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PANTHERS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 6 (OT)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (45-19-6 – 96 Points) at
FLORIDA PANTHERS (49-15-6 – 104 Points)
TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
TORONTO 1 4 1 0 6
FLORIDA 1 3 2 1 7


SCORING NOTES

  • William Nylander scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 15:21 of the first period. Nylander
    recorded his 27th goal of the season. Nylander also recorded the secondary assist on Tavares’ goal.
    Nylander posted his 39th assist of the season. Nylander has recorded seven points (3G, 4A) through
    his last four games played.
  • Mitch Marner scored shorthanded for Toronto at 0:30 of the second period. He scored his second
    goal of the game on a Maple Leafs power play opportunity at 1:07 of the second period. Marner has
    posted 31 goals this season. Marner also registered the secondary assist on Muzzin’s goal and the
    primary assist on Tavares’ goal. Marner has recorded 57 assists this season. Marner is currently on
    an 11-game point streak where he has posted 26 points (8G, 18A).
  • Colin Blackwell scored for Toronto at 2:04 of the second period. Blackwell recorded his 10th goal of
    the season.
  • Jake Muzzin scored for the Maple Leafs at 8:40 of the second period. Muzzin posted his third goal of
    the season.
  • John Tavares scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 16:06 of the third period. Tavares
    posted his 25th goal of the season. Tavares also recorded the secondary assist on Marner’s second
    goal of the game. Tavares posted his 42nd assist of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Nylander’s goal and the primary assist on Blackwell’s
    goal. Rielly has registered 51 assists this season.
  • Auston Matthews recorded the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal, the primary assist on Marner’s
    second goal of the game and the primary assist on Muzzin’s goal. Matthews has posted 41 assists
    this season. Matthews has recorded seven points (3G, 4A) through his last two games and 27 points
    (17G, 10A) through his last 14 games played.
  • Pierre Engvall posted the secondary assist on Blackwell’s goal. Engvall registered his 14th assist of
    the season. Engvall is currently on a four-game point streak, the longest point streak of his NHL
    career, where he has posted four points (2G, 2A).
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Erik Källgren stopped 20 of 23 shots through 37:12 of ice time. Jack Campbell relieved Källgren
    due to injury with 2:44 remaining in the second period and stopped 22 of 26 shots in tonight’s
    overtime loss.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 3-for-7 on the power play and 3-for-6 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Per NHL Stats, Mitch Marner scored a shorthanded goal and power play tally 37 seconds apart, the
    shortest span between two such goals in NHL history – the previous mark was 0:47, set by Mario
    Lemieux on March 12, 1989.
  • Mitch Marner registered his third shorthanded goal of the season and fourth of his NHL career.
    OF NOTE…
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-6 in overtime this season.
  • Mitch Marner scored his 30th goal of the season with a shorthanded tally at 0:30 of the second
    period. With the goal, Marner reached the 30-goal mark for the first time in his NHL career.
  • With four points (2G, 2A) recorded during tonight’s game, Mitch Marner posted his seventhconsecutive multi-point game. Marner has registered 19 points (4G, 15A) during his streak. Per NHL
    Stats, with his seventh-consecutive multi-point game Marner tied Auston Matthews (2018-19), Doug
    Gilmour (1992-93), Vincent Damphousse (1990-91), Rick Vaive (1983-84) and Corb Denneny (1919-
    20) for the longest run in Maple Leafs history.
  • Toronto has scored five or more goals in six-straight games. Per NHL Stats, the Maple Leafs tied the
    franchise mark for most consecutive contests with as many goals set in 1975-76 and matched in
    1983-84.
  • John Tavares tied a season-high 17 face-off wins during tonight’s game, his fifth occasion of the
    season to do so. Tavares leads Toronto with a 60.6 face-off win percentage this season.
  • Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 30 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Auston Matthews finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.50
    percent (30 for, 18 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 11 (8) 12 (9) 12 (7) 0 (0) 35 (24)
    FLORIDA 13 (10) 13 (7) 19 (15) 3 (0) 48 (32)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 22 (14) 24 (18) 21 (15) 2 (0) 69 (47)
    FLORIDA 26 (20) 21 (12) 32 (26) 5 (0) 84 (58)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 20-12-4 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 45-35-7-6 in 93 games against the Florida Panthers and 19-19-5-5 in 48
    games played in Florida.
  • Toronto is 26-10-3 against the Eastern Conference this season and 12-6-1 against the Atlantic
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 15-13-4 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 14-7-1 when tied after one period and 33-1-3 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 17-6-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 9-0-2 in Tuesday games and 5-4-2 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

    Shots 8 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 13 (Matthews)
    Face-off Wins 17 (Tavares)
    Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Marner – 2 won, 0 lost, Bunting – 1 won, 0
    lost)
    Hits 7 (Muzzin)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Holl, Muzzin)
    Takeaways 2 (Matthews)
    TOI 25:18 (Marner)
    Power Play TOI 7:20 (Marner)
    Shorthanded TOI 3:59 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 32 (Holl)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 62.50% (Matthews – 30 for, 18 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    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
    April 16 Leafs at Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre 7:00 pm ET
    April 17 Leafs vs. NY Islanders Scotiabank Arena 7:30 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 the takeaways from tonight’s game:

    “Well obviously we go from being on a breakaway with a chance to make it 6-1 and don’t score there then
    follow that up with a too many men on the ice penalty right after so that sort of starts to snowball but
    outside of that we had some pretty terrible penalty killing but I’m not going to focus on all that kind of stuff.
    I’m going to focus on the fact that we played another good hockey game today. We were bad in
    moments, with the penalties, you can’t take a too many men on the ice penalty, you can’t give up a
    shorthanded goal on a clear shot from the blueline, you can’t have your fourth line take a penalty in the
    third period and you can’t chase the puck a penalty kill. All these things we can’t do in those moments,
    maybe that’s a sign of the fatigue factor coming in today, I don’t know, because obviously last night we
    didn’t do any of those types of things. So I’m going to watch those kind of things and for me this last little
    stretch we’ve been on here we played Florida at home, we played Boston on the road, we played Tampa
    last night, and played Florida here, to me I was looking to come out of this little segment of the schedule
    with a sense of where we were at as a team and whether we can compete with the very best in our
    division and the answer unequivocally yes so that’s all I’m taking out of this.”
    JOHN TAVARES
    On how Florida was able to make a comeback:

    “Well they’ve obviously done that a few times this year. Special teams was very influential in the game on
    both side tonight. Maybe would have liked to have done a better job to win that battle. Then I think we just
    didn’t weather the storm that we knew was coming in the third as well as we would have liked. Good job
    battling back, we had our opportunities to take the game. Obviously, unfortunately they got the lead that
    we had.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On tonight’s game:

    “I thought we were doing a great job in the second of playing five-on-five and then just a lot of penalties
    and four-on-four then we let them get back in the game. In the third there, it just got away.”
    On the positive takeaways of tonight’s game:
    “I thought we were moving our feet very well. We were getting on the forecheck, I felt in the third we got a
    little bit away from that, who knows why. I thought overall we were competing out there, we were making
    a lot of efforts and they put their chances in when they got them.”
    JASON SPEZZA
    On tonight’s game:
    “Obviously disappointing to lose that game with the lead we had. It’s a team that when they get
    momentum they get feeling good and we let them get momentum there once we had it. There were some
    big momentum swings in that game. I think it’s good that we learn a lesson from this game, just knowing
    that we had too many men and special teams they were pretty good. I thought at five-on-five we
    controlled play but it was a frustrating game to lose but a good game to learn from.