Heat’s Erik Spoelstra sidelined in Toronto by COVID protocols; Chris Quinn again coaches — The Denver Post

Last week, when asked whether he would bypass taking some of his players to Toronto for Sunday night’ s game against the Raptors due to the requirement to test for COVID when crossing the border, Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra summarily dismissed the notion. As a requirement for re-entry into the United States, the Heat were subjected Sunday to a round of testing.

Heat’s Erik Spoelstra sidelined in Toronto by COVID protocols; Chris Quinn again coaches — The Denver Post


TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (44-19-5 – 93 Points) at
PHILADELPHIA FLYERS (21-36-11 – 53 Points)
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 0 2 4 6


  • Wayne Simmonds scored for Toronto at 10:23 of the second period. Simmonds posted his fifth goal
    of the season.
  • Timothy Liljegren scored for the Maple Leafs at 11:32 of the second period. Liljegren posted his
    third goal of the season. Liljegren has scored in back-to-back games.
  • Auston Matthews scored for Toronto at 7:41 of the third period. Matthews posted his 51st goal of the
    season. Matthews is currently on a seven-game point streak where he has recorded 11 points (6G,
    5A) and has posted 20 points (14G, 6A) through his last 12 games played.
  • Pierre Engvall scored shorthanded for the Maple Leafs at 11:43 of the third period. Engvall recorded
    his 12th goal of the season. Engvall has recorded a point in consecutive games (1G, 1A).
  • Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto at 13:47 of the third period. Rielly posted his ninth goal of the
    season. Rielly also recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal and the primary assist on
    Engvall’s goal. Rielly has posted 49 assists this season. Rielly is currently on a four-game point
    streak where he has recorded nine points (3G, 6A).
  • John Tavares scored at 15:49 of the third period. Tavares recorded his 24th goal of the season.
    Tavares is currently on a five-game point streak where he has posted seven points (4G, 3A).
  • TJ Brodie recorded the primary assist on Simmonds’ goal. Brodie posted his 18th assist of the
  • Mark Giordano registered the primary assist on Liljegren’s goal. Giordano recorded his 19th assist of
    the season. Giordano has posted three points through his last two games (1G, 2A).
  • Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Liljegren’s goal and the primary assist Rielly’s
    goal. Bunting has recorded 33 assists this season.
  • Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Matthews’ goal and the secondary assist on Rielly’s goal.
    Marner has registered 53 assists this season. Marner is currently on a nine-game point streak where
    he posted 19 points (5G, 14A).
  • William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Nylander posted his 38th assist of
    the season. Nylander has registered five points (2G, 3A) through his last three games.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 29 of 32 shots in tonight’s win.
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Pierre Engvall recorded his second shorthanded goal of the season and the third of his NHL career.
    With his goal, Toronto improved to a league-leading 12 shorthanded goals this season.
    OF NOTE…
  • Auston Matthews recorded the 250th goal of his NHL career during tonight’s game. Matthews
    reached this feat in 397 games played. Per NHL Stats, only seven players in NHL history have
    reached the milestone in fewer contests: Wayne Gretzky (302 GP), Mike Bossy (315 GP), Mario
    Lemieux (324 GP), Brett Hull (328 GP), Alex Ovechkin (366 GP), Teemu Selanne (388 GP) and Jari
    Kurri (389 GP).
  • Mitch Marner recorded his fifth straight multi-point game and has posted 11 points (1G, 10A) during
    the streak. This marks Marner’s second time this season where he has recorded a five-game multipoint streak. Per NHL Stats, only three Maple Leafs skaters have posted two multi-point streaks of
    five-plus games in one campaign: Doug Gilmour (7 GP & 6 GP in 1992-93), Rick Vaive (7 GP & 5 GP
    in 1983-84) and Bill Derlago (6 GP & 5 GP in 1981-82).
  • Nick Abruzzese made his NHL debut during tonight’s game.
  • Morgan Rielly, Michael Bunting and Auston Matthews were on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto
    shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • William Nylander finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.14
    percent (16 for, 12 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 6 (5) 12 (10) 10 (9) 28 (24)
    PHILADELPHIA 11 (10) 13 (13) 8 (8) 32 (31)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 15 (14) 21 (16) 15 (14) 51 (44)
    PHILADELPHIA 20 (18) 17 (17) 18 (18) 55 (53)
  • The Maple Leafs are 19-12-3 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 66-93-22-7 in 188 games against the Philadelphia Flyers and 29-55-8-3 in
    95 games played in Philadelphia.
  • Toronto is 25-10-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 14-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Conference this season.
  • Toronto is 15-13-3 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 13-7-0 when tied after one period and 8-3-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 17-6-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 11-7-2 in Saturday games.
