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MONTREAL CANADIENS (0-0) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (0-0)
MAY 20, 2021 ▪ 7:30 PM EST
SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL
ALL-TIME RECORD: 307-344-88-18
ALL-TIME at HOME: 194-129-45-10
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SERIES RECORD: 7-8
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD: 29-42
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL
GAMES: Jason Spezza (76), Joe Thornton (62), Nick Foligno (47)
POINTS: Jason Spezza (75), Joe Thornton (47), John Tavares (40)
GOALS: Jason Spezza (32), Auston Matthews (19), John Tavares (17)
ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (43), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (23)
PENALTY MINUTES: Zach Bogosian (59), Nick Foligno (58), Wayne Simmonds (54)
CANADIENS CAREER LEADERS versus TORONTO
GAMES: Eric Staal (55), Brendan Gallagher (35), Jeff Petry (34), Tomas Tatar (34)
POINTS: Eric Staal (52), Jeff Petry (21), Brendan Gallagher (19), Corey Perry (19)
GOALS: Eric Staal (24), Tomas Tatar (10), Brendan Gallagher (10)
ASSISTS: Eric Staal (28), Jeff Petry (16), Shea Weber (14)
PENALTY MINUTES: Eric Staal (37), Corey Perry (26), Shea Weber (20)
MAPLE LEAFS ACTIVE PLAYOFF LEADERS
GAMES: Joe Thornton (179), Jason Spezza (85), Jake Muzzin (59)
POINTS: Joe Thornton (133), Jason Spezza (70), John Tavares (30)
GOALS: Joe Thornton (31), Jason Spezza (25), John Tavares (15)
ASSISTS: Joe Thornton (102), Jason Spezza (45), Mitch Marner (16)
PENALTY MINUTES: Joe Thornton (132), Wayne Simmonds (106), Nick Foligno (40)
|Postseason Appearances||– The 2021 postseason marks the Maple Leafs’ 70th appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.|
|Series History||– The Maple Leafs have played a total of 115 series in their previous 69 playoff appearances, winning 58 of them.|
|Playoff Record||– Toronto has a record of 258-284-4 in 546 franchise playoff games.|
|Toronto vs. Montreal||– This is the 16th time the Maple Leafs and Canadiens have met in the postseason.- Toronto has only faced Boston (16) and Detroit (23) as many times or more than the Canadiens in a playoff series.- This series marks the first meeting between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 1979.|
|Up North||– Toronto finished first in the North Division and tied for fifth in the NHL with a 35-14-7 record (77 points)- The Maple Leafs captured their first division title since 1999-00.|
|Team Discipline||– The Maple Leafs took were assessed 165 penalties this season, which was tied for the fifth-fewest penalties taken in the NHL. – Toronto averaged 4:21 per game in time on the penalty kill, which was the fourth lowest total in the League.|
|Faceoffs||– The Maple Leafs finished 10th among NHL teams and second among North Division clubs in faceoff win percentage (51.1%).- Toronto won 53 percent of their offensive zone faceoffs, which was the ninth-highest percentage among NHL clubs.|
|Goals by Strength||– The Maple Leafs were second in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (132), while allowing the eighth-fewest goals at 5-on-5 (96).|
|Starting Strong||– Toronto scored 61 times in the first period, which was the highest mark in the NHL, while allowing 38 first period goals, the fifth-fewest in the League.|
|Power Play||– The Maple Leafs have the fifth-fewest power play opportunities (155) among NHL teams that scored at least 30 power play goals (31).|
|Penalty Kill||– Toronto was shorthanded 144 times this season, which was the tied for the fourth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.|
|Scoring First||– Toronto won 25 games after scoring the first goal of the game, which ranked third among NHL clubs.|
|Team Goal-Games||– The Maple Leafs were tied for the 11th highest win percentage in one-goal games (.560), tied for the sixth-highest win percentage in two-goal games (.615) and had the fourth-highest win percentage in three-goal games (.733).|
|Back in the Postseason||– Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have reached the postseason in each of their first five NHL campaigns, a feat achieved by only four other Maple Leafs in the expansion era (since 1967-68): Tomas Kaberle (1998-99 to 2003-04), Dave Williams (1974-75 to 1978-79), Borje Salming (1973-74 to 1980-81) and Ian Turnbull (1973-74 to 1980-81).|
MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS FINAL 2020-21 TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||186 (6th)||158 (17th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||148 (t-7th)||165 (18th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||31/155 [20.0%] (16th)||29/151 [19.2%] (17th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||113/144 [78.5%] (t-23rd)||135/172 [78.5%] (t-23rd)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1751 (6th)||1746 (7th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2455 (8th)||2704 (3rd)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||51.0% (11th)||54.5% (2nd)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||51.1% (10th)||48.4% (t-24th)|
