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HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s loss:
They played really hard today. We just finished a stretch of games here where we played against some of the top teams in the League. For me, that was a harder game for us to play today, just the pace the puck moved, the pace that their feet moved, how competitive they were. Our inability to respond to that and find another level in our game causes a problem where we just — the ice tilted in that second period and we just couldn’t get it back. So that was really tough. The third period to me was pretty even, we just gave up some chances that ended up in our net, but the second period was where they really established their game and took it to us. Strange as it is, that’s the one that we win. We win that period of the three. So we’re in a good spot to try and play there in the third but we gave up too many chances and eventually cost us. You don’t win games when you score two goals.
On Jack Campbell’s play tonight:
I thought he battled all through that second period. There’s a lot of shots, a lot of pucks coming at him. He made some great saves for us there to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win that period and then set us up for the third. Some of the goals — when you look at the goals that go in, there’s some funny stuff happening behind the net, behind the goal line, stuff like that, but he battled and made saves for us. As I said, their goaltender made saves too. We had some real high-end chances that didn’t go in for us, but we’ve got to find a way to generate more than two goals if we want to have a chance to win, and then we can’t give up nearly what we gave up today. A lot of things that haven’t been issues for us in terms of odd-man rushes against and guys getting behind us — we’ve been talking about how we’ve cleaned that up pretty well, but It came back into our game today, I think, in part due to the pace of play, and we just didn’t respond well to it.
JACK CAMPBELL (33 SAVES)
On what San Jose did well in the second period:
I just know they got a lot better. I’m just disappointed. I thought we played, we battled and, you know, I just think Jones outplayed me, bottom line. So I’m not happy about that and I just feel responsible for this one.
On if San Jose is known for lively boards when pucks are shot into the zone:
I’ve played well here before and yeah, I don’t know what was going on there. They must have greased them up before the game. The pucks were coming off pretty strange angles, but no excuses. I’ve just got to find the puck and make the save.
On if he felt any rust after not playing the prior seven games:
No. I felt sharp and dialed in and no excuse for giving up four. It’s just not acceptable.
MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL)
On where the game got away from the team:
Most of that second period they dominated us. They did what they wanted to and we didn’t win enough puck battles. The only reason we really had a chance going into that third period was because of Jack. He played great tonight like usual for us and made it feel possible, got us through that second period and that third we just gave up too many chances. We weren’t stopping on pucks or being strong enough on pucks and it came back to haunt us.
On if the team is still learning how to be more consistent when things go wrong:
I think it’s just the consistency of every shift. It’s just knowing that you want to watch guys go on before you and battle, get in lanes. Coming into this game we talked about how they have one of the best, if not the best guy, at getting pucks through. When that’s happening, we know their game plan is going to be trying to get pucks through on tips, high tips, low tips. We need guys to get in lanes, we need guys to sacrifice for each other and I think that’s something that we’re just missing. It’s just guys needing to buy in more and getting themselves ready.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On trying to play catch up tonight:
Yeah, they play fast. I think the momentum kind of tipped their way and I think we didn’t really do a very good job of getting it back. I think they just kept coming and coming and a lot of times, we just had no pushback. Tough to get stuff going that way.
On San Jose making a big push in the second period:
Yeah, for sure. I think we just got caught out there and they were able to just continue to play in our zone and kind of tire us out, tire our back end out and just kind of wear on us. So, like I said, they came with a good push there and we just really had no answer.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-24-8 – 78 Points) vs.
SAN JOSE SHARKS (29-33-4 – 62 Points)
TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 2:48 of the second period before registering the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ 25th multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the sixth-most in the NHL. He ranks second among NHLers in goals (46) and ninth among NHLers in points (46-33-79). In seven career games against the Sharks, he has recorded 11 points (8-3-11).
- Mitch Marner scored the second Maple Leafs goal of the night at 17:27 of the second period. Marner has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games. He has recorded 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 25 games on the road this season, collecting 12 of his 17 goals away from home. He has recorded 10 points (2-8-10) in eight career games against San Jose.
- Martin Marincin registered the lone assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Marincin has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has recorded a goal and three assists in 24 games played this season. All three of his assists have come on the road in 2019-20.
- Calle Rosen picked up the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Rosen’s point is his first with Toronto since being re-acquired by the club on February 24. He has three assists in 11 games played between Colorado and Toronto this season.
- Jack Campbell stopped 33 shots in the loss.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||14 (10)||6 (3)||7 (6)||–||27 (19)|
|SAN JOSE||11 (8)||18 (16)||9 (8)||–||38 (32)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||21 (16)||12 (8)||20 (13)||–||53 (37)|
|SAN JOSE||16 (12)||31 (28)||13 (11)||–||60 (51)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||18-15-1 (34 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. San Jose||24-22-5-2 (53 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. San Jose on the Road||9-13-3-0 (25 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||16-9-2 (27 Games)|
|Record vs. Pacific Division||9-4-1 (14 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||6 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||67% (Spezza – 4 won, 2 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Holl)|
|Takeaways||2 (Hyman, Spezza)|
|Power Play TOI||4:26 (Barrie)|
|Shorthanded TOI||2:11 (Marincin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||52.9% (Dermott – 18 for, 16 against)|
|Opponent scores first||12-19-6|
|Trail after 1||3-15-3|
|Tied after 2||8-6-2|
|Do not score a power play goal||15-15-4|
|Allow one power play goal||13-11-3|
|Outshot by opponent||14-14-4|
- The Maple Leafs went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play tonight.
- Kyle Clifford, Justin Holl and Kasperi Kapanen started 20 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 20 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 47.6 (20 for, 22 against).
- John Tavares won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- Thursday, March 5, 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050
- Friday, March 6, 10:00 p.m. at Anaheim Ducks (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. vs. Nashville Predators (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. at Boston Bruins (Sportsnet, FAN 590)