TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (46-19-6 – 98 Points) at
DALLAS STARS (40-26-4 – 84 Points)
THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 1 1 4
DALLAS 1 0 2 0 3
- William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs at 7:28 of the first period. Nylander recorded his 28th
goal of the season. Nylander also recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ overtime goal. Nylander
posted his 40th assist of the season. Nylander is currently on a five-game assist and point streak
where he has posted nine points (4G, 5A).
- Auston Matthews scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 18:58 of the second period.
Matthews also scored the overtime winning goal for the Maple Leafs at 2:10 of extra time. Matthews
has posted 56 goals this season. Matthews has posted 29 points (19G, 10A) through his last 15
- Morgan Rielly scored for Toronto at 10:36 of the third period. Rielly recorded his 10th goal of the
- Ilya Mikheyev recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s goal. Mikheyev posted his eighth assist of
- Justin Holl registered the secondary assist on Nylander’s goal. Holl posted his 16th assist of the
- Mark Giordano posted the primary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Giordano recorded his
20th assist of the season.
- John Tavares registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ first goal of the game. Tavares recorded
his 43rd assist of the season.
- Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Rielly’s goal. Marner recorded his 58th assist of the
season. Marner is currently on a 12-game point streak where he has posted 27 points (8G, 19A).
- Michael Bunting registered the secondary assist on Rielly’s goal. Bunting recorded his 36th assist of
- TJ Brodie recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ overtime goal. Brodie posted his 20th assist
of the season.
- Jack Campbell stopped 15 of 18 shots in tonight’s overtime win.
SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
- The Maple Leafs were 1-for-3 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
- With his 55th goal of the season scored on a power play opportunity at 18:58 of the second period,
Auston Matthews set the new franchise record for most goals scored during a single season.
- With his game-winning goal scored at 2:10 of overtime, Auston Matthews claimed sole possession
of fifth most game-winning goals in franchise history (44).
- Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews recorded his 52nd career multi-goal game, passing Pat
LaFontaine (51) for the most by a U.S.-born player before age 25.
- Auston Matthews recorded 12 shots during tonight’s game marking a single-game career-high.
Matthews tied the third-best shot total recorded during a game in Maple Leafs franchise history, a
total that has been marked by five other players including Wendel Clark (11/04/1991 vs. SJS), Sergio
Momesso (10/17/1995 vs. SJS), Phil Kessel (11/23/2009 vs. NYI), Darryl Sittler 02/13/1974 vs. PHI)
and Nazem Kadri (02/10/2019 at NYR) – according to NHL records, Most Shots on Goal, Game
- With his 28th road goal of the season scored tonight, Auston Matthews set a new franchise record
for the most road goals in a single season, surpassing Rick Vaive who previously set the record with
- With his assist on Matthews’ game-winning goal, William Nylander posted the 200th assist of his
- With his primary assist on Nylander’s goal, Ilya Mikheyev tied an NHL career-high with his 23rd point
of the season.
- Mitch Marner recorded a single-game career-high six hits during tonight’s game.
- Auston Matthews skated in his 400th career NHL game.
- Ilya Lyubushkin skated in his 200th career NHL game.
- Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 22 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
- Auston Matthews finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 73.68
percent (14 for, 5 against).
- The Maple Leafs are 7-6 in overtime this season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
TORONTO 15 (11) 17 (12) 6 (4) 3 (0) 41 (27)
DALLAS 7 (5) 4 (4) 6 (5) 1 (0) 18 (14)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
TORONTO 24 (20) 27 (20) 10 (8) 3 (0) 64 (48)
DALLAS 18 (15) 9 (9) 14 (12) 2 (0) 43 (36)
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
- The Maple Leafs are 21-12-4 on the road this season.
- Toronto’s all-time record is 99-92-28-1 in 220 games against the Dallas Stars and 43-53-11-1 in 108
games played in Dallas.
- Toronto is 20-9-3 against the Western Conference this season and 9-4-3 against the Central Division
- Toronto is 31-6-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
- The Maple Leafs are 15-7-1 when tied after one period and 34-1-3 when leading after two periods.
- Toronto is 28-13-4 when outshooting their opponent.
- The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 in Thursday games.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Shots 12 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts 13 (Matthews)
Face-off Wins 10 (Matthews)
Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Kerfoot, Bunting – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits 6 (Marner)
Blocked Shots 3 (Giordano)
Takeaways 1 (Matthews, Lyubushkin, Tavares)
TOI 24:09 (Marner)
Power Play TOI 3:56 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI 2:22 (Brodie)
Shifts 28 (Brodie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 73.68% (Matthews – 14 for, 5 against)
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
April 19 Leafs vs. Philadelphia Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On Matthews’ 55th goal of the season, breaking the franchise record for most goals scored in a
“Yeah, this is Auston’s night tonight. It’s much deserved and to finish it with an exclamation point. I think
you write it like that. It’s pretty good.”
On what he said to Matthews after scoring the goal:
“Just congratulated him. I just told him it’s a great accomplishment. The Leafs organization has been
around for a long time. A lot of great players. It’s pretty special for him to be at the top of that list.”
On scoring his 55th goal of the season, breaking the franchise record for most goals scored in a
“It felt good. A lot of emotions running through your mind and body when you see the puck go in so I don’t
really know what else to say but it’s definitely exciting and a really fun moment.”
More on breaking the record:
“I just saw the puck go in and I was just so excited honestly, there’s not really that much else to it. Gio
made a really nice pass and he put it right in my wheelhouse, so I just tried to attack the puck and I was
able to sneak it in. There was a lot of stuff going through my mind I guess.”
On Matthews breaking the franchise record for most goals scored in a season:
“We’re incredibly happy for Auston. He’s a great person, the way he lives his life, the way that he leads
and the teammate that he is and how humble he is even though these accomplishments keep coming his
way. You couldn’t be happier for a guy like that. He works extremely hard, he deserves it and he’s not
done yet so it’s been cool to watch.”
On what impresses him the most about Auston:
“Well I think just how he plays every night. It’s always the same, he shows up and plays hard. He’s a dog
on the puck and when he gets chances it often ends up going in the net. He’s a pretty unique player and
like I said for all the things he’s accomplished at this point in his career, for him to be the type of person
he is and how humble he is it is truly the most impressive part.”
On Matthews breaking Rick Vaive’s franchise record of most goals in a single season:
“It’s amazing, it’s very impressive. It’s a hard thing to score a lot of goals in this league and he’s made it
look really easy, especially over the last couple games and really couple years. It’s been a lot of fun to
watch and be on the ice for a lot of those and help him achieve that goal. He puts in a lot of work in the
summer to make sure he keeps getting better and better and it’s coming out to show every single night.”
On assisting on Matthews record breaking 55th goal of the season:
“It was pretty cool to be part of that tonight and for Matthews to get the winner like that, it felt right so it
was a cool game to be a part of.”
On the sequence leading to the goal:
“We had a lot of looks on the powerplay, we sort of had them hemmed in there and any time you get a
rebound or a second look you know the goalie is sort of moving around and you’re hoping to get one of
those lanes open for those seams so that you get him moving and it was obviously a great shot. I just laid
it there for him and he just pounded it.”