Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets pregame notes

2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: Second of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Columbus: 1-0-0
Next Game vs. Columbus: Monday, March 7 at Columbus
Toronto Season Record: 32-14-3
Toronto Road Record: 14-9-2
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

February 19, 2022

The Maple Leafs acquired forward Ryan Dzingel and defenceman Ilya
Lyubushkin from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Nick
Ritchie and choice of Toronto’s third-round selection in 2023 or second-round selection in 2025.


Score: Toronto 2 at Montréal 5
Date: Monday, February 21, 2022
TOR Goals: Mikheyev, Engvall
MTL Goals: Anderson (2x), Caufield, Hoffman, Pitlick
TOR Goaltender: Mrazek, 19/24, .792 SV%
MTL Goaltender: Montembeault, 35/37, .946 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-2
Team Notes:

  • With their eighth goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, both
    Ilya Mikheyev and Pierre Engvall tied an NHL career-high in goals.
  • David Kämpf tied an NHL career-high with four hits recorded during
    tonight’s game.
    Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Minnesota Wild
    Time: 7:00 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: TSN (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

    First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
    All-Time Record: 15-11-1-4 (31 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 7-6-1-3 (17 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-1 (14 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 4, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Columbus 1)
    Record in Last Five Games: 3-1-1
    Record in Last 10 Games: 5-3-2
    Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (41), John Tavares (28), Jason Spezza (22)
    John Tavares (15), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch Marner (5), Auston Matthews
    Assists: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (13), Jason Spezza (8)
    Points: John Tavares (34), Wayne Simmonds (17), Morgan Rielly (14)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), John Tavares (16), Jake Muzzin (14)
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .684 3.55 2.78 31.1% 84.8% 34.7 30.7 56.1%
    Columbus .520 3.27 3.65 17.2% 80.4% 29.9 35.2 49.2%
  • Power Play: 42/135 (31.1%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 117/138 (84.8%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Marner (2G, 1A), Kämpf (2G, 1A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
    Tuesday games 7th of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 7 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-0
    February games 9th of 12 (4 home, 8 road)

    TJ Brodie Seven points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Five games away from 400 career NHL games played
    Jake Muzzin Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
    Wayne Simmonds Six games away from 1,000 career NHL games played
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    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
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    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

THE LAST GAME: FEB. 20, 2022 – CBJ 7 vs BUF 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: Kukan (2), Jenner (21), Kukan (3), Werenski (8), Gaunce (2), EN – Nyquist (13), Danforth (3)
BUF Goal Scorers: Pysyk (2), Thompson (20), Okposo (12)
Goalies: CBJ – Berube (33/36; 60:00); BUF– Anderson (32/38; 59:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 39 / BUF: 36
