TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (40-19-5 – 85 Points) at MONTRÉAL CANADIENS (18-37-10 – 46 Points) SATURDAY, MARCH 26, 2022 1 2 3 FINAL TORONTO 1 0 1 2 MONTRÉAL 0 2 2 4
Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 0:36 of the first period. Matthews recorded his 47th goal of the season. Matthews has registered 13 points (10G, 3A) through his last eight games.
William Nylander scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 7:33 of the third period. Nylander posted his 24th goal of the season.
Michael Bunting posted the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting registered his 30th assist of the season. Bunting has recorded an assist in three-consecutive games.
Mitch Marner recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal and the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Marner has posted 44 assists this season. Marner is currently on a five-game point streak where he has registered nine points (4G, 5A).
John Tavares recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Tavares registered his 39th assist of the season. GOALTENDER NOTES
Erik Källgren stopped 14 of 17 shots in tonight’s loss. SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
The Maple Leafs were 1-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight. OF NOTE…
With his 47th goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, Auston Matthews tied an NHL career-high in goals (a record he previously set during the 2019-20 campaign).
Matthews also set a new career-high in points with his 81st of the season (47G, 34A).
At 4:18 of the second period, a video review was initiated by Toronto to determine whether Montreal’s Nick Suzuki preceded the puck into the offensive zone and was in an off-side position prior to Christian Dvorak’s goal. Video review determined the played was off-side and the call on the ice was overturned. Result: no goal Montréal.
Mark Giordano recorded a season-high five blocks during tonight’s game.
Toronto recorded 51 shots during tonight’s game, the club’s second-highest total of the season (the highest dating back to Feb. 12/22 at VAN when Toronto recorded 53 shots).
Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting were on the ice for a team-high 27 Toronto shot attemptsfor at 5-on-5.
Auston Matthews and Michael Bunting finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 84.38 percent (27 for, 5 against). SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets) 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL TORONTO 12 (12) 15 (14) 24 (15) 51 (41) MONTRÉAL 3 (3) 12 (10) 3 (1) 18 (14) SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets) 1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL TORONTO 18 (18) 26 (25) 33 (19) 77 (62) MONTRÉAL 9 (9) 18 (13) 9 (5) 36 (27) ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Maple Leafs are 17-12-3 on the road this season.
Toronto’s all-time record is 308-346-88-18 in 760 games against the Montréal Canadiens and 113- 216-43-8 in 380 games played in Montréal.
Toronto is 22-10-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 9-6-0 against the Atlantic Division this season. RECORD WHEN…
Toronto is 27-6-2 when the scoring the first goal of the game.
The Maple Leafs are 25-3-2 when leading after one period and 4-15-1 when trailing after two periods.
Toronto is 24-13-4 when outshooting their opponent.
The Maple Leafs are 10-7-2 in Saturday games and 5-4-1 in the first game of a back-to-back. MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS Shots 6 (Matthews) Shot Attempts 9 (Matthews) Face-off Wins 9 (Matthews) Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Bunting – 1 won, 0 lost) Hits 4 (Simmonds) Blocked Shots 5 (Giordano) Takeaways 2 (Nylander) TOI 21:39 (Marner) Power Play TOI 3:43 (Nylander, Tavares) Shorthanded TOI 1:52 (Kämpf) Shifts 27 (Giordano) 5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 84.38% (Matthews and Bunting – 27 for, 5 against) UPCOMING GAMES: 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 April 4 Leafs at Tampa Bay Amalie Arena 7:30 pm ET April 5 Leafs at Florida FLA Live Arena 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. For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit MapleLeafs.com/pressbox. POSTGAME QUOTES: HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE On tonight’s game: “We played really well. I’d take that game 82 times.” On whether the difference tonight was facing a strong goaltender with the team posting 51 shots: “Not all the shots we got are of high quality. There is a lot of perimeter stuff there. We had more than enough chances to score more than we did. Didn’t make good on some of our stuff around the net and we didn’t get much luck. We had some pucks that the goalie found through traffic really well and some tips and things like that, that normally when you get that many at him, one of those find a way in for you. That didn’t happen for us tonight and we didn’t score enough to pull in the game so you let them run around and we make a couple mistakes and they made good on it but as I said I’d take that game 82 times from our team.” AUSTON MATTHEWS On Toronto taking control during the first period and whether the game got away from the team as it went on: “I don’t think it really necessarily got away, I thought we played a really good game for the most part. I thought our start was really good, I thought our process was really good and I mean I just think our time and possession and scoring chances and opportunities like we had plenty of them so they hung around, their goalie made some big saves and they hung around. They are a good team, they have good players, skilled players that can obviously put the puck in the net and make plays and they hung around and like I said I thought we did a lot of really good things tonight, especially our start but we couldn’t capitalize on some chances and we couldn’t extend our lead and like I said they hung around.” WILLIAM NYLANDER On his game-tying goal: “It was a great play by Mitch and John and I was just able to tap it in so it was nice to get the 2-2 goal. We are going to end up in situations like this coming down the line so we have to be confident when were are down.” ERIK KÄLLGREN On tonight’s game at Bell Centre: “It was loud. Good crowd. It was exciting but not happy with the game.”
