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HERSHEY BEARS (29-22-4-3 – 65 Points) vs.
TORONTO MARLIES (27-20-3-1 – 58 Points)





Hershey: No goals
Goaltender: Z. Fucale (25/27) L         

Toronto: J. Blandisi (8) (B. Seney), S. Der-Arguchintsev (12) PP (M. Hollowell, M. Abramov), B. Seney (15) EN (J. Blandisi)
Goaltender: J. Woll (21/21) W, M. Hutchinson (20/20)


  • Joseph Blandisi opened the scoring 11 seconds into the second period and later added the lone assist on Seney’s empty-net goal. This was his fourth game-winning goal of the season. He has 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 25 games with the Marlies this season.
  • Semyon Der-Arguchintsev scored on the power play at 18:42 of the second period. This was his fourth power play goal of the season. He has 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 44 games this season.
  • Brett Seney scored on the empty net at 18:28 of the third period and earlierhad the lone assist on Blandisi’s second period goal. He leads all Marlies in points (10-14-24) at home.
  • Mac Hollowell recorded the primary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period power play goal. He has 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) in 33 games this season.
  • Mikhail Abramov registered the secondary assist on Der-Arguchintsev’s second period power play goal. He has 23 points (4 goals, 19 assists) in 50 games this season.
  • Joseph Woll stopped all 21 shots he faced in 30:05 of action before leaving the game due to injury. Michael Hutchinson stopped all 20 shots he faced in relief of Woll.


  • The Marlies are 6-0 on St. Patrick’s Day.
  • This is Toronto’s second shutout of the season.
  • Toronto went 5-for-5 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play. Toronto is 20-9-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 15-10-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
  • Hershey had a 41-28 2edge in shots in all situations. Antti Suomela led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 18-15-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 6-5-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the season 2-0-0-0 against the Bears. Toronto outscored Hershey 7-3 through two games.

Scoring first                            21-5-1-1
Tied after 1                              7-3-0-0
Leading after 2                         20-4-2-1
At home                                   13-10-2-1
Thursday                                 2-0-0-0
*Amongst active players

Goals               20 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            33 (J. Duszak)
Points              42 (B. Seney)
PPG                 6 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               123 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +15 (B. Seney)
PIMS                89 (R. Clune)



On the taking today’s win into the weekend:
Just recognizing the feeling that we had playing as a team and what our process was. They came out really hard to start the game. It took a little bit for us to get our momentum going. We had a few days there without games but our team did a really good job of sticking to the process, finding our way through it. [And in] that second period all the things we’ve talked about building momentum and taking it from there.

On St. Patrick’s Day game:
Great crowd. Our team really were lifted by the noise and the support that our fanbase gave us. On a special day like today with all the uniforms. [Equipment staff] Wil Burns and Steph Klein are unbelievable. They put in the most hours of anybody. They are two of the hardest workers we have in the organization and the amount of detail and effort that they put into making this day special for the players and staff was really, really impressive.

On Joseph Woll leaving the game due to injury:

Shoulder. He’ll get more evaluation done today. Unknown right now on prognosis.

On Michael Hutchinson entering the game:
Always challenging for a goalie to come in unexpectedly like that. Last game, he played great. Today in an even tougher spot, he came in and made some big saves for us and kept things settled, giving us a chance to win this game.


On today’s game:
We had a tough stretch there a little bit so, it really brought the guys together, found ways to win and these last two wins have been character as you see the games start to get closer to playoffs and the hockey is looking like that. These tight games are big ones for us to win and are definitely big down the stretch for point wise.

On Michael Hutchinson:

It’s a veteran goaltender. He’s a rock back there. Even if he’s not playing, he’s good for us in practice, he’s good for us as a leadership role guy and he helps talk to the young goalies too. Part of their success has to do with them and the way he mentors them. You see it with Källy who’s up top now, Joe Woll’s playing amazing and Hutchy’s able to save their bacon whenever they need him. It’s just a great trio that we have of goaltenders and we’re excited to use them all down the stretch.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 19 vs. Chicago – 4:00 p.m.
March 20 vs. Chicago – 4:00 p.m.
March 22 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 7:00 p.m.
March 23 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton – 7:00 p.m.
March 25 at Rochester – 7:05 p.m.


2021-22 Matchups vs. Carolina: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Carolina: 1-1-0
Toronto Season Record: 38-17-5
Toronto Home Record: 21-7-2
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

March 10, 2022
Goaltender Erik Källgren has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies
(AHL) on an emergency basis.
March 8, 2022
Defenceman Mac Hollowell has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
March 4, 2022
Defenceman Mac Hollowell has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies


Score: Toronto 4 vs. Dallas 0
Date: Tuesday, March 15, 2022
TOR Goals: Sandin, Tavares, Kaše, Mikheyev
DAL Goals: –
TOR Goaltender: Källgren, 35/35, 1.000 SV%
DAL Goaltender: Oettinger, 36/39, .923 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
Team Notes:

