TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (39-18-5 – 83 Points) at
NASHVILLE PREDATORS (36-22-4 – 75 Points)
SATURDAY, MARCH 19, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 0 1 2 3
NASHVILLE 1 2 3 6
- Mitch Marner scored for Toronto at 8:04 of the second period and at 15:19 of the third period. Marner
has posted 26 goals this season. Marner also recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Marner
recorded his 42nd assist of the season. Marner has posted six points (3G, 3A) through his last three
- Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 3:41 of the third period. Matthews recorded his 46th
goal of the season. Matthews also posted the secondary assist on Marner’s first goal of the game.
Matthews recorded his 33rd assist of the season. Matthews has posted 11 points (9G, 2A) through
his last six games.
- Michael Bunting recorded the primary assist on Marner’s first goal of the game. Bunting registered
his 28th assist of the season.
- William Nylander posted the primary assist on Marner’s second goal of the game. Nylander
registered his 35th assist of the season. Nylander is currently on a six-game assist and point streak
where he has recorded eight points (2G, 6A).
- Morgan Rielly recorded the secondary assist on Marner’s second goal of the game. Rielly posted his
43rd assist of the season.
- Erik Källgren stopped 28 of 33 shots in tonight’s loss.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
- With his 26th goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, Mitch Marner tied an NHL careerhigh in goals.
- With his 46th goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, Auston Matthews is one goal away
from tying an NHL career-high in goals. Matthews continues to lead the league in goals and is tied for
fourth in points with 79 (46G, 33A).
- Auston Matthews recorded 10 shots during tonight’s game, posting an NHL career second-best.
- Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Auston Matthews finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 76.67
percent (23 for, 7 against).
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 9 (9) 13 (8) 19 (11) 41 (28)
NASHVILLE 16 (10) 8 (8) 10 (5) 34 (23)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 19 (18) 23 (15) 28 (13) 70 (46)
NASHVILLE 24 (16) 14 (13) 15 (7) 53 (36)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 17-11-3 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 13-13-1-1 in 28 games against the Nashville Predators and 6-5-0-1 in 12
games played in Nashville.
- Toronto is 18-9-3 against the Western Conference this season and 7-4-3 against the Central Division
- Toronto is 12-13-3 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 4-9-3 when trailing after one period and 4-14-1 when trailing after two periods.
- Toronto is 23-12-4 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 10-6-2 in Saturday games.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 10 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts 13 (Matthews)
Face-off Wins 10 (Matthews)
Face-off Win Percentage 60% (Kerfoot – 3 won, 2 lost)
Hits 5 (Sandin)
Blocked Shots 3 (Holl)
Takeaways 5 (Matthews)
TOI 26:17 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI 5:01 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI 4:23 (Brodie)
Shifts 26 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 76.67% (Matthews – 23 for, 7 against)
March 23 Leafs vs. New Jersey Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
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
March 31 Leafs vs. Winnipeg Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
April 2 Leafs at Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center 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.
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HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On what Nashville did right to claim the win:
“They played hard, they played structured, they didn’t give us anything off the rush. They gave us a
forechecking game today on both sides. They forechecked better than us early in the game for sure. I
thought we got better at that once we realized that’s what the game is really going to require. They made
it hard that way, hard to get much happening at the net but I thought defensively we did a good job and
we didn’t give up a great deal, so that allowed us to hang around in the game but you’ve got one of the
league’s best goalies at the other end and he’s playing with the lead and trying to find a way out of a hole
isn’t a good way to win.”
On tonight’s game:
“Yeah maybe a little bit flat to start. I thought in the second period we kind of got going a little bit.
Obviously they win the special teams battle there, they get one. We still fall behind and kind of have to dig
ourselves out of a hole so I thought we did some good things but I think on the forecheck side of it we
probably didn’t forecheck good enough tonight and they’re a team that plays really well with the neutral
zone and their structure and stuff they don’t give you much off the rush. I think we can maybe clean up a
little bit of the forecheck side of things but I think we did some good things and then obviously some stuff
we’d like to clean up.”
On Toronto’s slow start:
“Yeah, I think that’s kind of the style they play. They want to bore you down. I know they’ve got a lot of fire
power up front especially high up in the lineup but I feel like they really wait for us to make mistakes and
that’s when they capitalize so I feel like that’s why the first little bit felt a bit boring but that’s when you kind
of set the standard for the game and you tell them that we’re not going to make those little mistakes for
you guys to get your chances and we’re going to push. Even if we don’t have many openings that’s the
time that we really have to stay strict within ourselves and just stick to plan and not open up because
that’s obviously when they get their chances so I thought we started okay with that where we might not
have had all the energy and buzz that we would have liked but, understanding their style of play, it was
almost kind of what we expected so I think it’s just sticking with that and learning from this game.
Learning that we can’t always come out and be fast paced and taking it always to them, sometimes we’ve
got to switch up our game plan a little bit and just focus on not making mistakes and wait for them to
crack instead of the other way around.”
On tonight’s game:
“Tough game. I think they played well. So did we, but they scored on their chances so tough loss.”