Leafs-Flames quotes

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You spoke this morning about how it’s not easy to beat a team twice in a row and it certainly wasn’t easy tonight. How did you see your team find a way?

Sheldon Keefe: Obviously, we were reeling there for quite a while, but the fact that our best people just got to work when things were all even again and went out there and found a way to get us another one, and then we were pretty good there right to the very end. Again, with the penalty kill, we made it even harder on ourselves, but it was a pretty gutsy win that way. We don’t like a lot of things about the game today in terms of how we let them back in it, of course. That just shows, again, where we need to continue to grow as a team. 

At the same time, that’s a good team over there. That’s two games they played us hard. They carried play for good chunks of time in both games. We knew they were going to push back. I wish we could have been a little better there, but to come out of it with another win here tonight is a really good sign for our team. In terms of the resiliency and not folding and not feeling sorry for ourselves when we give up the lead when they find their way back, all really good healthy signs for our team. There’s lots of things we’ll take away from here tonight that will help us get better from here.  

FREDERIK ANDERSEN 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: A bit of a wild ride for the team and for you, in terms of the action you were seeing. Not much at first and then quite a lot of pucks near the end. From your perspective, how did the team pull this one out?

Frederik Andersen: Yeah, you said it pretty good. We scored some big goals at the right moments and then had some good kills at big moments as well so I think we can chalk that up to a few timely goals and  couple PKs. Pretty good first period, obviously. We didn’t really give them anything and got some goals so that was a good start.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You’ve obviously been teammates with Mitch Marner for a while now, what’s your perspective and what’s standing out to you about the way he’s started this season?

Frederik Andersen: It’s good. He’s a skillful player. He sees the ice so well, and creates a lot of time and space out there. Great shot today so that was nice to see.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: I wanted to ask you about Mitch’s shot. We all know how good of a shot Auston had all his career but Mitch has really seemed to have stepped up his game shot-wise. What have you seen of his progression as a shooter when you face him in practice?

Frederik Andersen: I think it’s underrated. I think he’s good at picking spots and being pretty elusive and tricky about where he’s going to go. That’s probably what he’s been really good at. I think he wants to be more than an incredible passer and playmaker. I know he wants to add to his game and I think he’s done that throughout the years I’ve played with him.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: As a goalie, when you’re looking at guys who have good shots and are good playmakers, is it all the more tough to anticipate what they’re going to do with the puck?

Frederik Andersen: Yeah, of course. There’s more options so you’ve got to respect both the shot and the pass option so the better you can be at both, the more it’s going to help you.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: When you guys have a game like that where it’s kind of one story in the first and then another one in the second period, and you still manage to battle back and win, what do you think that says about the team and some growth that has been made in the last couple of years, or do you see it that way?

Frederik Andersen: Yeah, of course. It’s good character to battle these games out and get the two points. Obviously, we had a chance to take all four today in this little mini-series and we wanted to do that so it’s really nice to see the way we battled to the end and got away with the two points again tonight. Obviously, we don’t want to make it this hard every night but again, it’s a good character win.

TRAVIS BOYD 

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: I’m wondering since the camp ended, what was the priority for you to work on to stay sharp? What approach did you take into tonight’s game?

Travis Boyd: Coming out of camp was just trying to get up to speed. I think, just like everybody else, you only had a week of camp this year and I think it only ended up being six ice days or something like that. Just trying to get up to speed, get your conditioning going and, for me personally, also just trying to get used to the systems. My first year with the organization so just getting used to how they play and the structure that they want to play with every night. 

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: That aside, and a nice by Muzzin and Engvall to get that going, but how difficult did you find it to get into the rhythm of the game and that sort of thing, or did you after watching the first seven?

Travis Boyd: I actually thought, myself personally and my line, I thought we were good from the start tonight. Really had some good O zone shifts in the first and even in the second before we ended up scoring. Once you start playing you’re right back into it.  Obviously, like I said, I felt a few times out there tonight I had maybe been a little out of position or whatever versus how the structure is that we want to play with here, but other than that I thought we were good tonight. I thought my line was really good, I thought we had some good O zone shifts and didn’t give up a whole lot. 

TJ BRODIE 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How did you get it done tonight?

TJ Brodie: We came out hard. I thought we played well in the first. We had some looks. We let it go in the second a little bit there and started chasing it but we found a way to hold on and get the two points.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What’s your perspective on working alongside Frederik Andersen as a defenceman back there? What stands out the most to you about him?

