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TORONTO MARLIES (31-23-3-1 – 66 Points) vs.
ABBOTSFORD CANUCKS (30-21-4-1 – 65 Points)





Toronto: C. Douglas (9) (Unassisted), N. Robertson (7) PP (J. Ho-Sang, F. Král), N. Robertson (8) (J. Duszak, A. Steeves), A. Steeves (19) PP (B. Seney, J. Duszak), A. Steeves (20) EN (P. Myers, T. Joseph)
Goaltender: T. Joseph (34/37) W               

Abbotsford: J. Stevens (14) (J. Rathbone), S. Dries (33) PP (B. Cutler, Y. Hirano), S. Dries (34) PP (S. Rempal, J. Rathbone)
Goaltender: S. Martin (20/24) L


  • Curtis Douglas opened the scoring unassisted at 7:44 of the first period. He has 28 points (9 goals, 19 assists) in 54 games this season.
  • Nick Robertson scored on the power play at 9:56 and at 12:03, both goals in the first period. He has goals (3) in consecutive games. He has 16 points (8 goals, 8 assists) in 15 games this season.
  • Alex Steeves scored on the power play at 17:45 of the second period and at 18:50 in the third period. He also had the secondary assist on Robertson’s second goal in the first period. This is his second three-point game of the season. He is tied for fourth overall in power play goals (7) amongst rookies. Steeves has 39 points (19 goals, 20 assists) in 44 games this season.
  • Josh Ho-Sang recorded the primary assist on Robertson’s power play goal in the first period. He has 26 points (14 goals, 12 assists) in 36 games this season.
  • Filip Král registered the secondary assist on Robertson’s power play goal in the first period. He has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games this season.
  • Joseph Duszak had the primary assist on Robertson’s second goal in the first period and the secondary assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He has assists (3) in consecutive games. Duszak is second overall in assists (39) amongst defencemen.
  • Brett Seney picked up the primary assist on Steeves’ second period goal. He has 47 points (16 goals, 31 assists) in 49 games to lead all Marlies.
  • Phil Myers recorded the primary assist on Steeves’ third period goal. This was his first point with the Marlies.
  • Talor Joseph stopped 34 of 37 shots he faced. This was his first professional start. He also had the secondary assist on Steeves’ third period goal. He is the first Marlies goaltender to record a point this season.


  • Alex Steeves is the third Marlies rookie to record 20 goals in a season.
  • The Marlies went 2-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-3 on the power play. Toronto is 23-10-1-0 when scoring on the power play and 16-7-2-1 when allowing a goal on the penalty kill. Toronto has recorded two or more power play goals in eight games this season.
  • Abbotsford had a 37-25 edge in shots in all situations. Curtis Douglas and Bobby McMann led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto is 20-17-2-1 when outshot by their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 1-2-0-0 against the Canucks. Toronto has been outscored by Abbotsford 12-9 through three games.

Scoring first                            
Leading after 1                         16-4-2-1
Leading after 2                         23-4-2-1
On the road                             16-10-1-0
Tuesday                                   1-2-0-0
MARLIES LEADERS *Amongst active players

Goals               21 
(J. Anderson)
Assists            39 (J. Duszak)
Points              47 (B. Seney)
PPG                 7 (J. Anderson, A. Steeves)
Shots               139 (A. Steeves)
+/-                    +13 (B. Seney)
PIMS                94 (R. Clune)



On the message to Talor Joseph after the game:
I think it was a message a lot from the players. They were all just really grateful for how hard he competed, how hard he played and he gave us a chance to win the game.

On tonight’s game:

Anytime you’re on the road, teams usually come out pretty hard in their own building. I thought we did a good job of weathering that and managing it. The majority of their chances were on the outside of the perimeter and we protected the middle of the rink well. Then eventually once we started driving the puck down the rink and we get the first one, we started to have more success finding ways to get to their end.


On nerves heading into this first professional start:
There’s always nerves and butterflies, especially in a situation like this but you just really have got to stay in the moment and appreciate the opportunity. This doesn’t come around every day and it’s really a blessing that it happened to me. I’m very fortunate. I’m thankful.

