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CCM Hockey is skating into the fray in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The hockey equipment manufacturing company announced on Wednesday it will donate 500,000 surgical masks to health-care workers on the front line in the battle with the coronavirus.
“By teaming up with our roster of CCM athletes, we will be able to play a role in the collaborative effort to get past this crisis,” CEO of CCM Hockey Rick Bradshaw said in a release.
“We focused on the best use of our network and our resources to have the quickest impact. Sourcing greatly needed equipment through our established supply chain partners in Asia is the most efficient way for us to support and keep our real heroes safe.”CCM Hockey✔@CCMHockey
Coming together to protect the real heroes. We’re proud to join our NHL and Pro Women players in donating 500,000 surgical masks to protect healthcare workers on the front lines of the battle against COVID-19.
Full details: https://ccmhockey.com/en/covid-19 #ALLOUT
Based in Montreal, CCM Hockey is in the process of getting protective equipment from its business partners that normally has a hand in the production of hockey equipment. CCM will arrange for transport of the masks and is in discussions with government authorities to ensure the masks are distributed to health-care workers in Canada as early as the week of April 27.
There’s a substantial list of NHL and professional women players who are contributing to the donation, including Maple Leafs captain John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, Connor McDavid, Alex Ovechkin, Brianna Decker, Melodie Daoust and Kendall Coyne Schofield.
“It troubles them to feel helpless as they witness the devastating effects of this pandemic,” Blackshaw said. “Hockey is about commitment to a higher goal as well as to one another … these player qualities and beliefs will (help) allow us to emerge stronger from this challenge.”
The pledge by CCM Hockey comes after other sports equipment companies including Nike, Bauer and New Balance announced they would be making donations or manufacturing medical equipment to help the fight against the coronavirus.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-19-7 – 65 Points) vs.
MONTREAL CANADIENS (26-23-7 – 59 Points)
FEBRUARY 8, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST
BELL CENTRE (MONTREAL, QC) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪
RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||300-342-88-16 (746 Games)|
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||110-214-43-6 (373 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jason Spezza (65), John Tavares (34), Cody Ceci (26), Morgan Rielly (26)|
|GOALS:||Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (13), Auston Matthews (12)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (37), John Tavares (16), Mitch Marner (12), Morgan Rielly (12)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (69), John Tavares (29), Auston Matthews (17)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (35), John Tavares (18), Frederik Gauthier (15)|
MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||198 (1st)||171 (t-13th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||181 (29th)||171 (t-21st)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||39/152 [25.7%] (3rd)||30/151 [19.9%] (13th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||118/153 [77.1%] (25th)||133/168 [79.2%] (21st)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||1850 (4th)||1937 (1st)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||2794 (2nd)||2897 (1st)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||52.7% (5th)||54.2% (1st)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.9% (3rd)||50.6% (11th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES
|First Matchup between Clubs:||December 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)|
|All-Time Record:||300-342-88-16 (746 Games)|
|All-Time Record at Home:||190-128-45-10 (373 Games)|
|All-Time Record on the Road:||110-214-43-6 (373 Games)|
|Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:||February 9, 2019 (Toronto 4, Montreal 3 OT)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANADIENS
|Tyson Barrie||200th career NHL game (Nov. 14, 2017 (COL) at MTL)|
|Zach Hyman||100th NHL point (Feb. 23, 2019 vs. MTL)|
|Andreas Johnsson||First career NHL goal (March 17, 2018 vs. MTL)|
|Alex Kerfoot||First goal as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 5, 2019 vs. MTL)|
|Mitch Marner||200th career NHL point (Feb. 23, 2019 vs. MTL)|
|Morgan Rielly||200th career NHL game (Jan. 23, 2016 vs. MTL)|
|Jason Spezza||1,000th career NHL game (Oct. 30, 2018 (DAL) at MTL)|
|John Tavares||First game as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 3, 2018 vs. MTL)|
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 3, 2018 vs. MTL)
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|POWER PLAY POINTS||21 (Marner, Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Engvall, Kapanen)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.6% (Gauthier)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||55.4% (Nylander)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||82 (Muzzin)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:15 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:08 (Marner)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||2:50 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Tyson Barrie||– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for ninth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).|
– Has scored four of his five goals on the road this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (47). Lone Toronto skater to have taken over 30 slap shots.
|Jack Campbell||– Has played one career game against Montreal and stopped 40 shots in a shutout win October 11, 2018.|
|Kyle Clifford||– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (55.2%).|
– Ranks 21st among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.83).