TJ Brodie: He’s great. He’s always in position and I’ve been really impressed with the way he handles the puck. I haven’t had the chance to play against him too much, it’s definitely something that he does well.

Q: Luke Fox, Sportsnet: What’s the biggest thing you’ve learned about Mitch Marner that you didn’t know before coming to Toronto?

TJ Brodie: Just how great defensively he is. He’s always in the right spot, great stick and on the penalty kill, he’s real effective. Whether it’s up ice or in the zone, it’s something like I said not playing too much in Toronto through the years, it’s something that I didn’t really get to see or notice.

JUSTIN HOLL

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: From your perspective, after a strong first period, why was it difficult to maintain that as Calgary had a push back in the middle of the game?

Justin Holl: I thought they did a really good job of squeezing us in our defensive zone. They had four guys on one side while we were trying to breakout so I think we need to do a better job of finding the weak side D. That’s kind of our way out of it and we didn’t do a very good job of doing that. Then a little bit of panic set in where guys are throwing pucks and obviously I’m guilty as well. Some things we need to clean up but we’re just happy to get in here and get two wins in a row and onwards.

Q. James Mirtle, The Athletic: How do you feel your season has gone so far through eight games for you personally?

 

Justin Holl: I think it’s been good so far. The way I measure my game mostly, especially if I’m playing a lot of minutes like I have been, is if we win, really. Having a 6-2 record through eight games is positive for our team. I don’t think the games have been perfect, I don’t think we’re rolling yet, but that’s kind of how I measure success in terms of Muzz and I on the ice.  

MITCH MARNER 

Q: Mark Masters, TSN: Mitch, not easy to beat a good team back-to-back, especially on the road . Your perspective on how the team got it done tonight.

Mitch Marner: I think the first period we came out how we wanted to. Second period, obviously we sat back, gave them everything, game them all the opportunities, Freddie stood strong for us there. I think we gave up way too many shots, chances against. O-zone wasn’t there for us, controlling it wise puck.  Like I said, Freddie kept us strong in there. Then it came to us in the third, again we were sitting back a little too much. I think everyone got their feet under them, kind of calmed down the bench and did what we needed to do.

Q: Mark Masters, TSN: What did you see the on game-winning goal? An example of that kind of shot mentality you talked about wanting to establish?

Mitch Marner: I’ve really been working on that shot with Matts. I think if I can try to find that shot more, I know that Matts can find me there. We’ve been trying to work on that shot a lot. For me, it’s just trying to get it off my stick quickly and on to the net, for a chance on net, for a rebound or something for [Hyman] to go in, which it did. But again, I mean I’m trying to get more of a shot mentality in there, trying to be more of a threat. It was a great dish by Matty and that’s big goal.

Q: Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: About your shot, how much do you work on it like 12 months a year, all season and you seem to have really gotten better with it in the last year or two. What are you doing to get to another level with that shot?

Mitch Marner: I think obviously weight helps, put on a lot of weight since first and second year, got a lot stronger on my stick and everything like that, more flex. I guess less flex on my stick actually got higher up in that range. I mean I think just the last two years I’ve been trying to work on it. I feel like it’s a mentality thing. I feel like I really want to try and make an extra play most of the time but this year around, trying to be more of a threat. More of a guy that can be more a consistent shooter on net, kind of change things up on goalies and that’s what I did tonight. I had a couple of good opportunities in the second. I just missed the net on both which I’ve got to fix that opportunity but like I said, great play by Matty there, great dish by him and great space and for me, it’s just trying to put it in.

Maple Leafs-Flames postgame notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (6-2-0 – 12 Points) vs.

CALGARY FLAMES (3-1-1 – 5 Points)

