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LAVAL ROCKET (7-4-1-0 – 15 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (7-6-0-1 – 15 Points)
SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021
Toronto: A. Barabanov (2) PP (A. Galchenyuk, M. Hollowell), N. Petan (2) (T. Kivihalme), M. Hollowell (1) (A. Galchenyuk, T. Gaudet), J. Anderson (5) (A. Barabanov)
Goaltender: A. D’Agostini (8/10), A. Redmond (13/15)
Laval: Y. Veilleux (3) (L. Vejdemo, A. Belzile), R. Poehling (3) PP (C. Fleury, J. Blandisi), J. Mysak (2) (Unassisted), Y. Veilleux (4) PP (J. Weal, O. Leskinen)
Goaltender: M. McNiven (20/24)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Alexander Barabanov put the Marlies on the board at 7:52 of the second period on the power play. He added the lone assist on Anderson’s tying goal in the third period. Barabanov has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in two games with the Marlies.
- Nic Petan scored at 11:13 of the third period. He has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) through two games this season.
- Mac Hollowell scored at 17:16 of the third period. This is Hollowell’s first goal of the season. Hollowell had 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in 34 games with the Marlies last season.
- Joey Anderson scored with 53 seconds left in the third period. He has goals (2) in consecutive games. He has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) in 14 games with the Marlies.
- Alex Galchenyuk recorded the primary assists on Barabanov’s second period goal and Hollowell’s third period goal. Galchenyuk has eight points (2 goals, 6 assists) in six games this season with the Marlies.
- Teemu Kivihalme picked up the lone assist on Petan’s third period goal. Kivihalme has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Tyler Gaudet registered the secondary assist on Hollowell’s third period goal. Gaudet has 13 points (5 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games, leading the Marlies in all categories.
- Andrew D’Agostini stopped 8 of 10 shots he faced in 20:00 of play. He was replaced due to injury by Angus Redmond to start the second period. Redmond stopped 13 of 15 shots he faced. He is now 0-0-0-1 with a 3.75 goals against average and a 0.813 save percentage.
IN THE SHOOTOUT
· Alex Galchenyuk – Stopped (2020-21: 0/1)
· Kalle Kossila – Stopped (2020-21: 0/1)
· Nic Petan – Stopped (2020-21: 0/1)
ON THE ROAD
- Toronto’s road record is 4-4-0-1 (9 PTS). Toronto’s longest road point streak has reached four points on two occasions this season (02/15 to 02/16, 02/21 to 02/23).
- The Marlies have outscored their opponents 31-29.
- Toronto went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play.
- Laval had a 26-24 edge in shots in all situations. Adam Brooks led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 7-6-0-1 against Canadian Division opponents and 1-0-0-1 against the Laval Rocket.
- The Marlies are 2-2-0-1 when trailing after the first period and 0-5-0-1 when trailing after the second period.
- Toronto is 4-2-0-1 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Marlies are 1-0-0-1 in Sunday games and are 3-2-0-1 in March.
- Goals: J. Anderson, T. Gaudet, T. Kivihalme (5)
- Assists: T. Gaudet (8)
- Points: T. Gaudet (13)
- PPG: J. Brazeau,A. Brooks (2)
- Shots: J. Anderson (32)
- +/-: T. Gaudet (+14)
- PIMS: R. Clune (22)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On the home-and-home series against Laval:
They’ve both been very high. They’ve been physical contests. More tempers were flaring tonight. It’s really turning into a bit of a rivalry which is really good for us. What is a very different season not playing a lot of different opponents, this is good for our team to have some fire under them. have an opponent to compete against. The other teams in the league are really tough to beat but just in terms of that rivalry feeling, this is starting to feel like that these last two games. It’ll be interesting moving forward when we play them next. It’ll be a really tough game and every game to be like this really.
On the comeback in the third period:
In the second period, we really started working more, moving our feet. There were some guys working, some guys not. We got disconnected. If we don’t have all five guys together executing what we need them to execute with the effort, we’re not as competitive as we should be. In the second period, we started working. We didn’t give up as many chances as we did in the first. As we started moving and working, we started drawing more penalties and the momentum starts to build in our favour. Really happy with the group that they found their way after what was a struggling first and then going into the third, we just continued to build on that momentum. There were for sure some things we could have done better. We could have had a better start but a heck of a job for our group to find a way back into this game, to keep chipping away, to make a big push towards the end and find a way to get a point.
Mar. 14 Scott Sabourin (RW) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
Mar. 13 Joseph Woll (G) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
Scott Sabourin (RW) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
Mar. 12 Joseph Woll (G) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
Veini Vehvilainen (G) – Loaned from Toronto (NHL)
Mikko Lehtonen (D) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL)
*All times Eastern Standard Time
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 – 2:00 p.m.