|POWER PLAY POINTS||14 (Marner)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Marner)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||56.7% (Spezza)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.2% (Thornton)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||94 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||23:38 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:14 (Matthews)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||2:35 (Muzzin)|
|Frederik Andersen||– Since joining the Maple Leafs in 2016-17, Andersen is 10-14 in 24 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. Only seven goaltenders have recorded more postseason wins in a Toronto uniform.- Had a 13-8-3 record with a 2.96 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 23 games played this season.- Had a .912 save percentage at even-strength in 2020-21.|
|Zach Bogosian||– Recorded four assists in 20 playoff games with Tampa Bay in 2020, capturing the Stanley Cup.- Averaged 1:26 per game in shorthanded ice time in 2020-21.- Led all Toronto defencemen in hits per 60 minutes of ice time this season (6.14).- Had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.9 percent in 45 games this season, which led Maple Leafs defencemen who appeared in at least five games.|
|TJ Brodie||– Has appeared in 30 career Stanley Cup playoff games and recorded 15 points (4-11-15).- Averaged 19:08 in even-strength ice time, which ranked second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in multiple games.- Had the highest on-ice goals-for percentage (65.4%) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Was tied for the Maple Leafs lead in shifts per game (26.1).- Finished tied for 25th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (22).|
|Adam Brooks||– Can make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in 2021 with the Maple Leafs.- Had four goals and an assist in 11 games with the Maple Leafs this season.- Averaged 1.64 points per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranked ninth 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||– Can make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in 2021 with the Maple Leafs.- Was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage this season.- Was tied for the 11th highest even-strength save percentage (.925) among goaltenders who have appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Is 5-1-2 in eight career games against Montreal with a 1.87 goals-against average and a .934 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 recorded 22 points (9-13-22) in 51 career Stanley Cup playoff games between Ottawa (2-4-6; 17 GP) and Columbus (7-9-16; 34 GP).- Registered four assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs.- Averaged 1:52 per game in shorthanded ice time with Toronto after joining the club.- Averaged 13.29 hits per 60 minutes as a Maple Leaf, which was the highest rate among Toronto skaters who 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||– Has registered 13 points (4-9-13) in 32 career Stanley Cup playoff games between Montreal (4-9-13; 28 GP) and Minnesota (0-0-0; 4 GP).- Averaged 2.18 points per 60 minutes of ice time this season, which was sixth among Toronto skaters who appeared in over five games.- Averaged 11.79 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time as a Maple Leaf, which ranked 12th among Toronto skaters who appeared in over five games.|
|Justin Holl||– Skated in all five of Toronto’s Stanley Cup qualifying round games vs. Columbus in 2020.- Ranked 17th among right-handed defencemen in the NHL in time on ice at 5-on-5 (17:43).- Ranked 19th among NHL right-handed defencemen who averaged at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (17:43) with a shot attempt percentage of 51.9% when the score was within one goal.|
|Zach Hyman||– Has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) in 25 career playoff games with the Maple Leafs.- Had an on-ice goals for percentage of 67.8%, which ranked second among Toronto skaters who appeared in at least 10 games.- Averaged 1:58 per game in shorthanded ice time, which led Toronto forwards.- Had the fifth-highest point per game average (0.77) among Maple Leafs this season.- Averaged 2.67 shots per game, which ranked fourth among Maple Leafs.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Has recorded eight points (2-6-8) in 23 career playoff games between Colorado (2-3-5; 18 GP) and Toronto (0-3-3; 5 GP).- Ranked seventh among Toronto forwards in shifts per game (19.9).- Had the 10th highest points per 60 minutes rate at 5-on-5 (1.62) among Toronto skaters who appeared in over five games.- Averaged 1:31 per game in shorthanded ice time, the highest mark of his career.|
