Blazers blast Nuggets in Game 4 rout to even series 2-2 — The Denver Post

PORTLAND, Ore. – Nuggets coach Michael Malone leaped off the bench faster than any of his players moved all afternoon. Norman Powell’s uncontested, breakaway jam midway through the third quarter was too much for Denver’s fiery coach to stomach. Malone called timeout, but only to send a message. The Nuggets’ urgency and commitment in Saturday’s…

Blazers blast Nuggets in Game 4 rout to even series 2-2 — The Denver Post

Mark Eaton, former Utah Jazz great, dies at 64 — Press Enterprise

Mark Eaton, the 7-foot-4 shot-blocking king who began playing basketball at Cypress College before becoming a two-time NBA defensive player of the year during a career spent entirely with the Utah Jazz, has died. 654 more words

Mark Eaton, former Utah Jazz great, dies at 64 — Press Enterprise

PHOTOS: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Game 4, May 29, 2021 — The Denver Post

The Portland Trail Blazers hosted the Denver Nuggets in Game 4 of their first-round series of the NBA playoffs on Saturday, May 29, 2021 at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon. The Nuggets lost 95-115 resulting in a 2-2 tied series.

PHOTOS: Denver Nuggets vs. Portland Trail Blazers, Game 4, May 29, 2021 — The Denver Post

Clippers willing to share the weight of playoff expectations — Redlands Daily Facts

Championship expectations can be back-breaking. The Clippers learned that last season, where the burden proved too much in the Western Conference semifinals, when they blew a 3-1 series lead against Denver and with it a shot at the franchise’s first conference finals berth. 1,033 more words

Clippers willing to share the weight of playoff expectations — Redlands Daily Facts

Bryn Forbes has huge game in Bucks’ series clinching win over Heat — Spartans Wire

[jwplayer oJWdEO9Y] Former Michigan State sharpshooter Bryn Forbes has played an integral role for the Milwaukee Bucks in this year’s NBA playoffs. Forbes has been in double figures the past three games, being a spark plug off the bench. The Milwaukee Bucks put away the Miami Heat on Sunday afternoon, finishing off the first round […]

Bryn Forbes has huge game in Bucks’ series clinching win over Heat — Spartans Wire

Lakers’ Anthony Davis says ‘no chance’ he sits out Game 4 with knee injury — Press Telegram

A wobbly landing after a block in Game 3 has created some uncertainty whether one of the Lakers’ key stars will play Sunday afternoon. Well, perhaps not in the eyes of Anthony Davis, who despite a left knee sprain that will have him as “questionable” for Game 4 at Staples Center still sees himself suiting…

Lakers’ Anthony Davis says ‘no chance’ he sits out Game 4 with knee injury — Press Telegram

GAME 6 NOTES: MAPLE LEAFS AT CANADIENS

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-2) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (2-3)

MAY 29, 2021 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

BELL CENTRE (MONTREAL, QC) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: 680 NEWS/SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

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: 32-44
2020-21: 7-2-1

THE SERIES SO FAR

GAME FIVE – MAY 25, 2021: Montreal 4 vs. Toronto 3 OT

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Hyman, Muzzin (2)

Montreal Goals: Armia (2), Kotkaniemi, Suzuki

TOR PP: 0/1; MTL PP: 0/1

Shots: 35-30 Toronto; Hits: 44-38 Montreal; Faceoff %: 52% Montreal

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, Marner)TAKEAWAYS9 (Matthews)
POINTS7 (Nylander)HITS19 (Hyman, Matthews)
SHOTS25 (Matthews)TOI PER GAME23:56 (Rielly)
FACEOFF WIN%71.4% (Foligno)PP TOI PER GAME4:29 (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %62.8% (Engvall)SH TOI PER GAME3:22 (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 (184), Jason Spezza (90), Jake Muzzin (64)

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 (20)
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 261-286-4 in 551 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 2:18 per game in shorthanded ice time through four games this series.- Has recorded five assists in 25 playoff games.- Captured the Stanley Cup in 2020 with the Lightning. 
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:58 in even-strength ice time per game through five games, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. – Has not been on the ice for a goal against through five games of the series.- Recorded his first postseason point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on May 24 at Montreal.- Has appeared in 35 career Stanley Cup playoff games and recorded 16 points (4-12-16). 
Jack Campbell– Is 3-2 with a 1.61 goals-against average and a .944 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 (62.8%) through three appearances in the postseason.- Has skated in eight 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– Tied for third among Toronto skaters in points with four (1-3-4) in four games played.- Established a new postseason single-game career-high for points with a goal and two assists on May 25 at Montreal.- Has registered 17 points (5-12-17) in 36 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Justin Holl– Tied for the lead among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (9) through five games of the series.- Has started 45.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone through five 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 10 career Stanley Cup playoff games.  
Zach Hyman– Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (22:21) through five games of the series.- Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in hits (19) this postseason.- Has recorded 13 points (5-8-13) in 30 career playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in assists (4) and is second among Maple Leafs in points (1-4-5) through five postseason games.- Averaging 2:27 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 28 career playoff games. 
Mitch Marner– Has four assists through five games of the series.- Leads Maple Leafs forwards in average time on ice (23:45) through five games in this series. – Fourth among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (14) this series.- Has recorded 25 points (5-20-25) in 30 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Auston Matthews– Leads Maple Leafs forwards in even-strength ice time per game (17:56) through five games.- Tied for fourth among postseason skaters in shots per game (5.0).- Second among postseason skaters in takeaways (8).- Tied for the lead among Toronto skaters in hits (19).- Has recorded 23 points (13 goals, 10 assists) in 30 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 13:10 per game in ice time and 1:30 per game in shorthanded ice time through four games.- Has started 29.4 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 five games (3:22). – Had his first career postseason multi-goal game on May 27 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded 25 points (9-16-25) in 64 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 points (4-3-7) through five games of the series.- Averaging 16:20 per game in ice time, including 3:06 per game in power play ice time.- Third among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (15).- Has recorded 22 points (9-13-22) in 30 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Morgan Rielly– Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in points (1-2-3) through five games of the postseason.- Leads Maple Leafs skaters in average time on ice (23:56) through five games.- Scored his first career game-winning goal in the postseason on May 24 at Montreal.- Has recorded 19 points (4-15-19) in 30 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Rasmus Sandin– Averaging 11:59 per game in ice time and 3:26 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 four career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Wayne Simmonds– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.4 percent through five games of the series, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.  – Has seven shots through five games of the series.- Registered his first postseason point as a Maple Leaf on May 27 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded 22 points (8-14-22) in 49 career playoff appearances. 
Jason Spezza– Tied for sixth among Maple Leafs in points (2-1-3).- Has won 60 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs through five games.- Has recorded 73 points (27 goals, 46 assists) in 90 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 won 53.3 percent of his faceoffs through four games of the series.- Has recorded 134 points (32 goals, 102 assists) in 184 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Foligno (Lower Body)Did not play on May 27 vs. 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)