|Pierre Engvall||– Has started 40.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the third-lowest percentage among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the sixth highest among NHL rookies who have appeared in 30 games.|
|Justin Holl||– Ranks fifth among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 46 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (45.1%) with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.9 percent.- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.8%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 46 percent (45.1%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.|
|Michael Hutchinson||– Had made the fourth-most saves (373) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 15 or fewer games.|
|Zach Hyman||– Tied for fourth among Toronto skaters in points since January 1 (5-7-12; 14 GP).- Has nine points (3-6-9) in nine games against Atlantic Division opposition this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.75).|
|Andreas Johnsson||– Averages 1.93 shots per game, which ranks seventh among Toronto forwards.- Has drawn 11 penalties this season, which is tied for fourth-most among Toronto skaters.- Has six points (4-2-6) in seven career games against Montreal.|
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-18-26).- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 10th among NHL right wingers in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 13 games since January 1.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (7). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-11-18).|
|Mitch Marner||– Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the second-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.30 points per game, which is the ninth-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 2.02 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks third among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Tied for fifth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Tied for fifth among NHL right wingers in shorthanded ice time per game (2:11).|
|Auston Matthews||– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (40).- Leads the NHL with 30 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (25).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (24).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in points (40-28-68).- Fourth in the NHL with 222 shots on goal.|
|William Nylander||– Ranks first in goals (25) and second in points (25-24-49) among Swedish skaters this season.- Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in game-winning goals (4).- One of five NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:32) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).|
|Jason Spezza||– Averaging 2.09 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.04 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.|
|John Tavares||– Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.4 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:40).- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 18th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (16.91).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Andreas Johnsson||Has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.|
|Kasperi Kapanen||Has assists (3) in three consecutive games.|
|Mitch Marner||Has assists (6) in three consecutive games and points (1-10-11) in seven consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has goals (4) in three consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in six consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has goals (4) and points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games.|
|Jason Spezza||Five assists from 600 assists|
|John Tavares||One game from 800 games|
|Jack Campbell||First game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)|
First win as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
|Kyle Clifford||First game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)|
|Mitch Marner||200th NHL assist (February 7 vs. ANA)|
|Frederik Andersen (Neck)||Day-to-Day|
|Cody Ceci (Ankle)||On injured reserve.|
|Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)||On injured reserve.|
|William Nylander (Illness)||Did not play on February 7 vs. ANA.|
|Morgan Rielly (Foot)||On injured reserve.|
|Man Games Lost: 136|
|February 7||Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Cody Ceci on injured reserve.|
|February 6||Loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
|February 5||Acquired goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford from Los Angeles in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in 2020 and a conditional third round pick in 2021.|
|February 4||Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On tonight’s game:
I thought we played a good first, I thought we didn’t win any faceoffs in the second and spent more time in the D-zone. We had lots of chances. I was in here the other night and Fleury was real good the other night. I thought he was real good. We had some chances, hit some posts. I think Petan — I could be wrong, I haven’t seen the replay — I thought the net was empty there and Fleury made a great save. The bottom line is we’ve got to stick with it and just keep grinding. We had a chance on the power play at the end there and we didn’t execute on that. It’s disappointing but I’m always about the process and how hard guys play. We played way harder so I thought that was good. I thought Hyman was back, I thought Mikheyev really had a good step. That was positive for us.
On what needs to be changed on the penalty kill:
We’ve got to keep it out. I didn’t think we were that bad tonight on it, to tell you the truth, but they got two on it so that’s not good enough. We’ve just got to keep working at it, we’ll spend more time at it. Maybe early in the year when we didn’t skate as much in the pregame skates, we should have spent more time doing it. We did that because we were trying to keep our guys fresher and the science part of it, but, in the end, you’ve got to execute on those things so that’s on me.
On how deflating it is to give up a goal immediately after tying the game:
It’s disappointing, obviously. We turned the puck over and they came in and shot it in. I still thought we were resilient. We talked about it before the game, we have to show good mental toughness and just keep grinding every shift, shift after shift, whether it goes good or bad. We’ve been guilty of when it goes bad, when they score, we wilt. There’s no sense doing that, just keep playing. I’ve been around a long time, you’re in lots of situations where you don’t win for a while and you end up having a real good year. Just keep grinding.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (33 SAVES)
On the team’s play tonight:
The streak doesn’t really look too pretty, but I thought we made some steps in the right direction today. I definitely think we came ready to play and obviously a great hockey game, too. Fleury played really well down there and I think it could have gone either way. I thought we definitely had something to build on.
On how the team is processing the current stretch:
We had a good talk yesterday to try and improve and I thought we answered pretty well today. It could have gone either way, I think. I got outplayed a little bit by Fleury down there. That happens. Again, I thought we had some good things to keep going.
ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s game:
I think there’s a lot of positives to take away from today. I think when you’re losing, it’s hard to stay the course but I think we played really well today. We had our chances when the game was on the line there. It was a tight game; we just couldn’t finish it. We need to be better on the PK, better on special teams there. It was good to get a powerplay goal. I think we took a big step today even though we lost. The next game is going to be really important for us but I think that we can build some confidence from this game moving forward.
On what the team can take away from tonight’s game:
I think we didn’t quit. I think that we stuck with it. You go down 3-1, you can kind of pack it in, but I think we were strong throughout that third period and really pushed back. Fleury made a big save on [Petan] there, [Mikheyev] hit the crossbar. These aren’t excuses, this is just reality. They won the game but I think that we had a chance to win that game, we were in the game the whole way through and we didn’t quit so I think that’s really important and something to build off of moving forward.
JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On if the team can take some positives out of tonight’s loss:
Yeah, definitely a much better effort. It was good hockey game. We lost the special teams battle and that ends up being the game. It’s something to build off of but it’s frustrating. We need to get a win here; it doesn’t matter how it is. If it’s ugly, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.
On what the team needs to do moving forward:
Just work. We can’t take a step back. We laid an egg of a game in Pittsburgh. A better effort tonight, but when you go through these losing streaks, it always seems like it’s harder to dig yourselves out of it, just like when you’re winning it’s easy to keep winning. We can’t take a step back next game. We’ve got to watch the tape and see what we can do better and keep moving forward.
JOHN TAVARES (20:05 TOI)
On tonight’s game:
I thought we were right there. We had a great opportunity in the third and we just didn’t maximize it so we’ve just got to regroup and find a way to get it done.
On his third period hooking penalty:
Yeah, I just got caught trying to lift his stick. Obviously, I’ve just got to try to be smarter and not get my stick caught up.
On Marc-Andre Fleury’s save late in the third period:
It was obviously a great save and a great opportunity. We had some really good looks in the third and we’ve got to find a way to put those in. Give him credit, he made it tough and made some good saves.
On the team’s mindset at the moment:
We want the results. We just want different results. We want to win. It’s obviously frustrating when you’re not getting them and I think we’ve talked about resolve and resiliency and trying to stay with it. It’s all we can do is continue to move forward and find ways to get better and get the job done when we have opportunities like this.
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On if the team scoring first could lead to better defensive hockey:
You could say that, but we weren’t chasing the game. I thought we were good until they scored and then they took over and they were way better than us. They had the puck, they skated by us. I think sometimes when you’re pushing at the end of a game, it’s a different thing. There was no reason for us to look the way we did tonight. They played last night, we played last night. They’ve got some injuries, we’ve got some injuries. A level playing field. The bottom line is they were better than us.
On what led to tonight’s letdown:
I don’t know. I would like to think over the last two nights prior to tonight that we were taking a step. I really thought we were going in the right direction, looking right. Then today, obviously we need a regroup, because that’s not good enough. We didn’t play hard enough for long enough and, in the end, as an athlete, you put on your sweater and you want to be proud of how hard you compete and how hard you play for one another. We didn’t look after that. We have to take a look at each other and get this fixed, obviously. No one outside is going to fix it, we’ve got to fix it.
On injuries limiting options for tweaks to the lineup:
No, and even our lines, we can move them around — we did a bit tonight, we moved our D pairs around tonight — the bottom line is we’re all family in there, we’ve got to take a look at each other hard and we’ve all got to do a better job. The coach, the players, all of us. We’ve got to be way better.
On how they fix things moving forward:
That’s a good question. When we get on that flight, I think we’re going four-and-a-half hours, by the time I’m off I’ll probably have some answers. The reality is the number one thing is we’ve got to play harder and for longer and as soon as something goes bad, we can’t stop playing. You push through it. Every one of us in our life, there’s things that go bad. Dig in.
KASIMIR KASKISUO (NHL DEBUT)
On how he managed the adrenaline in his first NHL game:
Definitely didn’t feel tired all game, just kind of riding that high. It was nice to get a lot of shots and a lot of tough chances. I didn’t really know what to expect and don’t really have a reference point, so of course there was a lot of good and some things to work on.
On teammates giving him a tap on the pads after two periods:
It means a lot. I feel like they battled for me but things just didn’t work out today. Of course, it’s kind of emotional and crazy playing in your first game with how things go. It’s good to have their support and know they’re going to battle for you until the end.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (17:08 TOI)
On where the team goes from here:
It’s tough to get worse from here. It’s frustrating. I think in the locker room, confidence isn’t exactly high right now. I don’t think we’ve played to the ability that we’re capable of over the last course of games. We’ve got nobody to blame except for ourselves. It’s really up to us.