    Shots 6 (Rielly)
    Shot Attempts 7 (Marner, Matthews)
    Face-off Wins 10 (Tavares)
    Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Engvall, Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 5 (Simmonds)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Liljegren)
    Takeaways 1 (Holl, Kerfoot, Marner, Nylander, Tavares)
    TOI 23:21 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:00 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:14 (Rielly)
    Shifts 28 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 57.14% (Nylander– 16 for, 12 against)
    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
    April 12 Leafs vs. Buffalo Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    April 14 Leafs vs. Capitals 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 MapleLeafs.com/pressbox.
    On tonight’s game:
    “We got some really good opportunities in the third period and made good on them. Did some good things
    leading to the Matthews goal. We didn’t win many shifts today but that was one that we did a good job of.
    Had the puck, had them really running and it leads to an empty net so those kind of things we capitalized
    on really well. That Rielly goal was similar, but yeah not a very good hockey game by us.”
    On Campbell’s first game back since injury:
    “He just looked like Jack. I loved the way he played tonight. That first period especially, the first 10
    minutes or so was a disaster by us in front of him. That save he made early in the game, those kind of
    things, that’s Jack at his best so really good to see him and great to have him back.”
    On tonight’s effort:
    “I just think we were a little bit flat coming out. We couldn’t really establish much in their zone, I think just
    a lot of quick in and outs. I thought halfway through the second we got a little more life going and
    obviously in the third I think we just took over. It definitely wasn’t a pretty one, especially those first two
    periods but I think just sticking with it and sometimes you’ve just got to grind these games out when the
    offence isn’t clicking on all cylinders so I thought we got it together in the third and put a couple goals in
    and gave ourselves some insurance. I definitely think those first two periods we’d like to clean up.”
    On Campbell’s first game back since injury:
    “I thought he looked great. He looked really comfortable in there, looked really confident, he looked like
    Soup. It’s been a bit of a rough road the last couple weeks or months with coming back from his injury but
    he’s put in a lot of work into it obviously and everyone knows how hard he works and how much he cares
    and wants to compete for us every night. I thought he looked really good tonight and that’s just a really
    positive thing moving forward for us as a team and him individually.”
    On his goal and tonight’s win:
    “It was nice to obviously chip in and help out in the cause. Obviously the most important thing was we got
    the two points so it was good.”
    On his breakaway goal:
    “Yeah it was a really good feed from TJ. I actually had one right before but I’m happy I didn’t catch it
    because I think we would have had too many men on the ice but we were given another shot and
    honestly Blackwell told me it was the ugliest breakaway move he’s ever seen and I don’t think he’s
    On tonight’s win:
    “Great win by the guys, they’ve been playing great and watching them the past month and just wanted to
    get back in there and get back to stopping pucks and having fun. The boys played amazing in front of me
    and get a big two points.”
    On coming back from injury:
    “I definitely felt like myself, just having fun and competing and playing my game. There are some details
    that I want to clean up but I really liked the game from the boys in front of me and I liked my game and
    just going to keep building from it.

Thibodeau says Knicks likely to shut down Julius Randle for rest of season — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

He has been battling a quad injury, and the Knicks have nothing to play for.

Thibodeau says Knicks likely to shut down Julius Randle for rest of season — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

How the Warriors can pick up momentum without Curry heading into playoffs — Monterey Herald

With their 111-107 victory over the Utah Jazz on Saturday night, the Golden State Warriors clinched a playoff berth for the first time in three years and have an opportunity to gain some much-needed momentum as the regular season winds down. Stephen Curry was ruled out for the remainder of the regular season on Friday…

How the Warriors can pick up momentum without Curry heading into playoffs — Monterey Herald

Warriors injury report: Thompson, Iguodala and Porter out vs. Kings, but one star will play — East Bay Times

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — One night after an exciting comeback win against the Utah Jazz, the Warriors are resting the bulk of their stars for Sunday’s road game against the Kings. As expected, Klay Thompson, Andre Iguodala and Otto Porter Jr. were listed as out on the team’s injury report Saturday afternoon for injury management. Draymond…

Warriors injury report: Thompson, Iguodala and Porter out vs. Kings, but one star will play — East Bay Times