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VANCOUVER CANUCKS (19-22-3 – 41 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-13-5 – 69 Points)
THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 15:29 of the first period. Nylander has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games. He has eight points (2-6-8) in eight games against the Canucks this season. He has scored the first goal of the game on four occasions this season, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. He has 19 points (9-10-19) in 21 games on home ice this season.
- Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 0:51 of the second period. Matthews has goals (2) in two consecutive games. He has eight points (7-1-8) in eight games against the Canucks in 2020-21. He has 33 points (21 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games on home ice this season. He leads the NHL in goals (36), even-strength goals (25) and game-winning goals (11).
- Pierre Engvall scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 2:56 of the second period. Engvall has nine points (4-5-9) in 38 games this season. He has scored three of his four goals on home ice this season. He has a pair of goals in four games against Vancouver in 2020-21.
- Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 19:05 of the third period. Marner has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-4-7) in five consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 16th multi-point game of th2 season. He has registered 34 points (11 goals, 21 assists) in 25 games on home ice this season. He as registered 10 points (2-8-10) in eight games against the Canucks. He sits third among NHLers in assists (44) and ranks second among NHLers in primary assists (31).
- Alex Galchenyuk registered the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal. He has seven points (1-6-7) in eight games on home ice with the Maple Leafs this season. He has eight points (2-6-8) in 20 games with the Maple Leafs since being acquired on February 15. The Maple Leafs are 4-0-0 when he records an assist.
- John Tavares picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal. Tavares has recorded five points (3-2-5) over his last five games played. He has registered eight points (4-4-8) in eight games against the Canucks in 2020-21. He is tied for first among Maple Leafs and eighth among NHLers in points during the month of April with 17 points (7-10-17) in 14 games played.
- Joe Thornton had the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Thornton has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games. He has recorded eight points (2-6-8) in 18 games at Scotiabank Arena this season. His assist is his first point against Vancouver in five games this season.
- Ramsus Sandin recorded the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Sandin has a pair of assists over his last three games played. In six games with the Maple Leafs this season he has recorded three assists. He has a pair of assists in two games on home ice in 2020-21.
- Jason Spezza collected the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Spezza has assists (4) in three consecutive games and points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. He has five points (3-2-5) in eight games against the Canucks this season. Coming into tonight’s game, Spezza had the sixth highest points per 60 minutes rate at 5-on-5 (3.00) among NHLers who had appeared in at least 10 games.
- Alex Kerfoot had the lone assist on Marner’s third period goal. Kerfoot has three points (1-2-3) over his last five games played. He has four points (1-3-4) in eight games against the Canucks this season. The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 when Kerfoot records an assist in 2020-21.
- David Rittich stopped 15 shots to earn his first win as a Maple Leaf.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|VANCOUVER||2 (2)||9 (6)||5 (5)||–||16 (13)|
|TORONTO||7 (7)||11 (11)||6 (6)||–||24 (24)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|VANCOUVER||10 (10)||18 (12)||18 (18)||–||46 (40)|
|TORONTO||23 (23)||19 (19)||14 (12)||–||56 (54)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||15-7-3 (25 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Vancouver||65-65-22-4 (156 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Montreal at Home||39-25-11-1 (76 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||5 (Marner, Matthews)|
|Shot Attempts||12 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||56% (Matthews, Spezza)|
|Hits||3 (Liljegren, Tavares)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Holl, Hutton, Sandin)|
|Power Play TOI||N/A|
|Shorthanded TOI||2:22 (Brodie, Dermott)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||90% (Spezza – 18 for, 2 against)|
|Lead after 1||17-3-3|
|Lead after 2||21-2-3|
|Do not score a power play goal||16-9-2|
|Allow 1 power play goal||8-8-2|
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play tonight.
- Ben Hutton skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
- Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 22 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.9 percent (22 for, 13 against).
- Auston Matthews won 60 percent (nine won, six lost) of his faceoffs against Vancouver centre Bo Horvat.
- Jason Spezza was 3-for-5 (60%) when taking offensive zone faceoffs tonight.
- Saturday, May 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, 680 News)
- Monday, May 3, 7:00 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, May 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Montreal Canadiens (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Saturday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. vs. Montreal Canadiens (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Wednesday, May 12, 8:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, 680 News)
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.