On if it’s frustrating to lose to other teams who are also going through injury issues:
Well, it’s the NHL. Guys are going to get injured. Teams are built to have depth. Teams are built to have guys that can come in, step in. They have that, we have that. We’re just not showing it right now.
On if there’s one particular aspect of tonight’s game that he didn’t like:
I can’t really pinpoint one exact thing, no.
On how the team can rebuild its confidence:
Just playing better. Being better in all aspects of the game. Lifting each other up. Holding each other accountable and going from there. We’re 22 games into the season. These points start to matter. We can’t just say, ‘It’s just one game. We’ll get it next time.’ It’s been repetitive and for us, we want to make sure it stops now and we want to get back on track.
MORGAN RIELLY (19:56 TOI)
On how the team can turn things around:
When things aren’t going your way you’ve just got to dig in and work harder, focus on the details more, put more time in, more effort. I think that’s what we’ve got to do. Obviously, we’ve got a road trip coming up and its very important that we take care of business a little bit, kind of refocus and make sure we dig in and put the work in in the upcoming days.
On what he saw in the second period from his vantage point:
It was kind of what we’ve talked about before — playing decent hockey, creating opportunities and just kind of ending up in a position where we’re chasing the game a little bit and then it gets away from us. Obviously, we want to change that, in terms of playing from behind. We want to come out and play at our pace, play our game and not have to chase the game like we have been. That’s something we have to change.
JOHN TAVARES (4 SHOTS ON GOAL)
On if the entire team needs to be accountable:
Yeah, it’s up to us obviously to stop the bleeding. It’s unacceptable, the way we played tonight. The way we went out there and played obviously isn’t close to our standard and our expectation and what we need to do to get the results we want.
On if it’s frustrating to lose to other teams who are also going through injury issues:
Yeah, no question. We’re not playing well. We’ve had some good efforts and some games where we’ve let some things slip away. Tonight just flat-out isn’t good enough.
BOSTON BRUINS (11-3-4 – 26 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (9-7-4 – 22 Points)
NOVEMBER 15, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST
SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BOSTON
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||278-290-98-10 (676 Games)|
|ALL-TIME AT HOME:||174-110-51-3 (338 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BOSTON
|GAMES PLAYED:||Jason Spezza (61), John Tavares (34), Morgan Rielly (25)|
|GOALS:||Jason Spezza (18), John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5), Morgan Rielly (5)|
|ASSISTS:||Jason Spezza (33), Mitch Marner (15), John Tavares (13)|
|POINTS:||Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (27), Mitch Marner (20)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (33), Martin Marincin (14), Jake Muzzin (10), John Tavares (10)|
MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||67 (3rd)||64 (t-5th)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||65 (28th)||45 (t-2nd)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||12/68 [17.6%] (20th)||18/59 [30.5%] (1st)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||55/73 [75.3%] (24th)||46/56 [82.1%] (t-12th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||666 (2nd)||584 (17th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||979 (1st)||786 (20th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||53.2% (3rd)||52.3% (5th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||52.5% (4th)||50.9% (t-9th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – BRUINS NOTES
|FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:||Dec. 3, 1924 (Toronto St. Pats 5, Boston 3)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||278-290-98-10 (676 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:||174-110-51-3 (338 Games)|
|ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:||104-180-41-7 (338 Games)|
|LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:||November 11, 2017 (Toronto 4, Boston 1)|
MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. BRUINS
|Frederik Andersen||First win as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 15, 2016)|
|Alex Kerfoot||First NHL goal (Oct. 11, 2017 (COL) vs. BOS)|
|Mitch Marner||First NHL goal (Oct. 15, 2016 vs. BOS)|
|Nic Petan||First NHL game (Oct. 8, 2015 (WPG) at BOS)|
First NHL goal (Oct. 8, 2015 (WPG) at BOS)
|Jason Spezza||First NHL game (Oct. 24, 2002 (OTT) at BOS)|
First NHL point (Oct. 24, 2002 (OTT) at BOS)
|John Tavares||200th career NHL goal (March 12, 2016 (NYI) at BOS)|
|Dmytro Timashov||First NHL goal (Oct. 21, 2019 vs. BOS)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|ASSISTS||14 (Marner, Rielly)|
|POWER PLAY POINTS||7 (Marner, Matthews)|
|SHORTHANDED POINTS||2 (Kapanen)|
|PIMs||16 (Kerfoot, Rielly)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||57.2% (Gauthier)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||57.0% (Nylander)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||39 (Ceci)|
|TOI PER GAME||25:31 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:30 (Matthews)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:40 (Ceci)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Is 6-2-3 on home ice this season with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .909 save percentage.|
– Has a 12-2-0 record alongside a .928 save percentage and a 2.45 goals-against average in 14 career games against Boston.- Fifth in the NHL in saves (426) and eighth in even-strength saves (327).
