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2021-22 Matchups vs. Arizona: First of Two
2021-22 Record vs. Arizona: 0-0-0
Next Game vs. Arizona: Thursday, March 10 vs. Arizona
Toronto Season Record: 23-8-3
Toronto Road Record: 9-4-2
TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590

January 7, 2022
Forwards Joey Anderson and Brett Seney have been assigned to the
Maple Leafs taxi squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
January 5, 2022
Forward Kyle Clifford has been assigned to the Maple Leafs taxi squad
from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
January 3, 2022
Defenceman Teemu Kivihalme has been reassigned to the Toronto
Marlies (AHL) from the Maple Leafs taxi squad
December 31, 2021
Defenceman Chad Krys has been reassigned to the Toronto Marlies
(AHL) from the Maple Leafs taxi squad

Score: Toronto 4 at Vegas 3 – SOW
Date: Tuesday, January 11, 2022
TOR Goals: Nylander, Matthews, Mikheyev, (Nylander – SOW)
VGK Goals: Kolesar, Karlsson, Pietrangelo
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 31/34, .912 SV%
VGK Goaltender: Lehner, 15/18, .833 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-5

Date: Saturday, January 15, 2022
Opponent: at St. Louis Blues
Time: 7 pm ET
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

Pierre Engvall Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol
Mitch Marner Placed into the NHL’s COVID-19 protocol

First Matchup between Clubs: November 10, 1979 (Toronto 8 at Winnipeg 4)
All-Time Record: 39-53-8-2 (102 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 22-27-2-2 (53 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 17-26-6-0 (49 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 21, 2019 (Toronto 3 at Arizona 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0

Games Played: Kyle Clifford (49), Wayne Simmonds (35), TJ Brodie (33)
Jason Spezza (9), Wayne Simmonds (9), John Tavares (9), Jake Muzzin
(6), TJ Brodie (6)
Assists: Jason Spezza (12), Jake Muzzin (11), TJ Brodie (10)
Points: Jason Spezza (21), Jake Muzzin (17), Wayne Simmonds (17)
Penalty Minutes: Kyle Clifford (53), Jake Muzzin (38), Nick Ritchie (33)

Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .721 3.38 2.50 30.2% 82.5% 33.6 31.7 55.5%
Arizona .258 2.18 3.79 14.8% 72.2% 26.8 33.3 48.3%

Power Play: 29/96 (30.2%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 8 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 15 – Matthews (8G, 7A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 80/97 (82.5%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner, Holl, Mikheyev
Shorthanded Point Leader: 2 – Brodie (2A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

Wednesday games 7th of 11 (5 home, 5 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 11
Record in first game of back-to-back 3-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
January games 5th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

TJ Brodie Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
David Kämpf Three assists away from 50 career NHL assists
Ilya Mikheyev Two games away from 100 career NHL games played
William Nylander One point away from 300 career NHL points
William Nylander Eight games away from 400 career NHL games played.


GOALS 23 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 48 – Holl
ASSISTS 25 – Rielly TAKEAWAYS 34 – Nylander
POINTS 37 – Matthews (23G, 14A) HITS 77 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 15 – Matthews (8G, 7A) TOI PER GAME 23:59 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 2 – Brodie (2A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:05 – Marner
PIMs 40 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:39 – Muzzin
SHOTS 138 – Matthews WINS 18 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 61.2% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.02 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 57.94% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .935 – Campbell


Anaheim Ducks 1-0-0 Nashville Predators 1-0-0
Arizona Coyotes 0-0-0 New Jersey Devils 0-0-0
Boston Bruins 1-0-0 New York Islanders 1-0-0
Buffalo Sabres 1-0-0 New York Rangers 1-0-1
Calgary Flames 1-0-0 Ottawa Senators 2-1-0
Carolina Hurricanes 0-1-0 Philadelphia Flyers 1-0-0
Chicago Blackhawks 2-0-0 Pittsburgh Penguins 0-2-0
Colorado Avalanche 1-0-1 San Jose Sharks 1-1-0
Columbus Blue Jackets 1-0-0 Seattle Kraken 0-0-0
Dallas Stars 0-0-0 St. Louis Blues 0-0-0
Detroit Red Wings 1-0-0 Tampa Bay Lightning 1-1-0
Edmonton Oilers 2-0-0 Vancouver Canucks 0-0-0
Florida Panthers 0-0-0 Vegas Golden Knights 2-0-0
Los Angeles Kings 1-1-0 Washington Capitals 0-0-0
Minnesota Wild 0-0-1 Winnipeg Jets 0-1-0
Montréal Canadiens 1-0-0

