RAPTORS-SPURS PREGAME NOTES

GAME #65 – TORONTO RAPTORS (34-30) at SAN ANTONIO SPURS (25-40)
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022 – 8:30 P.M. (ET) – AT&T CENTER
TV: TSN – RADIO: TSN 1050 TORONTO

INJURY REPORT AT 5:30 P.M.

TOR@SAS

San Antonio Spurs

Bates-Diop, Keita Out Injury/Illness – Low Back; Soreness
Cacok, Devontae Out Injury/Illness – Left Heel; Contusion
Langford, Romeo Out Injury/Illness – Right Hamstring; Strain
Stewart, DJ Out G League – Two-Way
Vassell, Devin Available Injury/Illness – ” “; Pharyngitis
Walker IV, Lonnie Available Injury/Illness – Stomach; Illness
Wieskamp, Joe Available G League – On Assignment
Woodard II, Robert Out G League – Two-Way


Toronto Raptors

Anunoby, OG Out Injury/Illness – Right Hand; Ring finger fracture
Champagnie, Justin Out G League – Two-Way
Flynn, Malachi Out Injury/Illness – Left Hamstring; Strain
Johnson, David Out G League – Two-Way
VanVleet, Fred Questionable Injury/Illness – Right Knee; Soreness.

The Toronto Raptors (34-30) continue a six-game road trip (March 6-16) Wednesday night against the San Antonio Spurs (25-40) at AT&T Center. The Raptors are 2-5 since the All-Star break. Rookie Scottie Barnes is averaging 18.6 and a team-high 8.9 rebounds over the last seven games. The Raptors have
won two in a row vs. San Antonio – Toronto has never won three straight against the Spurs. Fred VanVleet scored 33 points in the Raptors’ 129-104 victory over the Spurs in early January.
• All-Star Fred VanVleet has missed five straight games (Feb. 28 – Mar. 6) with right knee soreness. The Raptors are 5-7 without VanVleet in the lineup this season. VanVleet is averaging career highs of 21.4
points, 4.5 rebounds and 6.9 assists, in 52 games this season, and ranks third in the NBA in 3-pointers made (208) – behind only Stephen Curry (270) and Buddy Hield (217) – despite missing 12 games.
Pascal Siakam is averaging 21.5 points, and career bests of 8.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists, in 51 games this season. Siakam is one of just seven players in the NBA averaging 20.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 5.0
assists, along with Giannis Antetokounmpo, Luka Doncic, LeBron James, Nikola Jokic, Dejounte Murray and Julius Randle. No Raptor has averaged 20-8-5 over the course of an entire season.
• The Raptors have lost a season high-tying three straight games (Mar. 3-6). Toronto is averaging 99.7 points and shooting .407 (110-270) from the field, including .287 (25-87) from beyond the arc, over the past three. Opponents are averaging 105.0 points, shooting .428 (113-264) from the floor and 30 percent (33-110) from three-point distance, during this stretch.
• Scottie Barnes posted his fourth double-double in the last five games (Feb. 28 – Mar. 6) with 19 points and 12 rebounds Sunday at Cleveland. Barnes is averaging 19.2 points and 10.6 rebounds during this span. Barnes now has nine double-doubles this season – fifth most by a Raptors rookie behind Damon
Stoudamire (37), Chris Bosh (13), Ed Davis (13) and Charlie Villanueva (12).
• Toronto tied a season-low with just seven turnovers Sunday against the Cavaliers. The Raptors had committed double-digit turnovers in their previous seven games (Feb. 16 – Mar. 4). Toronto (12.7) and San Antonio (12.7) are currently tied for fourth in the NBA in turnovers per game.
Scottie Barnes was named Eastern Conference rookie of the month for February after averaging 15.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 1.4 steals and 31.8 minutes in 12 games last month. Barnes is the 11th player in franchise history to earn the honour.
• The Raptors acquired Thaddeus Young, along with Drew Eubanks and a 2022 second round draft pick, from San Antonio at the NBA trade deadline in exchange for Goran Dragic and a protected 2022 first round draft pick. Young appeared in 26 games with the Spurs this season. Since joining Toronto, he has scored in double figures in four-of-eight games off the bench, averaging 6.6 points and 18.0 minutes.