|Tyson Barrie||– Sixth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (53).|
– Has been on the ice for 387 Toronto shot attempts, which is the second-most on-ice shot attempts-for among all NHL skaters
|Cody Ceci||– Fourth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time (73:21).- Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (39).- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.3 percent – the highest of his career to-date.|
|Travis Dermott||– Averaging 0:59 per game in shorthanded ice time after averaging 1:03 per game in shorthanded ice time in 2018-19.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.4 percent in seven games since returning from injury.|
|Frederik Gauthier||– Has won 58.6 percent (65 won, 46 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.|
– Fourth among Maple Leafs in defensive zone starts (114).
|Justin Holl||– Has six points (1-5-6) in 18 games this season.|
– Has started 48.7 percent of his shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest offensive zone start percentage of his career to-date.
|Zach Hyman||– Made his season debut on November 13 at New York, playing 17:37 in ice time over 23 shifts.|
|Kasperi Kapanen||– Has a goal and an assist in two games against the Bruins this season.- One of 10 NHLers to have recorded multiple shorthanded points (2), multiple shorthanded shots (3) and multiple shorthanded takeaways (2).|
|Kasimir Kaskisuo||– Had a 6-1-1 record in eight games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL), posting a 2.13 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage.|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Has a team-high three points (2-1-3) in two games against Boston in 2019-20.|
– Has registered seven (4-3-7) of his eight points in seven games against Atlantic Division opponents.
|Auston Matthews||– Tied for third among NHL skaters in goals (13).- Tied for second among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (9).- Ranks fourth in the NHL in shots on goal (77).- His 13 assists through 20 games is his highest assist total through 20 games in four seasons (Previous: 12, 2018-19).|
|Ilya Mikheyev||– Leads the NHL in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (45).- Leads all NHL rookies in shorthanded time on ice (50:00).|
|Trevor Moore||– Only rookie in the NHL to average at least 1:00 per game in power play ice time (1:23) and also average at least 1:00 per game in shorthanded ice time (2:06).- Leads all NHL rookies in hits (46).- Tied for fourth among NHL rookies in even-strength goals (3).|
|Jake Muzzin||– Tied for 18th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (28.4).- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (21:53).- One of four NHL defencemen to have registered at least 40 hits (40) and at least 40 shots on goal (42).|
|William Nylander||– Tied his career-long goal-streak (3 games) with a goal on Nov. 13 at New York Islanders.- Has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 12 games on home ice.- Has seven points (5 goals, 2 assists) through six games in November.|
|Nic Petan||– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 70.8 percent (68 for,|
28 against) through six games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in five games.
|Morgan Rielly||– Tied for fifth among NHL defencemen in points (3-14-17).- Third among NHL defencemen in even-strength points (3-9-12).- Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (25:31).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in shifts per game (29.5).|
|Nick Shore||– Third among NHL forwards in defensive zone starts (118).- Has won 59.2 percent (58 won, 40 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.|
|John Tavares||– Has six points (3 goals, 3 assists) in five games since returning from injury on November 5 vs. Los Angeles.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoff win percentage (59% – 35 won, 24 lost).- Has won the fourth-most faceoffs (101) among NHLers who have played less than 15 games.|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Andreas Johnsson||Has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.|
|Auston Matthews||Has assists (7) in three consecutive games and points (2-8-10) in five consecutive games.|
|William Nylander||Has goals (4) and points (4-1-5) in three consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Has goals (2), assists (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.|
|John Tavares||Three assists from 400 career NHL assists.Five games from 100 games as a Maple Leaf.|
|Andreas Johnsson||100th career NHL game (Nov. 9 vs. PHI)|
|John Tavares||100th point as a Maple Leaf (Nov. 13 at NYI)|
|Mitch Marner (Ankle)||On injured reserve.|
| Alexander Kerfoot (facial surgery)|
Man Games Lost: 41
|November 12||Recalled forward Nic Petan and goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
Loaned goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
|November 8||Loaned forward Nic Petan to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)|
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On tonight’s game:
Well, I don’t like that it was 5-4. I really liked our start, I thought we had an outstanding start and played really well. The period was over, we were down 2-0. I thought we crawled our way back and had a really good second period; gave up very, very little. In the end, we gave up the goal at the end of that and then I thought in the third period we weren’t as good as we needed to be in order to have success and crawl our way back. It’s a one-goal game at the end, but the way – I would have liked it better at 3-2, to be honest with you. We’ve got to do a better job. Tonight the special teams battle is 2-0 for them and, so, you can’t win enough games losing the special teams battle so we’ve got to do a better job in that area, for sure. I really liked the start of our game, I liked our energy, I liked our execution, I liked how much time we played in the O-zone. I thought Tavares’ line played in the O-zone more than they’ve played all year, that was good for us.