3 Stars: 1. Kukan, CBJ; 2. Gaunce, CBJ; 3. Berube, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ won 2nd consecutive game… CBJ scored 7 goals in back-to-back games for 1st time in club history… Berube earned victory in CBJ
debut and 1st NHL action since 4/6/18… Gaunce collected 1st career multi-assist and 3-point game (1-2-3)… Kukan notched 1st career 2-goal and 3-
point game (2-1-3)… Laine stretched points streak to 9-straight (10-8-18) with 2 assists… Werenski scored a goal to extend his points streak to 5-
straight (2-4-6).
Tarasov (lower body); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/4); out indefinitely (19 games)
Texier (fractured finger); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/26); 4 weeks (9 games)
Bean (groin strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/30); 4 weeks (7 games)
Robinson (MCL strain right knee); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/31); 6 weeks (6 games)
Korpisalo (lower body); day-to-day (2 games)
Merzlikins (lower body); day-to-day (1 game)
Feb. 20 Signed Greaves to 3-year entry level contract through 2023-24 season
Feb. 19 Activated Danforth off IR and assigned Fix-Wolansky to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 16 Added Berube to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 11 Assigned Meyer to Cleveland (AHL)
2021-22 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 vs. TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 vs. TOR)
All-Time Series: 15-15-1-0 (6-8-0-0 vs. TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 5-5-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 90/96
All-Time SF/SA: 971/936
All-Time PP: 18-of-100
All-Time PK: 76-of-93
THE LAST GAME VS. TOR: DEC. 7, 2021 – CBJ 4 at TOR 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Bjorkstrand (7), Bjorkstrand (8), Kuraly (5), Domi (4)
TOR Goal Scorers: PP – Nylander (11), Matthews (16), Ritchie (1), PP – Tavares (12), Matthews (17)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (25/30, 39:35), Tarasov (10/10, 17:06); TOR – Campbell (28/32, 60:00)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 32 / TOR: 40
3 Stars: 1. Rielly, TOR; 2. Matthews, TOR; 3. Bjorkstrand, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ trailed 5-1 going into the 3rd period, but scored final 3 goals… Bjorkstrand recorded his 2nd multi-goal of the season… Kuraly scored
a goal for 2nd-straight game.
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth
(Oshawa), Gaunce (Sudbury), Greaves (Cambridge) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… Road team is 3-1-0 in the last 4 games of the
series… CBJ are 8-6-0 since 1/13/16, but TOR has earned victories in 5 of the last 7 meetings since 2/14/18… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 18-
straight games and 4-plus in each of the last 7 meetings… CBJ have both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored vs.
TOR: 5 – 3x (MR: 2/15/17)… Most goals allowed vs. TOR: 6 – 2x (MR: 10/16/15).
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Carlsson notched his 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied his 100th NHL career assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played his 500th
NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 24, Injured Reserve: 4)
Drafted (13): Bemstrom, Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov (IR), Texier (IR),
Trade (6): Bean (IR), Boqvist, Domi, Laine, Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (9): Bayreuther, Berube, Danforth, Gaunce, Greaves, Kukan, Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson (IR)