  • Tuesday’s win marked Sheldon Keefe’s 100th regular season victory
    with the Maple Leafs in his 163rd game behind the bench, making him the
    fastest coach in team history to reach the 100-win mark.
  • Erik Källgren stopped 35 of 35 shots in Tuesday’s win. Källgren
    appeared in his first career NHL start and marked his first career NHL win
    with a shutout.
  • With Mitch Marner’s assist on the opening goal, he became the first
    player in franchise history to begin their career with six consecutive 40-
    assist seasons (per NHL Stats).
    Date: Saturday, March 19, 2022
    Opponent: at Nashville Predators
    Time: 7:00 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
    Jack Campbell Rib Injury
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
    First Matchup between Clubs: October 31, 1979 (Toronto 2 vs. Hartford 4)
    All-Time Record: 48-60-11-7 (126 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 25-32-5-2 (64 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 23-28-6-5 (62 Games)
    Last Home Win vs. Opponent: February 7, 2022 (Toronto 4 vs. Carolina 3 – OTW)
    Record in Last Five Games: 2-3-0
    Record in Last 10 Games: 5-5-0
    Games Played: Jason Spezza (46), John Tavares (41), Wayne Simmonds (35)
    Goals: John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (20), Wayne Simmonds (13)
    Assists: John Tavares (23), Jason Spezza (22), Wayne Simmonds (14)
    Points: John Tavares (50), Jason Spezza (42), Wayne Simmonds (27)
    Penalty Minutes Wayne Simmonds (50), Kyle Clifford (31), John Tavares (26)
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .675 3.68 3.00 29.6% 84.5% 34.7 30.8 55.9%
    Carolina .737 3.34 2.36 24.9% 89.4% 33.7 29.0 53.3%
    Power Play: 47/159 (29.6%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 13 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 23 – Matthews (13G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 142/168 (84.5%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

Thursday games 9th of 13 (9 home, 4 road)
Back-to-Backs played 9 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 5-3-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 4-4-1
March games 8th of 14 (9 home, 5 road)

David Kämpf Five games away from 300 career NHL games played
Ilya Lyubushkin Nine games away from 200 career NHL games played
Mitch Marner Four assists away from 300 career NHL assists
Petr Mrázek Eight games away from 300 career NHL games played
William Nylander Seven assists away from 200 career NHL assists
Jason Spezza 10 points away from 1,000 career NHL points
John Tavares Eight assists away from 500 career NHL assists

TJ Brodie Recorded his 300th career NHL point, March 13, 2022 at BUF
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
Mitch Marner Skated in his 400th career NHL game, March 4, 2022 vs. BUF
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
Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 1,000th career NHL game, March 5, 2022 vs. VAN
Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

