TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (15-6-1 – 31 Points) at
SAN JOSE SHARKS (10-9-1 – 21 Points)
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 26, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 2 2 0 4
SAN JOSE 1 0 0 1
GAME SUMMARY | EVENT SUMMARY | FACE-OFF SUMMARY
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 0:32 of the first period. Nylander recorded his eighth
goal of the season. Nylander also posted the primary assist on Tavares’ second period power play
goal. Nylander has recorded three points through the last two games (1G, 2A).
- Wayne Simmonds scored for Toronto at 5:16 of the first period. Simmonds posted his second goal of
the season. Simmonds has recorded three points through the last two games (1G, 2A).
- Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:57 of the season period. Matthews marked his ninth
goal of the season and has scored in back-to-back games.
- John Tavares scored at 10:44 of the second period on a Toronto power play opportunity, marking his
10th goal of the season. Tavares also posted the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal, notching
his 10th assist of the season. Tavares has recorded a multi-point outing in consecutive games (2G,
- Morgan Rielly registered the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Rielly recorded his 11th assist of
- David Kämpf notched the primary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Kämpf registered his fourth assist of the
- Nick Ritchie posted the secondary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Ritchie recorded his fourth assist of the season.
- Michael Bunting registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting posted his seventh assist of the season. Bunting is currently on a three-game point streak where he has recorded four points (1G, 3A).
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Liljegren posted his second assist of the season.
- Mitch Marner posted the secondary assist on Tavares’ power play goal. Marner posted his 12th assist of the season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 10 (9) 11 (6) 12 (10) 33 (25)
SAN JOSE 8 (7) 11 (9) 16 (16) 35 (32)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 15 (12) 21 (11) 15 (13) 51 (36)
SAN JOSE 18 (12) 16 (13) 23 (22) 57 (47)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 6-3-0 on the road this season.
- Toronto won their sixth-consecutive road game tonight.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 25-23-5-2 in 55 games against the San Jose Sharks and 10-13-3-0 in 26
games played in San Jose.
- Toronto is 6-2-0 against the Western Conference this season and 4-2-0 against the Pacific Division
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 8 (Nylander)
Shot Attempts 11 (Nylander)
Faceoff Wins 13 (Kämpf)
Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Semyonov – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits 5 (Ritchie)
Blocked Shots 3 (Rielly, Tavares)
Takeaways 3 (Spezza, Matthews, Rielly)
TOI 23:38 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 2:42 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI 3:27 (Muzzin)
Shifts 30 (Brodie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 60.87% (Matthews – 14 for, 9 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Toronto is 10-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 8-1-0 when leading after one period and 11-0-0 when leading after two periods.
- Toronto is 5-3-0 when outshot by their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 2-1-0 in Friday games.
- William Nylander recorded a single-game season-high eight shots during tonight’s game.
- Alexander Kerfoot appeared in his 300th career NHL game.
- Joseph Woll stopped 34 of 35 shots he faced in tonight’s win.
- Per NHL PR, Joseph Woll became just the fifth goaltender in Maple Leafs history to start his career with at least three straight wins, joining Damian Rhodes (6 GP from 1990-91 – 1993-94), Frank McCool (6 GP in 1944-45), Jiri Crha (3 GP in 1979-80) and Mike Palmateer (3 GP in 1976-77).
- Per NHL PR, Toronto has earned six straight road wins for the third time in 15 years. The others: 2018-19 (6 GP from Oct. 7 – Nov. 3, 2018) and March 1-22, 2008).
- Per NHL PR, the Maple Leafs earned their 11th win in the month of November, the most in any calendar month in franchise history.
- Per NHL PR, the Maple Leafs earned their 15th win of the season (15-6-1, 31 points), tied with the
Hurricanes (15-3-1, 31 points) for the most in the NHL. Toronto required 21 or fewer games to reach
the mark for the fourth time in franchise history (also 18 GP in 1934-35, 21 GP in 2020-21 & 21 GP in 2018-19).
- Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 15 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Auston Matthews finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.87 percent (14 for, 9 against)
Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
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HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s win:
Sheldon Keefe: “I thought tonight the guys worked hard. I thought we were really good in key moments,
we had big time plays from both John and Will to start the game to put us up one. We had a huge goal in
response to giving up one and then a great sequence that leads to the Matthews goal to get us to 3-1 and
then a clinical powerplay to get us to 4-1. So there are really key moments there where we were really
good but in general, I didn’t think we were very good at 5-on-5. The penalty killing was good, goaltending
was good but our game at 5-on-5 didn’t look anything like it’s looked here of late. I don’t blame our
approach or our mindset or anything like that it’s just the game was a lot quicker and lot more open today
than we would like it to be or has been in recent games. We led virtually for the entire game and that
leads to interesting and challenging dynamics. In terms of our work and our results and being good in
very key moments those are all really good things for us in a 4-1 game where I didn’t think we were very
On the performance of his line:
Wayne Simmonds: “I felt like our game was touch and go to be honest with you. I thought we did a lot of
good things but there were a lot of things we could have done better. In saying that, I thought we did a
good job offensively and were in on a big goal together that helped the team win so all-in-all it was a
pretty solid game.”
On the team’s commitment to defence:
Wayne Simmonds: “I think that is what we’ve been keying in on over the last little bit here. Everyone has
done a really good job. Joseph Woll played really great tonight, he played unbelievable and he made
some huge saves, especially in the third period and we didn’t allow them to creep back into the game so
that was huge. We’ve made a conservative effort over the last long haul here to make sure we play this
game well defensively and offensive will come through.”
On the team’s performance:
William Nylander: “I think we came out and generated chances and it was a little too much back-andforth I thought but other than that Joe made some huge saves for us and we just have to keep building off
On if he’s been trying to generate more shots on net:
William Nylander: “Yeah, I think I was slipping on my shots and haven’t been putting stuff on net and I
need to keep that going and score goals.