GAME 5: CANADIENS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES

MONTREAL CANADIENS (1-3) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-1)

MAY 27, 2021 ▪ 7:00 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 on the ROAD: 113-215-43-8

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SERIES RECORD: 7-8

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD: 32-43
2020-21: 7-2-1

THE SERIES SO FAR

GAME FOUR – MAY 25, 2021: Toronto 4 vs. Montreal 0

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Nylander, Spezza, Thornton, Galchenyuk

Montreal Goals: N/A

TOR PP: 1/2; MTL PP: 0/4

Shots: 32-28 Montreal; Hits: 40-16 Montreal; Faceoff %: 56% Montreal

GAME THREE – MAY 24, 2021: Toronto 2 vs. Montreal 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Nylander, Rielly

Montreal Goals: Suzuki

TOR PP: 0/4; MTL PP: 0/3

Shots: 29-29 Tied; Hits: 37-28 Montreal; Faceoff %: 50% Tied

GAME TWO – MAY 22, 2021: Toronto 5 vs. Montreal 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Spezza, Matthews, Sandin,Nylander, Kerfoot

Montreal Goals: Kotkaniemi

TOR PP: 2/6; MTL PP: 0/1

Shots: 34-23 Toronto; Hits: 44-36 Montreal; Faceoff %: 66% Toronto

GAME ONE – MAY 20, 2021: Montreal 2 vs. Toronto 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Nylander

Montreal Goals: Anderson, Byron

TOR PP: 0/4; MTL PP: 0/5

Shots: 36-30 Toronto; Hits: 55-27 Montreal; Faceoff %: 56% Montreal

MAPLE LEAFS SERIES LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADERCATEGORYLEADER
GOALS4 (Nylander)BLOCKED SHOTS(Holl, Muzzin)
ASSISTS4 (Kerfoot)TAKEAWAYS8 (Matthews)
POINTS5 (Kerfoot, Nylander)HITS16 (Hyman)
SHOTS23 (Matthews)TOI PER GAME23:35 (Marner)
FACEOFF WIN%71.4% (Foligno)PP TOI PER GAME5:09 (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %63.3% (Engvall)SH TOI PER GAME3:57 (Muzzin)

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 (183), Jason Spezza (89), Jake Muzzin (63)

POINTS: Joe Thornton (134), Jason Spezza (73), John Tavares (30)

GOALS: Joe Thornton (32), Jason Spezza (27), John Tavares (15)

ASSISTS: Joe Thornton (102), Jason Spezza (47), Mitch Marner (19)
PENALTY MINUTES: Joe Thornton (134), Wayne Simmonds (108), Nick Foligno (45)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

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 261-285-4 in 550 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 allowed 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 NOTABLES

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. 
Zach Bogosian– Averaging 2:39 per game in shorthanded ice time through four games this series.- Has recorded five assists in 24 playoff games.- Captured the Stanley Cup in 2020 with the Lightning. 
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:05 in even-strength ice time per game through four games, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. – Tied for third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (6).- Recorded his first postseason point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on May 24 at Montreal.- Has appeared in 34 career Stanley Cup playoff games and recorded 16 points (4-12-16). 
Jack Campbell– Is 3-1 with a 1.01 goals-against average and a .965 save percentage in the postseason. – Earned his first career win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage this season. 
Pierre Engvall– Leads the Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (63.3%) through three appearances in the postseason.- Has skated in seven career Stanley Cup playoff games for the Maple Leafs. 
Nick Foligno– Averaging 13:12 per game in ice time and 2:03 in shorthanded ice time through two appearances in the postseason.- Has recorded 23 points (9-14-23) in 53 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Alex Galchenyuk– Established a new postseason single-game career-high for points with a goal and two assists on May 25 at Montreal.- Averaging 11:11 per game in ice time through three postseason appearances.- Has registered 16 points (5-11-16) in 35 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Justin Holl– Tied for the lead among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (8) through four games of the series.- Has started 37.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone through four games, the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.- Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded an assist in nine career Stanley Cup playoff games.  
Zach Hyman– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (22:08) through four games of the series.- Leads Toronto in hits (16) this postseason.- Has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) in 28 career playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Alex Kerfoot– Leads Toronto in assists (4) and is tied for the Maple Leafs lead in points (1-4-5) through four postseason games.- Averaging 2:51 per game in shorthanded ice time, which is second among Toronto forwards.- Scored his first playoff goal as a Maple Leaf on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded 13 points (3-10-13) in 27 career playoff games. 
Mitch Marner– Has three assists through four games of the series.- Leads the Maple Leafs in average time on ice (23:35) through four games in this series. – Tied for second among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (11) this series.- Has recorded 24 points (5-19-24) in 29 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Auston Matthews– Leads Maple Leafs forwards in even-strength ice time per game (16:44) through four games.- Ranks third among postseason skaters in shots per game (5.75).- Tied for first among postseason skaters in takeaways (8).- Has recorded 22 points (13-9-22) in 29 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 13:10 per game in ice time and 1:45 per game in shorthanded ice time through four games.- Has started 18.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the second lowest mark among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has skated in nine career Stanley Cup playoff games.  
Jake Muzzin– Leads the Maple Leafs in shorthanded time on ice per game through four games (3:57). – Has recorded 23 points (7-16-23) in 63 career Stanley Cup playoff games.- Captured the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings. 
Riley Nash– Has started 11.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 2:39 per game in shorthanded ice time per game, the highest mark among Maple Leafs forwards. – Skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf in Game One of the series on May 20 vs. Montreal.- Has registered eight points (2-6-8) in 33 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in goals (4) and is tied for the lead in points (4-1-5) through four games of the series.- Averaging 16:10 per game in ice time, including 3:43 per game in power play ice time.- Tied for second among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (11).- Has recorded 19 points (9-11-20) in 29 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Morgan Rielly– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (1-2-3) through four games of the postseason.- Leads Maple Leafs defencemen in average time on ice (22:49) through four games.- Scored his first career game-winning goal in the postseason on May 24 at Montreal.- Has recorded 19 points (4-15-19) in 29 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Rasmus Sandin– Averaging 13:55 per game in ice time and 4:35 per game on the power play. – Scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded a goal in three career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Wayne Simmonds– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.7 percent through four games of the series, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.  – Has seven shots through four games of the series.- Has recorded 21 points (8-13-21) in 48 career playoff appearances. 
Jason Spezza– Tied for third among Maple Leafs in points (2-1-3).- Has won 57.9 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs through four games.- Has recorded 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) in 89 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Joe Thornton– Became the oldest player in franchise history to record a goal and a point in the postseason with his goal on May 25 at Montreal.- Has a hits per 60 minutes rate of 6.45, which ranks 10th among Toronto skaters.- Has won 58.3 percent of his faceoffs through four games of the series.- Has recorded 134 points (32 goals, 102 assists) in 183 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Foligno (Lower Body)Did not play on May 25 at Montreal.
John Tavares (Concussion)Out indefinitely.

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS FINAL 2020-21 TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
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)

MAPLE LEAFS 2020-21 LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS41 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS67 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS14 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Marner)
PIMs49 (Bogosian)
SHOTS220 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.7% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.2% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS94 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS53 (Marner)
HITS100 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:38 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:14 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:35 (Muzzin)

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