Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2 postgame notes, quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-8-2 – 46 Points) vs.
EDMONTON OILERS (18-14-2 – 38 Points)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
EDMONTON 2 0 0 2
TORONTO 2 0 2 4

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Ilya Mikheyev scored the game-winning goal on a Toronto power play opportunity at 11:25 of the third period. Mikheyev scored his third goal of the season. Mikheyev has scored in back-to-back games (3G).
  • John Tavares opened the scoring for Toronto at 4:25 of the first period. Tavares scored his 14th goal of the season. Tavares is currently on a seven-game point streak where he has recorded nine points (3G, 6A).
  • TJ Brodie scored for the Maple Leafs at 19:32 of the first period. Brodie recorded his third goal of the season. Brodie has scored in his last three games and has posted six points through his last four games (3G, 3A).
  • Alexander Kerfoot scored on Edmonton’s empty net at 19:45 of the third period. Kerfoot marked his fifth goal of the season. Kerfoot also posted the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kerfoot recorded his 16th assist of the season.
  • William Nylander posted the primary assist on Tavares’ goal as well as the primary assist on Brodie’s goal. Nylander has registered 20 assists this season. Nylander is currently on a seven-game point streak where he has posted 12 points (5G, 7A).
  • Auston Matthews registered the secondary assist on Brodie’s goal. Matthews posted his 14th assist of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    EDMONTON 9 (9) 8 (5) 13 (10) 30 (24)
    TORONTO 15 (15) 7 (7) 11 (7) 33 (29)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    EDMONTON 15 (15) 13 (10) 23 (19) 51 (44)
    TORONTO 23 (23) 17 (13) 22 (18) 62 (54)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 14-4-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 60-44-8-3 in 115 games against the Edmonton Oilers and 32-19-2-1 in 54
    games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 11-3-1 against the Western Conference this season and 7-2-0 against the Pacific Division
    this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 6 (Mikheyev)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 15 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Kerfoot – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 4 (Muzzin, Sandin)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Brodie)
    Takeaways 2 (Tavares)
    TOI 23:40 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:22 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 1:20 (Kerfoot)
    Shifts 29 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 66.67% (Kämpf, Mikheyev – 14 for, 7 against and Engvall – 12 for, 6 against)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 16-2-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-4-0 when tied after one period and 3-0-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 14-4-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-0-0 in Wednesday games.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL Stats, TJ Brodie scored his third goal of the season, all of which have come in consecutive
    games (3-2—5). Only four different defensemen in Maple Leafs history have recorded a longer goal streak: Harry Cameron (3x: 5 GP in 1921-22 & 1920-21; 4 GP in 1920-21), Al Iafrate (2x: 4 GP in
    1987-88), Ian Turnbull (4 GP in 1977-78) and Flash Hollett (4 GP in 1934-35).
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • David Kämpf (14 for, 7 against), Ilya Mikheyev (14 for, 7 against) and Pierre Engvall (12 for, 6 against) finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.67 percent.
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Jan. 8 Leafs at Colorado Ball Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 11 Leafs at Vegas T-Mobile Arena 10:00 pm ET
    Jan. 12 Leafs at Arizona Gila River Arena 10:00 pm ET
    Jan. 15 Leafs at St. Louis Enterprise Center 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 19 Leafs at New York Rangers Madison Square Garden 7:30 pm ET
    Jan. 22 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On Mikheyev’s play since his return from injury:
    “Well, he makes us a better team, there’s no question about that. That’s not just because he’s scored here, we’ve know that as long as Mickey’s been with us. He makes us a deeper team, he makes us a
    better team. I thought he had a great camp, a great preseason. He was taking advantage of any of the additional opportunities that we were giving him. It’s nice to see that continue here. Because he had such
    a good camp, we wanted to try to get him off to a good start here, try to pick up where he left off, so that’s why we’ve had him right away take the spot on the power play and get some minutes that way. I don’t
    think it could have worked out any better in terms of him getting the production here early to get him a boost after such a long layoff.”
    On the team’s effort after falling behind 2-1:
    “I was happy we found our way back there. Obviously, a huge goal for us there at the end of the first period. I didn’t like, obviously, that segment of the period there in the first. We got the lead then we had quite an edge in shots and territory and things like that, and I thought we got a little sloppy with our
    structure defensively and it just opened things up for them and all of a sudden it’s 2-1. We gave them life – that’s something we didn’t want to do at all tonight – we did that but I thought we handled it well from
    there so that was a good sign.”
    JOHN TAVARES
    On tonight win:
    ‘Yeah it was hard fought and you know they’re a desperate hockey team obviously looking to get back on track and competed hard, every 50-50 loose puck was a battle. They play a quick game. We got off to a decent start actually in the first and then I think they tied it up and seemed to get their game going and obviously we got a big goal to tie it up and kind of regroup and knew we needed to be a lot better. Overall, it still wasn’t our best but we’re kind of getting back in the swing of things coming off of the long break we
    had but did some better things tonight and thought it was a good hard fought game and we were able to find a way to get it done in the third period. It was great to see Mickey keep it rolling and seeing guys finish the job defensively. Soup was tremendous again and we just competed till the end and found a
    way.”
    WILLIAM NYLANDER
    On the play of Ilya Mikheyev since the return to play:

    “He’s been flying and the pucks are going in for him right now which is great. He’s had so many chances and for example last season but he’s got an unbelievable shot so he’s been capitalizing and flying out there.”
    On what it means for Mikheyev to get some powerplay time:
    “It’s huge, it gets your confidence up and feel for the puck. You obviously touch the puck a little bit more on the powerplay with a little bit more time and it helps a lot.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On facing the Oilers:
    “We knew they were going to come out and make a push early and they did, they scored a couple nice goals but our team has great resilience and we came back to tie it up after the first period. I thought it was a great battle, kind of playoff feel a little bit and we were able to sneak away with two big points.”
    On the team’s defensive play:
    “The guys did a great job. They have some super talented players over there and were making some plays but I thought our guys did a great job of adjusting and committing to the structure. We got a couple big goals at the other end and it was just a great win.

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