— Carolina is facing Toronto in the third and final meeting between the teams during the 2021-22 season.
— The Hurricanes and Maple Leafs are meeting for the 127th time in their histories. Carolina holds a 67-42-11-6 overall record, including a 34-22-5-3
road record.
— The Hurricanes lead the season series 1-0-1 in 2021-22 (Maple Leafs: 1-1-0).
— Carolina posted a 4-1 win over Toronto at PNC Arena on 10/25. Andrei Svechnikov (1g, 1a) and Jaccob Slavin (2a) each recorded two points, while
Frederik Andersen made 24 saves to earn a win against his former team.
— The Hurricanes fell to the Maple Leafs in overtime, 4-3, at Scotiabank Arena on 2/7. Tony DeAngelo tallied two points (1g, 1a), while Frederik
Andersen made 28 saves in net.
— Martin Necas has earned seven points (3g, 4a) in four career games against Toronto.
— Jordan Staal has posted 32 points (15g, 17a) in 42 career games against the Maple Leafs.
— Teuvo Teravainen has tallied 12 points in 14 career games against Toronto.
— Vincent Trocheck has recorded 15 points (4g, 11a) in 20 career games against the Maple Leafs.
— Brendan Smith is a native of Mimico, Ont.
— Hurricanes Assistant Coach Tim Gleason posted five points (1g, 4a) in 39 games with Toronto in 2013-14.
— Petr Mrazek played 92 games with Carolina from 2018-21, registering a 50-32-8 record, 2.48 goals-against average, .911 save percentage and 10
— William Nylander’s father, Michael, was drafted by the Whalers in the third round (59th overall) of the 1991 NHL Draft and tallied 77 points (22g, 55a)
in 117 games with Hartford from 1992-94.
— Maple Leafs President Brendan Shanahan skated in 76 games for the Whalers from 1995-96, recording 79 points (45g, 3, 4a). He was acquired from
STL in exchange for Chris Pronger on 7/27/95, and Hartford traded Shanahan to DET along with Brian Glynn in exchange for Paul Coffey, Keith
Primeau and a first-round pick in the 1997 NHL Draft (Nikos Tselios) on 10/9/96.
— Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Dean Chynoweth served as an assistant coach for the Hurricanes from 2018-21.
— Maple Leafs Assistant Coach Manny Malhotra tallied 13 points (7g, 6a) in 69 games with Carolina in 2013-14.
The Hurricanes are playing on St. Patrick’s Day for the 13th time in franchise history, and Hartford/Carolina has posted a 4-7-0-1 record in the previous
12 games on March 17 (3-3-0-1 since relocation). The Hurricanes most recently played on St. Patrick’s Day in 2018, when they suffered when they
suffered a 4-2 loss vs. PHI. Carolina’s last March 17 win came in 2012, as the team earned a 5-3 win at MIN. Ian Cole and Jordan Staal have skated in
the most St. Patrick’s Day games of any Hurricanes skaters (6), and Staal leads the team in career St. Patrick’s Day points (2-2—4). His two goals on
March 17 also rank tied with Nino Niederreiter for the team lead, while Cole paces the team in St. Patrick’s Day assists (3).
Sebastian Aho scored an extra-attacker goal at PIT (3/13), extending his point streak to five games (3/4-3/13: 3g, 2a). Aho has now also scored a goal
in each of his last three games (3/10-3/13: 3g), tied for the longest goal streak of any Hurricanes player in 2021-22 and for his own season-long goal
streak (10/21-10/25: 4g, 1a; 12/7-12/11: 5g, 2a). He has recorded 16 points in his last 16 games (2/8-3/13: 8g, 8a), with points in 14 of those games.
Half of Aho’s points over that span (4-4—8) have come on the power play, where he ranks tied for fifth in the NHL with a career- and team-high 12 goals
this season. He has now scored 172 goals in his NHL/Hurricanes career and trails Rod Brind’Amour (2000-10: 174) by only two goals for the fourthmost goals in team history (since relocation).
After missing the last 10 games due to an upper-body injury suffered at PIT (2/20), Brendan Smith looks to make his return to the lineup on Thursday.
Signed as a free agent in the offseason, Smith has tallied five points (3g, 2a) in 28 games in 2021-22 and ranks tied for fourth in goals among
Hurricanes defensemen. He also ranks third among Carolina’s blueliners in hits (45), and his 6.80 hits per 60 minutes of ice time trail only Jalen
Chatfield (8.11) for the lead among that group.
The Hurricanes went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill at PIT (3/13), and they are now 64-for-70 on the kill over their last 21 games (1/25-3/13: 91.4%). Carolina
is 31-8-3 (.774) when holding the opposing power play scoreless, and the Hurricanes are one of only two NHL teams to accomplish the feat 42 times in
2021-22 (PIT). Carolina’s 89.4% penalty kill percentage leads the league this season and would mark the highest single-season mark in franchise
history (2000-01: 87.2%). The Hurricanes also boast the NHL’s fourth-best power play (24.9%), but they have been held scoreless on the manadvantage in three straight games (3/10-3/13: 0-for-7) after converting on nine of their previous 25 power plays (2/18-3/6: 36.0%).
Jordan Staal tallied an assist at PIT (3/13), and he has now recorded 11 points in his last 16 games (2/8-3/13: 6g, 5a), matching his total through the
opening 41 games of the season (10/14-2/7: 2g, 9a). He also posted a team-high six hits on Sunday, and he leads the Hurricanes in that category this
season (175). Staal also paces the team in faceoff percentage (56.6%, min. 3 GP), and his faceoff win rate ranks tied for ninth in the NHL (min. 500
draws) as he aims to top 54.0% in the faceoff circle for the ninth consecutive season (2013-22: 56.5%).
Steven Lorentz is set to play his 100th career NHL/Hurricanes game against Toronto on Thursday. He has recorded 11 points (7g, 4a) in 54 games this
season and ended a 21-game goal drought with the opening goal vs. PHI (3/12). Selected by Carolina in the seventh round (186th overall) of the 2015
NHL Draft, Lorentz looks to join Craig Adams (1996, 9-223: 427 GP) and Steve Halko (1992, 10-225: 155 GP) as the third player drafted by
Hartford/Carolina with the 186th overall pick or later to skate in at least 100 games with the franchise. A native of Kitchener, Ont., he has posted two
points (1g, 1a) in two career games against the Maple Leafs.
The Hurricanes are making their final trip north of the border to face Toronto on Thursday. Carolina has posted a 10-3-1 record against Canadian
opponents in 2021-22, including a 5-2-1 record in games played in Canada. Since Rod Brind’Amour took over behind the bench in 2018-19, the
Hurricanes are 20-9-5 against Canadian teams and 10-5-4 north of the border.
Since the start of December, Frederik Andersen has posted a 19-3-2 record, 2.07 goals-against average, .930 save percentage and two shutouts,
while Antti Raanta has earned a 7-4-1 record, 2.27 goals-against average, .921 save percentage and two shutouts. The Hurricanes lead the league in
goals-against average (2.33) and rank second in save percentage (.919) behind only NYR (.920). Andersen, who registered a 149-74-36 record, 2.79
goals-against average, .914 save percentage and 13 shutouts in 268 appearances with Toronto from 2016-21, ranks first in the NHL in goals-against
average (2.06), tied for second in wins (30) and second in save percentage (.929) in 2021-22 (min. 15 GP).
The Hurricanes are opening their 11th of 14 sets of back-to-back games in 2021-22. Carolina is currently 7-2-1 in the first game and 5-4-1 in the second
game of back-to-backs this season, and the team’s .750 points percentage in the first game ranks tied with FLA (6-2-0) for fifth in the NHL.