Bridgeport: G. Hutton (9) (K. MacLean, E. Brown), A. Durandeau (14) (C. Bardreau, G. Hutton), S. Holmstrom (9) (Unassisted), J. Kubiak (7) (C. Bardreau, A. Durandeau), A. Andreoff (16) (Unassisted). Goaltender: C. Schneider (39/40) W
Toronto:N. Robertson (6) (J. Duszak, B. McMann) Goaltender:K. Petruzzelli (4/8) L, M. Hutchinson (21/22)
ON THE SCORESHEET
Nick Robertson scored at 4:09 of the third period. He has 14 points (6 goals, 8 assists) in 14 games this season.
Joseph Duszak recorded the primary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He is tied for seventh overall in assists (37) and third amongst defencemen.
Bobby McMann had the secondary assist on Robertson’s third period goal. He has points (5-1-6) in three of his last five games. McMann has 27 points (18 goals, 9 assists) in 48 games.
Keith Petruzzelli stopped 4 of 8 shots he faced through 20 minutes of action. Michael Hutchinson stopped 21 of 22 shots he faced in relief of Petruzzelli.
Toronto faced their first penalty shot of the season at 2:24 of the second period. Hutchinson stopped Bridgeport’s attempt.
The Marlies went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play. Toronto is 8-13-2-1 when not scoring on the power play and 15-16-1-0 when not allowing a goal on the penalty kill.
Toronto had a 40-30 edge in shots in all situations. Curtis Douglas, Josh Ho-Sang and Brett Seney led the Marlies with four shots on goal. Toronto is 11-5-1-0 when outshooting their opponents.
The Marlies are 7-7-1-0 against Atlantic Division opponents and finish the regular season 0-2-0-0 against the Islanders. Toronto was outscored by Bridgeport 10-5 through two games.
RECORD WHEN Not scoring first 8-16-2-0 Trailing after 1 7-15-1-0 Trailing after 2 3-16-1-0 At home 15-13-2-1 March 6-8-0-0 Saturday 9-7-2-0
On the team’s play in the second and third periods: You want to see your team keep fighting back and pushing regardless of what the score is. The guys went out there and played like it was 0-0 and kept fighting for it.
On four goals against in the first period: We take a lot of pride in getting off to a good start and obviously today, you can see the score, we didn’t do that. I think it’s just mental mistakes more than anything. You know coming off a tough schedule, late travel, you can’t really make excuses, just got to be ready to go.
FINAL SCORE: TORONTO RAPTORS 131, INDIANA PACERS 91
DATE: SATURDAY MARCH 26, 2022
Brissett – 21
Brissett – 8
Haliburton – 12
Siakam – 23
Boucher – 10
Siakam/Barnes – 7
Tonight’s game between the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers was suspended at the 4:05 mark in the second quarter. A small electrical fire was detected in an overhead speaker in section 103 at Scotiabank Arena. Fans evacuated the building under instruction from the Toronto Fire Department. After a 56 minute delay, the Toronto Fire Department deemed it was safe to resume play. Players returned to the court and the game continued without fans.
Toronto shot a season-best .607 (51-84) from the field in tonight’s win … The Raptors had six players score in double-digits and their bench outscored Indiana’s 62-16 … Toronto improves to 15-4 when six-or-more players score 10+ points.
With the win, Toronto is now 42-32 this season, including 19-16 at home … The Raptors will continue a four-game homestand (Mar. 24-30) Monday vs. Boston.
Pascal Siakam scored a team-high 23 points, and added seven assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes … Siakam has now scored 20+ points in four consecutive games (Mar. 20-26) and 12 of the last 13 contests overall … During this stretch (Mar. 3-26) he is averaging 26.5 points and shooting .538 (128-238) from the field.
OG Anunoby finished with 16 points (6-9 FG, 3-5 3PT, 1-2 FT) and three rebounds in 28 minutes … Anunoby made three three-pointers tonight, and has now tied Norman Powell (440) for 8th on the Raptors All-Time three pointers list.
Precious Achiuwa tallied 18 points, six rebounds and four assists in 24 minutes off the bench … Achiuwa made a career high-tying four three-point field goals tonight … Achiuwa is shooting .361 (44-122) from beyond the arc this season after attempting just one three-pointer in 61 games last season.
Scottie Barnes recorded 19 points, seven assists and six rebounds in 31 minutes … Tonight Barnes reached 1,000 career points and 500 career rebounds, joining Charlie Villanueva (2005-06 season) as the just the second rookie in franchise history to reach both these milestones.
With the loss, Indiana falls to 25-50 and 9-29 on the road … The Pacers will begin a two-game homestand (Mar. 28-30) Monday against Atlanta.
Oshae Brissett recorded team highs of 21 points and eight rebounds in 38 minutes … Brissett has now scored 20+ points six times in his career, including in four games this season.
Jalen Smith finished with 15 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action … Smith has now scored 15+ points in four straight games played (Mar. 15-26), averaging 16.0 points and shooting .595 (25-42) during this stretch.
Tyrese Haliburton dished out a game-high 12 assists tonight and added seven points and five rebounds in 33 minutes … Haliburton has recorded 10+ assists 24 times in 70 games this season, something he did in five-of-58 contests last year.