RAPTORS-HORNETS PREGAME NOTES

INJURY REPORT
OG Anunoby (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Malachi Flynn (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Patrick McCaw (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Pascal Siakam (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Health and Safety Protocols) – Out

RAPTORS NOTES
• The Toronto Raptors begin a three-game road trip (Mar. 13-17) Saturday night against the Charlotte Hornets at Spectrum Center. It will mark the third and final meeting between the two teams this season. The Raptors won consecutive home games vs. Charlotte in January. Chris Boucher scored 20+ points in the
pair of victories, averaging a team-high 22.5 points. With a win Saturday, Toronto would sweep the season series with the Hornets for the second time in the last four seasons.
Chris Boucher scored 29 points, one shy of his career high, Thursday vs. Atlanta. Boucher had a career-high 30 points (11-15 FG, 5-9 3PT, 3-4 FT) in in the final game before the All-Star break Mar. 4 at Boston. He is averaging 29.5 points and shooting 70 percent (21-30) from the field, including .538 (7-13) from beyond the arc, over the last two games. Boucher (63 3PT, 71 BLK) is the only player in the NBA with 60+three-point field goals and 60+ blocks this season.
Norman Powell has scored 30+ points four times in the last eight games (Feb. 19 – Mar. 11); something he did four times in his first 334 NBA games. Powell has started his last 21 games played (Jan. 22 – Mar. 11), averaging a team-high 23.6 points and shooting .465 (67-144) from beyond the arc during this stretch.
• Toronto has dropped a season high-tying three straight games (Mar. 3-11). The Raptors have allowed 121+ points in all three losses, with opponents averaging 127.3 points and shooting .518 from the floor.
Stanley Johnson has scored in double figures in consecutive games (Mar. 4-11), including a season-high 14 points Mar. 4 at Boston. Johnson has scored 10+ points in back-to-back games for the first time since Mar. 20-24, 2019 when he was with New Orleans.
• The Raptors will be without Pascal Siakam, Fred VanVleet and OG Anunoby, three of their top six scorers, and reserves Malachi Flynn and Patrick McCaw for the fourth straight game Saturday at Charlotte because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols. Siakam also missed Toronto’s game Feb. 26 against
Houston. Siakam (20.1), VanVleet (20.1) and Anunoby (13.8) have combined to average 54.0 points this season. Head Coach Nick Nurse returned to the bench Thursday against the Hawks after also missing the previous three games because of the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Kyle Lowry passed Chris Bosh (10,275) for second on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list Thursday vs. Atlanta. DeMar DeRozan is the franchise leader with 13,296 career points. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in assists (4,155), steals (862), three-point field goals (1,473) and wins (361), ranks second in games played (585) and third in rebounds (2,873).
• Vinik Sports Group and the Raptors have announced they will welcome a limited number of fans, with a capacity of 3,800, back to Amalie Arena for games starting on March 19 when Toronto hosts Utah.