F – CHRIS BOUCHER #25

MIN: 20.5 REB: 5.9 AST: 0.3 STL: 0.6 TO: 0.6 BLK: 1.0 PTS: 9.0
• Contributed 21 points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes Mar. 6 at Cleveland – first start since Jan. 25 at CHA.
• Averaging 16.0 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 28.8 minutes in nine starts this season.
• Leads the Raptors with 60 blocks and ranks second in offensive rebounds (128) – behind Scottie Barnes (146).
F – PASCAL SIAKAM #43

MIN: 37.6 REB: 8.4 AST: 5.0 STL: 1.3 TO: 2.7 BLK: 0.7 PTS: 21.5
• Scored a game-high 24 points Mar. 6 at Cleveland; added four rebounds and four assists in 41 minutes.
• Leads the Raptors with a single season career-high 20 double-doubles.
• Has scored 24+ points in three straight games (Mar. 3-6), averaging 28.7 points during this stretch.
C – KHEM BIRCH #24

MIN: 18.2 REB: 4.4 AST: 1.1 STL: 0.7 TO: 0.5 BLK: 0.5 PTS: 4.6
• Tallied five points, eight rebounds, three assists and two steals in 26 minutes Mar. 6 at Cleveland.
• Has scored in double figures four times this season (Last: 11 – Mar. 1 vs. Brooklyn).
• Averaging 5.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 18.2 minutes in 15 games as a starter this season.
G – GARY TRENT JR. #33

MIN: 34.7 REB: 2.6 AST: 2.1 STL: 1.9 TO: 1.0 BLK: 0.3 PTS: 17.9
• Finished with 19 points, three rebounds and two steals in 38 minutes of action Mar. 6 at Cleveland.
• Tied for second in the NBA in total deflections (200) and ranks third in steals per game (1.85).
• Has scored 20+ points in 21-of-55 games this season, something he did 15 times in 58 contests last year.
G – SCOTTIE BARNES #4

MIN: 35.4 REB: 7.6 AST: 3.3 STL: 1.1 TO: 1.9 BLK: 0.8 PTS: 14.9
• Recorded his ninth double-double with 19 points, 12 assists and six assists in 42 minutes Mar. 6 at Cleveland.
• Ranks among the top-five rookies in points, rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and minutes.
• Has scored 20+ points 13 times – most by a Raptors rookie since Vince Carter (23) during the 1998-99 season.