2021-22 GAME HIGHS
Most Goals, Game 3 – Matthews, Dec. 1 vs. COL
2 – Nylander, Nov. 10 at PHI – Marner, Nov. 21
at NYI – Spezza, Dec. 4 at MIN – Matthews,
Dec. 14 at EDM – Matthews, Jan. 8 at COL
Most Assists, Game 4 – Rielly, Dec. 7 vs. CBJ
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK – Rielly, Dec. 4 at MIN
Most Points, Game
4 – Marner, Nov. 6 vs. BOS, (1G, 3A) – Rielly,
Dec. 7 vs. CBJ (4A)
3 – Sandin, Nov. 24 at LAK (3A) – Rielly, Dec. 4
at MIN (3A) – Kerfoot, Jan. 8 at COL (1G, 2A)
Most Shots, Game
8 – Matthews, Oct. 18 vs. NYR, Nov. 12 vs.
CGY, Dec. 1 vs. COL
8 – Nylander, Nov. 26 at SJS – Matthews, Dec. 4 at MIN –Matthews, Jan. 8 at COL
Time On Ice, Game 26:23 – Rielly, Nov. 20 vs. PIT 26:55 – Rielly, Dec. 4 at MIN
Most Saves, Game 42 – Campbell, Nov. 6 vs. BOS 44 – Campbell, Jan. 8 at COL
Most Goals, For 8 – Dec. 1 vs. COL 4 – 2nd, Nov. 24 at LAK
Most Goals, Against 7 – Oct. 23 at PIT 4 – 2nd, Oct. 23 at PIT, 2nd, Dec. 5 at WPG
Most Shots, For 48 – Oct. 14 at OTT 25 – 3rd, Oct. 14 at OTT
Most Shots, Against 49 – Jan. 8 at COL 23 – 3rd, Nov. 6 vs. BOS
Fewest Shots, For 18 – Jan. 11 at VGK 2 – 3rd, Jan. 11 at VGK
Fewest Shots, Against 20 – Nov. 21 at NYI 2 – 2nd, Oct. 18 vs. NYR