HORNETS NOTES

FEARLESS IN THE FOURTH QUARTER: Charlotte Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been stellar in the fourth quarter and in clutch moments for the Hornets as he had 12 points in the fourth quarter,
which were 12 of the Hornets last 15 points with just over three and a half minutes left in regulation vs. Detroit on Mar. 11. Rozier is averaging 3.4 points per game in 14 games played in clutch
situations and averaging 0.6 3s per game in those instances, which is tied for fourth among all player’s who have played in approximately 70% of their team’s qualified clutch games. Rozier’s
offensive rating in crunch time situations is 156.0 points per 100 possessions, which is second in the NBA among qualified players.
He had his second 20-point fourth quarter with 20 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, including seven in the final minute of the fourth. Rozier also had 21 points in the fourth quarter in the season
opener at Cleveland on Dec. 23, which is tied for the fifth most in the fourth quarter in the NBA this season as he is the only player in the NBA this season with multiple 20-point fourth quarters.
Rozier is one of seven players this season with 15+ points in three games or more in the fourth quarter this season as he is eighth in the NBA this season in total fourth quarter points with 209
and is second in the League in made 3s in the final quarter of regulation with 36.
Rozier is just the second player in franchise history with multiple 20-point fourth quarters in a season along with Kemba Walker (4, 2018-19) as he’s one of three players this season with four
or more made 3-point field goals in the fourth quarter in two games along with Damian Lillard and Jamal Murray. Last season, only three players (Trae Young: 4, Bradley Beal: 2, Zach Lavine:
2) had multiple games with a 20-point fourth quarter.
A FIRST HALF TO REMEMBER: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball got off to a strong start in the first half of his rookie season, including some honors and historically great accomplishments,
especially in the month of February. Below are some notes related to Ball’s first half performance.
• For his play during the first half of the season, Ball was named to the 2021 U.S. Team Rising Stars Roster, selected by the other assistant coaches in the NBA. Accoding to Elias
Sports Bureau, he is the only player over the last 60 seasons to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds, assists and steals at the All-Star break. • Also according to ESB, Ball is just the sixth player in NBA history to lead all rookies in total points, rebounds and assists along with Alvan Adams (1975-76), Oscar Robertson
(1960-61), Wil Chamberlain (1959-60), Elgin Baylor (1958-59) and Bob Pettit (1954-55). Each of those five players went on to when Rookie of the Year in their respective rookie
season and four of the five went on to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. • Ball made 13 appearances in February, all starts, and averaged 20.1 points, 6.3 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game while shooting .452% from the field, .407% from
3-point range and .864% from the free throw line. For his performance, Ball earned Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for a second consecutive month to become the
second Hornets rookie in franchise history to win back-to-back Rookie of the Month awards in the first two months it was awarded. • Ball was one of five players in February to appear in at least five games and average 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals or more per game along with Nikola
Jokic, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler and Pascal Siakam; only him and Jokic shot .400% or better from beyond the arc. Over the last 20 seasons, Ball becomes just the fifth rookie
to average 20-5-5 in February: Stephen Curry (’09-10), Luka Doncic (’18-19), Tyreke Evans (’09-10) and Russell Westbrook (’08-09) as him and Curry are the only ones to also
average 1.5 steals per game. • According to ESPN Stats & Info, per Elias Sports Bureau, Ball became the third teenager to average 20-6-6 in a calendar month (min. 10 games), joining Doncic and James who
each did it multiple times. • Ball scored 20 points in eight games during February, which most by a Hornets rookie, surpassing Alonzo Mourning’s seven 20-point games in February during the 1992-93
season. Ball had the most 20-point games in the second month of the year by a first-year player since Zion Williamson (9) during the 2019-20 season.
LaMELO DOES IT AGAIN: Hornets first-year guard LaMelo Ball continues to impress as he recorded 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and a career-high tying four steals at Portland
on Mar. 1 for his first game with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists. Ball is the third youngest player in NBA history with 30-5-5 at 19 years and 191 days old, only behind LeBron
James (Six times, youngest: 18 years, 334 days) and Kevin Durant (19 years, 190 days). Ball is the youngest player with 30-5-5 along with four steals and just the sixth rookie over the
last 20 seasons with that stat line as well as just the third rookie since the 2009-10 season along with Luka Doncic (3/6/19) and Stephen Curry (3/13, 3/24/10).
In franchise history, Ball is just the third rookie with 30 points, five rebounds and five assists along with Raymond Felton (3/22/06 at CLE) and Larry Johnson (1/22/92 vs. CHI, 3/19/92
@ PHI) as only Ball and Felton also tallied four-plus steals. The last Hornets player to total 30-5-5 was Malik Monk on Jan. 24, 2020 with 31 points, five rebounds and five dimes as
Kemba Walker is the last player with such a performance along with four or more steals on Nov. 15, 2016; Walker had 30 points, five rebounds six assists and five steals at Minnesota.
Ball is one of nine players this season with 30-5-5-4 and just one of two rookies along with Sixers guard Tyrese Maxey with 30-5-5 in a game. Ball has posted 20-5-5 in six games this
season, tied with Felton for the second most games by a Hornets rookie only behind Johnson (16) as he is just one of four rookies in franchise history with multiple 30-point games
(Alonzo Mourning, 8; Johnson, 3; Felton, 2). Ball is tied for the fourth most games with 20-5-5 by a rookie in their teens along with Kevin Durant.