2021-22 RECORDS
W-L EAST WEST
OVERALL 34-30 23-19 11-11
HOME 17-15 11-9 6-6
AWAY 17-15 12-10 5-5
OVERTIME 2-1 2-1 0-0



INJURY REPORT
OG Anunoby (Right Hand; Ring Finger – Fracture) – Out
Justin Champagnie (G League – Two-Way) – Out
Malachi Flynn (Left Hamstring; Strain) – Out
David Johnson (G League – Two-Way) – Out
Fred VanVleet (Right Knee; Soreness) – Questionable
UPDATED: Mar. 9, 2022
NEXT GAME DETAILS
Opponent: Phoenix Suns
Date: Friday, March 11
Tip-Off: 9 p.m. (ET)
Venue: Footprint Center
Television: Sportsnet
Radio: Sportsnet 590 The FAN
SERIES RECAP VS. PHOENIX
OVERALL HOME ROAD
2021-22 0-1 0-1 0-0
ALL-TIME 18-32 9-16 9-16
STREAKS Lost 3 Lost 2 Lost 1
LAST WIN: Mar. 3, 2020 (123-114)
LAST ROAD WIN: Mar. 3, 2020 (123-114)
LARGEST MARGIN OF VICTORY: +27 (Mar. 6, 2013)
LARGEST MARGIN OF DEFEAT: -20 (Feb. 27, 2009)
LAST TIME VS. PHOENIX
GAME 38 – JANUARY 11, 2022
PHOENIX 99, TORONTO 95
TORONTO — Devin Booker scored 16 points, including the go-ahead
basket with 1:02 remaining, and Chris Paul had 15 points and 12 assists
as the Phoenix Suns beat Toronto 99-95 to snap the Raptors’ longest
winning streak of the season at six games … Jae Crowder matched his
season high with 19 points, Deandre Ayton had 16 as the Suns improved
to 31-9, matching the franchise’s best record through 40 games … Phoenix won despite allowing Toronto 15 more field goal attempts, and letting
the Raptors grab a season-high 22 offensive rebounds … OG Anunoby
scored 25 points, Pascal Siakam had 22 and Fred VanVleet added 21 for
the Raptors, who lost for the first time since Dec. 28 against Philadelphia … Chris Boucher had 13 points and 16 rebounds for the Raptors, who
played without injured starters Scottie Barnes and Gary Trent Jr … Crowder and Bridges each hit a 3-pointer before Ayton capped an 8-0 spurt as

Phoenix opened an 89-83 lead with 4:13 to go, its biggest of the game …
Siakam stopped the run with a basket and Anunoby added a 3 to make it
89-88 with 2:36 to play … Booker fouled Anunoby as they scrambled after
a loose ball with 1:41 left, and the Toronto forward made both to put the
Raptors up 90-89 … After three missed 3-pointers by the Suns, Booker hit
a go-ahead jumper with 62 seconds left and, after Siakam missed, Paul’s
pull-up jumper made it 93-90 with 32 seconds remaining.
1 2 3 4 TOT
PHOENIX 23 23 23 30 99
TORONTO 31 17 23 24 95
GAME 64 – MARCH 6, 2022
CLEVELAND 104, TORONTO 96
CLEVELAND — Evan Mobley had 20 points and 17 rebounds, Lauri
Markkanen scored 22, and the Cavaliers beat the Raptors 104-96 … AllStar center Jarrett Allen reportedly suffered a fractured finger during the
first quarter … Allen had six points and two rebounds in 10 minutes …
Darius Garland had 17 points and 10 assists, Cedi Osman added 17
points and Kevin Love 15 as Cleveland improved to 3-0 against Toronto
… Pascal Siakam scored 24 points and Chris Boucher 21 for the Raptors,
who opened a six-game road trip without All-Star guard Fred VanVleet
(knee soreness) or forward OG Anunoby (fractured finger) … Down 18 in
the fourth, the Raptors closed within 100-95, but Garland made two free
throws and Osman’s steal with 56 seconds left helped seal it for the Cavs
… Injuries to VanVleet and backup Malachi Flynn led to Toronto coach
Nick Nurse starting rookie Scottie Barnes at point guard … He finished
with 19 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 42 minutes … Cleveland led
by 13 at halftime and then overcame a brutal third quarter — 16 points, 1
of 10 on 3-pointers — by opening an 82-64 lead early in the fourth … Love
then hit a 3-pointer and reserve Dean Wade delivered a thunderous dunk
over Toronto’s Khem Birch … The Raptors finished 6 of 24 on 3-pointers.
… VanVleet has missed the past five games.
1 2 3 4 TOT
TORONTO 29 17 16 34 96
CLEVELAND 30 29 14 31 104


Winderman’s view: The case for a rested Butler, plus other Heat-76ers thoughts — The Mercury News

Observations and other notes of interest from Saturday night’s 99-82 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers: — The approach might not be the people’s choice, but there is something to be said about be renewed and refreshed. — Jimmy Butler certainly looked that way after being given Thursday night off in Brooklyn. — It is an approach worth revisiting, even if it has to come amid this run of home …

Winderman’s view: The case for a rested Butler, plus other Heat-76ers thoughts — The Mercury News

Robert Williams, Marcus Smart Deserve Some Love In Defensive Player Of The Year Race — CBS Boston

Considering the Celtics own the NBA’s best defense, one would assume that the anchors of that defense would be getting some love when it comes to the Defensive Player of the Year award.

