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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (23-9-3 – 49 Points) at
ARIZONA COYOTES (8-23-3 – 19 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 0 0 1 1
ARIZONA 1 0 1 2


  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 0:14 of the third period. Matthews posted his 24th goal of the season. With his goal in tonight’s game, Matthews set a Maple Leafs franchise record for consecutive road games with a goal (9). Matthews has posted 11 goals during the goal streak. Babe
    Dye (Jan. 3, 1921-Feb. 12, 1921), Frank Mahovlich (Dec. 1, 1960-Jan. 5, 1961) & Daniel Marois (Oct. 7-Nov. 9, 1989) held the previous mark of eight games.
  • Michael Bunting recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting posted his 15th assist of the season. Bunting has recorded an assist in three consecutive games.
  • Jake Muzzin registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Muzzin recorded his 10th assist of
    the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 20 (7) 15 (14) 11 (10) 46 (31)
    ARIZONA 6 (3) 6 (3) 6 (5) 18 (11)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 29 (13) 32 (31) 24 (18) 85 (62)
    ARIZONA 19 (15) 10 (7) 10 (9) 39 (31)
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-5-2 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 39-54-8-2 in 103 games against the Arizona Coyotes and 17-27-6-0 in 50 games played in Arizona.
  • Toronto is 12-4-2 against the Western Conference this season and 4-2-2 against the Central Division this season.
    Shots 8 (Nylander)
    Shot Attempts 11 (Nylander)
    Faceoff Wins 8 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Simmonds – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 6 (Simmonds)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Holl)
    Takeaways 3 (Liljegren)
    TOI 24:59 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:36 (Matthews, Rielly, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:20 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 27 (Muzzin, Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 78.57% (Mikheyev – 11 for, 3 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 6-7-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-4-2 when trailing after one period and 2-9-0 when trailing after two periods.
  • Toronto is 14-5-2 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-1-0 in Wednesday games and 2-4-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 27 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Ilya Mikheyev finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 78.57 percent (11 for, 3 against).
    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
    Feb. 1 Leafs at New Jersey Prudential Center 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution
    On tonight’s game:

    “Our power play wasn’t very good tonight. Had a chance to grab ahold of the game for us and failed to do so. Our execution offensively wasn’t really good enough either. Clearly didn’t make good on our chances, we generated more than enough to score far more than we did. But we didn’t execute and didn’t find ways to make it harder on their goaltender once he got in a groove.”
    On tonight’s game and facing a strong goaltender:

    “Obviously I think we just have to find a way to capitalize on our chances and just make it a little bit more difficult around him and around the net but certainly we had our looks and our opportunities. Just one of
    those nights where you have to find a way to break through and unfortunately, we didn’t. We have to do a better job here of winning some third periods.”
    On his line during tonight’s game:
    “Yeah I think certainly much better tonight. I think we generated more. Much more connected. Better things to build off of and it’s a long season so try not to get hung up too much on a night where it doesn’t
    go so well and we still got a really good result at the end of the day so it was a good team effort with everyone contributing but certainly we want to be at a high level and be counted on and be consistent. So better today and still want to be a lot better and find ways to be more productive than we were.”
    On the team having a strong offensive game but facing a strong goaltender:
    “I think you just kind of stick to it and continue to fight, continue to push, continue to force that pressure and eventually break them. Obviously with the amount of shots and chances we had tonight sometimes you have to tip your hat. I thought we really controlled the play for the most part of the game, especially that second period. Sometimes you just run into a hot goalie and you have to tip your hat to him.”
    On if his goal tonight was meaningful to him, in setting a Maple Leafs franchise record for consecutive road games with a goal (9):
    “Yeah, I suppose. Like you said I would have obviously rather taken the win tonight but have to give credit to the guys out there with me on my line making plays and stuff. Obviously still leaving the rink a little bit sour in not getting those two points.”
    On drawing back into the lineup:

    “Yeah, I felt pretty good out there. I think early on I didn’t have many shots but I think I managed it pretty well.”
    On facing a strong goaltender:
    “That’s how it is sometimes, that’s how it is. You just have to stay focused and track the puck when they’re in our zone.”
    On drawing back into the lineup:

    “Yeah, it was fun. I think the first period I tried to get my legs back and made a couple mistakes I think but as the game went on, I think I played solid. Not my best game by any means but I think it was okay.”
    On having a strong offensive game but facing a strong goaltender:
    “Yeah, we just tried to talk about staying patient and sticking with it and eventually one will go in and obviously (Matthews) got one there early in the third just their goalie had an unbelievable night and it just
    wasn’t our night.”


