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BLUE JACKETS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT)
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-14-4 – 68 Points) at
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (26-23-1 – 53 Points)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 1 0 3
COLUMBUS 0 1 2 1 4
- Michael Bunting scored for Toronto at 12:50 of the first period. Bunting recorded his 17th goal of the
season. Bunting also recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting posted his 18th
assist of the season.
- Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 15:23 of the second period. Matthews recorded his
34th goal of the season. Matthews registered the secondary assist on Bunting’s goal and the primary
assist on Spezza’s goal. Matthews has posted 28 assists this season.
- Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 17:54 of the third period. Spezza posted his 10th goal of the
season. Spezza has recorded a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
- Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Bunting’s goal. Marner recorded his 29th assist of the
- David Kämpf registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Kämpf recorded his 11th assist of the
- John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Tavares posted his 30th assist of the
- Jack Campbell stopped 26 of 30 shots in tonight’s overtime loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
- Auston Matthews posted an NHL career-high 11 shots during tonight’s game.
- With a goal and two assists recorded during tonight’s game, Auston Matthews recorded his fourth
outing of the season with three or more points. He also posted three points (2G, 1A) in Toronto’s first
meeting against Columbus earlier this season on Dec. 7, 2021.
- Michael Bunting paces all NHL rookies with 24 points (13G, 11A) recorded on the road this season.
- Ilya Lyubushkin appeared in his Maple Leafs debut.
- TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Ilya Mikheyev and Ondřej Kaše finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage
of 77.78 percent (7 for, 2 against).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
TORONTO 10 (8) 17 (12) 15 (10) 0 (0) 42 (30)
COLUMBUS 14 (13) 5 (3) 10 (9) 1 (0) 30 (25)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
TORONTO 15 (10) 24 (17) 28 (22) 0 (0) 67 (49)
COLUMBUS 23 (22) 8 (6) 15 (14) 1 (0) 47 (42)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 14-9-3 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 15-11-1-5 in 32 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and 8-5-0-2 in
15 games played in Columbus.
- Toronto is 17-7-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 9-4-2 against the Metropolitan
Division this season.
- Toronto is 21-4-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 19-2-2 when leading after one period and 24-0-2 when leading after two periods.
- Toronto is 20-10-3 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 6-0-1 in Tuesday games and 3-4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 11 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts 14 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins 10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage 57% (Spezza – 4 won, 3 lost)
Hits 2 (Liljegren, Sandin)
Blocked Shots 4 (Rielly)
Takeaways 2 (Engvall, Tavares)
TOI 26:09 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 4:18 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
Shorthanded TOI 1:49 (Brodie, Liljegren)
Shifts 26 (Brodie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 77.78% (Mikheyev and Kaše – 7 for, 2 against)
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
March 7 Leafs at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s game:
“I thought our effort structurally was entirely better than it was last night, so I was happy with that. Even in the first period, I thought Columbus certainly won the territorial game in the first period while our guys
were recalibrating a little bit in terms of how we were asking them to play and you could see they were really focused on it so it took away from some of their offensive play and puck play but I liked how we defended in that period despite losing the territorial game. We didn’t give up a whole lot in terms of quality
looks, so that was good. We built on that into the second period which I thought was an excellent period, with the exception of the Laine goal, it’s as perfect of a period as it could probably be, in terms of our
structure, in terms of carrying the play and all those kind of thing but then you take that penalty at the end of the second. That’s the one there we can’t take, we’ve got to manage the game better in that situation and we didn’t so we opened the door for them to get a power play opportunity to start the third and I
thought that was the difference. I thought our guys competed hard today. The play was structured and I thought we easily could have had two points here today and the fact that we got the game even and got out of here with a point but lose the extra in overtime – we don’t like that but there were a lot of positive
things here today and that’s a good team over. They’re feeling it, that’s eight games in the last 11 for them, they played hard against us, so it wasn’t any easy night for us and I liked a lot of things about how we played.”
On tonight’s game:
“I thought the team played amazing and deserved two points.”
On the goals that got past him tonight:
“They just shot and beat me and it’s not acceptable on my part. We should have won 3-0 so just have to move on.”
On tonight’s effort:
“I think we can be a lot more proud of our effort tonight. We found our way back and got one point but obviously leaving the rink sour but thought we did a lot of good things tonight, better than our last two outings so definitely some positive stuff that we can take and move forward but we can be more proud of
the effort tonight.”
On Kämpf’s playmaking ability:
“Just a really nice play by Bunts, to get the puck in and I was screaming for it and Kämpf made an unbelievable pass. I think his play making abilities are pretty underrated. He makes really good little plays
even for the most part kind of in our d-zone. He makes really nice five-foot plays that go a long way to help us breakout but even in the o-zone he makes sneaky plays and that was really nice pass by him and I just had to bring it over and had an empty net to shoot at.”