Robert Williams, Marcus Smart Deserve Some Love In Defensive Player Of The Year Race — CBS Boston

ABBOTSFORD 3, MARLIES 0

ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS (25-18-3-1 – 54 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (25-19-3-1 – 54 Points)

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2022

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Abbotsford: N. Juulsen (3) PP (S. Dries, N. Petan), J. Lukosevicius (7) PP (P. DiGiuseppe, D. Stephens), V. Arseneau (6) PP (N. Petan, W. Lockwood)
Goaltender: S. Martin (21/21) W      

Toronto: No goals
Goaltender: E. Källgren (27/30) L    

ON THE SCORESHEET

OF NOTE

  • The Marlies are 23-14-3-1 in games with a start-time before noon.
  • Toronto went 3-for-6 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 6-10-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 12-10-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Abbotsford had a 30-21 edge in shots in all situations. Joseph Blandisi and Curtis Douglas led the Marlies with three shots on goal. Toronto is 16-14-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 0-2-0-0 against Pacific Division opponents and are 0-2-0-0 against the Canucks.
RECORD WHEN

Not scoring first                      6-15-2-0
Trailing after 1                         6-14-1-0
Trailing after 2                         2-14-1-0
At home                                   12-10-2-1
March                                      
1-4-0-0
Wednesday                              4-6-0-1
MARLIES LEADERS
*Amongst active players

Goals               19 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            32 (J. Duszak)
Points              40 (B. Seney)
PPG                 6 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               120 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +13 (B. Seney)
PIMS                84 (R. Clune)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:

When we’re playing on our toes and we’re playing with pace and all five guys on the ice are playing with a purpose and a plan, we’re typically not taking penalties. When we’re reaching, when we’re falling behind, our structure is not in place, it puts us in tough spots. I mean you can always argue the bounces, when refs may be calling things that you don’t think are penalties and it goes back and forth for all teams throughout the whole season. We’re hitting a rough patch here, but we just got to stay off the refs, we’ve got to take care of ourselves, take ownership of our play and make sure we stay out of the box.

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 11 at Utica – 7:00 p.m.
March 12 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
March 17 vs. Hershey – 1:30 p.m.
March 19 vs. Chicago – 4:00 p.m.
March 20 vs. Chicago – 4:00 p.m.

Clippers’ shooting remains icy in loss to Warriors — Daily Breeze

It was another chill effort from the Clippers on Tuesday night, and not in the good way. They shot a season-worst 35.5% from the field en route to a 112-97 loss to the Golden State Warriors before 18,064 fans at Chase Center. Still shorthanded with injured All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George watching in street…

Clippers’ shooting remains icy in loss to Warriors — Daily Breeze

MAPLE LEAFS 6, KRAKEN 4

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (37-16-4 – 78 Points) vs.
SEATTLE KRAKEN (17-37-5 – 39 Points)
TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
SEATTLE 1 2 1 4
TORONTO 2 1 3 6

