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Clippers’ play-after-the-play philosophy paying off from 3-point range — Press Telegram

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CANADIENS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-20-9 – 57 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-13-6 – 74 Points)

MAY 8, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) 
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL

ALL-TIME RECORD:306-344-88-18 (756 Games)
ALL-TIME at HOME:193-129-45-10 (377 Games)
2020-21:6-2-1
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (75), Joe Thornton (61), Nick Foligno (47)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (32), Auston Matthews (19), John Tavares (17)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (42), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (22)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (74), Joe Thornton (47), John Tavares (39)
PENALTY MINUTES:Zach Bogosian (59), Nick Foligno (58), Wayne Simmonds (54)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):178 (7th)150 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       138 (7th)154 (17th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):30/146 [20.6%] (15th)29/145 [20.0%] (16th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):105/136 [77.2%] (26th)131/166 [78.9%] (t-19th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):31.2 (7th)31.4 (6th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.0 (5th)28.2 (t-7th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2323 (12th)2565 (3rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):50.9% (11th)54.6% (2nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):50.7% (12th)48.6 (24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Dec. 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)
All-Time Record:306-344-88-18 (756 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:193-129-45-10 (377 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:113-215-43-8 (379 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:May 6, 2021 (Toronto 5, Montreal 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS40 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS66 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS14 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Marner)
PIMs49 (Bogosian)
SHOTS210 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.1% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS89 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS49 (Marner)
HITS96 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:42 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:15 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:33 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

TJ Brodie– Averaging 19:08 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (67.9%) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Tied for first among Maple Leafs in shifts per game (26.2).- Tied for 19th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (22). 
Adam Brooks– Has four goals and an assist in nine games with the Maple Leafs this season.- Averaging 2.08 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks sixth among Toronto skaters.- Became the first player in franchise history to score his first career goal on the power play and second career goal while shorthanded on April 20 at Vancouver. 
Jack Campbell– Is 16-2-2 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage this season.- Has the seventh-highest even-strength save percentage (.929) among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Is 4-1-2 in seven career games against Montreal with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.- Established a Maple Leafs franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender (10) on April 7 vs. Montreal.- Established an NHL record for consecutive wins to start a season (11) on April 10 vs. Ottawa. 
Nick Foligno– Has registered four assists in five games with the Maple Leafs.- Averaging 1:49 per game in shorthanded ice time with Toronto since joining the club.- Averaging 12.86 hits per 60 minutes as a Maple Leaf, which is the highest rate among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Had 16 points (7-9-16) in 42 games with Columbus before being acquired by Toronto on April 11. 
Alex Galchenyuk– Averaging 2.25 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which is fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 12.27 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time as a Maple Leaf, which ranks 12th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games. 
Justin Holl– Tied for 15th among right handed defencemen in the NHL in time on ice at 5-on-5 (17:53).- Ranks 20th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:53) with a shot attempt percentage of 51.5% when the score is within one goal. 
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .919 save percentage and a 2.42 goals-against average with a 4-2-1 record through eight starts this season. 
Alex Kerfoot– Seventh among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.8).- Has the 11th highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.61) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 1:27 per game in shorthanded ice time, the highest mark of his career. 
Mitch Marner– Fourth among NHLers in assists (49).- Second in the NHL in assists at 5-on-5 (28).- Third among NHLers in points (19-47-66).- Tied for sixth in the NHL in even-strength goals (19).- Second in the NHL in primary assists (34).- Ranks second among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:27).- Has the eighth highest on-ice goals for percentage (64.2%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto skaters.- Became the first Maple Leaf in franchise history to record 60 points in fewer than 50 games three times on April 28 at Montreal. 
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (40).- Leads the NHL in even-strength goals (30).- Has scored the first goal of the game on nine occasions, which leads the NHL.- Leads the NHL in game-winning goals (12).- Tied for sixth among NHLers in points (40-24-64).- Leads the NHL in shots on goal (210).- Second among Maple Leafs forwards who have appeared in over 10 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.8%).- Became the first American born player to score 30 or more goals in each of his first five seasons on April 10 vs. Ottawa. 
Ilya Mikheyev– Has started 35.8% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averages 8.03 shots per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least five games.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (24).- Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen and is tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (2-19-21). – One of 11 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 85 hits (96) and 85 blocked shots (89). 
Morgan Rielly– Leads the Maple Leafs and is 21st among NHLers in average time on ice (23:42).- Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in points (5-29-34).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in assists (29).- Tied for 16th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (14).- Became the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with the club on April 13 vs. Calgary. 
David Rittich– Is 1-1-1 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage in four appearances with Toronto.- Had a 4-7-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 15 games with Calgary prior to being acquired by Toronto on April 11.- Won his first game as a Maple Leaf on April 29 vs. Vancouver. 
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.14) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs and the third highest rate among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games games this season.- Ranks fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games with an assists per 60 minutes rate of 2.05 at 5-on-5.- Has won 54.2% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the 14th highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 225 defensive zone draws (225). 
John Tavares– Tied for 24th in the NHL in points (18-30-48).- Tied for 19th in the NHL in even-strength points (12-24-36).- Tied for the sixth highest faceoff win percentage (55.6%) among NHLers who have taken at least 800 faceoffs (808).- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 58.6% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which is 11th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Averages 13.77 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Has recorded nine points (3-6-9) in nine games against the Canadiens this season. 
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games at 55.3%.- Averaging 1.63 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is 10th among Toronto skaters.- Became the seventh player in NHL history to record 1,100 career assists on April 28 at Montreal.- Became the oldest player (41 years, 296 days) in franchise history to score a goal for the club on April 24 at Winnipeg, surpassing Allan Stanley (41 years, 252 days) who had held the mark since November 8, 1967 at Oakland. 
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Alex GalchenyukPoints (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (6) in five consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinAssists (3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderAssists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-4-6) in six consecutive games.
Joe ThorntonPoints (2-5-7) in seven consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanOne assist from 100 NHL assists
Auston MatthewsTwo goals from 200 NHL goals
John TavaresTwo games from 200 games as a Maple Leaf
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Sheldon Keefe100th game as Maple Leaf head coach (May 6 vs. MTL)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Lower Body)On conditioning loan with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Zach Bogosian (Shoulder)Expected to miss four weeks.
Nick Foligno (Upper Body)Did not play on May 6 vs. MTL.
Zach Hyman (Knee)Expected to miss two weeks.
Riley Nash (Knee)On Injured Reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 142
  