Predators 4, Coyotes 2 – January 8, 2022 – Gila River Arena
ARI Goals: Keller (12), Crouse (9)
NSH Goals: Ekholm (2), Trenin (9), Jeannot (11), Josi (12)
ARI Goalie: Vemelka (L) – 25 saves on 29 shots
NSH Goalie: Saros (W) – 38 saves on 40 shots
PP: 0-6 PK: 5-6
Notes: Clayton Keller scored in his second consecutive game…Lawson Crouse picked up his 9th goal of the yr to put him in 2nd on the Coyotes’ goalscoring leaderboard… Riley Nash made his Coyotes debut and assisted on Crouse’s goal… Marked the second time this season Arizona has recorded
40+ shots in a game…ARI’s 15 shots in the 2nd period tied a season-high for a single period (1st period on 11/5 at Anaheim)…Travis Boyd won 14-of21 face-offs (67%), the 14 wins marking a single-game career-high…ARI logged 48 PIM as a team, their highest in a game since 12/20/07 at SJ (58)
G Ivan Prosvetov
D Victor Soderstrom
D Vladislav Kolyachonok
MAN GAMES LOST (Name/Roster Status/Injury Type/Games Missed/Last Game Played)
Barrett Hayton…IR…Upper-Body (1 / 1/6)
Jay Beagle…IR…Lower-Body (6 / 12/11)
Jakob Chychrun…IR…Upper-Body (7 / 12/10)
Ryan Dzingel…IR …Upper-Body (7 / 12/10)
Dmitrij Jaskin…IR…Lower-Body…(18 / 11/13)
Conor Timmins…IR…Lower-Body…(27 / 10/25)
Carter Hutton…IR…Lower-Body…(27 / 10/25)
Total man games lost: 188 games
Nick Schmaltz (19), Ryan Dzingel (17), Alex Galchenyuk (15), Kyle Capobianco (12), Jay Beagle (12), Johan Larsson (10), Christian Fischer (8), Andrew
Ladd (6), Anton Stralman (4), Lawson Crouse (1), Matias Maccelli (1), Travis Boyd (1), Ilya Lyubushkin (1), Liam O’Brien (1)
-1/11 – Recalled D Victor Soderstrom, D Vladislav Kolyachonok and G Ivan Prosvetov to the Taxi Squad
-1/10 – Placed HC André Tourigny, GC Corey Schwab, G Scott Wedgewood, D Jakob Chychrun, D Cam Dinnen, D Anton Stralman in COVID protocol
-1/7 – Placed AC Mario Duhamel, D Kyle Capobianco in COVID Protocol
-Tonight is 1 of 2 ARI-TOR games this season, and the only one in Arizona
Arizona Coyotes: Media Notes
Fri, Jan. 14 7pm at COL Ball Arena Bally Sports Arizona+ 98.7 FM
Sat, Jan. 15 7pm vs COL Gila River Arena Bally Sports Arizona 98.7 FM
Mon, Jan. 17 2pm vs MTL Gila River Arena ESPN+/Hulu 620 AM
-The teams are also scheduled to go head-to-head in Toronto on 3/10
-The last meeting between the clubs took place in 2/11/20 (3-2 L, OT). The last time ARI played TOR in AZ was 11/21/19 (3-1 L)
-Andrew Ladd leads current Coyotes in career goals (10) and assists (13) vs TOR. He’s found the scoresheet in each of his last two games against the
Maple Leafs, recording an assist in each contest as a member of NYI
-Shayne Gostisbehere paces the Coyotes in points vs TOR among d-men, registering 5-7-12 in 15 GP
-The Coyotes franchise is 55-37-8-2 all-time against the Maple Leafs
Andrew Ladd…10-13-23…33 career GP
Johan Larsson…5-8-13…19 career GP
Ryan Dzingel…4-10-14…17 career GP
Shayne Gostisbehere…5-7-12…15 career GP
Career Leaders
Goals (Ladd, 10)…Assists (Ladd, 13)…Points (Ladd, 23)
Career Leaders Among Defensemen
Goals (Gostisbehere, 5)…Assists (Gostisbehere 7)…Points (Gostisbehere, 12)
Jan. 12, 2016 – Max Domi scored his first career hat trick as the Coyotes defeated the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 at Gila River Arena.
Points (Defensemen on new teams)
1 Seth Jones (CHI) – 25 pts
2 Tony DeAngelo (CAR) – 24 pts
3 Shayne Gostisbehere (ARI) – 23 pts
4 Alex Goligoski (MIN) – 21 pts
5 Dougie Hamilton (NJD) – 20 pts
TOI/G (Rookies | Min. 10 GP)
1 Moritz Seider (DET) – 22:23 TOI/G
2 Dysin Mayo (ARI) – 20:36 TOI/G
3 Alexandre Carrier (NSH) – 20:31 TOI/G
4 Jamie Drysdale (ANA) – 19:48 TOI/G
5 Bowen Byram (COL) – 19 :34 TOI/G
Blocked Shots (Rookies)
1 Moritz Seider (DET) – 63 BS
T2 Dysin Mayo (ARI) – 50 BS
T2 Alexandre Carrier (NSH) – 50 BS
4 Martin Fehervary (WSH) – 49 BS
5 Jacob Middleton (SJ) – 47 BS
-Clayton Keller enters tonight as Arizona’s leader in goals (12), points (26) and SOG (97) this season. Dating back to 11/18, he’s registered 20 points
(9-11-20) in his last 17 GP
-Keller has tallied 6 goals (9 pts) in his last 6 games, half of his season goal total
-With 7 SOG on Saturday, Keller has totaled 35 SOG in his last 6 GP. Keller is one of five NHLers with 5+ games of 7+ SOG this season (Pastrnak [6],
Matthews, McDavid, Ovechkin)
-Tonight is expected to be Keller’s 324th consecutive GP, the 4th-longest active streak in the NHL


