 points and four assists in his first home start since returning from an injured right knee … Indiana has lost a season-high four in a row … Toronto had a 12-3 run in the third quarter which contributed to an 87-78 lead … When Lowry left with 2:42 to go in the third, the Pacers closed out the quarter with five straight points, cutting the deficit to four … The Pacers got as close as 101-99 with 6:47 left before Terence Davis scored seven points in a 12-4 spurt that gave Toronto a 113-103 lead with 1:48 to go.

1 2 3 4 TOT

TORONTO 36 28 23 28 115

INDIANA 31 32 20 23 106

INDIANA PACERS (33-23) at TORONTO RAPTORS (41-15) Game #57 | Road Game #28 Sunday, February 23, 2020 | 6:00 P.M. (ET) Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ON

PROBABLE STARTERS

Pos. No. Player Ht. wt. Notes
Forward 1 T.J.Warren 6-8 215

2019-20 Averages: 18.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.2 spg, .529 FG%, .373 3FG%, .803 FT%

Last Game: 27 points (10-21 FG, 2-5 3FG, 5-5 FT), eight rebounds, three assists, two steals Currently leads the team in scoring average, and has scored 20 or more points 26 times this season….Ranks 16th in the NBA in field goal percentage (.529) …Finished with 36 points during the road win at Charlotte, 1/6, the second-highest total of his NBA career and the most by any Pacers player this season.


Forward 11 Domantas Sabonis 6-11 250
2019-20 Averages: 18.4 ppg, 12.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, .540 FG%, .224 3FG%, .729 FT%

Last Game: 24 points (8-16 FG, 8-10 FT), 13 rebounds, three assists, two steals Currently ranks fifth in the NBA in rebounding average and third with 42 double-doubles on the season, passing his career high set last season (30)…Recorded his 19th double-double of the season with 18 points and a career-high 22 rebounds against the Clippers, 12/9..His 22 rebounds was the most by any Pacers player since 1993…Recorded his first four NBA triple-doubles this season, becoming the third Pacers player in team history with at least four in one season.
Center 33 Myles Turner 6-11 255
2019-20 Averages: 11.8 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.9 bpg, .450 FG%, .342 3FG%, .760 FT%

Last Game: Eight points (3-7 FG, 1-4 3FG), eight rebounds, one steal, one block Ranks fourth in the NBA this season in blocks (1.93 per game)…Posted his fourth double-double of the year and set season highs with 27 points and 14 rebounds in the road win at Chicago, 1/10…Led the NBA and tied for third in Pacers franchise history with 199 blocked shots in 2018-19…Also became the first Pacers player since Jermaine O’Neal in 2000-01 to lead the NBA in blocks.
Guard 4 Victor Oladipo 6-4 210
2019-20 Averages: 10.8 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.6 apg, .323 FG%, .250 3FG%, .765 FT%

Last Game: Eight points (3-8 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-2 FT), three rebounds, one assist Has started in each of his last five appearances, scoring in double figures four times for an average of 12.2 points per game…Made his season debut against Chicago, 1/29, played his first game since Jan. 23, 2019, and made the game-tying 3-pointer with 10.3 seconds remaining to force overtime in the win over the Bulls.


Guard 7 Malcolm Brogdon 6-5 230
2019-20 Averages: 16.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 7.3 apg, .435 FG%, .315 3FG%, .902 FT%

Last Game: 11 points (4-14 FG, 0-5 3FG, 3-4 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, one steal Ranks fifth in the NBA in free throw percentage this season (.902)…Ranks 10th in the NBA in assists, and is averaging career highs in points, rebounds, asissts and steals…Has posted nine double-doubles on the season, including four straight to begin the regular season. He had only recorded four double-doubles over his first three NBA seasons entering this year.