BELLEVILLE SENATORS (13-15-0-0 – 26 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (15-10-1-1 – 32 Points)





Belleville: L. Thomson (4) (A. Agozzino, J. Lucchini), E. Sokolov (7) (M. Del Zotto)
Goaltender: F. Gustavsson (27/30) L

Toronto: S. Der-Arguchintsev (5) PP (J. Blandisi, A. Suomela), F. Kràl (1) PP (S. Der-Arguchintsev, M. Hollowell), B. McMann (8) (J. Ho-Sang, M. Hollowell), A. Suomela (4) EN (Unassisted)
Goaltender: E. Källgren (37/39) W


  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev opened the scoring at 3:37 of the first period on the power play and later added the primary assist on Kràl’s second period goal. This was his first career AHL power play goal.
  • Filip Kràl scored on the power play at 5:23 of the second period.This was his first goal of the season. He has points (1-4-5) through three consecutive games.
  • Bobby McMann scored the game-winning goal at 4:25 of the third period. He has goals in (2) in consecutive games. McMann has 11 points (8 goals, 3 assists) in 20 games with the Marlies.
  • Antti Suomela scored on the empty net at 18:42 of the third period and earlier had the secondary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s first period goal. He has points (3-2-5) in consecutive games.
  • Joseph Blandisi recorded the primary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s first period goal. He has points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.
  • Mac Hollowell picked up the secondary assists on Kràl’s second period goal and McMann’s third period goal. He has eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in his last seven games.
  • Josh Ho-Sang had the lone assist on McMann’s third period goal. He has 18 points (10 goals, 8 assists) in 25 games this season.
  • Erik Källgren stopped 37 of 39 shots he faced. He is 5-1-0 when making 30 or more saves in a game.


  • The Marlies set a season high today with their fourth consecutive win.
  • Toronto went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-6 on the power play. This was Toronto’s fourth game this season recording two power play goals. Toronto is 10-6-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 9-5-0-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Belleville had a 39-31 edge in shots in all situations. Mikhail Abramov and Kristiāns Rubīns led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 12-7-1-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Marlies are 9-7-1-1 against North Division opponents and 5-1-0-0 against the Belleville Senators. Toronto has outscored Belleville 24-12.
  • Toronto heads out on a 10-game, facing off against seven teams – Belleville Senators (4-1-0), Cleveland Monsters (2-1-1), Grand Rapids Griffins, Hartford Whalers, Hershey Bears, Lehigh Valley Phantoms (1-0-0) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. It will be Toronto’s first meeting of the season with four opponents (HER, HFD, GR, WBS). The Marlies return to Coca-Cola Coliseum on Feb. 5.

Scoring first                            11-1-0-1
Leading after 1                        8-1-1-1
Leading after 2                        12-1-1-1
January                                   4-1-0-0
Wednesday                              2-2-0-1
2 Goal Game                            4-1-0-0
*Amongst active players

Goals               10 
(J. Ho-Sang)
Assists            19 (J. Duszak)
Points              20 (J. Duszak)
PPG                 4 (J. Ho-Sang)
Shots               60 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +5 (M. Hollowell, A. Steeves)
PIMS                50 (R. Clune)



On Toronto’s special teams:

Penalty kill has been great this year, (John Snowden) has done a great job with that area of our game and power play was strong today. Special teams did a really great job on both sides of it to give us a chance to win this game along with Källgren and playing really well around our net. Within this league and how hard it is to win, you definitely need to lean on your special teams to execute and we got that today.

On progress through the second half of the season:
Especially since this break, I think anybody coming off a break that they have been sitting so long, it took some time to get going, but we’re in that part of the season where the guys have started to figure out what works and what doesn’t work. They’re all starting to say the right things, leadership has done a great job of pushing the message of what’s needed from day to day, whether it’s in practice or in games. It’s a good sign when a group like this at this time of the year is starting to mature as quickly as they are. This isn’t leaking to the halfway point or further. We have high expectations that we keep growing and keep trending the way we are.


On today’s game:

A big focus in the second half of the season has just been our starts and trying to play more of a full 60 minutes right from the get-go and I think our start tonight was really good. Obviously, power play was clicking for us so that was huge but I just think overall our energy and commitment to just playing a team game, playing defensively is really good to see.


On Erik Källgren:

He’s a great goalie. He gives us a chance to win every game and every day and that’s huge for us. It’s the same thing with Joseph Woll. We have really good goalies and we can trust them. I think we can still defend better so they don’t have to face 50 shots a game, but the goalies are huge for us.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

January 15 at Hershey – 7:00 p.m.
January 16 at Lehigh Valley – 3:05 p.m.
January 19 at Hartford – 7:00 p.m.
January 21 at WB/Scranton – 7:05 p.m.
January 22 at WB/Scranton – 6:05 p.m.