LaMELO’S GONE STREAKING: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball had 30 points and eight assists as he has now had four straight games with 20 points and five assists (24p/12a at SAC, 2/28; 20p/6a at GSW, 2/26; 20p/8a at PHX, 2/24). Ball’s four-game streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Ja Morant had four straight games with at least 20 points and
five assists from Mar. 7 to August 2, 2020. He the only Hornets rookie in franchise history with four straight 20-5 games as Larry Johnson had two three-game streaks with Ball also
holding the franchise record for most 20-point, 10 assist games by a Hornets rookie with three, which is also tied for the second most by a Hornets player over the last three seasons
and the most since Devonte’ Graham (6) during the 2019-20 season.
Ball now has 12 games this season with 20+ points, tied for the fifth most by a Hornets rookie with Adam Morrison (2006-07). Ball has had 20+ points five straight games, just the third
rookie in franchise history with such a streak along with Johnson and Alonzo Mourning as it is the longest since by a Hornets rookie since Mourning scored 20+ in 13 straight games
from Mar. 24 to Apr. 17, 1993. Ball’s streak is the longest by a rookie in the NBA since Zion Williamson who had 13 straight 20-point outings from Jan. 31 to Mar. 4, 2020.
Washington is the first Hornets player with two 20-point halves in the same game since Kemba Walker on Apr. 10, 2019 when Walker had a 22-point first half and 21-point second half.
40-POINT SCORERS: Hornets forward PJ Washington scored a career-high 42 points as he is the third Hornets player this season with 40+ points along with guard Terry Rozier (42, 12/23 at CLE; 41, 2/12 vs. MIN) and forward Gordon Hayward (44, 1/6 at ATL). Charlotte is one of two teams along with the Nets (Kevin Durant, James Harden, Kyrie Irving) to have
three players with a 40-point game this season as the Hornets are tied for the fifth most 40-point games with Brooklyn and Golden State with four as Philadelphia leads the NBA with
six games where a player has had 40+ points. This marks the first time in franchise history where the Hornets have had three players with at least one 40-point game in a season.
ROZIER’S EXCELLENCE: Hornets guard Terry Rozier has been tremendous all season long, including a strong performance in February. Here are a few notes on Rozier’s performance
this season and how it stacks up in franchise history as well as against other players in the NBA this season.
• In his second season with Charlotte, Rozier is averaging 20.4 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists while shooting .488% from the field and .435% from 3-point range. Rozier is one
of four qualified players this season (appeared in 70% of team’s games) along with Clippers forward Paul George, Bulls guard Zach Lavine and Bucks forward Khris Middleton,
averaging at least 20.0 points and making .475% of their field goal attempts and .425% of their 3-point tries. • Rozier ranks tied for 10th in the NBA this season in total 3-point field goals made with 114 and is averaging 3.4 3-point field goals made per game, which ranks tied for ninth
among league leaders. Rozier’s also tied for 17th in the NBA in 3-point field goal percentage. • Rozier totaled 31 points at Minnesota on Mar. 3, including 18 points in the third quarter alone along with five made 3s, tying the franchise record for made 3-pointers in a quarter.
Rozier has had three 40-point games and 12 30-point games in one and a half seasons with the Hornets compared to just two 30-point games in his first four NBA seasons. • Rozier has scored 15+ points in six quarters this season as he is one of 13 players in the NBA with six or more quarters with 15+ points. He is also just one of nine players with
nine or more games with five-plus makes from beyond the arc. • He recorded 36 points vs. Golden State on Feb. 20, as he had four straight 30-point games from Feb. 10 to 20, after 33 points vs. SA on Feb. 14, 41 points vs. MIN on Feb. 12 and
34 points at MEM on Feb. 10. This was the first time Rozier’s had 30+ points in four consecutive games as he is one of eight players this season with 30 points or more in four
consecutive games. • He is the first Hornets player with four straight 30-point performances since Kemba Walker (5, 2/2-2/11/19) and just the third player in franchise history with a 30-point streak
of four games or longer along with Walker and Glen Rice who both completed the feat two times. • Rozier is one of 13 players this season with multiple 40-point performances as well as one of 13 players with 35+ points in four or more outings this season. • Over the four-game stretch, Rozier averaged 36.0 points (.600 FG%, .590 3pt%, 1.000 FT%), 5.0 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game as he is one of nine players this season to
average 36.0 points or more over a four-game span, according to Basketball Reference. He is just the third player in franchise history to average at least 36.0 points over a
four-game period along with Rice (36.8 from 1/28-2/2/97; 36.3, 4/2-4/7/97) and Walker (36.0, 11/17-11/23/18). • Rozier totaled 20 points in the fourth quarter alone vs. Golden State and 28 in the second half has scored 25+ points in three halves this season, all in the second half, as he’s one
of 10 players with three 25-point halves and one of six with three 25-point second halves. Rozier is one of five players this season with multiple 20-point quarters overall as he
scored 10+ points in a quarter 10 times during the month of February, including seven 10-point quarters over the four-game stretch where he had at least 30 points each game. • He had 30+ points in four of the 10 games he appeared in February and 20+ points in six of his 10 games; he is just the sixth player in franchise history with four or more 30-point
games in February. • In 11 games in February, Rozier averaged 23.1 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.6 assists while shooting .517% from the field, .447% from beyond the arc and .944% from the free
throw line in February. Rozier was one of 10 players along to average at least 20.0 points and shoot .500% or better from the floor and .400% from 3-point distance (1 3PA/
Game) in five or more games in February. Among that group, he was just one of three players with Nuggets center Nikola Jokic and Raptors guard Normal Powell to also shoot
.900% or better from the line.

