TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (38-17-5 – 81 Points) vs.
DALLAS STARS (32-23-3 – 67 Points)
TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
DALLAS 0 0 0 0
TORONTO 2 0 2 4
- Rasmus Sandin scored for Toronto at 7:22 of the first period. Sandin posted his fifth goal of the season.
- John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs at 11:16 of the first period. Tavares recorded his 20th goal of the season. Tavares also posted the secondary assist on Sandin’s goal. Tavares recorded his 37th
assist of the season. Tavares has posted a point in back-to-back games (1G, 2A).
- Ondřej Kaše scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 0:52 of the third period. Kaše recorded his 13th goal of the season and sixth power play goal of his NHL career.
- Ilya Mikheyev scored on Dallas’ empty net at 18:36 of the third period. Mikheyev posted his 11th goal of the season.
- Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Sandin’s goal and the secondary assist on Kaše’s goal. Marner has registered 41 assists this season.
- William Nylander posted the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Nylander recorded his 33rd assist of the season. Nylander is currently on a four-game point streak where he has recorded six points (2G, 4A).
- Timothy Liljegren registered the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal. Liljegren posted his 15th assist of the season.
- Morgan Rielly recorded the primary assist on Kaše’s goal and the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Rielly has posted 42 assists this season.
- Erik Källgren stopped 35 of 35 shots in tonight’s win. Källgren appeared in his first career NHL start
and marked his first career NHL shutout.
- Per NHL Stats, Erik Källgren became the fourth goaltender in franchise history to record a shutout in his first career start. The only netminders to do so are Garret Sparks (Nov. 30, 2015), Al Rollins (March 25, 1950) and Benny Grant (March 9, 1929).
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
- The Maple Leafs recorded their sixth shutout of the season.
- With Toronto’s win tonight, Sheldon Keefe earned his 100th win as head coach (163 games played). Per NHL Stats, only five head coaches in NHL history have reached the milestone in 163 contests or fewer: Tom Johnson (138 GP w/ BOS), Mike Keenan (152 GP w/ PHI), Todd McLellan (158 GP w/
SJS), Terry Crisp (158 GP w/ CGY) and Dan Bylsma (163 GP w/ PIT).
- Per NHL Stats, Mitch Marner (0-1—1) factored on the opening goal and became the first player in
franchise history to begin their career with six consecutive 40-assist seasons. Only two active players
have done so: Artemi Panarin (7; 2015-16 to 2021-22) and Alex Ovechkin (6; 2005-06 to 2010-11).
- Ilya Mikheyev registered a single-game career-high eight shots during tonight’s game.
- John Tavares and Rasmus Sandin were on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at
- John Tavares finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 76.67 percentErik
(23 for, 7 against).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
DALLAS 13 (13) 13 (4) 9 (9) 35 (26)
TORONTO 10 (10) 18 (10) 12 (10) 40 (30)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
DALLAS 23 (23) 19 (10) 19 (18) 61 (51)
TORONTO 21 (21) 29 (20) 20 (17) 70 (58)
ON HOME ICE
- The Maple Leafs are 21-7-2 at home this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 98-92-28-1 in 219 games against the Dallas Stars and 56-39-17-0 in 112
games played in Toronto.
- Toronto is 21-9-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 7-3-3 against the Central Division
- Toronto is 26-5-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
The Maple Leafs are 24-2-2 when leading after one period and 28-1-2 when leading after two periods.
- Toronto is 23-11-4 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 8-0-1 in Tuesday games.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 8 (Mikheyev)
Shot Attempts 9 (Mikheyev)
Faceoff Wins 11 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage 69% (Tavares– 11 won, 5 lost)
Hits 6 (Lyubushkin)
Blocked Shots 2 (Liljegren, Sandin)
Takeaways 4 (Engvall)
TOI 22:47 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 3:37 (Rielly)
Shorthanded TOI 3:02 (Holl)
Shifts 27 (Rielly, Brodie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 76.67% (Tavares – 23 for, 7 against)
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March 26 Leafs at Montreal Bell Centre 7:00 pm ET
March 27 Leafs vs. Florida Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
March 29 Leafs at Boston TD Garden 7:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On tonight’s win and team effort:
“He was great, he just continued where he left off in terms of not trying to do too much in the net. He was solid, pucks came to him and for the most part stuck to him. I thought our team played really well in front of him. Probably the toughest save he had was the first one, right away in the game there was a 2-
on-1 with a clear shooter and he stands his ground and makes that save and I thought from there he was just solid with a lot of the saves were stuff from the perimeter and stuff like that but he made sure to settle our team down so it was impressive.”
On Kallgren’s shutout in his first NHL game:
“I’m really happy for him. I think we played really good and he had good saves there in the first period so I’m very happy for him.”
On what stands out about him:
“He’s only been here for like four days so I don’t really know to be honest but he was very concentrated, maybe a little nervous before the game like everybody is before their first game but a shutout in his first
game, it’s a dream.”
On Kallgren’s play tonight:
“He made some really good saves and he looked really comfortable and confident back there so really happy for him and we were saying we were going to do everything we could to get the shutout after he had two really good periods. He stepped up and made some really good saves for us and it’s nice to grab it for him.”
On his first game, win and shutout in the NHL:
“Feels good, there are a lot of emotions but I’m really happy with the win.”
On if he was nervous before the game and heading into the third period:
“Before the game I was just trying to treat it as a regular game. I have my routines so just tried to do my daily routines and during the game just tried to not think too much. Obviously at the end there I was just
happy to get the shutout.”