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MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-20-9 – 57 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-13-6 – 74 Points)
THURSDAY, MAY 6, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Alex Galchenyuk opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 0:15 of the first period. Galchenyuk has points (2-2-4) in four consecutive games. He has recorded nine points (3-6-9) in 11 games on home ice with the Maple Leafs this season. His first period goal is his first career goal against the Canadiens after skating in 418 games for Montreal from 2012-18. At 15 seconds, Galchenyuk’s goal is the Maple Leafs’ fastest to start a game in 2020-21 (Previous: 0:27, Matthews; April 22, 2021 at Winnipeg).
- John Tavares had the secondary assist on Galchenyuk’s first period goal and scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 3:24 of the first period. Tonight’s game is Tavares’ 14th multi-point game of 2020-21. He has registered four points (1-3-4) over his last four games. He has nine points (3-6-9) in nine games against Montreal this season. He is tied for 19th among NHLers in even-strength points (12-24-36).
- Pierre Engvall scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 10:38 of the first period. Engvall has recorded a goal in consecutive appearances for Toronto after scoring on April 29 vs. Vancouver. With his goal against Montreal tonight, he has registered at least one point against every North Division opponent this season. He has scored four of his five goals on home ice.
Mitch Marner scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game at 17:23 of the first period and later recorded the primary assist on Auston Matthews’ third period goal. Marner has seven points (2-5-7) over his last five games. Tonight’s game is his 18th multi-point performance of the season. Marner has 38 points (12 goals, 26 assists) in 27 games on home ice this season. He has registered 10 points (3-7-10) in nine games against the Canadiens in 2020-21. Marner is tied for fourth among NHLers in goals scored at 5-on-5 (16). He ranks third among NHLers in points (19-47-66).
- Auston Matthews scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the night at 15:41 of the third period. Matthews has goals (6) in five consecutive games. He has 36 points (24 goals, 12 assists) in 25 games on home ice this season. He has recorded 13 points (7-6-13) in nine games against the Canadiens in 2020-21. With his third period goal, Matthews has reached the 40-goal mark for the second consecutive season and the third time in his career. Per NHL Stats, the only player in Maple Leafs franchise history to require fewer contests than Matthews (49 GP) to reach the 40-goal mark is Frank Mahovlich (48 GP in 1960-61).
- William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Galchenyuk’s first period goal. Nylander has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-4-6) in six consecutive games. He has 21 points (9-12-21) in 23 games on home ice this season. In seven games against the Canadiens, he has recorded six points (3-3-6). He ranks third among Maple Leafs in primary assists (15).
- Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Spezza has five assists over his last five games played. He has registered five assists in nine games against the Canadiens this season. He has recorded 13 points (5-8-13) in 26 games at Scotiabank Arena. Coming into tonight’s game, Spezza ranked fourth among NHLers in assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 (1.95).
- TJ Brodie had the secondary assist on Engvall’s first period goal. Brodie’s assist is his first against the Canadiens in 2020-21. He has now recorded an assist against every North Division opponent this season. He has seven points (1-6-7) in 27 games on home ice in 2020-21.
- Joe Thornton notched the primary assist on Marner’s first period goal. Thornton has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-5-7) in seven consecutive games. He has recorded four assists in seven games against the Canadiens this season. In 20 games at Scotiabank Arena in 2020-21, he has registered 10 points (3-7-10).
- Rasmus Sandin collected the secondary assist on Marner’s first period goal. Sandin has a pair of assists over his last four games played. He has recorded three assists in four games on home ice this season. Tonight’s assist is his first career point against the Canadiens in five career games.
- Jake Muzzin had the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Muzzin has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded six points (1-5-6) in nine games against the Canadiens this season. Muzzin is tied for 20th among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (2-18-20).
- Jack Campbell stopped 20 shots to earn his 16th win of the season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|MONTREAL||9 (8)||5 (4)||8 (7)||–||22 (19)|
|TORONTO||15 (14)||10 (8)||10 (8)||–||35 (30)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|MONTREAL||16 (14)||13 (10)||15 (13)||–||44 (37)|
|TORONTO||21 (18)||19 (15)||20 (18)||–||60 (57)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||17-7-3 (27 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Montreal||306-344-88-18 (756 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Montreal at Home||193-129-45-10 (377 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||9 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||10 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Engvall, Thornton)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Holl)|
|Power Play TOI||4:50 (Marner, Matthews)|
|Shorthanded TOI||3:58 (Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||72.7% (Thornton – 16 for, 6 against)|
|Lead after 1||18-3-4|
|Lead after 2||23-2-4|
|Do not score a power play goal||18-9-3|
|Do not allow a power play goal||24-2-3|
- The Maple Leafs were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
- Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev started 16.7% of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
- Alex Kerfoot won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his faceoffs in the defensive zone.
- Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 21 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.8 percent (21 for, 13 against).
- Stefan Noesen skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
- Jason Spezza won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs tonight.
- 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)
- Friday, May 14, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, 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.