Injury Report

Victor Oladipo ……..Sore lower back ……………………..Questionable

Edmond Sumner .Sore left hip …………………………….Questionable

BROGDON’S FREE THROW STREAK Malcolm Brogdon ranks fifth in the NBA in free throw percentage at 90.2 percent on the season. Brogdon made 44 straight free throw attempts from the third quarter against the Pistons on Oct. 23 until his first attempt against Utah on Nov. 27. His streak placed him fifth in Pacers NBA franchise history for most consecutive free throws made: Player Consecutive FT Made Dates 1. Danny Granger 65 Jan. 21-Feb. 22, 2008 2. Reggie Miller 61 Feb. 5-March 13, 2005 3. Reggie Miller 60 March 18-April 6, 2005 4. Reggie Miller 52 March 5-18, 1991 5. Malcolm Brogdon 44 Oct. 23-Nov. 27 Brogdon set career highs in free throws made and attempts as he made all 15 of his foul shots in Indiana’s home win over Boston, 12/11. He became only the eighth player in NBA franchise history to make all of his free throw attempts while shooting at least 15. Player FTM-FTA Date 1. Danny Granger 17-17 vs. Golden State, 12/17/08 Billy Knight 17-17 vs. Philadelphia, 3/15/83 3. Danny Granger 16-16 vs. Golden State, 3/1/11 4. Malcolm Brogdon 15-15 vs. Boston, 12/11/19 Jalen Rose 15-15 vs. Utah, 12/22/00 Reggie Miller 15-15 vs. Orlando, 4/2/94 Reggie Miller 15-15 vs. Denver, 1/12/94 Clark Kellogg 15-15 at Seattle, 1/5/93

Holiday Season Aaron and Justin Holiday brothers became the seventh pair of brothers to play in a game for the same team in NBA history as they took the floor on Opening Night against Detroit. There have now been 10 sets of brothers as Giannis and Thanasis Antetotkounmpo and Brook and Robin Lopez have suited up together for the Milwaukee Bucks, and Cody and Caleb Martin have played together for the Charlotte Hornets. During the Pacers’ road victory at Brooklyn on Nov. 18, Aaron Holiday posted his first NBA doubledouble and new career highs with 24 points and 13 assists. His older brother, Justin, scored a 20 points on 6-for-11 shooting. The Holidays became the first pair of brothers on the same team to each score 20+ points in the same game in NBA history. Additionally, the two combined for eight 3-pointers, making four apiece, which was the most by a pair of brothers in NBA history. Aaron Holiday followed that performance by capping his 13-point outing with the go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.7 seconds remaining to lift Indiana to a home win over Orlando, 11/23. During the Pacers’ road game at New Orleans on Dec. 28, Aaron and Justin Holiday competed against their middle brother, Jrue. The three brothers all were on the court together for the first time during the third quarter, marking the first tieme in NBA history in which three brothers played at the same time during a regular season game.