SCORING NOTES

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  • Auston Matthews scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 3:18 of the first period. Matthews recorded his second goal of the game at 9:03 of the third period and his third at 19:18 of the third period. Matthews has posted 43 goals this season. Matthews has registered seven points through his last three games (6G, 1A).
  • John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs at 9:55 of the first period. Tavares recorded his 19th goal of the season. Tavares also recorded the primary assist on Marner’s power play goal. Tavares registered his 35th assist of the season.
  • William Nylander scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 5:14 of the second period. Nylander recorded his 22nd goal of the season. Nylander also posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Nylander registered his 30th assist of the season.
  • Mitch Marner scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 9:43 of the third period. Marner recorded his 23rd goal of the season. Marner also posted the secondary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game. Marner notched his 39th assist of the season. Marner is currently on an
    eight-game point streak where he has recorded 17 points (6G, 11A).
  • Morgan Rielly recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Rielly posted his 40th assist of the season.
  • Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Engvall posted his 12th assist of the season. Engvall has registered an assist in consecutive games.
  • TJ Brodie recorded the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal and the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Brodie has recorded 14 assists this season. Brodie has posted a multi-assist outing in backto-back games.
  • Ondřej Kaše recorded the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Kaše posted his 13th assist of the season.
  • Michael Bunting posted the primary assist on Matthews’ second goal of the game and the secondary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Bunting has recorded 27 assists this season. Bunting is currently on a six-game point where he has posted 12 points (3G, 9A).
  • Timothy Liljegren registered the primary assist on Matthews’ third goal of the game. Liljegren recorded his 13th assist of the season. Liljegren has recorded an assist in three-consecutive games, the first time in his NHL career to do so.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Jack Campbell stopped 26 of 30 shots in tonight’s win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 3-for-6 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • This is the second time this season that the Maple Leafs have recorded three power play goals during a game (the first occasion dating back to January 26, 2022 vs. ANA). Toronto currently leads the league with a power play percentage of 29.9%.
  • Toronto allowed just their second shorthanded goal of the season. The Maple Leafs are tied for first in the league with the fewest shorthanded goals against.
    OF NOTE…
  • Auston Matthews scored three goals during tonight’s game marking his third hat trick of the season and sixth of his NHL career. With his three-goal performance, Matthews continues to lead the league in goals with 43.
  • Ilya Lyubushkin recorded a season-high seven hits during tonight’s game (his single-game careerhigh is eight).
  • Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Mitch Marner finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 75.00 percent
    (18 for, 6 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    SEATTLE 11 (11) 10 (6) 9 (7) 30 (24)
    TORONTO 11 (10) 11 (4) 10 (6) 32 (20)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    SEATTLE 14 (14) 20 (13) 13 (10) 47 (37)
    TORONTO 23 (22) 20 (9) 18 (13) 61 (44)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 19-7-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 2-0-0-0 in two games against the Seattle Kraken and 1-0-0-0 in one game
    played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 17-8-2 against the Western Conference this season and 11-5-0 against the Pacific Division
    this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 25-4-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 23-2-2 when leading after one period and 6-2-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 22-11-3 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-0-1 in Tuesday games and 4-4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 4 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 12 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 67% (Matthews – 12 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 7 (Lyubushkin)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Brodie)
    Takeaways 2 (Rielly)
    TOI 24:24 (Brodie)
    Power Play TOI 4:14 (Nylander)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:42 (Holl)
    Shifts 28 (Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 75.00% (Marner – 18 for, 6 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    March 10 Leafs vs. Arizona Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 13 Leafs at Buffalo Tim Hortons Field 4:00 pm ET
    March 15 Leafs vs. Dallas Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 17 Leafs vs. Carolina Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 19 Leafs at Nashville Bridgestone Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 23 Leafs vs. New Jersey Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET

    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On the team’s resiliency after giving up the lead:
    “Obviously it’s not a position that we like to be in. Especially over the course of the last couple weeks but
    we pulled out the two points and just the resiliency and poise of the group to just keep playing even when
    the momentum switches and I think we’d really just like to be more consistent throughout the 60 minutes,
    especially in that second period. Obviously some things for us to clean up but I just think the resiliency of
    the team is to stick with it and continue to play and some good goals.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On tonight’s game:
    “Obviously we don’t want to give up that lead, we’ve been doing it too much lately but kind of from that
    10-minute point on in the third to the end I thought we did a great job of maintaining that neutral zone and
    making it hard to get through us. I thought we were breaking out cleanly and breaking the puck up the ice
    and making it kind of ugly for them to try and create anything there in that last 10.”
    On tonight’s powerplay:
    “A lot of puck movement, guys moving to the net and getting shots through and we were getting results
    off of it.”
    MICHAEL BUNTING
    On the team’s response after losing the lead:
    “I thought our team played great, obviously we can’t be giving up leads like that again and they took the
    lead but I thought we responded pretty well and our line had a good tying goal and then Mitch right away
    on the powerplay scored a really nice one. I thought we responded pretty well tonight.”
    On the team’s ability to come back in games:
    “As a team we don’t want to be giving up leads like that but we have faith in one another and we have the
    offensive power through all four lines to come back. We always believe in ourselves no matter what the
    score is we believe that we can come back and that’s huge for us.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s win:
    “It was great, we got two points and the team played well. Happy for Simmer, we got the win for him.”
    On how he felt in net tonight:
    “Stevie [Briere] came up with a good game plan, it doesn’t change much from the rest of the year but I
    just executed it better tonight. I gave up four but I’m not going to beat myself up too hard tonight. I’m
    going to look at it and keep working on some details, but I felt much better, and the team played great in
    front of me.”

PROVIDENCE 3, MARLIES 1

PROVIDENCE BRUINS (28-14-3-3 – 62 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (25-18-3-1 – 54 Points)

TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Providence: Z. Senyshyn (17) (J. Studnicka), J. Studnicka (10) (Unassisted), O. Steen (14) EN (J. Koppanen, C. Hughes)
Goaltender: K. Keyser (14/15) W     

Toronto: C. Douglas (7) (C. Dahlström, R. Clune)
Goaltender: J. Woll (27/29) L   

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Curtis Douglas scored at 4:31 of the second period. He has points (2-3-5) in consecutive games.
  • Carl Dahlström recorded the primary assist on Douglas’ second period goal. He has 13 assists in 36 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Rich Clune picked up the secondary assist on Douglas’ second period goal. He has points (1-2-3) in consecutive games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 27 of 29 shots he faced

OF NOTE

  • Toronto went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play. Toronto is 6-9-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 13-9-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Providence had a 30-15 edge in shots in all situations. Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann led the Marlies with three shots on goal. Toronto is 16-13-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 5-5-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the regular season 0-2-0 against the Bruins. Toronto was outscored 8-2 through two games.
RECORD WHEN

Scoring first                            19-4-1-1
Tied after 1                              5-3-0-0
Leading after 2                         19-3-2-1
At home                                   12-9-2-1
March                                      
1-3-0-0
Tuesday                                   0-1-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS
*Amongst active players

Goals               19 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            32 (J. Duszak)
Points              40 (B. Seney)
PPG                 6 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               120 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +13 (B. Seney)
PIMS                84 (R. Clune)

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:

We expect more from ourselves, that we can beat any team on any given night. The result is frustrating. It was a back-and-forth game. It’s starting to feel like the end of the season where points are on the line, playoff positions are on the line. Playoff hockey is starting to come and you could tell this was one of those games where every play was a big play.

On Alex Steeves not returning to the game:
We kept him off for precautionary reasons. No real diagnosis right now.

On Joseph Woll:

He looked really solid. He stabilized things back there for us at times. Really good game for him.

ALEX BIEGA

On today’s game:

It was a tight game. It’s just how the Bruins play and they play. They play a north-south game for the most part. They played a steady game where they didn’t give too much up. I thought it was a close game. There were a couple of errors we made at the end. You can call it fatigue, you can call it just mental errors but at the same time in tight checking games like that, we just have to understand as we continue to creep down into the playoffs that we have tighten things up defensively and I think that was relevant obviously in the third period.

UPCOMING GAMES:
*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 9 vs. Abbotsford – 11:00 a.m.
March 11 at Utica – 7:00 p.m.
March 12 at Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
March 17 vs. Hershey – 1:30 p.m.
March 19 vs. Chicago – 4:00 p.m.