MAPLE LEAFS 5, PANTHERS 2

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (41-19-5 – 87 Points) vs.
FLORIDA PANTHERS (44-15-6 – 94 Points)
SUNDAY, MARCH 27, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
FLORIDA 1 1 0 2
TORONTO 1 2 2 5


SCORING NOTES

  • Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto at 0:49 of the first period. Rielly recorded his seventh goal of
    the season. Rielly also registered the secondary assist on both of Tavares’ goals. Rielly has
    recorded 45 assists this season.
  • John Tavares scored on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 5:10 of the second period. He
    scored his second goal of the game on another Toronto power play opportunity at 11:12 of the
    second period. Tavares has posted 22 goals this season and marked his second multi-goal
    outing of the season. Tavares has recorded three points (2G, 1A) through his last two games.
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 9:12 of the third period. Mikheyev recorded his 14th goal of
    the season.
  • Auston Matthews capitalized on Florida’s empty net at 19:59 of the third period. Matthews
    recorded his 48th goal of the season. Matthews also recorded the secondary assist on Rielly’s
    goal. Matthews posted his 35th assist of the season. Matthews has registered 15 points (11G,
    4A) through his last nine games played.
  • TJ Brodie registered the primary assist on Rielly’s goal. Brodie posted his 17th assist of the
    season.
  • Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on both of Tavares’ goals as well as the primary assist
    on Mikheyev’s goal. Marner has posted 47 assists this season. Marner is currently on a six-game
    point streak where he has recorded 12 points (4G, 8A).
  • Justin Holl posted the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Holl recorded his 13th assist of the
    season.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Petr Mrázek stopped 30 of 32 shots in tonight’s win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 2-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE
  • With his 48th goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, Auston Matthews set a new careerhigh in goals.
  • With his assist on John Tavares’ first goal of the game, Mitch Marner recorded his 300th career NHL
    assist. Marner becomes the 15th player in Maple Leafs history to record 300 assists and is the fastest
    to accomplish the feat (411 games), surpassing the previous mark of 469 games set by Borje
    Salming.
  • Mitch Marner tied a single-game career-high three assists during tonight’s game, marking the 18th
    occasion of his NHL career to do so.
  • With a three-point game (1G, 2A) tonight, Morgan Rielly recorded his third game of the season with
    three or more points and his 14th multi-point game of the season.
  • David Kämpf skated in his 300th career NHL game.
  • John Tavares and TJ Brodie were on the ice for a team-high 12 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Alexander Kerfoot finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.11
    percent (11 for, 7 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    FLORIDA 11 (7) 9 (6) 11 (6) 31 (19)
    TORONTO 7 (7) 13 (9) 3 (2) 23 (18)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    FLORIDA 16 (12) 16 (13) 20 (9) 52 (34)
    TORONTO 11 (11) 21 (14) 3 (2) 35 (27)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 24-7-2 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 45-35-7-5 in 92 games against the Florida Panthers and 26-16-2-1 in 45
    games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 23-10-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 10-6-0 against the Atlantic
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 28-6-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 12-7-0 when tied after one period and 13-1-2 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 16-6-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 3-2-0 in Sunday games and 5-4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 4 (Marner, Kerfoot)
    Shot Attempts 5 (Marner, Tavares)
    Face-off Wins 10 (Tavares)
    Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Blackwell, Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 6 (Lyubushkin)
    Blocked Shots 5 (Giordano)
    Takeaways 3 (Matthews, Bunting)
    TOI 24:04 (Brodie)
    Power Play TOI 2:03 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
    Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:06 (Giordano, Kämpf)
    Shifts 26 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 61.11% (Kerfoot – 11 for, 7 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    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
    April 7 Leafs at Dallas American Airlines Center 8:30 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 defensive effort:

    “I think we remained committed to it all the way from the start of the game. We made a mistake on the
    first goal for sure but that’s the most dangerous team in the league, maybe say for Colorado, on the rush
    and I didn’t think we gave up anything on the rush today so it was a huge challenge for our team to do
    that and we stuck with that all the way through. So when you do that and you’re playing against the top
    offensive team in the NHL, you’re taking away a lot of their weapons right there and it gave us a chance.
    Obviously, the start was huge today you know so we’re a leg up in the game all the way throughout, not
    unlike Montreal last night but obviously we finished it all the way through with an outstanding performance
    on special teams, great goaltending, good third period where we didn’t give up a ton and then we scored
    to extend our lead and we did a good job in hanging on there in the six-on-five so great effort, good win
    from our team.”
    JOHN TAVARES
    On tonight’s win:
    “I think it was a really good sixty minutes for us. I think over the last little bit here our game has started to
    round out a little more consistently and into the form we’d like. Obviously we didn’t get the result last night
    but I think overall tons of good things and just the way we stuck with it. We really tried to slow them down
    given how good they’ve been offensively this year and with the type of players they have and how
    dangerous they can be and how quickly the game can change. We tried to make it difficult on them to get
    on the inside and not create in the middle of the ice and especially off the rush. It was good attention to
    detail all around and good job of getting some pucks to the net and sustaining some offence but also
    understanding and being responsible defensively as well. Teams have countered on us at times this year
    and we knew this team was quick on the transition so good job there too.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On tonight’s game:
    “We played the way we wanted to, not giving up a whole lot. Offensively I thought our line did a good job
    and both the penalty kill and power play came through when we needed them to. All aspects, what we
    asked for out of each other, we did it.”
    On tonight’s defensive effort:
    “Just like I said, we didn’t give up too many chances offensively with odd man rushes or anything like that.
    We played well with our gap control, forwards made reads quickly and our defence had great gaps as
    well with being tight up so just overall the five guys on the ice always were just playing in sync there and
    that’s what we talked about and what we needed to do so just a good job executing.”
    MORGAN RIELLY
    On tonight’s win:
    “It felt good, obviously these back-to-back games are not always easy but it’s good to have a strong effort
    and we haven’t played these guys, they’re in our division and having a great year so it was a good reason
    to be ready and we were, so that’s a good sign.”
    On what he noticed in tonight’s defensive effort:
    “I think just the commitment. We’ve talked about it a lot and it’s just the mindset for us I feel like. When we
    commit ourselves and we play with that structure and we buy in and understand the importance we are
    able to do it and execute good offensive plays and good defensive structure so it’s just a matter of being
    consistent for us.”
    PETR MRÁZEK
    On tonight’s win:
    “I felt good. We two points against a really good team, at home, a division opponent so a huge win.”
    On facing such an offensive team:
    “They threw a lot of pucks to the net, looking for first seams and backdoors and you have to be aware and
    be patient in the crease.”

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