|Mitch Marner||– Has recorded 21 points (5-16-21) in 25 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs.- His 0.84 points per game average in the playoffs is the highest among Toronto skaters. – Ranked fourth among NHLers in assists (47) and second in the NHL in assists at 5-on-5 (28).- Finished fourth among NHLers in points (20-47-67).- Recorded the sixth-most even-strength goals (20) in the NHL.- Ranked second in the NHL in primary assists (34).- Finished first among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (22:26).- 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||– Has recorded 19 points (12-7-19) in 25 career Stanley Cup playoff games.- Per NHL Stats, his 0.48 goal per game average in the postseason ranks second in franchise history behind Gordie Drillon (0.49 G/GP).- Captured the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s goal-scoring leader (41).- Led the NHL in even-strength goals (31), game-winning goals (12) and times scoring the first goal of the game (9).- Finished the season tied for fifth among NHLers in points (41-25-66).- Led the NHL in shots on goal (222).- Ranked second among Maple Leafs forwards who 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||– Skated in all five of Toronto’s Stanley Cup qualifying round games vs. Columbus in 2020.- Started 34.8% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest percentage among Maple Leafs skaters who appeared in over five games.- Averaged 7.87 shots per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which was seventh among Maple Leafs who appeared in at least five games.|
|Jake Muzzin||– Has skated in 59 career Stanley Cup playoff games, recording 22 points between Los Angeles (7-13-20; 50 GP) and Toronto (0-2-2; 9 GP), capturing the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings.- Finished tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in takeaways (24).- Was tied for 10th among NHL defencemen and is seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (2-22-24). – Was one of 10 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 90 hits (101) and 90 blocked shots (94).|
|Riley Nash||– Has registered eight points (2-6-8) in 32 career Stanley Cup playoff games between Boston (0-3-3; 15 GP) and Columbus (2-3-5; 17 GP).- Recorded seven points (2-5-7) in 37 games with Columbus prior to being acquired by Toronto on April 9.- Started 28.2% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone as a member of the Blue Jackets.- Averaged 1:05 per game in shorthanded ice time with Columbus.|
|Morgan Rielly||– Has recorded 16 points (3-13-16) in 25 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs.- Led the Maple Leafs and was 21st among NHLers in average time on ice (23:37).- Finished 15th among NHL defencemen in points (5-30-35).- Was tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in assists (30).- Tied for 15th among NHL defencemen in assists at 5-on-5 (15).- Became the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with the club on April 13 vs. Calgary.|
|David Rittich||– Made his first and only appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs with Calgary in 2020.- Was 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.|
|Rasmus Sandin||– Can make his Stanley Cup playoff debut in 2021 with the Maple Leafs.- Recorded four assists in nine games with the Maple Leafs in 2020-21.- Had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.4% this season.|
|Jason Spezza||– Has recorded 70 points (25 goals, 45 assists) in 85 career Stanley Cup playoff games between Ottawa (17-35-52; 56 GP), Dallas (8-10-18; 24 GP) and Toronto (0-0-0; 5 GP).- Had the highest points per 60 minutes rate (3.07) at 5-on-5 among Maple Leafs and the third highest rate among NHLers who appeared in at least 10 games this season.- Ranked eighth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games with an assists per 60 minutes rate of 2.05 at 5-on-5.- Won 54.3% of his defensive zone faceoffs, which was the 15th highest percentage among NHLers who had taken at least 225 defensive zone draws (234).|
|John Tavares||– Has skated in 36 career Stanley Cup playoff games, recording 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) between the New York Islanders (11-11-22; 24 GP) and Toronto (4-4-8; 12 GP).- Was tied for 25th in the NHL in points (19-31-50) and tied for 16th in the NHL in even-strength points (13-25-38).- Had the seventh highest faceoff win percentage (55.3%) among NHLers who took at least 850 faceoffs (852).- Had an on-ice goals for percentage of 57.8% at 5-on-5 in 2020-21, which was 11th among Toronto skaters who appeared in at least five games.- Averaged 13.89 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which was fourth among Toronto skaters who appeared in at least five games.|
|Joe Thornton||– Has recorded 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 179 career Stanley Cup playoff games between Boston (6-12-18; 35 GP) and San Jose (25-90-115; 144 GP), which ranks fourth among active NHLers in playoff points.- Had the highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage among Toronto skaters who appeared in at least five games at 55.3%.- Averaged 1.52 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which was tied for 13th 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.|
BELLEVILLE SENATORS (18-15-1-0 – 37 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (15-17-0-2 – 32 Points)
WEDNESDAY, MAY 19, 2021
Toronto: F. Kràl (1) (G. Green, M. Hollowell), N. Hoefenmayer (2) (P. Gogolev, H. Elynuik), S. Sabourin (1) (J. Duszak, N. Hoefenmayer), K. Kossila (7) (M. Kokkonen, B. McMann)
Goaltender: J. Woll (5/8), V. Vehviläinen (22/24) L
Belleville: J. LaBate (7) (E. Sokolov, M. Peca), J. Beaudin (6) (C. Cassels), E. Sokolov (15) (Unassisted), C. Bishop (2) (A. Crookshank, O. LeBlanc), P. Kelly (9) (J. Beaudin, C. Cassels), A. Crookshank (5) EN (L. Thomson, C. Bishop)
Goaltender: M. Sogaard (23/27) W
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Filip Kràl put the Marlies on the board at 19:45 of the first period. This was his first career AHL goal.