NINE MEN IN The 2019-20 Indiana Pacers return eight players from last season’s team. After back-to-back seasons in which the Pacers posted a 48-34 record and finished as the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference, Indiana will feature nine new faces this season, including six players with at least three years of NBA experience. Of Indiana’s returning players, Myles Turner – who in his fifth season is also the longest-tenured Pacer on the roster – is the lone returning starter from last season’s playoff series against the Boston Celtics. Domantas Sabonis is expected to step into the starting lineup in the frontcourt along with Turner. Sabonis, who was a finalist for the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award last season, set new career highs in nearly every statistical category in 2018-19 and set a new franchise record for the highest field goal percentage in a season as he shot 59.0 percent from the floor. Newcomers and projected starters Malcolm Brogdon, Jeremy Lamb and T.J. Warren all enjoyed career seasons with their respective clubs last season. Lamb averaged career highs with 15.3 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game for Charlotte last season. Warren played only 43 games for Phoenix, but averaged 19.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and set a career high by shooting 42.8 percent from 3-point range. Brogdon helped lead the Milwaukee Bucks to the Eastern Conference Finals, and became the eighth player in NBA history to shoot at least 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from 3-point range and 90 percent from the free throw line in the regular season. Other notable veteran additions include Justin Holiday (10.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game for Chicago and Memphis last season), T.J. McConnell (6.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.4 assists and a NBA-leading 1.1 steals per game off the bench for Philadelphia) two-way player Naz Mitrou-Long and JaKarr Sampson (20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds in four games for Chicago at the end of last season). The Pacers also feature two rookies on their roster. Goga Bitadze was the 18th selection in the 2019 NBA Draft. A 20-year old and native of the Republic of Georgia, Bitadze has played professionally since he was 16. He averaged 13.9 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game last season, and earned the Euroleague Rising Star Award, a prestigious honor previously awarded to current and former NBA players such as Luka Doncic, Alex Abrines, Bogdan Bogdanovic, Nikola Mirotic, Ricky Rubio, Rudy Fernandez, Andrea Bargnani and Danilo Gallinari. Brian Bowen II went undrafted, but signed a two-way contract on July 1. He competed with the Pacers’ Summer League team in Las Vegas in July and averaged 12.3 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game while shooting 50 percent from the field, 50 percent from 3-point range and 10for-10 from the free throw line. He spent the regular season in Australia with the Sydney Kings in 2018-19 and averaged 6.3 points and 3.2 rebounds over 30 games played. New Indiana Pacers Players – 2019-20 Player 2018-19 Avg. Acquired Goga Bitadze 13.9 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 bpg 18th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft Brian Bowen 6.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg Signed as a free agent, 7/1 Malcolm Brogdon 15.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 3.2 aspg From Milwaukee, 7/7 Justin Holiday 10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg Signed as a free agent, 7/31 Jeremy Lamb 10.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg Signed as a free agent, 7/6 T.J. McConnell 6.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg Signed as a free agent, 7/29.

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HOME COURT HEROES The Pacers secured a winning record on their home court in 30 consecutive seasons, which is the longest active streak in the NBA. Indiana currently holds a 19-9 record at home this season and has outscored its opponents by an average of 4.5 points per game. Opponents are shooting 44.8 percent from the field and 32.8 percent from 3-point range for an average of 106.4 points per game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. The Pacers allowed the fewest points per game at home in the NBA in 2018-19 while holding opponents to 100.9 points per game on 43.8 percent shooting (first in the league). The NBA record for the most consecutive seasons with a winning record at home is held by the Phoenix Suns, who posted 34 straight winning seasons at home from 1969-2003. Since the building’s opening in 1999, the Pacers have posted a 558-277 (.669) record at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. In Indiana’s NBA history, the Pacers hold a 1,126-633 (.639) record at home, the 10th best winning percentage at home among active NBA franchises.
TURNER’S BLOCK PARTY Myles Turner led the NBA in blocked shots during the 2018-19 regular season with a career-high 2.69 rejections per game. Despite missing eight games due to injury, Turner led the NBA with 199 total blocks. He recorded at least one block in all but five games, and posted 11 games with five or more blocks. Turner became the first Pacers player since Jermaine O’Neal in 2000-01 to lead the NBA in blocked shots. Entering this season, only two players in franchise history averaged more than 2.5 blocks per game over an entire season (O’Neal, 2.8 in 2000-01 and 2.6 in 2006-07; Roy Hibbert, 2.6 in 2012-13).

HURRICANES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3–WHAT THEY SAID: “It’s another embarrassing night, right? Embarrassing nights shock the system a little bit, you know? I think this game was different than the others. I don’t think today was a lack of work ethic or anything like that. Today was just our execution. We couldn’t connect on a pass. Part of it is them, they put pressure on us, Carolina pressured us, they were above us, but like you saw on our power play, we just couldn’t connect on passes. The execution was really poor and then you’ve got a team that works the way that they do.” –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the loss:

Yeah, it’s a tough one. It’s going to be a tough one here for us to regroup from, it’s going to take a little time. Obviously, disappointing given the way it went for us the other day and we thought we had put together a good process and a good model for what we need to look like and how we can have success. I thought at 5-on-5, our first period was fine. Special teams was a real issue and perhaps signs of what was to come in terms of — especially our power play, I just thought our execution was so poor. It’s a sign our best players just weren’t having a good night. That was more of what was to come in the second and third. Get out of the first period up 1-0, 5-on-5 I thought we had played pretty good, especially the back half of it. A lot of that work was done from our third and fourth lines and the energy and pace that they had. We just were not able to sustain it. The special teams struggle again, this time our power play. Obviously, the penalty kill didn’t get good results, but our power play really had a chance to make a mark in the game and clearly failed to do so.