March 31 vs. Stockton – 7:00 p.m.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: What’s your assessment of the game tonight and having to battle from an early hole like you did and not come all the way back? What did you see overall from the group tonight?
Sheldon Keefe: Like you said, we get ourselves in a hole early. It’s a tough game to be playing from behind. We’ve been doing that too much lately. I thought we had parts of our game where we played well and had lots of pressure, did a lot of good things, but obviously our start and the hole we dug ourselves there, how we responded after getting down 1-0 off that faceoff, those are the kind of things that end up being the difference. Overall, Ottawa was better tonight. They were better at 5-on-5, they were better on special teams, they were better in goal. They deserved the result.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: I know a concern level can vary after losses depending on how the games are lost, but where is it for you right now considering you’ve had a couple efforts that weren’t great in back-to-back nights and now that it’s five of six? Is it a high concern level, is it low, is it medium? What is it for you?
Sheldon Keefe: I don’t know. I don’t concern myself with those types of thoughts. We’ve got an opportunity here now to get some rest and some practice time. Obviously, it falls at the appropriate time in the schedule for us with what we’re going through here. It gives us a chance to get back to work.
Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: I remember you guys using the same sort of tactic in pulling the goalie in the bubble against Columbus and loading up with your big guys despite there being five, six minutes left. That whole idea of doing that, can you talk about the genesis of that idea and, obviously you don’t want to be in that position to use it, but how much confidence do you have in your guys to give them the man advantage like that?
Sheldon Keefe: I have great confidence in our guys. We’ve had a lot of success with it even this season. It’s just really kind of reacting to what’s happening in the game. I felt like it’s a three-goal deficit, lots of time left in the sense there’s six minutes, six-plus minutes I think it was. If we didn’t get one soon it would be probably insurmountable to come back. I felt we needed one. All of our top guys were fresh at that point in time coming out of a TV timeout. It was an offensive zone faceoff so it just made a lot of sense for us to go with that and try to see if we could get one and, if we could, then it would change the remaining time significantly. If we let time continue to wind down without getting anything to fall for us, just the energy and emotion of our bench alone would have been too much to overcome. We had to get something going at that point in time. It just fell into place in terms of the guys being rested and timeout and we still had another TV timeout to come on top of that. I felt pretty good about being able to ride those guys.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Were you surprised the Mikheyev goal came off the board or going into that challenge were you thinking it might be going that way?
Sheldon Keefe: Yeah, I found it just to be one of those ones that’s kind of grey and you don’t know which way it’s going to go. I had a pretty good sense that it was going to be challenged. I think we would have done the same thing if we were in that situation and then it’s just up to the people upstairs or wherever they’re making the call. Like I said, we’ve seen enough of those and studied enough of those situations that we had a pretty good sense that it could go either way, but I wasn’t surprised they challenged it, especially with the three goal lead.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: The rest, obviously, will be really valuable. Is there areas of emphasis that you’ve already identified that you’re going to want to focus on when you back on the ice with the guys though?
Sheldon Keefe: Yes, there is for sure, yeah.
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Do you feel the defence hasn’t been as sharp as a whole lately in terms of some mental errors and not breaking out as crisply and helping out the offence as you were earlier this season?
TJ Brodie: Yeah, definitely. The last couple games you noticed it. It’s definitely something that we want to clean up going forward. I think that’s what we’ll do the next couple days is try to work on that.
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: How valuable will this rest be? Guys who have played a lot, maybe it’s showing the last couple games.
TJ Brodie: It’s been a busy season so far. Any time you can get a chance to recoup and recover is big.
Q. Mark Zwolinski, Toronto Star: Obviously, again not the result you wanted and maybe not the start you wanted either. Defensively, do you think the team has slipped a little bit there or is it just a momentary thing?
Zach Hyman: Obviously, we haven’t been able to put some wins together. We’ve lost more than we’ve won the past week. We’ve had defensive breakdowns. I think against Winnipeg a lot of it was just one mistake and they come down and they’re such a good offensive team they’re able to score quickly. Then here tonight we gave them a couple of odd man rushes and they got a PK one. Our PK needs to be better. I think that anytime you’re losing you want to shore up your defensive game because they’re scoring more than you are.
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: At the end of the practice week hopefully you get some people back from injury. How big is that going to be to get a couple of familiar names back on the roster?
Zach Hyman: Simmer’s been itching to get back. He is a huge part of our team and brings so much energy and grit and can score and play in the dirty areas. We’re excited to get him hopefully soon. And then obviously with Soup. I think we have tremendous depth and Soupy’s been playing extremely well. He had that injury so hopefully he’s back at it. We have an extremely deep team and I think that we’ll have guys coming back who are going to help our team and only make our team better. We’re excited. I don’t know the timeline on when they’ll be back, but I know we have two games here in a longer period than usual so we have a lot of rest and it’ll be good to regroup as a group and take a couple of days here and reassess. It’s right around the halfway mark, I think we’re just over the halfway mark, which is a great time to evaluate things and grow and get better.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Obviously, it’s a been busy schedule for you guys the last little bit. Did you sense the fatigue catch up to you or what was your sense of tonight’s game?
