LEAFS 2, RANGERS 1: notes and quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-5-1 – 25 Points) vs.
NEW YORK RANGERS (10-4-3 – 23 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 0 2
NEW YORK 0 0 1 1


  • Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs at 3:41 of the first period. Rielly recorded his second goal of the game on a power play opportunity at 10:59 of the second period and marked the fourth multigoal game of his NHL career. Rielly has posted five points (3G, 2A) through the last three games.
  • Wayne Simmonds registered the primary assist on Rielly’s first period goal. Simmonds recorded his third assist of the season.
  • Michael Bunting posted the secondary assist on Rielly’s first period goal. Bunting notched his fourth assist of the season.
  • Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Rielly’s second period goal. Matthews posted his eighth assist of the season. Matthews is currently on a three-game assist streak (3A) and has recorded seven points (2G, 5A) through the last five games.
  • John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Rielly’s second period goal. Tavares registered his eighth assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 5 (5) 12 (10) 13 (13) 30 (28)
    NEW YORK 7 (7) 7 (4) 14 (12) 28 (23)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 13 (12) 23 (17) 19 (19) 55 (48)
    NEW YORK 17 (14) 15 (12) 21 (18) 53 (44)
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 289-223-95-12 in 619 games against the New York Rangers and 169-94-
    39-7 in 309 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 8-3-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 2-2-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    Shots 5 (Tavares)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 12 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Jason Spezza – 5 won, 0 lost and Kaše,
    Kerfoot, Marner, Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 4 (Holl, Matthews)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Sandin)
    Takeaways 2 (Holl, Marner, Kämpf, Brodie, Nylander,
    TOI 23:54 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 1:39 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
    Shorthanded TOI 1:10 (Dermott, Rielly)
    Shifts 29 (Muzzin, Holl)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 70.37% (Ritchie – 19 for, 8 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-1 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 7-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-1-0 when leading after one period and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 8-3-1 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 in Thursday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Jack Campbell recorded his 50th career NHL win.
  • Nick Ritchie and Justin Holl were on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Nick Ritchie finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 70.37 percent (19
    for, 8 against).
    Nov. 20 Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Nov. 21 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Nov. 24 Leafs at Los Angeles STAPLES Center 10:00 pm ET
    Nov. 26 Leafs at San Jose SAP Arena at San Jose 10:30 pm ET
    Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.

    On playing in another close game and if there are teaching moments in that third period:
    Sheldon Keefe: There are teaching moments in every period, I thought especially in the first. We started
    the game really well. We were lights out early, moving the puck well, offensively we were really good but I
    don’t think we got a lot of shots on goal in the first 10-minutes but also the shots were on 3-1 or
    something like that in the first 10-minutes. We were in really good control there, I thought we got a little bit
    too comfortable, how we moved the puck, thought we turned it over a lot in the back half of that first
    period and gave them some life. Yeah, there are teaching moments in the third but it’s not going to be
    perfect when you’re protecting the lead. The goal we gave up, you don’t want to give that up but they
    throw it in from the wall and hits a skate and bounces into the slot. That stuff is going to happen that’s
    why playing in just one goal lead like we have in recent games that is dangerous territory. It’s dangerous,
    usually in this league if you get to three you’re in pretty good space and we weren’t able to get there
    tonight so we made it a little harder on ourselves than perhaps it should have been. I thought we were
    calm throughout and thought we did a good job against a team like that, that has the level of skill that they
    have, you’re going to have to rely on your goaltender to make some saves. I don’t think we gave up much
    today in terms of odd man rushes and such. Obviously the Panarin breakaway in the third period we don’t
    like which comes at the end of a dominant offensive zone shift and then lose the puck and they get in
    behind us. In fact that is a bit of teaching point for us because of that balance – when you’re pushing
    trying to score and winning your shift and trying to do well and all of sudden it breaks open on you and
    that’s really what New York is looking for in that spot. We always find ways to teach each game but
    overall good effort from our team.
    On being comfortable in these tight games:
    Jack Campbell: I think coach always brings it up, you look at the elite teams and they are closing games
    out going into the third period. You know they got one on us tonight but found a way to get the win and
    get a big two points.
    How it feels during the team’s winning streak:
    Michael Bunting: “It’s fun. It’s fun to be apart of. It’s fun to win hockey games. So that’s what we’re doing
    right now and we just need to keep it day-by-day and keep this winning streak rolling.”
    On Morgan’s second goal:
    Michael Bunting: “Yeah, it was a great play by him. Little mini back toe drag and then slip through the
    five-hole. Really nice goal. He played a hell of a game tonight.”
    On the team winning these low scoring tight games:
    Morgan Rielly: Yeah we’ve had a few lately so it’s a good sign that we’re winning them. I think in the
    previous ones that you mentioned against the Flyers and here the other night we were probably a bit
    better in the third period than we were tonight but it was a good sign that we were able to hang on. I
    thought that Jack did a great job in net for us. He’s been really solid and is a big part of that.
    On where it comes from:
    Morgan Rielly: I think it’s a mindset. I think that is half the battle with most things if not more than that.
    Once you kind of get it in your mind that you’re going to play a certain way and your just not going to give
    up chances against, the rest kind of follows. I think the work ethic has always kind of been there, the real
    desire to win has always been there but it’s just kind of a mental hurdle and mindset that I think we’re
    starting to establish and that is a great sign.
    On the team becoming more comfortable with protecting the lead in the third period:
    Auston Matthews: I just think we’re comfortable in these games right now, obviously we’ve had a lot of
    them lately. When the third period comes around we’re just trying to stay within our structure and I think
    tonight we kind of let them get rolling around a little bit more than we’d like but Soupy has been just
    incredible for us and making saves when he has to, he’s standing on his head. I liked a lot of what we did
    tonight and like I said being in these tight games and being comfortable in them is really key for us.
    On Morgan’s two goal performance and specifically his second goal:
    Auston Matthews: Yeah really nice play, just really nice patience with it. I don’t know if he meant to go
    there but it worked out but really nice goal and obviously a big goal in the game for us.

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