On Muzzin saying weird lapses led to goals:
When you go through it, the first one we had total control of the puck, managed to turn it over twice, it goes in our net. The third one – the penalty came after a turnover – and then the third one was one of those ones that, to me, it was a simple play for us and we didn’t make it. The bottom line is we’re through 20 games now and, when you evaluate what we’ve done in 20 games, we don’t like it as a group. We think we can be better and we’ll identify the areas again here tomorrow as we go through it and grind our way out of this. We got ourselves in the spot we’re in, we’ve got to grind our way out of it.
On if the team seems frustrated through 20 games:
I don’t think that’s been the case at all. I thought we’ve had good energy and I think we’ve done lots of really good things. In saying that, tonight after the first period, after the second period, you feel you’ve played really well and should be ahead in the game. You’re not ahead in the game. Just stay the course, stay patient, take care of the puck and, if you do good things in life, good things happen.
On Hyman’s return to the lineup:
Like I said to you, I thought Tavares’ line played – I don’t know how many heavy shifts they had, but they had a lot. They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. I didn’t – I said it yesterday, I had no idea what to expect, I really didn’t. I didn’t know he could be out that long and still come with that energy. Maybe there’s going to be a drop, I don’t know that, but I thought he did a good job in all areas of the game.
ZACH HYMAN (17:37 TOI)
On his first game back since off-season surgery:
Felt good, felt strong. I didn’t worry about my knee which was good. Thought I just went out there and tried to play my game and just kind of pick up where I left off, which was six months ago. It’s a long time but I felt good.
On how the team can improve the penalty kill:
We’ve just got to find confidence. We’ve got to string some kills together. The bounces just aren’t going our way right now. I think if we get back on track, we’ll string a run together. That’s what good PKs do, they get on a roll and they find their confidence and it feels like you don’t get scored on ever. So, we’ll get that fixed and come back strong.
JAKE MUZZIN (1 ASSIST)
On back-to-back one goal losses:
I think we have confidence in this group, in the team and in this room. We’re just having some weird lapses in the game and it’s costing us. I think we just have to be sharper throughout a full 60, shift-to-shift, more focus, better preparation I think and we’ll come out on top in these games.
On where the team can make improvements on the penalty kill:
I don’t know. I mean we’ve got to look at the stuff, I haven’t looked at it. I don’t even know how many penalties we took tonight, how many did we take tonight? [Three] So, that’s better, but we let two goals in, so that’s not good. We’ve got to look at some stuff and clean it up.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s performance:
I think we played a good game for the most part. We’ve just got to sharpen up on a few things to not let them score goals.
On what prevented the power play from having success:
I think the one where we had a faceoff in the D-zone and they jumped us, we’ve got to be ready there. I mean, we’ve got to be more determined like we were in the last couple of minutes of the game.
JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On going down early and not being able to finish the comeback:
It feels like when we do make a mistake it seems to really hurt us. Because I thought, especially in the first period, we had a pretty good first period until they got their first goal and then they capitalize on the power play and got the momentum. We played really well again in the second, didn’t come out the greatest in the third and, you know, they got another power play goal so special teams really hurt us today. It just seems like when we do make a mistake we’re getting burned. I think parts of this game we did a lot of good things. We tried to stay patient, stayed with it, got ourselves back in it, but just too many mistakes leading to too many against.
On where he sees the team after 20 games into the season:
Well, I just think we’re not where we want to be. Obviously, we want to play a lot better, a lot more consistent. We’ve got to keep working to find a way. At times it feels like it’s going against us and that’s just the nature of it. Sometimes it’s the way hockey goes, the way the game goes and you’ve just got to mentally stick with it and keep playing and keep trying to find a way to turn the tide and consistently up your level and up your consistency and get things snow balling in the right direction. We’ve had that for points in the year but we haven’t really been able to sustain it as long as we’ve liked. Obviously, something we need to continue to do and the results are obviously critical. We’ve done good things but we know we’ve got to get the job done.
MAPLE LEAFS FORWARD MITCH MARNER INJURY UPDATE
The Maple Leafs announced today that forward Mitch Marner underwent an MRI exam today after sustaining an ankle injury in last night’s game against Philadelphia. Marner is expected to be out of the lineup for a minimum of four weeks, at which point he will be reassessed by the Maple Leafs medical staff.
Marner, 22, has registered 18 points (4 goals, 14 assists) in 18 games with the Maple Leafs this season. In 2018-19, the Markham, Ontario native recorded 94 points (26 goals, 68 assists) in 82 regular season games and four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in seven playoff games.
