MAPLE LEAFS 5, BLACKHAWKS 4 notes and quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-8-2 – 40 Points) vs.
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (10-15-2 – 22 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
CHICAGO 1 1 2 4
TORONTO 3 1 1 5


  • John Tavares scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 2:54 of the first period. Tavares recorded his 13th goal of the season. Tavares also registered the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Tavares notched his 18th assist of the season. Tavares is currently on a four-game point streak
    where he has recorded six points (2G, 4A).
  • William Nylander scored for Toronto at 9:14 of the first period. Nylander registered his 13th goal of the season. Nylander also posted the secondary assist on both Tavares’ power play goal and Matthews’ power play goal. Nylander has recorded 17 assists this season. Nylander posted his 14th
    career NHL three-point game, tying a single-game career high.
  • Auston Matthews scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 14:32 of the first period. Matthews posted his 18th goal of the season. He also recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ power
    play goal. Matthews registered his 13th assist of the season. Matthews extended his point streak to nine games where he has recorded 16 points (11G, 5A).
  • Pierre Engvall scored for Toronto at 3:25 of the second period. Engvall recorded his fourth goal of the season.
  • David Kämpf scored the game-winning goal for Toronto at 18:40 of the third period. Kämpf recorded his fourth goal of the season.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Liljegren posted his third assist
    of the season.
  • Ondřej Kaše registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Kaše recorded his fifth assist of the
    season. Kaše is currently on a four-game point streak where he has posted five points (3G, 2A).
  • Kyle Clifford registered the primary assist on Engvall’s goal. Clifford recorded his second assist of
    the season.
  • Alex Steeves posted the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. With the assist, Steeves recorded his
    first career NHL point.
  • Morgan Rielly recorded the primary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Rielly posted his 21st assist of the
    season. Rielly has registered an assist in three-consecutive games (6A).
  • TJ Brodie registered the secondary assist on Kämpf’s goal. Brodie posted his sixth assist of the
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    CHICAGO 12 (9) 14 (12) 9 (8) 35 (29)
    TORONTO 11 (7) 3 (3) 12 (12) 26 (22)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    CHICAGO 16 (10) 18 (16) 13 (11) 47 (37)
    TORONTO 14 (10) 8 (8) 21 (21) 43 (39)
  • The Maple Leafs are 12-4-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 290-265-96-3 in 654 games against the Chicago Blackhawks and 168-
    102-54-2 in 326 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 9-3-1 against the Western Conference this season and 4-1-1 against the Central Division
    this season.
    Shots 5 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 11 (Kämpf)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Kerfoot – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Holl, Clifford, Kämpf)
    Blocked Shots 1 (Holl, Muzzin, Liljegren, Rubīns)
    Takeaways 2 (Kerfoot, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander)
    TOI 24:53 (Muzzin)
    Power Play TOI 2:10 (Kaše, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:24 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 31 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 63.64% (Nylander – 14 for, 8 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 2-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 6-6-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 11-1-0 when leading after one period and 15-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 7-4-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-2-1 in Saturday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL Stats, John Tavares and Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s 24th and 25th power-play
    goals of 2021-22, the second most among all teams. Edmonton (26) is the only one with more.
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews’ seven power-play goals are the third most among all players this
    season, trailing only Leon Draisaitl (13) and Chris Kreider (10).
  • Per NHL Stats, the Maple Leafs have scored multiple power-play goals in five straight games – tying
    the franchise’s longest such run (since 1933-34 when goals by type began being tracked). They also
    had five game stretches in 1992-93 (Jan. 8-16, 1993) and 1981-82 (Dec. 23-31, 1981).
  • Per NHL Stats, Toronto is the sixth team in the last 25 years to score multiple power-play goals in five
    straight games, joining San Jose (5 GP from Jan. 20-27, 2013), Atlanta (5 GP from Jan. 1-7, 2006),
    Detroit (5 GP from Oct. 24 – Nov. 3, 2005), St. Louis (5 GP from Oct. 26 – Nov. 5, 2002) and
    Pittsburgh (March 2-10, 2001).
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • William Nylander finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.64
    percent (14 for, 8 against).
    Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 16 Leafs at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 18 Leafs at Vancouver Rogers Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 19 Leafs at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 23 Leafs vs. St. Louis Scotiabank Arena 2:00 pm ET
    Dec. 27 Leafs at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    On tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe
    : “Yeah, same story that it’s been here with just too many chances against. Too many freebees, too many guys behind us, same issues that were hurting us when we weren’t winning games early in the season. The fact that we won tonight is a good thing, fortunate to get a little bit of a bounce
    there but to me we win the game on special teams and goaltending but get outplayed pretty badly at 5-on-5.”
    On Mrazek’s first game back from injury:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I just thought he competed really hard. He looked good, made a lot of big saves. You know I think those two long ones he probably wants back but he made a number of high end saves that
    could have been goals. When it was 4-1 for a good chunk of that second period, I thought it could have been a tie game just with the level of chances we were giving up so that’s a good effort by him and the
    fact that he gets out of it feeling good from a health perspective is even better.”
    On his game winning goal:
    David Kämpf: “It feels great to score in the last couple minutes, big goal for us so yeah for sure feels
    On if it feels better scoring against his former team:
    David Kämpf: “I don’t know, it doesn’t matter who it’s against.”
    On letting the Blackhawks back into the game after going up 4-1:
    David Kämpf: “I think we had a good lead there but then lost a couple plays there and they got a couple
    goals and it was tie game so there was a bit of bad but two big points for us is huge.”
    On the powerplays recent success even without Mitch in the lineup:
    John Tavares: “Well we miss Mitchy, there is no doubt. I think all the guys that are out there with Mitchy
    and with Kaše who’s obviously shown the tremendous impact he’s made all year for us so he’s fit in really
    well for us and I think as a group and the type of players we have we all believe in our abilities to make
    the right plays and create opportunities. We aren’t making it too complicated. Just taking what’s given to
    us and getting some pucks to the net, working hard to retrieve pucks and winning lots of battles to
    continue the momentum and eventually break them down and I like our shooters that we got.”
    On tonight’s win:
    William Nylander: “Obviously a win is huge and I thought Mrazek played a really good game, made a
    couple huge saves for us. We got a good lucky bounce and we needed that one.”
    On what made it challenging for the team at 5-on-5:
    William Nylander: “I think we just lost track of our process, the way we want to play. I think we started to
    give pucks away and weren’t able to get pucks deep and play behind their goal line which is what led to
    the game opening up like that.”
    On his first game back from injury:
    Petr Mrázek: “It feels good to get two points at home, that’s all that matters. It feels good to be back.”
    On if there was any trepidation returning to the lineup:
    Petr Mrázek: “Not the start I wanted but that’s how hockey is sometimes. I tried to be focused on the next
    puck and I think I settled in pretty well after that.”

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