WINNIPEG-TORONTO PREGAME NOTES

WINNIPEG JETS (16-8-2 – 34 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-7-2 – 40 Points)

MARCH 13, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG

ALL-TIME RECORD:36-20-1-9 (66 Games)
ALL-TIME on the ROAD:19-10-1-4 (34 Games)
2020-21:2-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:7-2-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (53), Joe Thornton (46), John Tavares (31)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), Joe Thornton (12), John Tavares (10)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (36), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (23)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), Joe Thornton (44), John Tavares (33)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (41), John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (20)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):97 (2nd)86 (t-7th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       70 (t-10th)75 (15th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):26/83 [31.3%] (2nd)18/76 [23.7%] (12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):61/79 [77.2%] (19th)49/64 [76.6%] (20th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):30.8 (t-9th)29.3 (21st)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.4 (7th)32.1 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1181 (8th)1082 (16th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):49.4% (t-17th)47.5% (27th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.2% (t-8th)48.4% (22nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
All-Time Record:36-20-1-9 (66 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:19-10-1-4 (34 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:March 11, 2021 (Toronto 4, Winnipeg 3 OT)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS21 (Matthews)
ASSISTS26 (Marner)
POINTS37 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS13 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs26 (Bogosian)
SHOTS108 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.2% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %56.9% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS43 (Brodie, Holl)
TAKEAWAYS25 (Matthews)
HITS46 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:56 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:22 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second in the NHL in wins (13).- Tied for ninth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (507).- Has a 11-1-2 record with a 2.93 goals-against average and a .908 save percentage in 15 career games against Winnipeg.
Travis Boyd– Averaging 2.61 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks fourth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 19:05 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (65.1%) at even strength among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in multiple games.- Third among Maple Leafs defencemen in points (0-10-10).
Jack Campbell– Is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage this season.
Justin Holl– Tied for 15th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:32) with a shot attempt percentage of 53.4% when the score is within one goal.- Ranks 37th in the NHL in shorthanded ice time per game (2:50).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in primary assists at 5-on-5 (5).
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .934 save percentage and a 2.03 goals-against average through five starts this season. 
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:04).- Has the third-highest on-ice goals for percentage (64.7%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards.
Alex Kerfoot– Leads the Maple Leafs in on-ice goals for percentage (70.0%) at 5-on-5.- Sixth among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.9).- Has the sixth highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.97) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.
Mitch Marner– Fourth among NHLers in assists (26).- Fourth among NHLers in points (11-26-37).- Tied for second in the NHL in even-strength goals (11).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:33).- Has played 39.5% of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time.- Has the sixth highest on-ice goals for percentage (60.8%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto forwards..
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (21).- Leads the NHL in game-winning goals (7).- Fifth among NHLers in points (21-14-35).- Averaging 21:58 in time on ice per game, which is fourth among NHL forwards.- Third among Maple Leafs forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.9%).- Third in the NHL in shots on goal (108).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (1:46).- Has an average of 17.1 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which is tied for sixth among NHLers who have played at least 45 minutes of shorthanded ice time (49:14).  – Has started 35.2% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (8).- Tied for 30th among NHL defencemen and tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in points (1-12-13). – Has started 48.8 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.
William Nylander– Tied for second among Maple Leafs in goals (11).- Has the seventh highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.77) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 61.9% at 5-on-5.
Morgan Rielly– Leads Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:56).- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in points (3-19-22).- Has a pair of goals and nine assists in 15 games at home this season.- Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (8).
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (2.99) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs who have appeared in over five games.- Has won 56.8% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is tied for the eighth highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 125 defensive zone draws (125).
John Tavares– Has the fourth highest faceoff win percentage (59.2%) among NHLers who have taken at least 400 faceoffs (419).- Has a goal and two assists in three games against the Jets this season.- Has 10 goals and 23 assists in 31 career games against Winnipeg.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 65.0% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which ranks third among Toronto skaters.
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters at 56.9%.- Averaging 2.00 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

TJ BrodieAssists (3) in three consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerAssists (2) in two consecutive games and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (3) and points (3-1-4) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderPoints (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Morgan RiellyAssists (3) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresAssists (2) in two consecutive games and points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianTwo points from 200 NHL points
William NylanderThree goals from 100 NHL goals
Joe ThorntonThree assists from 1,100 career NHL assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Kenny AgostinoFirst game as a Maple Leaf (March 11 vs. WPG)
  

INJURY REPORT

Jack Campbell (Lower Body)Did not play on March 11 vs. WPG.
Wayne Simmonds (Wrist)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 72
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

March 12Acquired goaltender Veini Vehviläinen from Columbus in exchange for defenceman Mikko Lehtonen.
  