Columbus concluded a season-long five-game road trip (Feb. 7-17) with a 7-4 victory on Thursday at Chicago. The club went 4-1-0 on the road trip that
also had stops at Washington (5-4; W), Buffalo (4-3; OTW), Montreal (2-1; W) and Calgary (6-2; L). The club has won seven of its last nine road outings
since Jan. 13 and five of the last six games overall. On Sunday, the Blue Jackets returned to Nationwide Arena with a 7-3 victory vs. Buffalo. It’s the first
time in club history that CBJ have scored seven goals in back-to-back games. Columbus plays one more game at home on Tuesday vs. Toronto before
playing back-to-back games on the road (FLA on Thu. and CAR on Fri.).
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in 15 of their 25 wins, including five of
their last seven victories. The 15 comeback victories are tied for the third-most in the NHL. The club’s six wins when trailing heading into the second
period are tied for the NHL lead (FLA). Columbus also has five multi-goal comeback victories this season (Nov. 3 at COL, Nov. 15 vs. DET, Jan. 27 vs.
NYR, Feb. 8 at WSH and Feb. 10 at BUF).
Columbus has been able to fill the back of the net this season, averaging 3.27 goals-per-game through 49 contests. The club ranks second in the NHL in
scoring since Jan. 27 (4.67 avg., 42 goals total) with the 42 goals the most in franchise history through any nine-game stretch (previously 40, Mar. 19-
Apr. 3, 2018). Columbus has scored three-plus goals in 29 of its contests (includes SO goals) and is 20-3-0 when scoring four goals or more in a contest
this season. CBJ, who averaged 2.39 goals-a-game in 2020-21, have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a game (club record
3.12 avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
Laine collected multiple points for the third time in the last four games with two assists on Sunday. He has posted points in nine-straight games (10-8-
18), the second longest points streak of his career (15 games in 2017-18) and fifth-T longest in franchise history. He leads the NHL in goals and points
since the streak started on Jan. 27. The 23-year-old forward (166-138-304, 380 GP) recorded his ninth career hat trick in Thursday’s win at Chicago and
became the third player from the 2016 NHL Draft to reach 300 career points (Auston Matthews with 410 and Matthew Tkachuk with 332). It was his first
hat trick since Feb. 8, 2020 while with Winnipeg. Since he entered the League in 2016-17, only three players have notched more performances of threeplus goals: Alex Ovechkin (13), David Pastrnak (11) and Connor McDavid (10).
Boone Jenner recorded his ninth multi-point effort of the campaign vs. Buffalo (1-1-2). He has 3-6-9 in the last six games and has recorded 9-10-19 with
five multi-point efforts in the last 17 contests. The 28-year-old captain is the first CBJ player to reach 20 goals this season and leads the club in goals,
points and PPG with 21-18-39 and 7 PPG in 49 appearances. He is on pace to set single-season career highs in both goals and points (30-19-49 in 82
GP in 2015-16). His 142 career goals are tied with Nick Foligno for the third-most in club history.
Zach Werenski scored his eighth goal of the campaign on Sunday to extend his points streak to five consecutive games (2-4-6) and has 2-8-10 in his
last 11 games. He has been heavily counted on as the club’s top defenseman this season, ranking 5th in the NHL in TOI/GP with 26:04. The 24-year-old
skated in his 2nd All-Star Game on Feb. 5, helping the Metropolitan Division win the title. At 220 career points (73-147-220, 382 GP), he is three points
shy of tying Seth Jones (50-173-223, 381 GP) for the most career points by a blueliner in franchise history.
•Bjorkstrand is 2 goals from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 1 goal from 100 and 1 point from 300 for his NHL career
•CBJ are 8-0-1 in OT/SO this season (3-1 in SO) with the club leading the NHL in W% (.889) and 2 off the League-lead in wins
•CBJ have scored a PPG in 4 of the last 6 games (5-of-14; 35.7 pct.), ranking 3rd in the NHL since 2/8
•CBJ have killed off 44-of-50 opponent PP chances over the last 17 games and rank 4th-T in the NHL in PK pct. since 1/8 (88.0 pct.)
•CBJ rank 4th-T in the NHL in goals with 28 and 11th in the NHL in points (114) by defensemen after combining for 3-3-6 vs. BUF
•CBJ boast 6 30-point scorers on the team, tied for 4th-most in the NHL (STL) and trailing only FLA (9) as well as COL/TOR (7)
•Bjorkstrand has points in 5 of the last 6 games (3-2-5)
•Gavrikov recorded his 20th assist of the season on Sun. and has 0-4-4 in the last 5 contests
•Nyquist has 3-7-10 in the last 9 games and 9-12-21 with 7 multi-point outings in 22 games since 12/16
•Peeke has played 21+ minutes in each of the last 15 games since 1/13 (avg. 24:22)
•Voracek, who has 1-6-7 in the last 7 games, ranks 6th-T in the NHL in primary assists (25) and leads the club in assists overall (32)
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 9 (1/15 at FLA)… PPG: 2 – 4x (MR: 2/8 at WSH)… PPGA: 3 – 2x (MR: 1/4 vs TBL)… SHOTS: 46 (11/18
at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 62 (1/26 vs CGY)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 33 (1/31 vs FLA)… FOW: 40 (11/20 at VGK)… BKS: 21 – 3x (MR: 2/17
at CHI)
GOALS: 3, Laine (2/17 at CHI)… ASSISTS: 3 – 2x, Werenski (MR:1/27 vs NYR)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16 vs
SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 3x, MR: Gavrikov (1/13 at CAR)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at NJD)…
SAVES: 56, Merzlikins (1/26 vs CGY, 62 shots