On if he thought the team expected an easy game after scoring two quick goals in the second period:

No, I didn’t. The reality is that the game really just stayed the same. We got a couple of shots and they went in. Their D hurt his shoulder, so they lost their coverage and allowed John to turn the corner and get his shot. When the goalie switch happened, I talked to the team and said if we don’t change how we’re playing, they don’t even need a goalie. There’re no chances, no shots, there’s nothing happening. They didn’t need a goaltender the way the game was going. Credit to them, we missed pretty well a near open net at the buzzer at the end of the second and could have made it 4-4 going into the third. Really, we just gifted them two at the start of the third. It’s game over from there. They competed hard, they were above us really the entire game and we just continued to pass into it. Our execution was poor, away from the puck was very poor, unorganized. From an execution standpoint, from our best people, especially, it was a real tough night like we’ve haven’t seen from them.

On his relationship with David Ayres:

Great. He’s got great energy, he comes to the rink every day, just wants to work and wants to be a part of it. Whether it’s with the Marlies or the Leafs, he’s always there when you need him. There’s probably not an emergency goaltender anywhere in pro hockey that has seen as many pro shots as this guy who’s in pretty much every day getting work. It feels terrible given that he’s on the other side today from our end of it. On a personal note, you can’t help but feel good for the guy.

On how to get the current mindset out of the team during a playoff push:

It’s just what we talked about before. It’s another embarrassing night, right? Embarrassing nights shock the system a little bit, you know? I think this game was different than the others. I don’t think today was a lack of work ethic or anything like that. Today was just our execution. We couldn’t connect on a pass. Part of it is them, they put pressure on us, Carolina pressured us, they were above us, but like you saw on our power play, we just couldn’t connect on passes. The execution was really poor and then you’ve got a team that works the way that they do. Not connecting makes it really tough to get anything going positive. Defensively, as a unit, our six D probably had as tough a night as they’ve had in quite some time. That’s a bad combination for us.

On Carolina responding to their goalie situation:

There’s a lot focus on the goalie, of course, but they were dominating us before the goalie switch. After it came, it just stays the same. You’ve got to get through five people to the goalie. We couldn’t get to Mrazek when he was in there. The game was the same. It just so happened it was a different guy in between the pipes. The game was the same, the just continued to play hard the way they were before.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (42 SAVES)

On his takeaways from tonight’s performance:

At the end of the day, I’m going to try to focus on what I can do to do better out there and focus in on my tasks. I think I still have got to be better too and frustrating for everyone.

On if he felt a shift in the team’s play after Ayres came in for Mrazek:

I wasn’t paying too much attention to that. I was trying to worry about stopping the next puck and trying to give us a chance. I wasn’t good enough either. Good on Dave, I think he did a good job and I think they played well in front of him.

MITCH MARNER (20:11 TOI)

On what prevented the team from having success tonight:

I just think we didn’t have enough zone time. A lot of one-and-dones, turnovers, especially our line, especially myself. It’s just not good enough. I expect myself to be a lot better in these types of games. Knowing that was a big one, knowing that this team’s going to come out like that, it’s bulls— on my part. Something I’ve got to be better and we’ve got to be better with.