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On tonight’s game:
I thought the first about six minutes we were all over the place and then we seemed to settle in and get playing. I actually thought it was a good hockey game up and down the rink. We had opportunity, they had opportunity. Unfortunate that they got the second point and we didn’t.
On how Kapanen fared on Tavares’ wing after the Marner injury:
We just put him there, obviously he can skate. I thought he worked hard here tonight. They had some looks. Obviously, you don’t expect Moore to be playing there either, but that’s just the way it is. We had a lot of guys play hard tonight.
On what he thought when he saw Marner injured on the ice:
Well, I mean, what are you going to do? It’s hockey, injuries happen and you find out more about other guys. I don’t know the extent of this. I don’t know if it’s a few days or weeks or whatever. There’s no sense on dwelling on it. Someone else gets an opportunity. Let’s go.
On the connection between Matthews and Nylander tonight:
I thought – [Johnsson] plays on their line too – I thought they were our best line. In the first they were our only line that really generated. I thought they were good, though.
On Dermott getting his first goal of the season after his return from injury:
It’s good for him. I thought he played good today. You know, it’s all part of earning your confidence back, it doesn’t matter who you are when you come back and you haven’t played, you don’t feel exactly perfect. It takes you some time normally. Good for Dermy tonight, he made some good plays.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (28 SAVES)
On what has enabled him to play well over his last 10 starts:
I just try to be good with my depth and try to read the play a little bit more and be a little bit deeper, I try to take my eyes back when I have a chance. I think we’ve been playing well too. We’ve been playing better and better. I don’t think we had the best start tonight, but obviously we got better as we went on and we were able to get a point out of it.
On Giroux’s slap shot goal in the shootout:
Maybe it was frustration from last time and they ran out of ideas. It worked this time. Obviously, it sucks to lose that way but [Couturier] made a nice move as well.
TRAVIS DERMOTT (1 GOAL)
On scoring his first of the season to cut the lead in half:
Yeah great feed by Will [Nylander], he happened to look up at the last second there and catch me coming in late, fed me with a good pass and I got lucky with some ice open and the glove side there. Nice to be able to contribute like that but obviously not the end result we wanted so back to the drawing board, back to the video, learn from our mistakes tonight but I think there are also some positives that we can ride on and try to keep the momentum going.
More on his first goal of the season:
Yeah, I think that was pretty much the exact same spot I scored my first goal so nice little flash back there – from Willy too — so that was awesome. It gets the adrenaline going even more than it usually is so it’s nice to see the boys getting excited for you like that and definitely makes you feel right back in it.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (2 ASSISTS)
On the club’s resilience after being down 0-2 in the first period:
Yeah, I mean, I think we just tried to stick with it and claw our way back and we were able to do that. Obviously, forced overtime but you really want to get that extra point especially with how hard we worked to get back in that situation. So, just a bit frustrating, but put our best foot forward and get ready for tomorrow.
On if he tried the lacrosse style goal or faked it before setting up Nylander to tie the game:
I tried it but didn’t get it on my stick so just made the pass instead.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On the club’s resilience after being down 0-2 and losing Marner to injury:
I thought we battled back, it’s always good if you’re down 0-2 to come back and score two goals. We didn’t go all the way but we’ve got to take that part with us.
On his goal to tie the game:
Auston [Matthews] made a great pass. I was just backside and he put it right on my tape so I just put it in.
On Matthews’ lacrosse style goal attempt:
Yeah, I think he was trying to, but didn’t get it up on his stick. So, it was close but it ended up right on my tape so it was nice.
JOHN TAVARES (8 SHOT ATTEMPTS)
On losing Marner to injury in the second period:
Obviously, it’s not something we want to happen. He’s such a big part of our team, plays a very significant role and makes great plays. Not ideal, but I thought the group responded well and had every opportunity to win it. Hopefully it’s nothing very serious and he’s back as soon as he can.
On what the team did to get back in the game:
I think we knew there was a lot of hockey left. I don’t think we ever felt terrible about the way we were playing. We knew we could just keep pushing and find another level and just try to get through the neutral zone a little better than we did at times and have some good offensive zone time, which led to some good opportunities and the two goals that gave us a chance.
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the team improvising on the power play leading to Matthews’ goal:
Well, he just shot it. Obviously, we had some real good looks, we had some real good power plays, but didn’t score. Then, we had a couple that were hard to watch. If you look at both teams, the penalty killing was really good for both teams. They didn’t get much done on ours, we didn’t get much done on theirs. In the end, we were fortunate to win the special teams battle tonight and win. For us, an important shot obviously. We were able to tie it, Freddie made some big saves for us. It was good.