All Skaters
24 Fredrik Olausson 86 (1986-94)
25 Dallas Drake 82 (1993-00)
T26 Clayton Keller 80 (2017-present)
T26 Scott Arniel 80 (1981-86, 1990-91)
T26 Randy Carlyle 80 (1983-93)
T26 Mikkel Boedker 80 (2008-16)
24 Darrin Shannon… 149 (1991-98)
25 Dallas Drake 143 (1993-00)
26 Clayton Keller… 139 (2017-present)
27 Ron Wilson … 134 (1979-83)
26 Darrin Shannon… 226 (1991-98)
27 Dallas Drake 225 (1993-00)
28 Clayton Keller 219 (2017-present)
29 Mikkel Boedker 213 (2008-16)
-Phil Kessel, who shares the second-highest point total on the Coyotes with Gostisbehere (23), has recorded a multi-point game in 3 of his last 5
outings, producing 1-7-8 in that span
-Kessel (5-18-23) is nearing his 20th assist of the season. With 33 games under his belt this year, the fastest he’s reached 20a in a season are: 2017-18
(25 GP), 2018-19 (27 GP), 2016-17 (28 GP), 2012-13 (31 GP), 2011-12 (32 GP), 2014-15 (35 GP)
-The winger has registered 14 points (2-12-14) in his last 14 GP
-Kessel is expected to skate in his 934th consecutive game tonight. Dating back to Nov. 3, 2009, Kessel also holds the second-longest active streak in
the NHL (Keith Yandle, 957)
NHL’s ’Iron Man’ Streak
Doug Jarvis (964; 10/8/75 – 10/10/87)
Keith Yandle (957; 3/26/09 – present)
Phil Kessel (933; 11/3/09 – present)
Garry Unger (914; 2/24/68 – 12/21/79)

10 Joe Pavelski 407 (2006-present)
11 John LeClair 406 (1990-07)
12 Phil Kessel 396 (2006-present)
13 Zach Parise 394 (2005-present)
14 Ed Olczyk 342 (1984-00)
Power-Play Goals
11 Zach Parise 120 (2005-present)
12 John LeClair 118 (1990-07)
13 Phil Kessel 117 (2006-present)
14 Patrick Kane 113 (2007-present)
Power-Play Assists
17 Kevin Hatcher 208 (1984-01)
18 Scott Gomez 207 (1999-16)
19 Mark Howe 204 (1979-95)
20 Phil Kessel 201 (2006-present)
21 Scott Young 199 (1987-06)
Power-Play Points
13 Joe Mullen 339 (1981-97)
14 Joe Pavelski 319 (2006-present)
15 Phil Kessel 318 (2006-present)
16 Scott Young 307 (1987-06)
Michael Bunting (2018-19, 2020-21)
Ex-Maple Leafs
Corey Schwab (2001-02)
Phil Housley (2002-03)
Anton Stralman (2007-09)
Phil Kessel (2009-15)
Alex Galchenyuk (2020-21)
Travis Boyd (2020-21)
Riley Nash (2021 Playoffs)
Travis Boyd played with Justin Holl at the Univ. of Minnesota from 2011-14
Lawson Crouse won a gold medal with Nick Ritchie at the 2015 WJC for Team Canada…Also represented Canada with Mitch Marner and Travis
Dermott at the 2016 event
Alex Galchenyuk played with Manny Malhotra in MTL in 2014-15
Shayne Gostisbehere skated with with Wayne Simmonds (2014-19) and Petr Mrazek (2017-18) in Philly
Clayton Keller played with Joey Anderson at the USNTDP from 2014-16
Andrew Ladd played with John Tavares on NYI from 2016-18
Antoine Roussel was teammates with Jason Spezza in DAL from 2014-18
Nick Schmaltz represented Team USA with Auston Matthews at the 2015-16 WJCs…Played with David Kampf in CHI from 2017-19
Victor Soderstrom played with Rasmus Sandin on Team Sweden at the 2019-20 WJCs
Travis Boyd…1 game from…150 career NHL games
Lawson Crouse…2 assists from…50 career NHL assists
Lawson Crouse…7 points from…100 career NHL points
Loui Eriksson…1 assist from … 350 career NHL assists
Alex Galchenyuk…2 games from…600 career NHL games
Alex Galchenyuk…4 assists from…200 career NHL assists
Phil Kessel…4 goals from…400 career NHL goals
Andrew Ladd…2 even-strength goals from…200 even-strength goals
Johan Larsson…1 goal from…50 career NHL goals
Anton Stralman…2 even-strength points from…200 career NHL even-strength points
Blocked shots: Mayo (50)
Hits: Crouse (87)
Shots: Keller (97)
TOI/G: Chychrun (24:50)
2021-22 OVERTIME RESULTS: (3-0-3)
Last overtime win: 12/17/21 at ANA (W, 6-5, GWG – C. Keller)
Last overtime loss: 5/1/21 vs. VGK (L, 3-2, GWG – J. Marchessault)
Last overtime that led to shootout: 12/28/21 at SJS

