TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (28-10-3 – 59 Points) vs.
NEW JERSEY DEVILS (15-24-5 – 35 Points)
MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
NEW JERSEY 3 1 0 4
TORONTO 2 0 4 6
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 6:33 of the first period, 15:04 of the first period and 19:38 of the third period. Matthews recorded his fifth career NHL hat trick. Matthews has posted 28
goals this season. Matthews also posted the primary assist on Marner’s goal, recording his 21st
assist of the season. Matthews tied a single-game career high four points, which he has marked on nine occasions. Matthews is currently on a three-game point streak where he has posted eight points (3G, 5A).
- Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 4:16 of the third period. Spezza scored his eighth goal of the season.
- Mitch Marner scored for the Maple Leafs at 13:28 of the third period. Marner recorded his 12th goal of the season. Marner has scored in six-consecutive games. Marner also registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game and the secondary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the
game. Marner has posted 21 assists this season. Marner is currently on a six-game point streak
where he has posted 12 points (6G, 6A).
- Ilya Mikheyev scored shorthanded for Toronto at 16:56 of the third period. Mikheyev recorded his seventh goal of the season and the third shorthanded goal of his NHL career. Mikheyev also posted the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Mikheyev recorded his second assist of the season. Mikheyev
recorded his ninth NHL career two-point game.
- Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Liljegren posted his fifth assist of the season.
- Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game as well as the primary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Rielly has posted 33 assists this season. Rielly has registered an assist in four-consecutive games (6A).
- Alexander Kerfoot registered the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal as well as the primary assist on Mikheyev’s shorthanded goal. Kerfoot has posted 25 assists this season. Kerfoot has posted an assist in back-to-back games (4A).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
NEW JERSEY 13 (13) 14 (9) 2 (2) 29 (24)
TORONTO 9 (9) 13 (8) 11 (9) 33 (26)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
NEW JERSEY 20 (20) 20 (14) 9 (5) 49 (39)
TORONTO 24 (24) 25 (19) 18 (13) 67 (56)
ON HOME ICE
- The Maple Leafs are 16-4-1 at home this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 76-41-20-9 in 146 games against the New Jersey Devils and 49-17-5-4 in
75 games played in Toronto.
- Toronto is 14-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 6-4-1 against the Metropolitan
Division this season.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 6 (Mikheyev)
Shot Attempts 10 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins 13 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Spezza – 7 won, 0 lost)
Hits 4 (Kerfoot)
Blocked Shots 5 (Brodie)
Takeaways 2 (Bunting, Nylander)
TOI 27:33 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 4:20 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI 3:30 (Holl)
Shifts 27 (Rielly, Brodie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 75.00% (Sandin – 30 for, 10 against)
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Toronto is 10-7-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 3-4-2 when trailing after one period and 4-9-0 when trailing after two periods.
- Toronto is 18-6-2 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 1-2-1 in Monday games and 4-2-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
- Auston Matthews secured his 400th career NHL point during tonight’s game.
- Per NHL Stats, among players to debut with the franchise, Auston Matthews (227-173—400 in 372
GP) required the fewest games by a Maple Leafs player to reach the 400-point milestone. He bested
the previous mark held by Syl Apps (387 GP).
- Rasmus Sandin was on the ice for a team-high 30 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Rasmus Sandin finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 75.00
percent (30 for, 10 against).
- Per NHL Stats, the Maple Leafs scored four third-period goals to erase a multi-goal deficit and defeat
the Devils after also staging a rally in the final frame to oust the Red Wings on Jan. 29. Toronto has
overcome a multi-goal deficit in the third period to win consecutive games for just the second time in
franchise history. Coincidentally, the first occurrence took place on Jan. 29, 2000 (vs. LAK) and Feb.
1, 2000 (at TBL).
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
Feb. 17 Leafs vs. Pittsburgh Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
“Obviously it’s been a flip of the script here where we’ve had leads and had poor third periods and now we’re playing from behind and having good third periods and finding ways to get points. Obviously we’ll
take that, we like that our team has got lots of fight in it and keeps pushing and had confidence in it’s ability to come back in the game and score enough goals to win. Obviously the start is not even close to good enough and it’s the kind of start that you deserve to lose games when you play like that and start
that way and spot them three but fortunately for us there was enough time for us to chip away at it and push back. Just loved our finding a way to tie the game and you get the adversity of a late penalty kill and you turn that into a game-winning goal. You love to see that.”
On tonight’s comeback:
“I think we just got to playing a little bit better. Our start wasn’t very good. I don’t know it just seemed like we weren’t ready to play for the puck drop and I think it showed. They’re a really good team, they have a lot of young, skilled guys that obviously make you pay and they had some luck chances tonight,
especially early on, so credit to our guys for staying with it and staying patient and just continuing to fight all night long and huge play by the penalty kill with (Kerfoot) and (Mikheyev) to get us that goal there on the PK and just all around really good effort in the last half of the game.”
On the team’s response when Campbell was pulled:
“(Campbell) didn’t play bad we just gave up such grade-a chances for them and they capitalized on them.
Like you said it’s more of a wake-up call for the guys that are out there playing and not necessarily our
goaltender cause we weren’t really helping him out much there at the start.”
On tonight’s comeback:
“Just doing what we do best in the third period. Forechecking, getting pucks back, getting around the net, just kind of being in pursuit of the puck the whole third period there. But obviously we know we need to do
better in the first 40 and that’s something we need to make sure we bring tomorrow.”
On his six-game goal streak:
“I just find I’m getting into open spots and I’m not afraid to shoot it. I think before maybe I would hold onto it for an extra second trying to find another player or find something else but right now I’m just trying to, when it touches my stick, just if I can one-time it or grip it and rip it.”
On his confidence in earning a win tonight:
“We got the win so like I said before those wins matter and I’m glad that in the third period we scored four goals and we turned the game around.”
On being called upon to relieve Jack Campbell:
“Those are the hardest for a goaltender to go in but you have to be prepared, you have to be ready, you have to always come to the rink and you never know what happens so you have to be ready to go in and
this is one of the nights that I got the call to go in.”