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

May 6Assigned goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
May 5Signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one-year entry level contract.
  

CANADIENS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-20-9 – 57 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-13-6 – 74 Points)

MAY 8, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) 
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL

ALL-TIME RECORD:306-344-88-18 (756 Games)
ALL-TIME at HOME:193-129-45-10 (377 Games)
2020-21:6-2-1
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (75), Joe Thornton (61), Nick Foligno (47)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (32), Auston Matthews (19), John Tavares (17)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (42), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (22)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (74), Joe Thornton (47), John Tavares (39)
PENALTY MINUTES:Zach Bogosian (59), Nick Foligno (58), Wayne Simmonds (54)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):178 (7th)150 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       138 (7th)154 (17th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):30/146 [20.6%] (15th)29/145 [20.0%] (16th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):105/136 [77.2%] (26th)131/166 [78.9%] (t-19th)
SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):31.2 (7th)31.4 (6th)
SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):28.0 (5th)28.2 (t-7th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2323 (12th)2565 (3rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):50.9% (11th)54.6% (2nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):50.7% (12th)48.6 (24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Dec. 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)
All-Time Record:306-344-88-18 (756 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:193-129-45-10 (377 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:113-215-43-8 (379 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:May 6, 2021 (Toronto 5, Montreal 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS40 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS66 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS14 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Marner)
PIMs49 (Bogosian)
SHOTS210 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.1% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS89 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS49 (Marner)
HITS96 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:42 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:15 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:33 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