On if this game was beautiful like the LA game:
What I would say is the game is way higher end. Obviously, they’re a real good team. They’re heavy, they’re fast and they’ve got a great top six, I liked their back-end tonight, I thought Subban played well. I thought it was a good game. I thought we were better in the first, I thought they were better in the second and I didn’t think there was much to pick between the teams in the third.
On the too many men penalty at the end of the third:
We had a guy on the ice and the other guy wasn’t off. Now, that’ll be our third one. The one was just at the end of the game the one night there just for padding the penalty kill stats, but this one tonight could have been a big deal. A guy going on can’t go on before the other guy. It’s just simple. We didn’t touch the puck or anything, I haven’t seen any overhead or anything to see whether it was or wasn’t. I’m sure it was.
On Andersen’s recent play:
I think we’re 4-1-1 in our last six. Is that right? So, he’s been playing and he’s been gotten better just like each year. He kind of gets through October and seems to kick it into gear and gets feeling good. He’s an important player for us, a good leader for us. We need him to make big saves.
On he sees the team loosening up:
That’s what we said before the power play there, ‘Come on, lighten up here fellas. Let’s just go out there and breathe a little bit and do what we’re supposed to do.’ You know, I think the biggest thing is we’re getting to know each other. I’ve said this a number of times, I don’t know if anyone believes it. It’s easier to play with people you know and over a period of time you get to know each other. I think this road trip we have coming up will be real good for us as well. It appears that the guys are starting to have more fun, interacting more. I see more abuse, which is — I think that’s a great thing, once you have fun having fun together. That’s once you get to know each other.
On if Hyman will return this weekend:
I don’t think Zach is coming until next week. I don’t know all the details, but he’ll give me a heads up. I don’t think he’s around until next week and I don’t know why.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (37 SAVES)
On a strong performance in goal:
It definitely felt like the puck was following me a little bit around so it’s a good feeling. There’s different nights where the puck seems to bounce your way and it felt good.
On his save in overtime and Rielly’s blocked shot:
Yeah, [Rielly] blocked a shot and obviously, it hit a tough spot and bounced right back to [Marchessault]. I just tried to stay with it and tried to make the save.
On the important of the penalty kill when the power play is struggling.
I think penalty killers just focus on what they can control and just try to eliminate their scoring chances when we take a penalty. Obviously, we just keep believing that we’re going to find one eventually and we did. Huge goal by [Matthews] and unbelievable shot.
MITCH MARNER (1 ASSIST)
On a big penalty kill in overtime to give the team a chance to win it:
Yeah, it was nice finally getting some 3-on-3 time in there but, I mean, something we’ve always talked about is staying out of the box, we’ve got to do a better job of that. It’s hard to get even-strength going, but I thought our team stayed patient with it. It’s a big win.
On if team was getting frustrated on the power play:
No, I think you saw we went through a little drought there. It was tough throughout the middle but I thought we were getting our entries there well and that’s a big goal there by [Matthews]. I think that was our last power play we had and we needed a goal and we did it.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)
On tonight’s win:
Yeah, I think in the first period we played well, the second I think they kind of ran that and the third was a toss-up. So, obviously, some big saves from Freddie there, probably by far our best player on the ice tonight. He just kept us in it with the penalty kill obviously at the end of the game. So, just stuck with it. Like you said just stayed patient and a big two points.
On the power play changing its look ahead of his goal:
I thought as we went along through the first two periods, we were a bit stagnant. In the third, we pretty much said, ‘what do you have to lose?’ Let’s move around, let’s get the penalty kill thinking more. I thought we did a really good job of that with different guys going to different areas and reacting, playing off our instincts. Not just drawn up plays, but reacting off one another, using each other and making plays. We spread them out a little bit and were able to score.
JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On tonight’s overtime winner:
I think Mitch [Marner] did a great job reading their entry and causing a turnover and as soon as I read what he was seeing got good anticipation that he was going to be able to get the puck. After that I’m just trying to get available and make the lane as easy as I can if he wants to move it over and that’s what he does best. So, just tried to reward a good play that he made.
On the mindset when the team goes to the power play
Just that we’ve got another opportunity and we’re down a goal so we want to make the most of it. Whatever has happened up until that point, we’ve got an opportunity then and now to give ourselves a chance to get back in the game. Obviously, at times I think our execution wasn’t great but I think we also had a lot of looks on net, we put a lot of pucks there and sometimes it’s just getting those second and third opportunities. I think on that last power play that was what happened. We got some pucks to the net, got some looks and we kept retrieving them, retrieving them and finally were able to wear them down. You get [Matthews] inside the dots and there is no better shooter you want in that spot.