ANAHEIM — Shohei Ohtani returns to the mound on Thursday, which means he also could be returning to the outfield. Manager Joe Maddon said he was still deciding whether to have Ohtani hit on Thursday in Oakland. The Angels currently have just three position players on the bench, which means that if they give up…Angels manager Joe Maddon comfortable that Shohei Ohtani’s natural ability is enough for cameos in the outfield — Daily Breeze
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-1) vs.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (1-3)
TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2021
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 1:27 of the second period. Nylander has goals (4) and points (4-1-5) in four consecutive games to begin the postseason. He leads Toronto skaters in both goals (4) and points (5) through four games of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs. Nylander has 20 points (9-11-20) in 29 career postseason games.
With his goal, he became the third player in franchise history to score at least one goal in four consecutive games to begin a playoff campaign, joining Gordie Drillon (5 GP, 1939) and Wendel Clark (4 GP, 1986), per NHL Stats. Only three players in Maple Leafs history have recorded a longer goal streak at any point in the postseason: Gordie Drillon (5 GP in 1939), Sid Smith (5 GP in 1951) and Dave Andreychuk (5 GP in 1993).
- Jason Spezza scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 12:28 of the second period before registering the primary assist on Joe Thornton’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is his 19th career multi-point game in the postseason and first as a Maple Leaf. Through four games of the 2021 postseason, he has registered three points (2-1-3). He has recorded 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) in 89 career playoff games.
- Joe Thornton scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 14:56 of the second period. Thornton’s goal is his first of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and his first playoff point as a Maple Leaf.
With the goal, Thornton became the oldest player in Maple Leafs history to record a playoff goal, eclipsing Patrick Marleau (38 years, 222 days). He also became the oldest Maple Leaf to record a playoff point, a mark previously shared by Ron Francis (41 years, 62 days) and Allan Stanley (41 years, 62 days). Thornton has 134 career playoff points (32 goals, 102 assists in 183 games), which is tied with Guy Lafleur (58 goals, 76 assists in 128 games) and Brendan Shanahan (60 goals, 74 assists in 184 games) for 40th place on the NHL’s all-time postseason points register.
- Alex Galchenyuk registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal before recording the primary assist on Spezza’s second period goal and later scoring the four Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 16:29 of the third period. Tonight’s game is Galchenyuk’s second career multi-assist and third career multi-point game in the postseason. He has a goal and two assists in three playoff games with the Maple Leafs this season. In 35 career Stanley Cup playoff games, he has recorded 16 points (5-11-16).
- Alex Kerfoot had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal and later added the secondary assist on Thornton’s second period goal before collecting the lone assist on Galchenyuk’s third period goal. He has assists (4) in two consecutive games and points (1-4-5) in three consecutive playoff games. Tonight’s game is Kerfoot’s second career multi-assist and multi-point performance in the playoffs (Previous: August 6, 2020, Toronto at Columbus) and establishes new single-game career-highs for assists (3) and points (0-3-3) in a postseason game. With three points tonight, Kerfoot has established a new career-high for points in a postseason with five.
- Jake Muzzin picked up the secondary assist on Spezza’s second period goal. Muzzin’s assist is his first point of the 2021 postseason. He has recorded 23 points (7-16-23) in 63 career playoff games. Muzzin recorded eight points (1-7-8) in 10 games against the Canadiens during the 2020-21 regular season.
- Jack Campbell stopped 32 shots to earn his first career shutout in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. With tonight’s win, Campbell is the seventh Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout against Montreal in the postseason and the first since Johnny Bower (April 22, 1967 at Montreal).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||9 (8)||15 (14)||4 (3)||–||28 (25)|
|MONTREAL||6 (5)||12 (9)||14 (11)||–||32 (25)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||19 (11)||24 (20)||10 (7)||–||53 (42)|
|MONTREAL||14 (11)||20 (15)||28 (21)||–||62 (47)|
- The Maple Leafs were 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
- Per NHL Stats, tonight’s game marked the third instance in which two players aged 35 or older (Spezza, Thornton) each scored at least one goal in a playoff contest for the Maple Leafs franchise, following Game 2 of the 1964 Stanley Cup Final (Allan Stanley, Red Kelly) and Game 5 of the 2004 Conference Semifinals (Joe Nieuwendyk, Gary Roberts).
- Travis Dermott was on the ice for a team-high 17 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. He had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 44.7 percent (17 for, 21 against).
- Ilya Mikheyev was the lone Maple Leaf to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Auston Matthews was 8-for-12 (67%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone faceoffs and won 4-for-6 (67%) of his defensive zone faceoffs. He won 62 percent (8 won, 5 lost) of his draws against Montreal centre Phillip Danault.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||8 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||14 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||100% (Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||3 (Simmonds)|
|Power Play TOI||2:48 (Matthews)|
|Shorthanded TOI||5:23 (Muzzin)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||61.9% (Brodie – 13 for, 8 against)|
- Thursday, May 27, 7:00 p.m., Montreal at Toronto (Sportsnet, CBC, TVA Sports, NBCSN)
- Saturday, May 29, TBD, Toronto at Montreal (TBD)*
- Monday, May 31, TBD, Montreal at Toronto (TBD)*
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.