LEAFS 8, AVALANCHE 3: NOTES, QUOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-6-1 – 35 Points) vs.
COLORADO AVALANCHE (11-7-1 – 23 Points)
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
COLORADO 1 1 1 3
TORONTO 3 2 3 8
GAME SUMMARY
http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20212022/GS020346.HTM

http://www.nhl.com/scores/htmlreports/20212022/ES020346.HTM
ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:31 of the first period posting his 10th goal of the season. Nylander also recorded the primary assist on Dermott’s goal registering his 13th assist of the
    season. Nylander has posted seven points through the last four games (3G, 4A).
  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 7:57 of the first period. Spezza recorded his fifth goal of the season.
  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:24 of the first period, 0:44 of the third period and 8:41 of the third period. Matthews posted his fourth career NHL hat trick. Matthews has scored in four consecutive games.
  • Travis Dermott scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:44 of the second period. Dermott scored his first goal of the season.
  • John Tavares scored for Toronto at 16:28 of the second period. Tavares recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s goal as well as the secondary assist on Dermott’s goal. Tavares has posted nine points (3G, 6A) through the last four games.
  • Pierre Engvall scored for the Maple Leafs at 10:08 of the third period. Engvall recorded his 3rd goal of the season. Engvall has registered a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Alex Kerfoot posted the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal and the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kerfoot has recorded a multi-point outing in back-to-back games (1G, 3A).
  • Nick Ritchie registered the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Ritchie posted his fifth assist of the season.
  • Wayne Simmonds registered the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Simmonds recorded his sixth assist of the season. Simmonds is currently on a three-game point streak (2G, 1A).
  • Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game as well as Matthews’ second goal of the game. Marner has registered four assists through the last three games.
  • Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ first and second goals of the game as well as the primary assist on Engvall’s goal. Bunting posted a single-game career-high three assists.
    Bunting is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded nine points (2G, 7A).
  • TJ Brodie registered the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal. Brodie posted his fifth assist of the season.
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Muzzin registered his seventh assist of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Rielly recorded his 12th assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    COLORADO 11 (11) 12 (7) 8 (7) 31 (25)
    TORONTO 13 (12) 11 (10) 17 (15) 41 (37)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    COLORADO 18 (18) 24 (18) 18 (16) 60 (52)
    TORONTO 27 (22) 15 (12) 19 (17) 61 (51)

    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 10-3-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 33-40-9-3 in 85 games against the Colorado Avalanche and 19-22-4-1 in
    46 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 8-2-0 against the Western Conference this season and 3-0-0 against the Central Division
    this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 8 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 12 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 12 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 2 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Holl, Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 2 (Marner, Simmonds, Rielly)
    TOI 25:23 (Muzzin)
    Power Play TOI 2:20 (Matthews, Rielly)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:02 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 29 (Muzzin)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 62.16% (Rielly – 23 for, 14 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 12-1-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-1-0 when leading after one period and 13-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 11-3-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in Wednesday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Morgan Rielly finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.16 percent
    (23 for, 14 against).
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    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
    Dec. 11 Leafs vs. Chicago Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On the importance of a strong start coming off the western road trip:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I liked our start for sure. We thought we needed to start quickly in the game and
    obviously playing with the lead is important, always, but especially against this team so to build the lead
    that we did was great to see. I thought we moved the puck really well in that first period which gave us a
    chance to get after it and get a chance to attack the net so it was nice to get that lead to start quick.”
    JOHN TAVARES
    On tonight’s win:
    John Tavares: “They’re a great hockey team, they’ve got a lot of depth and tremendous amount of highend talent so just thought we had good preparation coming in, good mindset and liked the way we came
    out. We had good energy, especially coming off of the west coast trip. Sometimes that jet leg can linger
    around and especially since we had some good success coming in with the right attitude and re-focusing.
    I don’t think we loved our second period but I think a good sign that we withheld their push and got the
    lead back and then came out with a great effort in the third and increased it obviously with some great
    plays and some finishes throughout the lineup. Good team win and we’ll build on it and get ready for the
    back-to-back.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On the team having a good response after Colorado scoring twice in the second period:
    Auston Matthews: “I think that is something we’ve done really well this year. You know when momentum
    shifts to the other side and kind of gets rolling around in our end we just don’t panic. We just try to find our
    way back and get the momentum back on our side. It helps when our goaltender makes some big saves
    and guys just go out there and win their shift and get things going in their end.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s win:
    Jack Campbell: “Yeah they are a really good team over there. They are super good offensively, they’ve
    got a lot of great players. I just thought we came out and continued playing how we’ve been playing for a
    while now and just stuck to the game plan. We had everyone contributing and it was a great win.

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