- Noel Hoefenmayer scored Toronto’s second goal at 5:25 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on Sabourin’s second period goal. This was his first multi-point game. Hoefenmayer has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 18 games this season.
- Scott Sabourin scored Toronto’s third goal at 6:45 of the second period. Sabourin has one goal in five games with the Marlies this season.
- Kalle Kossila scored Toronto’s fourth goal at 15:12 of the third period. He has points (3-8-11) in eight consecutive games, matching a career-high point streak set in 2016-17. Kossila has 26 points (7 goals, 19 assists) in 27 games.
- Gordie Green recorded the primary assist onKràl’s first period goal. This was Green’s first career AHL point.
- Mac Hollowell registered the primary assist onKràl’s first period goal. Hollowell has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in 26 games with the Marlies.
- Pavel Gogolev had the primary assist on Hoefenmayer’s second period goal. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in his last nine games.
- Hudson Elynuik picked up the secondary assist on Hoefenmayer’s second period goal. He has six points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 20 games this season.
- Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Sabourin’s second period goal. He has points (2-4-6) in his last six games. Duszak has collected 12 points (4 goals, 8 assists) in 24 games.
- Mikko Kokkonen registered the primary assist on Kossila’s third period goal. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 10 games this season.
- Bobby McMann had the secondary assist on Kossila’s third period goal. He has points (1-1-2) in consecutive games. McMann has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in 20 games with the Marlies.
- Joseph Woll stopped five of the eight shots he faced. Veini Vehviläinen stopped 22 of the 24 shots he faced in relief of Woll.
- Toronto went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play. Toronto has not allowed a goal on the penalty kill in their last six games (13/13).
- Belleville had a 33-27 edge in shots in all situations. Scott Sabourin led the Marlies with four shots on goal.
- The Marlies are 15-17-0-2 against Canadian Division opponents and 1-6-0-0 against the Belleville Senators
Trailing after 1 2-9-0-1
Trailing after 2 0-15-0-1
Outshot by opponent 9-9-0-2
Did not allow a goal on penalty kill 14-9-0-1
Did not score on the power play 6-12-0-1
REGULAR SEASON LEADERS
Goals 11 (Gaudet)
Assists 19 (Kossila)
Points 26 (Kossila)
PPG 2 (Brazeau, Gogolev, Kossila, Robertson)
Shots 71 (Rosen)
+/- +10 (Kossila)
PIMS 50 (Clune)
HEAD COACH GREG MOORE
On tonight’s game:
It was not the first period we were looking for. We haven’t had good starts against this team. I don’t know what has been the problem mentally for our guys to get excited to play against a team that typically is a bit of a rival for us with how many times we play them per year in the regular season, how close they are. We’ve had such good success the last four games, 60-minutes of playing a certain way. We got to it into the second period at some point but we shot ourselves in the foot a little bit early. It was a great effort for the guys to come back, find their way into managing the game and starting and setting up our O-zones better but we put ourselves in a tough spot early.
May 18 Martin Marincin (D) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 18 Stefan Noesen (RW) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 18 Michael Hutchinson (G) – Recalled from loan by Toronto (NHL Taxi)
May 17 Mac Hollowell (D) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL)
May 17 Scott Sabourin (RW) – Returned on loan from Toronto (NHL)
*All times Eastern Standard Time
Thursday, May 20 at Belleville – 4:00 p.m.