MAPLE LEAFS 5, OILERS 1 notes, quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (20-8-2 – 42 Points) at
EDMONTON OILERS (16-11-0 – 32 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 2 2 5
EDMONTON 0 0 1 1


  • Auston Matthews scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 19:25 of the first period. Matthews scored his second goal of the game at 16:40 of the third period, posting his 20th goal of the season. Matthews extended his point streak to 10 games and has recorded 18 points (13G, 5A).
  • Wayne Simmonds scored for Toronto at 8:47 of the second period. Simmonds registered his fourth goal of the season.
  • TJ Brodie scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:54 of the second period. Brodie recorded his first goal of the season and 50th of his NHL career.
  • Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto at 6:33 of the third period. Rielly posted his fourth goal of the season.
    Rielly also registered the primary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Rielly posted his 22nd assist of the season.
    Rielly is currently on a four-game point streak where he has pointed eight points (1G, 7A).
  • John Tavares recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Tavares registered his 19th assist of the season. Tavares is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded seven points (2G, 5A).
  • Ondřej Kaše posted the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game as well as the primary
    assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game. Kaše has recorded seven assists this season. Kaše is currently on a five-game point streak where he has recorded seven points (3G, 4A).
  • Kyle Clifford recorded the secondary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Clifford notched his third assist of the season. Clifford has posted an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Timothy Liljegren registered the primary assist on Brodie’s goal. Liljegren posted his fourth assist of the season. Liljegren has posted an assist in back-to-back games.
  • David Kämpf recorded the secondary assist on Brodie’s goal. Kämpf registered his fifth assist of the season. Kämpf has recorded a point in consecutive games (1G, 1A).
  • William Nylander posted the primary assist on Rielly’s goal. Nylander recorded his 18th assist of the season. Nylander is currently on a five-game point streak where he has posted eight points (3G, 5A).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 12 (8) 7 (4) 6 (6) 25 (18)
    EDMONTON 12 (10) 15 (11) 9 (9) 36 (30)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 20 (15) 10 (6) 15 (15) 45 (36)
    EDMONTON 19 (14) 24 (20) 15 (15) 58 (49)
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-4-1 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 59-44-8-3 in 114 games against the Edmonton Oilers and 28-25-6-2 in 61
    games played in Edmonton.
  • Toronto is 10-3-1 against the Western Conference this season and 6-2-0 against the Pacific Division
    this season.

    Shots 4 (Muzzin, Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 6 (Kaše, Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 11 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 2 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Muzzin, Dermott, Simmonds, Seney)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Muzzin, Matthews)
    Takeaways 6 (Kaše)
    TOI 22:52 (Muzzin)
    Power Play TOI 2:37 (Rielly)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:12 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 26 (Muzzin, Kaše)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 57.14% (Rielly 16 for, 12 against and Nylander -12 for, 9 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 14-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 12-1-0 when leading after one period and 16-0-0 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 8-4-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-0-0 in Tuesday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews opened the scoring to extend his point streak to 10 games (12-5—
    17), which marks the second double-digit run of his NHL career (also 16-8—24 in 13 GP from Jan.
    24–Feb. 20).
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews scored twice to record his sixth career 20-goal season. Only six
    players in Maple Leafs history have registered more: Mats Sundin (13), Ron Ellis (11), Dave Keon
    (11), Darryl Sittler (9), Frank Mahovlich (8) and Rick Vaive (7).
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews became the second player in Maple Leafs history to start his
    career with 20 or more goals in each of his first six seasons with the franchise. The other: Dave Keon
    (6 from 1960-61 to 1965-66).
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews reached the 20-goal mark for his sixth straight season. Only four
    players in Maple Leafs history have recorded more consecutive campaigns with 20 or more goals:
    Mats Sundin (13), Ron Ellis (9), Darryl Sittler (9) and Rick Vaive (7).
  • Ilya Mikheyev and Brett Seney appeared in their season debut for the Maple Leafs.
  • TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 18 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Morgan Rielly (16 for, 12 against) and William Nylander (12 for, 9 against) finished the game with a
    team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.14 percent.
    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
    Dec. 29 Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Jan. 1 Leafs vs. Ottawa Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.

    On tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I thought our guys did a really good job of capitalizing on our chances, making good on
    them and thought we played a really disciplined game defensively. At times we defended more than we
    would have liked but thought we did a good job of doing the things that we were looking to do before the
    game which was to limit space and the speed of their best players so it’s a good win for our guys. I loved
    our response in the third period after giving up that goal and getting it right back. We had the edge in
    special teams, our goaltending was strong and we scored goals at 5-on-5. Like I said we defended a little
    bit too much today, we didn’t have the puck as much as we’d like but I thought over than that empty net
    Draisaitl missed in the first period, which was a significant chance, I thought we really didn’t give up much
    and Jack was solid so really good road effort from our team tonight.”
    On tonight’s win:
    Jack Campbell: “I just though our guys executed the game plan well and didn’t give their top guys too
    many good looks and it’s hard to do that so credit to the guys in front of me and obviously offensively it’s
    great to see the boys putting them in the net to.”
    On keeping McDavid and Draisaitl off the score sheet:
    Jack Campbell: “That’s always the goal but they are such great players it’s hard to do so it just shows
    how well we played as a team, defensively, the defencemen tonight had some big blocks, some great box
    outs and just honestly played a great hockey game all around.”
    On tonight’s game:
    Auston Matthews: “I think it was a pretty solid game other than maybe the second period. I thought the
    first 10 minutes there they really took control of the game and we were just a little bit back on our heels.
    Soupy made some unbelievable saves, not only in that period but the whole game and we just kind of
    weathered the storm and then were able to give ourselves a bit of a cushion in the third.”
    On hearing Maple Leafs fans in the crowd tonight:
    Auston Matthews: “We travel really well no matter where we go. We’ve got a pretty big fan base, so I
    find, really in any building, there is blue and white. It’s awesome, it’s awesome to have that environment,
    especially in away buildings so it was a lot of fun to play in front of that energy tonight.”
    On tonight’s win:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah I think if you look at the game as a whole we’d like the puck more than we had it
    tonight and they definitely had periods of time where they controlled the play, they were kind of rolling
    around our zone. That being said, I think we defended pretty well. I don’t think we gave up that many oddman rushes against a team that likes to play with a lot of speed. Our goaltending was good and when we
    were in the d-zone we did a good job of keeping them to the outside. All-in-all we want the puck more and
    we don’t want to have them rolling around like they did. When that is happening, we have to be able to
    lock it down a little bit and we were decent at that tonight and obviously the third I thought we were good.”

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