TUESDAY, JANUARY 26, 2021

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO2114
CALGARY0213

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Wayne Simmonds put the Maple Leafs on the board at 3:44 of the first period. Simmonds has goals (2) in two consecutive games. He has 16 points (8-8-16) in 27 career games against the Flames.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 14:16 of the first period and later had the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s third period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his second multi-point performance of the season. He has registered seven points (4-3-7) over his last five games played.
  • Travis Boyd scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 2:09 of the second period. Boyd’s goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf and his first point as a Maple Leaf. He had 10 points (3-7-10) in 24 games as a member of the Washington Capitals last season. Tonight’s game is his first game as a Maple Leaf.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal and later scored Toronto’s fourth goal of the night at 12:14 of the third period. Marner has assists (4) and points (2-4-6) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-point game of the season. He is tied for the NHL lead in points with 12 (5-7-12) through eight games played.  He leads the NHL in even-strength goals (5). Toronto is 6-0-0 when Marner records a point this season.
  • Justin Holl recorded the primary assist on Simmonds’ first period goal. Holl has five assists in eight games played this season. The Maple Leafs are 3-1-0 when Holl records a point this season.
  • Jimmy Vesey collected the secondary assist on Simmonds’ first period goal. Vesey has two points (1-1-2) over his last three games played. Tonight’s assist is his first point on the road in 2020-21.
  • Morgan Rielly had the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Marner’s third period goal. Rielly has assists (5) in two consecutive games. He has recorded five (0-5-5) of his six (1-5-6) points on the road this season.
  • Pierre Engvall recorded the primary assist on Boyd’s second period goal. Engvall’s assist is his first point of the 2020-21 season. In 48 games as a rookie in 2019-20, Engvall registered eight goals and seven assists.
  • Jake Muzzin picked up the secondary assist on Boyd’s second period goal. Muzzin has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has 19 points (3-16-19) in 33 career games against the Flames.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 23 of the 26 shots he faced to earn his fourth win of the season.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO10 (6)5 (5)6 (6)21 (17)
CALGARY1 (1)18 (17)7 (5)26 (23)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO12 (8)16 (16)11 (10)39 (34)
CALGARY9 (7)27 (26)17 (14)53 (47)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road3-1-0 (4 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary  63-60-12-5 (140 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary on the Road27-41-5-2 (75 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Marner)
Shot Attempts6 (Marner)
Faceoff Wins11 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits(Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Anderson)
Takeaways(Eight players tied)
TOI23:53 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI1:46 (Marner, Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI3:43 (Holl)
Shifts31 (Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage53.3% (Simmonds – 8 for, 7 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first3-1-0
Lead after 12-0-0
Lead after 25-0-0
Score 1 power play goal4-0-0
Allow 1 power play goal2-2-0
Outshot by opponent3-1-0
Tuesday1-0-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto has scored at least one power play goal in seven of the club’s eight games this season.
  • Joey Anderson skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
  • Zach Hyman and Jake Muzzin started 33.3% of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Auston Matthews was 9-for-15 (60%) in the faceoff circle when matched up with Calgary centre Elias Lindholm.
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 14 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 40.0% (14 for, 21 against).

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Thursday, January 28, 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

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.

Maple Leafs-Flames pregame notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (5-2-0 – 10 Points) vs.

CALGARY FLAMES (2-1-1 – 5 Points)