On his performance:

I feel like it’s a little bit easier to make plays because they’re doing such a good job up here. I find it a little easier with the structure of it and being able to read plays but obviously the guys can shoot the puck really well and if they catch it, they’re going to catch it. Those guys made my life easy tonight, so I was very happy.

*All times Eastern Standard Time

March 30 at Abbotsford – 7:00 p.m. (PDT)
April 1 at Manitoba – 7:00 p.m. (MT)
April 3 at Manitoba – 2:00 p.m. (MT)
April 6 vs. Syracuse – 7:00 p.m.
April 9 vs. Grand Rapids – 4:00 p.m.

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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (42-19-5 – 89 Points) at
BOSTON BRUINS (41-20-5 – 87 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 3 3 0 6
BOSTON 1 1 2 4


  • Colin Blackwell scored for Toronto at 5:09 of the first period. Blackwell recorded his ninth goal of the
    season and first as a Maple Leaf.
  • Morgan Rielly scored for the Maple Leafs at 9:43 of the first period. Rielly posted his eighth goal of
    the season. Rielly has scored in back-to-back games. Rielly also posted the primary assist on
    Kämpf’s goal. Rielly recorded his 46th assist of the season. Rielly has posted five points through his
    last two games (2G, 3A).
  • Alexander Kerfoot scored for Toronto at 18:44 of the first period. Kerfoot recorded his 11th goal of
    the season.
  • Mitch Marner scored for the Maple Leafs at 8:28 of the second period. Marner recorded his 28th goal
    of the season. Marner also posted the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Marner recorded his 48th
    assist of the season. Marner is currently on a seven-game point streak where he has posted 14
    points (5G, 9A).
  • Auston Matthews scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 16:00 of the second period.
    Matthews posted his 49th goal of the season. Matthews also recorded the primary assist on Marner’s
    goal. Matthews posted his 36th assist of the season. Matthews has recorded 17 points (12G, 5A)
    through his last 10 games played.
  • David Kämpf scored for Toronto at 16:47 of the second period. Kämpf posted his ninth goal of the
  • Jason Spezza recorded the primary assist on Blackwell’s goal. Spezza posted his 11th assist of the
  • William Nylander posted the primary assist on Rielly’s goal. Nylander registered his 36th assist of
    the season.
  • John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Rielly’s goal and the primary assist on Matthews’
    goal. Tavares has posted 41 assists this season. Tavares is currently on a three-game point streak
    where he has posted five points (2G, 3A).
  • Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Marner’s goal. Bunting recorded his 31st assist
    of the season.
  • Petr Mrázek stopped 3 of 4 shots before he was relieved by Erik Källgren during the first period due
    to a groin injury. Källgren stopped 23 of 26 shots in tonight’s win.
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • With his 36th assist of the season posted tonight, Auston Matthews tied a career-high in assists.
  • With his ninth goal of the season scored tonight, David Kämpf set a new career-high in goals.
  • With a goal scored at 5:09 of the first period, Colin Blackwell recorded his first point as a Maple
  • Timothy Liljegren was on the ice for a team-high 16 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Mark Giordano finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 71.43 percent
    (15 for, 6 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 11 (8) 14 (9) 7 (5) 32 (22)
    BOSTON 10 (8) 9 (7) 11 (7) 30 (22)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 19 (11) 20 (14) 13 (11) 52 (36)
    BOSTON 16 (13) 15 (10) 20 (8) 51 (31)
  • The Maple Leafs are 18-12-3 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 280-291-98-10 in 679 games against the Boston Bruins and 105-180-47-7
    in 339 games played in Boston.
  • Toronto is 24-10-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 11-6-0 against the Atlantic
    Division this season.
  • Toronto is 29-6-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 26-3-2 when leading after one period and 31-1-2 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 25-13-4 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-0-1 in Tuesday games.

