TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-8-3 – 49 Points) at
VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (23-14-2 – 48 Points)
TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2022
1 2 3 OT SO FINAL
TORONTO 1 2 0 0 1 (1-3) 4
VEGAS 1 0 2 0 0 (0-3) 3
ON THE SCORESHEET
- 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)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- 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
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
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.
- 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
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
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