JANUARY 26, 2021 ▪ 9:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME (CALGARY, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:62-60-12-5 (139 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:26-41-5-2 (74 Games)
2020-21:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:6-3-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (29)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (6), Jason Spezza (6)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (11)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (18)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):22 (t-2nd)13 (t-21st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       19 (t-20th)(5th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):9/22 [40.9%] (3rd)7/20 [35.0%] (6th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):21/26 [80.8%] (t-13th)14/16 [87.5%] (7th)
SHOTS (Rank):222 (2nd)126 (28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):308 (1st)161 (27th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):54.2% (5th)53.6% (t-7th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):57.3% (2nd)46.3% (24th)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:62-60-12-5 (139 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-41-5-2 (74 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:January 24, 2021 (Toronto 3, Calgary 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS4 (Marner, Tavares)
ASSISTS6 (Marner)
POINTS10 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs17 (Simmonds)
SHOTS29 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Marner, Mikheyev)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS13 (Holl)
TAKEAWAYS6 (Nylander)
HITS15 (Hyman)
TOI PER GAME24:08 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:27 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:45 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Ranks seventh among NHL goaltenders in saves made (123).- Has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 14 career games against Calgary.  – Earned his 139th win as a Maple Leaf on January 22 vs. Edmonton to move past Curtis Joseph for fourth on the Maple Leafs’ all-time goaltender win register.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 18:00 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Averages 2:34 per game in shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (8).
Jack Campbell– Is 3-2-0 in five career appearances against the Flames with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.
Justin Holl– Leads NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:44) with a shot attempt percentage of 61.6%.- Averaging 21:30 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Tied for sixth among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:45).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:00).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (57.1%) among Toronto forwards.- One of nine forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (13:57) of shorthanded ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (33.9%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (51.9%).
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks sixth among Toronto forwards in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.47).- Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has won 66.7% (8 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for the lead among NHLers in points (4-6-10).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (4).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:03).
Auston Matthews– Averaging 23:07 in time on ice per game, which ranks third among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (60.4%).- Ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (29).- Has won the 12th-most faceoffs in the NHL (62).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:14).- Has an average of 23.0 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have played at least 15 minutes of shorthanded ice time.  
Jake Muzzin– Ranks 23rd among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:42).- Ranks 13th among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (15.57).- Has the 17th highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (59.3%) among NHL defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the third highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.93) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.8%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded six points against the Flames (two goals, four assists) in nine career games against Calgary.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for 23rd among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (24:08).- Had his eighth career game with three-plus assists on January 24 at Calgary. Per NHL PR, only two defensemen in history have recorded more with the franchise: Borje Salming (29) and Tomas Kaberle (12).
John Tavares– Tied for 13th in the NHL in points (4-3-7).- Leads the NHL in power play goals (4).- Tied for fourth among NHLers in shots on goal (24).- Has the highest faceoff win percentage (64.1%) among NHLers who have taken at least 100 faceoffs (103).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerAssists (3) and Points (1-3-4) in two consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaAssists (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL goal (Jan. 22 vs. EDM)
Mitch Marner300th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
Wayne SimmondsFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
500th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 7
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 24Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.
Jan. 23Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.
Jan. 21Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve. Added forward Joey Anderson to the taxi squad.
Jan. 19Loaned forward Travis Boyd to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

Leafs 3, Flames 2: Quotes

SHELDON KEEFE

Opening Remarks: A good two points for us here today. I do think before I take any questions it’s important to acknowledge the passing of George Armstrong today. It was tough news for our organization and our fans and people that love the game. We actually took a moment today as a team – normally 90 minutes before a game we have a meeting. That’s where we cover a lot of our plans for the game and preparing for the opposition. 

Today we made it about George and shared a video of him and had a conversation about him and his impact on our organization. Leaf Nation is as strong as it is because of the efforts of people like George and, in particular, that era when they were winning the Stanley Cups. Generations of Leaf fans were bred through those efforts. We felt that it was important to acknowledge that. 

Condolences to the Armstrong family, his friends and people who loved him. For myself, I didn’t get a chance to see him play or anything like that, but, like I said, we feel the efforts of people like George and the efforts that they put forth in that era. We feel that every day here with the Leafs and are grateful for that. 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: A couple of the guys said it was maybe a big of an ugly win. Jack Campbell also said it could be a character building win. What do you want the group to take from this game?

Sheldon Keefe: I think there’s no doubt that it was an ugly one. I think the reality is we looked at this game, it was our seventh game in 12 days, traveling out here and then having to play a two o’clock game. It’s a tough ask, and then you’re playing against a rested team. This one, we felt, would not be pretty. To get the two points is real big for us to have found a way to get those wins and found a way to bounce a few pucks our way into the net. It’s enough for us to get out of here with a win and now we’ll get a good night’s rest and have good practice tomorrow and regroup for the next time out.  

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How would you describe the effort of Jack Campbell in net, especially near the end there? It appeared he might be dealing with something physically. What did he mean to you guys today?

Sheldon Keefe: He was huge. You don’t get through ugly games like this with a win without your goaltender being your best player. He was that today. He gave our guys great confidence, maybe too much confidence at times, but he was outstanding. It’s another great effort by him today.

Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: I’m wondering what’s running through your mind when you see Jack struggle there at the end physically?

Sheldon Keefe: You’re hoping he’s alright. He got a little bit of attention there and obviously it happened late in the game so I think he’s feeling the effects of that a little bit, but he was able to shake it off and get through the remainder of the game. Luckily there was no other flurry around the net the rest of the way. 

Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: How did you feel Auston looked in his first game back?

Sheldon Keefe: I thought he, like a lot of guys on our team, just weren’t themselves today. His situation probably even more difficult. I don’t know how many days its been since he’s really skated here. We just didn’t have legs today and it was real tough for all of our top guys to really get going tonight.

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: Was there anything about George Armstrong in particular you wanted the players to know or anything about his career or his life that you shared?

