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MAPLE LEAFS 2, CANADIENS 1 POSTGAME NOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0) vs.
MONTRÉAL CANADIENS (0-1-0)
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 0 1 2
MONTRÉAL 1 0 0 1
GAME SUMMARY | EVENT SUMMARY | FACEOFF SUMMARY
ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pierre Engvall scored on the power play for Toronto at 10:12 of the first period. The tally marked
    Engvall’s first power play goal of his NHL career.
  • Michael Bunting recorded the primary assist on Engvall’s goal, notching his first point as a
    Maple Leaf. Bunting’s assist marked the first of his NHL recorded career against the Canadiens.
  • Rasmus Sandin collected the secondary assist on Engvall’s tally. Sandin has posted an assist
    during his first game of the season through three-consecutive campaigns, also including Oct. 2/19
    vs. OTT (1A) and Feb. 8/21 vs. VAN (1A).
  • William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 1:06 of the third period. The goal marked
    Nylander’s 11th career NHL goal against the Canadiens.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Rielly has recorded 247 career NHL
    assists.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s tally. Marner has marked 20 assists
    against the Canadiens through his NHL career, which currently ranks third among active Maple
    Leafs skaters.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 31-of-32 shots in tonight’s win. Campbell earned his sixth career victory
    against the Canadiens.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 9 (5) 14 (14) 7 (5) 30 (24)
    MONTRÉAL 9 (9) 11 (10) 12 (6) 32 (25)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 25 (18) 23 (23) 14 (11) 62 (52)
    MONTRÉAL 16 (16) 18 (17) 23 (11) 57 (44)
    Home Sweet Home
    Home Record 1-0-0 (1 Game)
    All-Time Record vs. Montreal 308-344-88-18 (758 Games)
    All-Time Record vs. Montreal at Home 195-129-45-10 (379 Games)
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 6 (Ondřej Kaše)
    Shot Attempts 6 (Nick Ritchie)
    Faceoff Wins 16 (John Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Pierre Engvall, 1-for-1)
    Hits 2 (Jason Spezza, Nick Ritchie, Michael Bunting,
    Morgan Rielly, TJ Brodie)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Justin Holl)
    Takeaways 4 (William Nylander)
    TOI 22:40 (Morgan Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 3:27 (Mitch Marner, William Nylander, John
    Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:51 (David Kämpf)
    Shifts 31 (Morgan Rielly, TJ Brodie)
    2020-21 RECORD WHEN…
    Opponent scored first 10-8-4
    Tied after 1 11-4-1
    Tied after 2 9-3-1
    Outshot by opponent 15-3-2
    OF NOTE…
  • Ondřej Kaše led the Maple Leafs with six shots during the game. Kaše tied his second best singlegame career high in shots (6) which he has marked on 10 other occasions.
  • David Kämpf went 13-for-24 in the face-off dot. His 13 face-off wins tied his single-game career high
    which he has marked on four other occasions.
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Oct. 14 – Leafs at Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre 7:00 pm
    Oct. 16 – Leafs vs. Ottawa Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm
    Oct. 18 – Leafs vs. N.Y. Rangers Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm
    Oct. 22 – Leafs vs. San Jose Scotiabank Arena 6:00 pm
    Oct. 23 – Leafs at Pittsburgh PPG Paints Arena 7:00 pm
    Oct. 25 – Leafs at Carolina PNC Arena 7:00 pm

LEAFS 2, HABS 1: What they said.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
Q. Kristen Shilton: Sheldon what did you think of the team’s overall effort tonight?
Sheldon Keefe: I thought obviously the first 10 minutes we were not good; it took us a while to get
comfortable in the game but from then on I thought the effort was really strong. Guys worked and
competed; it was a tight game right till the end. Happy that we found our way to be on the right side of
it of course.
Joshua Clipperton: What was it like having a full building here tonight?
Sheldon Keefe: Outstanding. Right from the time that I walked out onto the bench for the introductions
it was different. It’s been a long time since we’ve seen the place full like that. I thought the crowd was
engaged right from the start. We needed Soupy to hold us in early and they were engaged all the way
through. That five-on-three penalty kill they were outstanding. I thought they were a real factor in the
game today and you could feel it on the bench, the energy was there in game like this where it’s so close
it was really great to see all our fans back.
Q. Chris Johnston, Toronto Star: How important is it for you to have a skill set like Kampfs when you
face that long three-on-five?
Sheldon Keefe: It’s a great tool for us, that’s why we were really happy to be able to add him. He’s a
unique player for us. He’s got a different skill set than a lot of our guys, he’s really strong in faceoffs,
especially on his left side and his penalty killing is really good but his line five-on-five was really good as
well, they got chances and spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. I thought Kampf was really good and
so were Kase and Engvall.
JUSTIN HOLL (4 BLOCKED SHOTS)
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: How big was the five-on-three? Yours and David Kampf’ s shot block
and all those little things?
Justin Holl: For sure I think the penalty kill was a huge factor tonight and anytime you can win or tie a
special teams battle we’re pretty confident in our ability at five-on-five. The block I think I should have
had that seam in the first place so its probability shouldn’t have happened in the first place but always
feels good to make a big play for the team.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What did you think of the atmosphere here tonight?
Justin Holl: It was awesome. You really take for granted playing in front of fans when you have a year
like last year where weren’t able to, so it was really terrific and it powered us no question about it.
PIERRE ENGVALL (1 GOAL)
Q. Mark Masters: How did you feel about your game tonight?
Pierre Engvall: Felt pretty good, I got to play with Kampf and Kase and I felt like we had chemistry right
away. We let in one goal there in the first period but otherwise I think we played hard and got a lot of ozone shifts and I’m happy with the game.
Q. Chris Johnston, Toronto Star: When you play with those two guys, what is the focus of the line?
What are your trying to do?
Pierre Engvall: I think we’re starting in the d-zone and trying to play them tough there and not give
them much and then use our skill and speed to create offense and I think we showed that today. We
played hard down there but always got a lot of offensive shifts.
JACK CAMPBELL (31 SAVES)
Q. Marty Klinkenberg, Globe and Mail: What was that first 5 to 10 minutes like for you?
Jack Campbell: It was fun, I mean to have everyone back in the building it was electric. I thought the
boys did a great job of responding after they scored, and we really executed the game plan and I think
the crowd gave us the advantage tonight to give us the advantage and a huge two points.
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto: The electricity really came into play during the third period five-on-three, it
got really loud and you were getting support with some shot blocks.
Jack Campbell: It was amazing, Justin Holl single handedly had the game saver there. Everybody was
blocking shots the whole night on the PK. They were moving it around pretty good but anytime they got
a look we were blocking it, so the boys played amazing in front of me tonight.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: On your goal, why did you delay it the way you did?
William Nylander: I don’t know, it just happened. It’s just what happened out there. I didn’t really plan
on doing anything It’s just the way it unfolded.
Q. Joshua Clipperton, Canadian Press: What does it say about Jacks play, especially early where
Montreal didn’t give up much?