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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-13-6 – 76 Points) vs.
OTTAWA SENATORS (22-28-5 – 49 Points)
MAY 12, 2021 ▪ 8:00 PM EST
CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE (OTTAWA, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: 680 NEWS
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus OTTAWA
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||61-55-3-12 (131 Games)|
|ALL-TIME at HOME:||27-33-1-4 (65 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus OTTAWA
|GAMES PLAYED:||Joe Thornton (63), John Tavares (42), Zach Bogosian (33)|
|GOALS:||Auston Matthews (22), Joe Thornton (19), Wayne Simmonds (10), John Tavares (10)|
|ASSISTS:||Joe Thornton (34), Mitch Marner (21), John Tavares (17)|
|POINTS:||Joe Thornton (53), Auston Matthews (38), Mitch Marner (30)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Joe Thornton (59), Zach Bogosian (42), Wayne Simmonds (36)|
MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||181 (6th)||151 (t-20th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||140 (6th)||186 (27th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||30/148 [20.3%] (16th)||27/170 [15.9%] (26th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||108/139 [77.7%] (t-24th)||131/166 [78.9%] (21st)|
|SHOTS PER GAME (Rank):||31.1 (7th)||29.7 (17th)|
|SHOTS AGAINST PER GAME (Rank):||27.9 (5th)||32.1 (27th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2367 (14th)||2415 (10th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||50.9% (11th)||48.5% (t-20th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||51.0% (11th)||47.5 (26th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS NOTES
|First Matchup between Clubs:||Oct. 20, 1992 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)|
|All-Time Record:||61-55-3-12 (131 Games)|
|All-Time Record at Home:||34-22-2-8 (66 Games)|
|All-Time Record on the Road:||27-33-1-4 (65 Games)|
|Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:||March 25, 2021 (Toronto 3, Ottawa 2 OT)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||14 (Marner)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Marner)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||56.5% (Spezza)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.5% (Thornton)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||91 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||23:41 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:14 (Matthews)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||2:33 (Holl)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Has a 13-8-2 record with a 2.91 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage in 23 games played this season.- Has a .915 save percentage at even-strength in 2020-21.|
|TJ Brodie||– Averaging 19:09 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 23rd among NHL defencemen in takeaways (22).|
|Adam Brooks||– Has four goals and an assist in 10 games with the Maple Leafs this season.- Averaging 1.87 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 10th 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 17-2-2 with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage this season.- Tied for the seventh highest even-strength save percentage (.928) among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Is 10-1-2 in 13 games on the road with a 1.89 goals-against average and a .927 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 2.16 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which is eighth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 12.35 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||– Ranks 16th among right handed defencemen in the NHL in time on ice at 5-on-5 (17:51).- Tied for 19th among NHL right handed defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:51) with a shot attempt percentage of 51.7% when the score is within one goal.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Seventh among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.9).- Tied for the 11th highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.58) among Toronto skaters who have appeared in over five games.- Averaging 1:30 per game in shorthanded ice time, the highest mark of his career.|
|Mitch Marner||– Fourth among NHLers in assists (47).- Second in the NHL in assists at 5-on-5 (28).- Third among NHLers in points (20-47-67).- Sixth in the NHL in even-strength goals (20).- Second in the NHL in primary assists (34).- Ranks first among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:26).- Has the eighth highest on-ice goals for percentage (64.7%) 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 (40-25-65).- Tied for first in the NHL in shots on goal (214).- Second among Maple Leafs forwards who have appeared in over 10 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.9%).- 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 35.9% 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 7.88 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 15th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (24).- Tied for 13th among NHL defencemen and is seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (2-20-22). – One of 10 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 90 hits (98) and 90 blocked shots (91).|
|Morgan Rielly||– Leads the Maple Leafs and is 21st among NHLers in average time on ice (23:41).- Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in points (5-29-34).- Tied for 12th among NHL defencemen in assists (29).- Tied for 18th 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 (3.20) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs and the third highest rate among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Ranks fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games with an assists per 60 minutes rate of 2.13 at 5-on-5.- Has won 54.4% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which is the 15th highest percentage among NHLers who have taken at least 225 defensive zone draws (228).|