TJ Brodie– Averaging 19:08 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Has the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (67.9%) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Tied for first among Maple Leafs in shifts per game (26.2).- Tied for 19th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (22). 
Adam Brooks– Has four goals and an assist in nine games with the Maple Leafs this season.- Averaging 2.08 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks sixth among Toronto skaters.- Became the first player in franchise history to score his first career goal on the power play and second career goal while shorthanded on April 20 at Vancouver. 
Jack Campbell– Is 16-2-2 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage this season.- Has the seventh-highest even-strength save percentage (.929) among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Is 4-1-2 in seven career games against Montreal with a 1.85 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.- Established a Maple Leafs franchise record for consecutive wins by a goaltender (10) on April 7 vs. Montreal.- Established an NHL record for consecutive wins to start a season (11) on April 10 vs. Ottawa. 
Nick Foligno– Has registered four assists in five games with the Maple Leafs.- Averaging 1:49 per game in shorthanded ice time with Toronto since joining the club.- Averaging 12.86 hits per 60 minutes as a Maple Leaf, which is the highest rate among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Had 16 points (7-9-16) in 42 games with Columbus before being acquired by Toronto on April 11. 
Alex Galchenyuk– Averaging 2.25 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which is fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 12.27 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time as a Maple Leaf, which ranks 12th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games. 
Justin Holl– Tied for 15th among right handed defencemen in the NHL in time on ice at 5-on-5 (17:53).- Ranks 20th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:53) with a shot attempt percentage of 51.5% when the score is within one goal. 
Michael Hutchinson– Has a .919 save percentage and a 2.42 goals-against average with a 4-2-1 record through eight starts this season. 
Alex Kerfoot– Seventh among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.8).- Has the 11th highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.61) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 1:27 per game in shorthanded ice time, the highest mark of his career. 
Mitch Marner– Fourth among NHLers in assists (49).- Second in the NHL in assists at 5-on-5 (28).- Third among NHLers in points (19-47-66).- Tied for sixth in the NHL in even-strength goals (19).- Second in the NHL in primary assists (34).- Ranks second among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:27).- Has the eighth highest on-ice goals for percentage (64.2%) at 5-on-5 among Toronto skaters.- Became the first Maple Leaf in franchise history to record 60 points in fewer than 50 games three times on April 28 at Montreal. 
Auston Matthews– Leads the NHL in goals (40).- Leads the NHL in even-strength goals (30).- Has scored the first goal of the game on nine occasions, which leads the NHL.- Leads the NHL in game-winning goals (12).- Tied for sixth among NHLers in points (40-24-64).- Leads the NHL in shots on goal (210).- Second among Maple Leafs forwards who have appeared in over 10 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.8%).- Became the first American born player to score 30 or more goals in each of his first five seasons on April 10 vs. Ottawa. 
Ilya Mikheyev– Has started 35.8% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averages 8.03 shots per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least five games.
Jake Muzzin– Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (24).- Tied for 17th among NHL defencemen and is tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (2-19-21). – One of 11 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 85 hits (96) and 85 blocked shots (89). 
Morgan Rielly– Leads the Maple Leafs and is 21st among NHLers in average time on ice (23:42).- Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in points (5-29-34).- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in assists (29).- Tied for 16th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (14).- Became the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with the club on April 13 vs. Calgary. 
David Rittich– Is 1-1-1 with a 2.72 goals-against average and a .888 save percentage in four appearances with Toronto.- Had a 4-7-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .904 save percentage in 15 games with Calgary prior to being acquired by Toronto on April 11.- Won his first game as a Maple Leaf on April 29 vs. Vancouver. 
Jason Spezza– Has the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.14) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs and the third highest rate among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games games this season.- Ranks fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games with an assists per 60 minutes rate of 2.05 at 5-on-5.- Has won 54.2% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the 14th highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 225 defensive zone draws (225). 
John Tavares– Tied for 24th in the NHL in points (18-30-48).- Tied for 19th in the NHL in even-strength points (12-24-36).- Tied for the sixth highest faceoff win percentage (55.6%) among NHLers who have taken at least 800 faceoffs (808).- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 58.6% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which is 11th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Averages 13.77 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Has recorded nine points (3-6-9) in nine games against the Canadiens this season. 
Joe Thornton– Has the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games at 55.3%.- Averaging 1.63 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is 10th among Toronto skaters.- Became the seventh player in NHL history to record 1,100 career assists on April 28 at Montreal.- Became the oldest player (41 years, 296 days) in franchise history to score a goal for the club on April 24 at Winnipeg, surpassing Allan Stanley (41 years, 252 days) who had held the mark since November 8, 1967 at Oakland. 
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Alex GalchenyukPoints (2-2-4) in four consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsGoals (6) in five consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinAssists (3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderAssists (3) in three consecutive games and points (2-4-6) in six consecutive games.
Joe ThorntonPoints (2-5-7) in seven consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanOne assist from 100 NHL assists
Auston MatthewsTwo goals from 200 NHL goals
John TavaresTwo games from 200 games as a Maple Leaf
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Sheldon Keefe100th game as Maple Leaf head coach (May 6 vs. MTL)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Lower Body)On conditioning loan with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Zach Bogosian (Shoulder)Expected to miss four weeks.
Nick Foligno (Upper Body)Did not play on May 6 vs. MTL.
Zach Hyman (Knee)Expected to miss two weeks.
Riley Nash (Knee)On Injured Reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 142
  

NOTABLE TRANSACTIONS

May 6Assigned goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.
May 5Signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one-year entry level contract.