2021-22 SHOOTOUT RESULTS: (0-3)
Last shootout win: 3/23/21 vs. COL (W, 5-4, GDG – C. Dvorak)
Last shootout loss: 12/28/21 at SJS (L, 8-7, GDG – L. Couture)
Phil Kessel 11 15 26
Loui Eriksson 9 7 16
Shayne Gostisbehere 6 9 15
Andrew Ladd 5 6 11
Alex Galchenyuk 6 5 11
Clayton Keller 4 6 10
Anton Stralman 0 6 6
Nick Schmaltz 1 5 6
Jakob Chychrun 1 3 4
Ryan Dzingel 2 1 3
Christian Fischer 2 1 3
Jay Beagle 1 1 2
Johan Larsson 0 2 2
Kyle Capobianco 1 0 1
Travis Boyd 0 1 1

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-8-3 – 49 Points) at
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (23-14-2 – 48 Points)
TORONTO 1 2 0 0 1 (1-3) 4
VEGAS 1 0 2 0 0 (0-3) 3


  • William Nylander scored for Toronto at 1:24 of the first period. Nylander scored his 16th goal of the season. During the shootout, Nylander scored the game-winning goal for the Maple Leafs.
  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 11:43 of the second period. Matthews recorded his 23rd goal of the season. Matthews has posted four points (3G, 1A) through the last three games.
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 16:46 of the second period. Mikheyev posted his fourth goal of the season. Mikheyev has recorded five points (4G, 1A) through the last four games.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Rielly recorded his 25th assist of the season. Rielly has registered an assist in consecutive games.
  • Alexander Kerfoot registered the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Kerfoot posted his 19th assist of the season. Kerfoot has recorded nine points (2G, 7A) through the last four games.
  • Michael Bunting recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting registered his 14th assist of the season. Bunting has registered an assist in consecutive games.
  • Ondřej Kaše posted the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Kaše recorded his ninth assist of the season.
  • Wayne Simmonds recorded the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Simmonds posted his eighth assist of the season. Simmonds has registered an assist in consecutive games.
  • Justin Holl posted the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Holl recorded his second assist of the season.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 31 of 34 shots he faced in tonight’s win. With his win tonight, Campbell posted his 18th win of the season recording an NHL career high.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 9 (8) 6 (6) 2 (1) 1 (0) 18 (15)
    VEGAS 6 (5) 14 (14) 12 (7) 2 (0) 34 (26)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 24 (19) 11 (11) 7 (6) 4 (0) 46 (36)
    VEGAS 8 (7) 22 (21) 21 (14) 3 (0) 54 (42)
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-4-2 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 6-2-0 in 8 games against the Vegas Golden Knights and 2-2-0 in 4 games played in Vegas.
  • Toronto is 12-3-2 against the Western Conference this season and 8-2-0 against the Pacific Division
    this season.
    Shots 3 (Kaše, Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 6 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 13 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Spezza – 3 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 10 (Sandin)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 3 (Bunting)
    TOI 24:45 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:21 (Sandin)
    Shorthanded TOI 5:41 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 32 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 60.00% (Ondřej Kaše – 12 for, 8 against, Travis
    Dermott – 9 for, 6 against, Kyle Clifford – 6 for, 4
    against and Nick Ritchie – 6 for, 4 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 17-2-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-4-0 when tied after one period and 18-0-1 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 9-4-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in Tuesday games and 3-2-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • The Maple Leafs have a 1-1 shootout record this season.
  • With his second period goal in tonight’s game, Auston Matthews has tied the team record for consecutive road games with a goal (8). He is the fourth players to accomplish this feat joining Babe Dye (Jan. 3 to Feb. 12, 1921), Frank Mahovlich (Dec. 1, 1960 to Jan. 5, 1961) and Daniel Marois (Oct. 7 to Nov. 9, 1989).
  • Rasmus Sandin posted a single-game career high 10 hits during tonight’s game.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 15 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Ondřej Kaše (12 for, 8 against), Travis Dermott (9 for, 6 against), Kyle Clifford (6 for, 4 against) and Nick Ritchie (6 for, 4 against) finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt
    percentage of 60.00 percent.
    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
    Jan. 26 Leafs vs. Anaheim Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Jan. 29 Leafs at Detroit Little Caesars Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official
    On tonight’s win:

    “I thought that we started the second period, gave them the game back and opened it up, and it led to one of those stretches – a three, four minute stretch – where we really couldn’t get the puck, couldn’t get
    anything going. We really allowed their game to take hold. That was the type of game we thought it would be. They’re that type of team. We make a mistake on an entry, have no structure coming back up ice and make it easy on them to get through the neutral zone which we really hadn’t done through the whole first
    period. Then they got their o-zone game going from there. That made it a tougher second period for us. We were able to get two goals which was obviously huge for us. We had an opportunity in the third period to make good on what we failed to do the other night [in Colorado] and we failed to do that again here today. I think the third period is a lot different than it was the
    other night. I didn’t think we gave up very much in the third period. In fact, at five-on-five I think we gave up two scoring chances in the third period. One is the goal early in the third. Obviously, we make an unacceptable and rare mistake on the penalty kill, take the too many men that puts us down five-on-three. That’s the difference there. We go from missing a shorthanded breakaway and breaking the game into a two-goal lead again, instead we’re killing five-on-three and the game is tied. Disappointed with that. To
    look at it here, we’ve played two very elite teams here in the west and got three out of four points, so we feel good about that but if we want to be a serious hockey team we need to be better in third periods and
    find ways to control the game.”
    On tonight’s game:

    “I think our line, we weren’t good tonight. We struggled. They had heavy o-zone pressure on us, made a couple sloppy plays. We were able to get the win which was big but we have to bear down in those areas.”
    On the shootout:
    “Yeah they’re great. You have a lot of space so it’s fun being out there on the three-on-three and then the
    shootout you just try and score and get the W.”
    On the chemistry he has developed with Michael Bunting:

    “It’s been great, honestly. I think ever since training camp we’ve got to know each other pretty well and have got pretty close so I think ever since we’ve started playing together it’s been a lot of fun. We just try
    to feed off each other and get better and better every day and just read off each other no matter who we’re playing with. It’s been a lot of fun playing with him. He works hard. He’s easy to play with. He goes into those dirty areas and he fishes out pucks and he makes plays. Just an easy guy to play with.”
    On if he wants to raise his game for Bunting’s return to Arizona tomorrow night:
    “Absolutely. We’re expecting big things. He’s been talking about this game for a long time and there should be a pretty big video tribute for him and all that stuff. I think he’s excited. I know I’m excited to go back home and play in front of friends and family. We’ve got a team that’s waiting for us back there so I
    think we’ll be ready to go.”
    On his chemistry with Auston Matthews:

    “Obviously playing with him has been a great opportunity for myself. I’ve said this before, but he and I hang out quite a bit off the ice so we’ve built that chemistry off the ice and we bring it on the ice. Just playing with him is a lot of fun and I try to get open and dig pucks for him and make plays because
    obviously he’s one of the best players in the world. Every single night he’s bringing his game so I know I’ve got to bring mine.”
    On returning to Arizona tomorrow:
    “I’m really excited to go back. Obviously, they’re the team that drafted me and pretty much started my pro career. I spent a long time in that organization, mostly in the minors with the Tucson Roadrunners, so I’m sure there’s going to be some fans from Tucson coming to support. I saw a couple here tonight, actually, so that was pretty cool. Just playing in front of the Coyotes fans will be a lot of fun as well. They treated me great, that organization, and I had a blast while I was playing there. I’ve been looking forward to this
    since the season has started and I know [Matthews] has as well, obviously growing up in Arizona. Obviously, it’s a special game for him as well.”
    On his recent play:

    “Yeah, I’m just having a blast in there playing with the group we have and another hard-fought battle tonight. It’s nice to finish the job and get the two points.”
    On the goaltender tandem between himself and Petr Mrázek:
    “Yeah, I’m just excited for Petr to get in there and do his thing. Whenever coach taps one of us on the shoulder and tells us it’s our time, we’ll be ready. I’m just excited to keep working on my game and the partnership Petr and I have






Phoenix9931-9Crowder – 19Ayton – 9Paul – 12
Toronto9520-18Anunoby – 25Boucher – 16Siakam – 7

Trailing 90-89 with 1:02 remaining in the fourth quarter, Devin Booker hit a jump shot to put the Suns up by one … Following a miss from Pascal SiakamChris Paul made a pullup two to push the lead to three … Phoenix made all six of its free throw attempts in the final 10 seconds to preserve the victory.  


Phoenix shot .473 (35-74) from the field, while holding the Raptors to .404 (36-89) shooting from the floor … Toronto shot just 28 percent (7-25) in the fourth, including .154 (2-13) from three-point range.


  • With the loss, Toronto falls to 20-18 this season and 12-11 at home … The Raptors willbegin a five-game road trip (Jan. 14-21), Friday in Detroit.
  • OG Anunoby scored a team-high 25 points and added two rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes … Anunoby has scored in double digits in every game since returning to the lineup Dec. 31, averaging 19.3 points and shooting .469 (45-for-96) from the field during this span.
  • Pascal Siakam tallied 22 points, seven rebounds and a team-best seven assists in 39 minutes … Siakam has now recorded five or more assists in a career-high eight consecutive games (Dec. 28 – Jan. 11), averaging 6.5 assists during this stretch … With his 22 points tonight, Siakam passed Jose Calderon (5,234) for eighth on the Raptors’ all-time scoring list (5,255).
  • Fred VanVleet finished with 21 points, five assists and two steals in 44 minutes … VanVleet has now made 4+ three-pointers in a franchise record nine consecutive games (Dec. 14 – Jan. 11) … VanVleet has finished with 20+ points in eight of his last nine games played (Dec. 14 – Jan. 11), averaging 29.6 points and shooting .465 (89-for-191) from the field, including .451 (51-for-113) from beyond the arc …. Tonight, he reached 1,500 assists, becoming just the seventh Raptor to achieve the milestone.
  • Chris Boucher recorded 13 points and a team-high 16 rebounds in 37 minutes off the bench for his third double-double of the season … Boucher collected 15+ rebounds for just the fifth time in his career and second time this season.
  • OG Anunoby (25), Pascal Siakam (22)and Fred VanVleet (21),combined to score 68 of Toronto’s 95 points … Tonight marked just the second game this season VanVleet, Siakam and Anunoby each scored 20+ points.
  • The Raptors grabbed a season-best 22 offensive rebounds, led by a career high-tying nine offensive boards from Chris Boucher and career-best five offensive rebounds from Justin Champagnie.


  • With the win, Phoenix improves to31-9, including 14-4 on the road … The Suns have won three consecutive games against the Raptors (Jan. 6, 2021 – Jan.11, 2022) for the first time since Nov. 29, 2009 – Mar. 3, 2011) … Phoenix’s 31-9 record to start the season is tied for the second-best start in franchise history through 40 games …The Suns will continue a five game road trip (Jan. 11-20) Friday in Indiana.
  • Jae Crowder finished with a season high-tying 19 points (7-14 FG, 5-11 3PT) and added five rebounds and three assists in 35 minutes … Tonight marked just the second time Crowder has led the Suns in scoring this season.
  • Chris Paul recorded 15 points, including a team-high 12 assists and five steals in 33 minutes … Paul has recorded 5+ steals five times this season, something he did not do during the 2020-21 season.


01/11/2022TorontoL 99-95 Overall:1832
03/11/2022Phoenix at Toronto:916
 at Phoenix:916

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MEMPHIS — Gary Payton II proved in training camp that he deserved a roster spot. It didn’t take long to establish that he would outplay his 15th spot on the roster. But never has his value to the Golden State Warriors been clearer than Tuesday night inside FedEx Forum, even in a 116-108 loss. When…

Warriors, Grizzlies battle to the end in potential playoff preview — Marin Independent Journal