|John Tavares||– Tied for 26th in the NHL in points (18-31-49).- Tied for 21st in the NHL in even-strength points (12-25-37).- Has the ninth highest faceoff win percentage (55.8%) among NHLers who have taken at least 800 faceoffs (822).- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 58.3% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which is 12th among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Averages 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is sixth among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least five games.- Has recorded seven points (3-4-7) in eight games against the Senators 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 55.5%.- Averaging 1.58 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is 11th 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
|Pierre Engvall||Goals (2) in two consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Points (6-1-7) in six consecutive games.|
|Jake Muzzin||Assists (4) in three consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Points (3-4-7) in seven consecutive games.|
|Jason Spezza||Assists (2) in two consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.|
|Zach Hyman||One assist from 100 NHL assists|
|Auston Matthews||Two goals from 200 NHL goals|
|John Tavares||One game from 200 games as a Maple Leaf|
|Sheldon Keefe||100th game as Maple Leaf head coach (May 6 vs. MTL)|
|May 10||Recalled goaltender Frederik Andersen from his conditioning loan.|
|May 6||Assigned goaltender Frederik Andersen to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on a conditioning loan.|
|May 5||Signed forward Kirill Semyonov to a one-year entry level contract.|
LAVAL ROCKET (23-6-2-1 – 49 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (11-16-0-2 – 24 Points)
TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021
Laval: R. Harvey-Pinard (8) (J. Ylonen, O. Leskinen), Y. Veilleux (12) (L. Dauphin, T. Paquette-Bisson), J. Ylonen (9) (J. Weal, C. Fleury), L. Dauphin (5) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: V. Demchenko (25/27)
Toronto: R. Clune (3) (S. Pooley, H. Elynuik), N. Petan (7) (S. Noesen, K. Kossila)
Goaltender: V. Vehviläinen (36/39)
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Rich Clune put the Marlies on the board at 12:44 of the third period. Clune has four points (3 goals, 1 assist) in 27 games this season.
- Nic Petan scored at 17:44 of the third period. Petan has 15 points (7 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games this season.
- Scott Pooley recorded the primary assist on Clune’s third period goal. He has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 18 games with the Marlies.
- Hudson Elynuik registered the secondary assist on Clune’s third period goal. Elynuik has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) through 16 games.
- Stefan Noesen had the primary assist on Petan’s third period goal. This was his first game with the Marlies.
- Kalle Kossila picked up the secondary assist on Petan’s third period goal. He has 19 points (4 goals, 15 assists) in 23 games. Kossila has assists (4) in four consecutive games. He leads the Marlies at home in assists (12) and points (16).
- Veini Vehviläinen stopped 36 of 39 shots he faced in his first start with the Marlies.
- Toronto went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play.
- Laval had a 40-27 edge in shots in all situations. Kalle Kossila led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 11-16-0-2 against Canadian Division opponents and are 2-3-0-1 against the Laval Rocket.
Trailing after 1 2-8-0-1
Trailing after 2 0-14-0-1
Outshot by opponent 5-8-0-2
Did not allow a goal on penalty kill 10-8-0-1
Did not score on power play 5-10-0-2
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals 10 (Gaudet)
Assists 15 (Kossila)
Points 22 (Agostino)
PPG 2 (Agostino, Brazeau, Kossila, Robertson)
Shots 74 (Agostino)
+/- +7 (Kossila)
PIMS 48 (Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
The first half of the game Laval came out like we expected. They’ve been consistent like that all year. Puck management, turnovers in the middle of the rink, turnovers at the blue line – the effort was there, we just didn’t manage playing a tough opponent. We kind of fueled their offence. Stuff we’ve talked a lot about. There’s still some common mistakes the group is fighting through but the real encouraging thing is the second half to be outshot as much as we were and not give up on the game and find a way to battle back. It was encouraging and should lead us into tomorrow’s contest.
May 11 Michael Hutchinson (G) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 11 Stefan Noesen (RW) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 11 Timothy Liljegren (D) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 11 Mac Hollowell (D) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 11 Joseph Woll (G) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 10 Frederik Andersen (G) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL)
*All times Eastern Standard Time
Wednesday, May 12 vs. Laval – 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 14 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 15 at Laval – 3:00 p.m.
Monday, May 17 at Laval – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 19 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m.