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-14-3 – 67 Points) at
MONTRÉAL CANADIENS (11-33-7 – 29 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 0 0 2 2
MONTRÉAL 2 3 0 5


  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 4:43 of the third period. Mikheyev recorded his eighth goal of the
  • Pierre Engvall scored for the Maple Leafs at 5:28 of the third period. Engvall posted his eighth goal
    of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly registered the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Rielly recorded his 37th assist of the
  • Ondřej Kaše posted the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Kaše registered his 11th assist of the
    season. Kaše has recorded an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Jason Spezza recorded the primary assist on Engvall’s goal. Spezza posted his ninth assist of the
  • Justin Holl registered the secondary assist on Engvall’s goal. Holl recorded his seventh assist of the
    season. Holl has recorded an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Petr Mrázek stopped 19 of 24 shots in tonight’s loss.
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • With their eighth goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, both Ilya Mikheyev and Pierre
    Engvall tied an NHL career-high in goals.
  • David Kämpf tied an NHL career-high with four hits recorded during tonight’s game.
  • Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 27 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Pierre Engvall and Wayne Simmonds finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt
    percentage of 84.21 percent (16 for, 3 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 11 (9) 12 (10) 14 (14) 37 (33)
    MONTRÉAL 8 (7) 12 (12) 5 (5) 25 (24)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 18 (14) 30 (25) 18 (18) 66 (57)
    MONTRÉAL 13 (12) 19 (19) 9 (9) 41 (40)
  • The Maple Leafs are 14-9-2 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 308-345-88-18 in 759 games against the Montréal Canadiens and 113-
    216-43-8 in 380 games played in Montréal.
  • Toronto is 17-7-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 8-3-0 against the Atlantic Division
    this season.
  • Toronto is 11-10-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-7-2 when trailing after one period and 4-12-0 when trailing after two periods.
  • Toronto is 20-10-2 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 3-3-1 in Monday games and 4-3-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    Shot Attempts
    Faceoff Wins
    Faceoff Win Percentage
    Blocked Shots
    Power Play TOI
    Shorthanded TOI
    5 (Marner)
    9 (Marner)
    11 (Matthews)
    100% (Simmonds – 1 won, 0 lost)
    5 (Simmonds)
    4 (Brodie)
    2 (Marner)
    22:17 (Rielly)
    2:28 (Marner, Matthews, Tavares)
    2:38 (Liljegren)
    29 (Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 84.21% (Engvall and Simmonds – 16 for, 3
    Feb. 22 Leafs at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 24 Leafs vs. Minnesota Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 26 Leafs at Detroit Little Caesars Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Feb. 28 Leafs at Washington Capital One Arena 7:30 pm ET
    March 2 Leafs vs. Buffalo Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    March 5 Leafs vs. Canucks Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit
    On Jake Muzzin’s status:
    “I don’t have much of an update other than that he’s going to stay here in Montreal overnight for
    observations, that’s really all I have.”
    On giving up too many chances off the rush:
    “We didn’t do a good enough job coming out of the zone. We lost races, we weren’t connected. When our
    defence were up and involved in tight our forwards let guys get loose so we just didn’t do a good enough
    job at that.”
    On tonight’s game:
    “It wasn’t very good. Probably as disappointing of a game for us this year. We have to clean up what
    we’re giving up off the rush. It’s obviously something that is continuously giving the other team
    opportunities and life and certainly for them tonight they generated a lot off of that. I thought in-zone play
    we didn’t give up a whole lot but off the rush was just not very good and continues to be an area we have
    to find a way to get better in and get our game connected. Disappointing one tonight.”
    On tonight’s effort:
    “I think just all throughout our lineup just not good enough. Forwards, defence, goaltending, just not good
    enough from everybody.”
    On losing two games in a row:
    “I think you never want to drop two in a row. We believe in our group and we believe we’re a good team
    and we never want to drop two in a row so we’ve got to put the fire out now. Not a whole lot of good in
    this one tonight but you’ve got to take the good and take the bad and move on to the next game and
    we’re right back at it tomorrow.”
    On tonight’s loss:
    “They obviously came out strong. If you look at the way our team played, I think we gave up too many
    odd man rushes, too many chances against and they’ve got skilled people over there so when you give
    them chances they’re going to score.”
    On the team giving up too many chances off the rush:
    “I think as a group we’re going to have to look at it obviously more. It’s been a common theme if you look
    back the last couple weeks, in terms of the chances against off the rush and as d-men you’ve got to take
    some responsibility on trying to make good defensive plays in those instances but as a group we’ve got to
    do a better job of trying to limit those.”
    On tonight’s game:
    “Difficult game for us. Obviously we want to come out strong in the first period but we were down 0-2 so
    not the way you want to start the game on the road but I think we battled in the third period and the good
    thing is in this league we’ve got a chance to play tomorrow again and play better.


LAVAL ROCKET (21-15-3-0 – 45 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (23-13-3-1 – 50 Points)





Laval: R. Harvey-Pinard (7) PP (Unassisted), L. Belpedio (7) (C. Hillis, R. Harvey-Pinard)
Goaltender: M. McNiven (4/16) L, C. Primeau (19/21) 

Toronto: J. Anderson (16) PP (B. McMann, A. Steeves), J. Anderson (17) SH (B. Seney), A. Suomela (10) (B. Seney, J. Anderson), J. Blandisi (7) (J. Kopacka, C. Douglas), J. Duszak (4) (J. Blandisi, J. Kopacka), K. Clifford (2) (A. Steeves, C. Douglas)
Goaltender: M. Hutchinson (25/27) W       


