TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (27-10-3 – 57 Points) at
DETROIT RED WINGS (19-20-6 – 44 Points)
SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 5 7
DETROIT 1 3 0 4
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Pierre Engvall scored for Toronto at 16:28 of the first period. Engvall recorded his sixth goal of the season. Engvall has posted five points (2G, 3A) through his last five games.
- Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:07 of the second period, 9:28 of the third period and 11:58 of the third period. Bunting recorded his second career NHL hat trick (his first previously recorded with Arizona, April 5, 2021 at LAK).
- Rasmus Sandin scored for Toronto at 17:09 of the third period. Sandin posted his first goal of the season and the second of his NHL career.
- Mitch Marner scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 18:46 of the third period. Marner recorded his 11th goal of the season. Marner has scored in five-consecutive games marking the longest
goal streak of his NHL career. Marner also recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s third goal of the
game. Marner posted his 19th assist of the season.
- John Tavares capitalized on Detroit’s empty net at 19:49 of the third period. Tavares recorded his 17th goal of the season. Tavares also posted the primary assist on Sandin’s goal. Tavares registered his
23rd assist of the season. Tavares has posted four points (2G, 2A) through his last two games.
- Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Engvall’s goal and the secondary assist on Marner’s goal. Rielly has recorded 31 assists this season. Rielly is currently on a three-game point streak where
he has recorded five points (1G, 4A).
- Jason Spezza recorded the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Spezza posted his sixth assist of the season.
- Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game and the secondary assist on Bunting’s second goal of the game. Holl has recorded four assists this season. Holl tied a single-game career high with two assists which he has marked on four occasions. Holl also tied a single-game
career high with two points which he has marked on five occasions.
- David Kämpf posted the secondary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game as well as the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Kämpf has recorded eight assists this season. Kämpf tied a single-game career high with two assists which he has marked on three occasions and a single-game career high with two points which he has marked on six occasions.
- Auston Matthews posted the primary assist on Bunting’s second goal of the game as well as the secondary assist on Bunting’s third goal of the game. Matthews has posted 20 assists this season.
- Alexander Kerfoot recorded the secondary assist on Sandin’s goal as well as the primary assist on Marner’s goal. Kerfoot has registered 23 assists this season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 9 (9) 15 (14) 13 (10) 37 (33)
DETROIT 15 (15) 13 (11) 7 (3) 35 (29)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 22 (22) 22 (19) 20 (15) 64 (56)
DETROIT 18 (18) 22 (20) 14 (9) 54 (47)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 12-6-2 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 295-281-93-5 in 674 games against the Detroit Red Wings and 119-173-46-2 in 340 games played in Detroit.
- Toronto is 13-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 8-2-0 against the Atlantic Division this season.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 7 (Bunting)
Shot Attempts 10 (Bunting)
Faceoff Wins 11 (Matthews, Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage 75% (Kämpf – 6 won, 2 lost)
Hits 3 (Holl)
Blocked Shots 3 (Sandin)
Takeaways 1 (Matthews, Nylander)
TOI 24:47 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 2:11 (Rielly, Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI 0:40 (Liljegren, Rielly)
Shifts 26 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 81.25% (Simmonds – 13 for, 3 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Toronto is 9-7-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 9-4-0 when tied after one period and 3-9-0 when trailing after two periods.
- Toronto is 17-6-2 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 9-2-2 in Saturday games.
- In marking his 11th goal of the season during the second period of tonight’s game, Michael Bunting
recorded an NHL career season-high.
- Per NHL Stats, Michael Bunting became the fourth rookie in NHL history with at least one hat trick
for multiple franchises, joining Miroslav Frycer (4 w/ QUE, 1 w/ TOR), Harry Hyland (1 w/ MWN, 1 w/
SEN) and Michael Grabner (1 w/ VAN, 1 w/ NYI).
- Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 28 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Wayne Simmonds finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 81.25 percent (13 for, 3 against).
Jan. 31 Leafs vs. New Jersey Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
Feb. 1 Leafs at New Jersey Prudential Center 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 7 Leafs vs. Carolina Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 10 Leafs at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00 pm ET
Feb. 12 Leafs at Vancouver Rogers Arena 7:00 pm ET
Feb. 14 Leafs at Seattle Climate Pledge Arena 9:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the team’s comeback win:
“Our best people made big time plays in the third period but the most important thing was to stop the bleeding defensively. That’s really what we needed to do. I felt pretty confident that we’d be able to score
at least two in that period which was what we talked about. We wouldn’t be able to catch up if we didn’t stop the bleeding defensively so I thought we played better that way and then our best players made big time plays and put the pressure on Detroit and didn’t let up so it was a great win for us. It wasn’t a great game for us but a great win no doubt.
On changing the lines mid-game:
“We were just trailing in the game so not necessarily playing for control of the game anymore. We were playing to catch up in the game so needed to shorten the bench a little bit, needed to change the lines a little bit, so that’s really what I was going for there.”
On tonight’s game and the third period comeback:
“We knew going into the third period that if we were able to get the first goal of the period that we would have a good chance of winning this game and build that momentum on. We believed in there, and we knew were having our chances it just wasn’t going in for us and then fortunately they started going in in the third.
On what he’ll remember about his first hat trick as a Maple Leaf:
“Just the whole night. It was a fun night to be apart of, the comeback and then getting the win makes it even sweeter to be able to get a hat trick tonight. (Matthews) and Mitch played great tonight and they were a lot of fun to play with again and they made great plays. On that third goal, Mitch had me right
before that and I missed it and then he gave me a second chance to put it in so it was a lot of fun and that second goal was a great funnel by (Matthews) and I was able to just tip it in so it went good.”
On his first goal of the season:
“I was just shrinking down a little bit, we had the puck pretty low there. John made a terrific pass. I had a lot of thoughts going on in my head there. I had a pretty similar situation in LA and I missed that one so I’m very happy this one went in and as I said that’s John’s goal for sure and he made a terrific pass.”
On Michael Bunting:
“Off the ice he’s such a fun guy to be around. On the ice, he scored a bunch of times today and he crashed into the boards there at the end too so you never know what to expect from him. He can start a fight, he can do everything so he’s a great addition to our team and we all love having him out here and
playing with him.”
On the team’s comeback win:
“We did a great job in the third period, we came really hard and put a clinic on out there so I’m glad we got the win today.”
On regrouping after the first period:
“You just need to stay focused and try to stay positive and do the little things right. Take it save-by-save and sometimes the first two periods aren’t great but after the second period we just talked about it and we
were going to come strong and we did