    Shots 4 (Marner, Tavares)
    Shot Attempts 7 (Tavares)
    Face-off Wins 12 (Matthews)
    Face-off Win Percentage 60% (Matthews– 12 won, 8 lost)
    Hits 4 (Liljegren)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Holl, Brodie)
    Takeaways 1 (Marner, Spezza, Matthews, Liljegren, Clifford,
    Rielly, Bunting, Kämpf)
    TOI 26:05 (Brodie)
    Power Play TOI 3:00 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:45 (Brodie)
    Shifts 31 (Giordano)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 71.43% (Giordano – 15 for, 6 against)
    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
    April 9 Leafs vs. Montreal Scotiabank 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
    On tonight’s game:

    “I would say complete. We gave a couple late ones up there in third, we don’t want to do that, but I just
    thought we didn’t give them a lot. We managed a couple of their strong pushes that they had but
    otherwise a real patient game and we took advantage of the opportunities that we had.”
    On goaltender Petr Mrázek leaving the game with an injury:

    “He’s obviously has bounced back really well since some tough circumstances for himself personally and
    we know how hard he’s been working to get things going and wanting to contribute like he can with the
    type of goalie he is so you just hope it’s nothing more and something small, hopefully minor. You hate
    seeing it and hopefully he’s back quickly.”
    On Ilya Lyubushkin’s injury:
    “He’s come in and fit in really nice with us and obviously plays a really sound, strong defensive role and fit
    into our group really nicely off the ice as well and you don’t want to see anyone in that position so hate to
    see it and hopefully he’s alright and won’t be anything significant.”
    On playing with only four defenceman after Holl and Lyubushkin left the game due to injury:
    “Considering the circumstances of the game and the lead we’d built, it’s just important that we’re not
    getting caught in our end and getting hemmed in there having to spend a lot of energy because they’ve
    got a whole bunch of time to catch their breath in-between shifts so just making sure pucks are
    consistently moving forward and they have to come through all five of us defensively and we’re just doing
    really good things with the puck through the neutral zone, entering the offensive zone, making sure it’s
    just really good decisions and that we’re aren’t just giving them any easy plays back up our ice. Especially
    since they’re trying to change quick and stay fresh so not getting caught in any changes and just being
    aware of some of those circumstances and what we’re dealing with. Obviously building the lead that we
    did helps with that to.”
    On playing four defencemen in the third period:

    “It’s doable, in terms of the workload and conditioning side of it. You have to take shorter shifts and it’s a
    bit harder with structure because you have to be thinking about it a lot. You’re kind of hyper aware if
    you’re trapped in your own zone. I think we iced the puck more in the third than we would have liked to
    but I thought we did a good job of it tonight. Our forwards did a good job too helping us out, we talked
    about that in-between periods when we knew it was possible we were going to go down to four about not
    turning the puck over in the neutral zone, playing short and smart with it so I thought we did a good job.”
    On tonight’s effort:

    “I think just the full 60 minutes, just stuck with it the whole game. It was a pretty complete game out of us,
    didn’t give them much life there. Towards the end they got a couple but we still felt like we were in control
    of the game and these guys have been playing as good as anyone in the league so that’s a really good
    divisional win for us.”
    On being down two defencemen:
    “I thought we were pretty calm and poised. Obviously it’s a big load for the d-men playing back there,
    playing with only four guys for a full period but they handled it well. All of those guys have played big
    minutes in the past and they did a great job for us. I thought we insolated them pretty well and Källgren
    did a great job in net.”
    On scoring his first as a Leaf:

    “Yeah, I haven’t scored here since 2011 so it’s been a while since back in high school. First couple
    games, just getting comfortable. I thought I kind of had a little bit more to give and to get that goal in front
    of friends and family it definitely means a lot. My birthday was yesterday, parents 35th wedding
    anniversary was yesterday so pretty cool with a little return home.”
    On being able to see his family:
    “It’s awesome. Being in Seattle was pretty far away so didn’t get a chance to see them. I came here
    earlier in the season but just to be able to spend some time with them on a special occasion, you sacrifice
    a little bit during the season being away from your families so getting a chance to see them, I don’t take
    that for granted.”