Mitch Marner: I thought we were doing things we wanted to. I thought we were doing a good job of staying above them. When we were getting our shifts down low we were really moving the puck well, spacing them out, getting guys to the net, getting second opportunities. It was just a couple didn’t fall. That’s what happens. We’ve got a couple days now to rest, get ourselves ready and be ready to finish out the season.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Were you surprised Ilya’s goal ended up being disallowed?
Mitch Marner: A little bit, but at the same time that’s up to the refs to decide that. From our angle it looked like there was a battle between Gudbranson and Pierre and then Pierre got whoever that was in front. I thought we did a good job of sticking with it, not letting that get us down. Obviously, we just came short there at the end.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Obviously, not easy when you fall behind on back-to-backs. What did you see as the difference tonight?
Auston Matthews: I think we just had a really poor start. They were able to score a couple early and we were chasing the game the rest of the time. I just think we didn’t really come out very well to start the game and they were obviously ready to go. They scored two quick and we had to dig ourselves out of that hole.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You guys have a bit of a break now. What are going to be the points of emphasis so you guys get back on track when you come out of it?
Auston Matthews: I don’t know. I think we’ve been playing a lot of hockey lately. I think it will just be nice to reset and regroup as a team and have a couple days to just regroup. We’ve been playing a lot of games. I think it’s important for us to have a short memory, but obviously with this four or five day break now we’ve got to sit with this one. I think there’s plenty that we can take from here and move forward and use this week to rest and recover and get ready for the following.
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-9-2 – 40 Points) vs.
OTTAWA SENATORS (10-20-1 – 21 Points)
SUNDAY, MARCH 14, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Zach Hyman put the Maple Leafs on the board at 11:38 of the first period and later had the second Toronto goal of the game at 14:40 of the third period. Tonight’s game is his first multi-goal and fourth multi-point game of the season. Hyman has a pair of goals over his last four games played. He has scored seven of his nine goals on the road this season. He has four goals in eight games during the month of March.
- William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 17:48 of the third period. Nylander has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games. He has recorded eight points (5-3-8) in eight games during the month of March. He has five points (2-3-5) in six games against Ottawa this season.
- Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Matthews has five points (3-2-5) over his last four games. He has 11 points (6-5-11) in six games against the Senators this season. In 12 games on the road this season, Matthews has recorded 13 points (7-6-13).
- Morgan Rielly had the secondary assist on Hyman’s first period goal and later recorded the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tonight’s game is his seventh multi-assist and eighth multi-point game of the season. Rielly has five assists over his last four games. He has five assists in six games against the Senators. In 14 games on the road this season, he has recorded 13 points (1-12-13).
- John Tavares had the secondary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Tavares has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played. He has 14 points (3-11-14) in 14 games on the road this season. In six games against the Senators in 2020-21, he has recorded five points (2-3-5).
- Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Marner has assists (4) and points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. He has registered 17 points (4-13-17) in 14 games on the road this season. In six games against Ottawa in 2020-21, he has recorded nine points (2-7-9).
- Michael Hutchinson stopped one of the three shots he faced.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in relief of Hutchinson.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||9 (9)||12 (10)||15 (6)||–||36 (25)|
|OTTAWA||14 (10)||13 (9)||4 (4)||–||31 (23)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||14 (14)||29 (26)||28 (12)||–||71 (52)|
|OTTAWA||26 (21)||21 (15)||11 (8)||–||58 (44)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||9-4-1 (14 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa||59-55-3-12 (129 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Ottawa on the Road||26-33-1-4 (64 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||11 (Marner)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Kerfoot – 1 won, 0 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||4 (Rielly)|
|Takeaways||1 (Kerfoot, Matthews, Nylander)|
|Power Play TOI||2:00 (Five players tied)|
|Shorthanded TOI||3:14 (Muzzin)|
|Shifts||28 (Muzzin, Rielly)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||70.7% (Muzzin – 29 for, 12 against)|
|Opponent scores first||6-6-1|
|Trail after 1||3-3-1|
|Trail after 2||1-6-0|
|Do not score a power play goal||5-7-0|
|Allow 1 power play goal||5-5-1|
- The Maple Leafs were 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
- TJ Brodie and Jake Muzzin were on the ice for a team-high 29 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Brodie finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.7% (29 for, 25 against) while Muzzin finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 70.7% (29 for, 12 against).
- Auston Matthews won 71% (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- Jason Spezza was 4-for-4 (100%) when taking defensive zone faceoffs.
- Jimmy Vesey was the lone Toronto skater to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Friday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
- Saturday, March 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, March 25, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Saturday, March 27, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Monday, March 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.