MARLIES 4, LAVAL 3

LAVAL ROCKET (6-4-1-0 – 13 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (7-6-0-0 – 14 Points)

FRIDAY, MARCH 12, 2021

 123OTFINAL
LAVAL1113
TORONTO1304

GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Laval: J. Blandisi (3) (J. Ylonen, J. Brook), J. Ylonen (3) (A. Belzile, C. Schueneman)
Goaltender: C. Primeau (27/31) 

Toronto: N. Petan (1) (T. Liljegren, A. Barabanov), A. Barabanov (1) (A. Galchenyuk, N. Petan), A. Galchenyuk (2) (A. Barabnov, K. Rubins), J. Anderson (4) SH (K. Kossila)
Goaltender: J. Woll (31/34) 

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Nic Petan scored at 15:11 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Barabanov’s second period assist. This is Petan’s first AHL game this season. Petan has one assist in seven games with the Maple Leafs.
  • Alexander Barabanov scored at 3:54 of the second period. He also added the secondary assist on Petan’s first period goal and the primary assist on Galchenyuk’s second period goal. This is Barabanov’s first AHL game this season. Barabanov has played in 11 games this season.
  • Alex Galchenyuk scored at 9:47 of the second period and earlier had the primary assist on Barabanov’s second period goal. Galchenyuk has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in five games with the Marlies this season.
  • Joey Anderson scored shorthanded at 18:36 of the second period. This was Anderson’s first career shorthanded goal. He has six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in 13 games with the Marlies.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the primary assist on Petan’s first period goal. Liljegren has collected seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in nine games with the Marlies this season.
  • Kristians Rubins registered the secondary assist on Galchenyuk’s second period goal. Rubins has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 13 games.
  • Kalle Kossila had the lone assist on Anderson’s shorthanded goal. He has five points (1 goal, 4 assists) in seven games with the Marlies this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced in his first start this season. He is now 1-0-0-0 on the season with a 3.01 goals against average and 0.912 save percentage.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Joey Anderson scored Toronto’s second shorthanded goal this season in the second period.
  • Laval had a 34-31 edge in shots in all situations. Alexander Barabanov, Rourke Chartier and Timothy Liljegren led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
  • The Marlies are 7-6-0-0 against Canadian Division opponents and 1-0-0-0 against the Laval Rocket.

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 1-4-0-0 when tied after the first period and 6-0-0-0 when leading after the second period.
  • Toronto is 4-2-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 1-3-0-0 in Friday games and are 3-2-0-0 in March.

MARLIES LEADERS

  • Goals: T. Gaudet, T. Kivihalme (5)
  • Assists: A. Brooks, T. Gaudet,N. Robertson (7)
  • Points:  T. Gaudet (12)
  • PPG: J. Brazeau,A. Brooks (2)
  • Shots: J. Anderson (31)
  • +/-:  T. Gaudet (+13)
  • PIMS: R. Clune (22)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On why the team went 11-7 tonight:
We had a couple of young defencemen playing tonight in McCourt and Hoefenmayer. We wanted to give them some reps, they’ve been working really hard during their time here and give them some reps in what was a very important game and test them. They showed really well. We also had a lot of players up front that could log a lot of minutes and really the versatility of players that could play centre and wing, there was a lot of things creatively that I could do with the lines with that lineup.

On what makes it difficult to play against Laval:
Their forecheck really hard. There’s always pressure, there’s always some on top of you. You really got to get comfortable playing inside of contact offensively and defensively. They don’t turn pucks over. They make you earn every inch of ice, they make you go 200-feet every time. All the game management things in terms of  length of shift, knowing where you are in the period, what period it is, there’s a lot of items that you have to be really disciplined about against a team like this and our guys were willing to do that today.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Feb. 11             Alexander Barabanov (LW) – loaned from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Timothy Liljegren (D) – returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Martin Marincin (D) – recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Nic Petan (LW) – loaned from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Nick Robertson (LW) – recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Calle Rosen (D) – recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
                        Joseph Woll (G) – recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 14 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
March 19 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
March 20 at Belleville – 3:00 p.m.
March 24 vs. Belleville – 7:00 p.m.
March 29 vs. Stockton – 7:00 p.m.