  • Joey Anderson opened the scoring on the power play at 5:36 of the first period and added a shorthanded goal at 7:43 of the first period. He also had the secondary assist on Suomela’s first period goal. This was his third shorthanded goal of the season and his fifth as a Marlie which places him tied for fifth in franchise history. With his first goal of the game, he set a career-high (17) this season
  • Antti Suomela scored at 18:48 of the first period. He has nine points (5 goals, 4 assists) in seven of his last eight games.
  • Joseph Blandisi scored at 19:47 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Duszak’s second period goal. This was his fifth multipoint game in 17 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak scored at 2:46 of the second period. He has 30 points (4 goals, 26 assists) in 30 games this season.
  • Kyle Clifford scored at 9:00 of the third period. This is his second goal with the Marlies.
  • Bobby McMann recorded the primary assist on Anderson’s power play goal in the first period. He has 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists) in 31 games this season.
  • Alex Steeves registered the secondary assist on Anderson’s power play goal in the first period and the primary assist on Clifford’s third period goal. He has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 29 games with the Marlies.
  • Brett Seney had the primary assists on Anderson’s shorthanded goal and Suomela’s goal, both in the first period. This was his 11th multipoint game in 35 games this season.
  • Jack Kopacka picked up the primary assist on Blandisi’s first period goal and the secondary assist on Duszak’s second period goal. He has 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) in 31 games with the Marlies.
  • Curtis Douglas recorded the secondary assists on Blandisi’ first period goal and Clifford’s third period goal. He has 17 points (4 goals, 13 assists) in 37 games this season.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced.


  • Toronto has recorded four more goals in 24 games (20-1-2-1) this season.
  • The Marlies are 15-15-1-0 at Scotiabank Arena.
  • Toronto went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 17-8-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 12-7-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Toronto had a 37-27 edge in shots in all situations. Joey Anderson led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 8-3-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 13-8-2-1 against North Division opponents and 1-2-0-1 against the Rocket. Toronto has been outscored by Laval 18-12 through four games.

Scoring first                            
Leading after 1 
Leading after 2                         17-1-2-1
At home                                   12-5-2-1
Monday                                    4-0-0-0
*Amongst active players

Goals               17 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            26 (J. Duszak)
Points              37 (B. Seney)
PPG                 6 (J. Anderson)
Shots               94 (B. Seney)
+/-                    +16 (B. Seney)
PIMS                57 (R. Clune)



On today’s game:

This is a team that’s played us hard this year. Wanting to do well against a top opponent, a rival opponent in our division, a game where we get our fans back and feel their support, that gave us a big lift of energy today, and then in a special building as well.

On special teams:

They did a really good job. Establishing the shot there, it’s hard to get pucks down inside and Joey Anderson did a great job, as he always does, in that area of the rink, and penalty kill did a great job, obviously that short-handed goal. Special teams made a difference today.

On Michael Hutchinson:

I thought he did a really good job, and exactly what you said calm, gave the team confidence in front of him. At times there were a little bit of stretches where there weren’t a lot of shots and that can be a tough time for goalies to stay in it and stay engaged and he was ready for every opportunity.


On today’s game:

We know that they’re a team that’s never going to go away and they came out in that third period really hot and made a push and I think we responded well for the most part, especially after that timeout we settled down and got back to the things that had been giving us success. It’s just about finding that for as much of a 60 as we can and tonight, we did a lot of good things for a long portion of that game.

On his line with Brett Seney and Antti Suomela:

You guys can see, we all think the game very similar. We enjoy playing with each other too. That’s the thing you can see it out there when one of us scores, we’re just genuinely excited for each other. It just makes coming to the rink that much better and like I said, the style of play is very similar, everyone works hard, we’re in the right spots. Reading off each other is really nice and easy and Antti has fit right in there really well with us.


On his line with Curtis Douglas and Jack Kopacka:

Our line was great all-night creating chances. The puck squirted out and it was a great net drive by Dougie. Jack threw it off the pads and it kicked out to me and I was able to pull it and find the corner which was good.

On Michael Hutchinson’s performance:
It’s every day with him. He comes in ready to work every day. He’s dialled in. His details are amazing and just having that calm presence back there, same with (Källgren), Woll. All the guys we have are calm back there and it gives the team an extra oomph when you need it. When they’re a rock, they can keep pucks out of the net and build momentum for the team.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

February 23 vs. Laval – 7:00 p.m.
February 26 at Rochester – 2:35 p.m.
February 27 vs. Rochester – 4:00 p.m.
March 2 vs. Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m.
March 5 at Cleveland – 7:00 p.m.