Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2

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.”

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