A 3-0 finish nets Avalanche the West Division title, Presidents’ Trophy — The Denver Post

Monday night’s West Division showdown in Las Vegas between the Golden Knights and Avalanche is the NHL’s biggest game in the final week before the playoffs. If the division-leading Knights win at T-Mobile Arena, they win the West and clinch the Presidents’ Trophy with the league’s best record and will have home-ice advantage throughout the…

A 3-0 finish nets Avalanche the West Division title, Presidents’ Trophy — The Denver Post

NBA fines Pelicans’ Griffin $50,000 for Zion comments — WSPA 7News

The NBA fined New Orleans Pelicans executive David Griffin $50,000 on Sunday for publicly criticizing officiating over how star Zion Williamson is handled and making comments the league considered detrimental.

NBA fines Pelicans’ Griffin $50,000 for Zion comments — WSPA 7News

Nuggets Lose Steam In Second Half Against Nets, Lose 125-119 — CBS Denver

DENVER (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 33 points, including five free throws over the last 21 seconds, and Kyrie Irving added 31 as the Nets snapped a four-game skid by beating the short-handed Nuggets 125-119 on Saturday night. 820 more words

Nuggets Lose Steam In Second Half Against Nets, Lose 125-119 — CBS Denver

Celtics fall two games behind Miami in 130-124 loss to Heat — Boston Herald

On a day meant to honor the late Tom Heinsohn, Marcus Smart, an all-NBA level defender, was given the first annual Tommy Award. Unfortunately his team was unable to honor the award with anything resembling the kind of defensive consistency or intensity Smart is known for. Instead, they increasingly look like play-in tournament fodder, with…

Celtics fall two games behind Miami in 130-124 loss to Heat — Boston Herald

Watch Stephen Curry drain 11 3s, scores 49 points, lift Warriors to win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Curry shot 14 of 26 overall and 11 of 21 beyond the arc.

Watch Stephen Curry drain 11 3s, scores 49 points, lift Warriors to win — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Jazz win 5th straight, beat Rockets, 124-116 — ABC4 Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The NBA leading Jazz played solid team basketball, finishing with 28 assists and six players scored in double figures as they defeated the Houston Rockets 124-116. Georges Niang led the team with scoring and tied his career-high with 24 points. Jordan Clarkson came in off the bench and poured…

Jazz win 5th straight, beat Rockets, 124-116 — ABC4 Utah

LEAFS 3, HABS 2

MONTREAL CANADIENS (24-21-9 – 57 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-13-6 – 76 Points)

SATURDAY, MAY 8, 2021

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MONTREAL1102
TORONTO0303

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


POSTGAME QUOTES:

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pierre Engvall put the Maple Leafs on the board at 5:02 of the second period. Engvall has goals (2) in two consecutive games and has a goal in each of his last three appearances for the club. He has scored five of his six goals on home ice this season. The Maple Leafs are 5-0-1 when he scores a goal this season.
  • William Nylander scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 13:36 of the second period. Nylander has points (3-4-7) in seven consecutive games. He has recorded 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists) in 24 games on home ice this season. In eight games against Montreal in 2020-21, he has registered seven points (4-3-7). He ranks fourth among Toronto skaters in goals and sits third among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (13).
  • Mitch Marner scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 16:33 of the second period. Marner has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. He has 11 points (4-7-11) in 10 games against the Canadiens this season. He has recorded 39 points (13 goals, 26 assists) in 28 games on home ice this season, which is tied for third among NHLers in points on home ice. He is tied for fourth among NHLers in even-strength goals (20). The second period goal marks the third time in his career he has hit the 20-goal mark.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Spezza has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has registered six assists in 10 games against the Canadiens this season. He is the active leader among NHLers in points against Montreal with 75 points (32 goals, 43 assists) in 76 games. Coming into tonight’s game, he led all Maple Leafs in points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (3.14).
  • Justin Holl had the secondary assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Holl has three assists over his last five games played. He has registered 11 of his 18 assists on home ice this season. In nine games against the Canadiens in 2020-21, he has recorded four points (1-3-4). 
  • John Tavares recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tavares has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has recorded 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games against Montreal this season. In 28 games on home ice in 2020-21, he has registered 23 points (8-15-23). He is tied for 25th among NHLers in points (18-31-49) and is tied for 16th among NHLers in even-strength points (12-25-37).
  • Alex Galchenyuk picked up the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Galchenyuk has points (2-3-5) in five consecutive games. He has registered 10 points (3-7-10) in 12 games at Scotiabank Arena as a Maple Leaf this season. He has a goal and two assists in six games against Montreal with Toronto in 2020-21.
  • Auston Matthews registered the lone assist on Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has points (6-1-7) in six consecutive games. He has recorded 14 points (7-7-14) in 10 games against the Canadiens this season. In 26 games on home ice, he has recorded 37 points (24 goals, 13 assists) in 2020-21. He ranks second among NHLers with 52 even-strength points (30 goals, 22 assists).
  • Jack Campbell stopped 21 shots to earn his 17th win of 2020-21.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
MONTREAL7 (6)10 (9)6 (3)23 (18)
TORONTO4 (4)10 (10)12 (12)26 (26)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
MONTREAL20 (18)14 (13)12 (7)46 (38)
TORONTO9 (9)21 (20)17 (15)47 (44)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home18-7-3 (28 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal    307-344-88-18 (757 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal at Home194-129-45-10 (378 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins16 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits(Hutton, Simmonds)
Blocked Shots(Rielly)
Takeaways(Marner, Nylander)
TOI23:33 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI2:12 (Marner)
Shorthanded TOI4:23 (Muzzin)
Shifts28 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage63.2% (Dermott – 12 for, 7 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first10-8-3
Trail after 16-6-1
Lead after 224-2-4
Do not score a power play goal19-9-3
Do not allow a power play goal25-2-3
Outshooting opponent19-9-4
Saturday10-3-1

OF NOTE…

  • With tonight’s win, the Maple Leafs have clinched first place in the North Division. The Maple Leafs have held the number one seed for 106 of 116 days thus far in the 2020-21 season, per NHL Stats.
  • The Maple Leafs were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Auston Matthews won 75 percent (9 won, 3 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs and 80 percent (4 won, 1 lost) of his faceoffs in the defensive zone.
  • William Nylander and John Tavares started 37.5% of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 20 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 50 percent (20 for, 20 against).
  • Jason Spezza won 100 percent (3 won, 0 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs and 67 percent (2 won, 1 lost) of his defensive zone draws tonight.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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.