On if the team the team was forcing things in the third period:

Maybe. Like I said, I think we were a lot of just one-and-dones. Our line’s past games, we’ve been dominant down low, we’ve been playing with that confidence and playing, I think, just most of all with just using our willpower and that’s something that wasn’t there for myself tonight and I feel a couple of other guys. Like I said, it starts with myself, I’m supposed to be a leader and need to be way better than that.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (20:27 TOI)

On what the team can do to move forward:

I think it still allows us the opportunity to fix this ourselves. We’ve got to go out there and play. Obviously, the effort wasn’t there tonight and it’s only up to us to change that.

On if the difference between tonight and Thursday is bewildering:

It is. I think we took a big step forward, especially with the previous game, playing the same team, really good effort, obviously. You think you can kind of pick up on that momentum and you want to continue that and carry it into another game. Like you said, a tough week of games against tough opponents and it just wasn’t there tonight.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On if he’s ever seen anything like tonight’s game before in his career:

Certainly no. We obviously didn’t handle the circumstances of the game very well. Might have been our poorest night of execution. We seemed like the team that played last night and traveled. We were sloppy and I thought our execution was extremely low.

On the defensive job Carolina did once their second goaltender left the game:

They did a good job, no question they played hard. They’ve got good players, they’re a good hockey team but for the way we played I think we know it’s just unacceptable and not even close to good enough. We didn’t make it challenging at all and knowing once the goaltending situation happened they were going to block shots, they were going to make us have to come through five guys and work to get to the middle of the ice and we just didn’t even come close to making it hard on them that way.

HURRICANES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3 — POSTGAME NOTES: The Maple Leafs went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play. … William Nylander skated in his 300th NHL game. … John Tavares was 5-for-7 (71%) when taking offensive zone draws.

CAROLINA HURRICANES (35-22-4 – 74 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-23-8 – 72 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2020

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ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Alex Kerfoot put the Maple Leafs on the board at 19:24 of the first period. Kerfoot has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has a goal and an assist in two games against the Hurricanes. He has six points (1-5-6) in 12 games during the month of February.
  • Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Tavares’ second period goal before adding the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Barrie’s sixth multi-assist and 10th multi-point game of the season. Barrie has four points (1-3-4) in two games against the Hurricanes this season.
  • William Nylander had the secondary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Nylander has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 19 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season. He has eight points (3-5-8) in 10 games played during the month of February.
  • Jake Muzzin registered the primary assist on Kerfoot’s first period goal. Muzzin has assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games. He has registered 10 (1-9-10) of his 22 points in 15 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Kasperi Kapanen had the secondary assist on Kerfoot’s first period goal and later picked up the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Kapanen has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Kapanen’s third multi-assist and seventh multi-point performance of the season. He has seven points (2-5-7) in 11 games during the month of February.
  • Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Tavares’ second period goal before adding the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Barrie’s sixth multi-assist and 10th multi-point game of the season. Barrie has four points (1-3-4) in two games against the Hurricanes this season.
  • William Nylander had the secondary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Nylander has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has 21 points (10 goals, 11 assists) in 19 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season. He has eight points (3-5-8) in 10 games played during the month of February.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 42 shots in the loss.

SHOTS ON GOAL

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CAROLINA17211048
TORONTO118726
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CAROLINA25331876
TORONTO19151347

Please note: 5-on-5 shot data is unavailable for this game.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home16-9-7 (32 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Carolina47-59-11-7 (124 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Carolina at Home24-32-5-2 (63 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference17-15-6 (38 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division8-7-4 (19 Games)
Attendance19,414

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Hyman, Kapanen, Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Barrie)
Faceoff Wins11 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage75% (Hyman – 3 won, 1 lost)
Hits2 (Four players tied)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI23:29 (Holl)
Power Play TOI4:48 (Matthews, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI4:58 (Holl)
Shifts29 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt PercentageN/A
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first22-5-2
Lead after 115-3-1
Trail after 23-16-4
Do not score on the power play13-14-4
Allow multiple power play goals1-5-1
Outshot by opponent13-13-4
Saturday11-4-4

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • William Nylander skated in his 300th NHL game.
  • John Tavares was 5-for-7 (71%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 p.m. at San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050