Sheldon Keefe: We went through that recapped his accomplishments and what he meant to the organization, his taking part in all those Stanley Cups and his abilities as a leader and as a captain. I think the message really, we talked about just how efforts like that back in the 1960s, in particular, the last time the Leafs won a Cup, that’s the reason why Leaf Nation is as strong as it is. That’s why generations of families grow up as Leaf fans, because of those efforts.

We have a role to play to continue to build upon that. That was part of it. Just celebrating his legacy. When you’re in this every single day, you’re in the moment, you’re taking care of what you can control every single day. I do think it’s important to stop and pause every now and again just to look at the bigger picture and recognize what we’re doing here every day is for a greater purpose beyond ourselves. We have a role to play within how we prepare and how we play, and people like George showed the way there.  

TJ BRODIE

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What are you going to remember most about your first game back in Calgary?

TJ Brodie: I think it’s a hard one to forget with the situation and everything. Looking back when I do retire, it’s definitely something to tell the kids and grandkids about the masks and no fans and stuff. It was different, that’s for sure.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: It’s obviously so different with no fans, there would have been a standing ovation for you, I’m sure. What was that moment like when they did the video tribute in the first period? Your teammates and your old teammates were showing their appreciation.

TJ Brodie: It was special. I owe a lot to the people in Calgary, the teammates, everyone in the organization, the fans. I didn’t really know what to do there. I’ve never been on a different team and with no fans I didn’t know whether to wave or what to do. It was a little awkward.

Q. Kristen Shilton, TSN: What was your take on how the team played tonight, thinking about how you felt overall about the game defensively? 

TJ Brodie: I think there’s things to clean up, for sure. That’s not the way we wanted it to go, it was a little ugly at points. At the end of the day, those games are going to happen and those are the ones that count at the end of the year. Those messy ones that you end up with the two points at the end. 

JACK CAMPBELL

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You seemed to be in a bit of pain at the end, how are you holding up physically after a gutsy effort?

Jack Campbell: I feel great. The boys played really well and it’s just huge to come out of this barn with two points.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Was there any thought in your mind that you’d have to leave the game?

Jack Campbell: Never.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How would you describe the challenge of going up against someone like Matthew Tkachuk? Obviously, he’s there to agitate and also has so much skill, he fell on top of you at the end there. How would you describe the challenge?

Jack Campbell: I don’t really look at him as a menace out there, he’s just a really good hockey player. Anytime he’s out there I’m always aware. He’s really good in front of the net and setting up his teammates. I think we did a great job as a unit shutting him down. We’re going to need that every night to keep getting these two points.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Was there any worry there with what was happening in the final minute, health-wise?

Jack Campbell: I was just really focused on trying to get out of this place with two points. I think the guys did a good job of helping me out and we accomplished that. It’s all I’m focused on right now.

AUSTON MATTHEWS

Opening Remarks: First off, I just want to extend my condolences to the Armstrong family. Obviously, George was an incredible ambassador for the City of Toronto and the Maple Leafs. He paved the way for the guys like us who are trying to accomplish something big here. I just want to extend my condolences to his family.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: What was your take overall? You guys had the day of travel yesterday, the early start could have played a factor. The Flames hadn’t played in six days but you guys seemed to come out from the opening faceoff and do some good things and carry that through. Did you see it that way?

Auston Matthews: I don’t know. I mean, I think it was a pretty ugly game for us to be honest, for us. There’s a lot of things we could have done better. I think we had good sequences in the game. Obviously, a couple of solid lucky bounces that went our way today and we’ll definitely take them but definitely some stuff that we can clean up. Obviously, we can’t make excuses for travel and time change and that stuff. Coming in here we’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to use this time now, a day and a half until we play next, to rest and recover and get used to this schedule here.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Is that a difference in the team then, that you can “win ugly” and some things might not go your way but you’re still able to pull out a victory?

Auston Matthews: Yeah, [Campbell] was a rock star for us tonight. He made some big saves, especially toward the end there. He was a brick wall for us. He definitely saved us there for sure. It always, I guess, encouraging to win ugly games like this where you just stay with it shift-by-shift and just try to get what we can done.

Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: I was just wondering at practice the other day, what is it that you were feeling that you decided not to practice?

Auston Matthews: I just had some issues here with my hand that I was going through. I’m not really going to go any further than that but obviously if I could have skated or played and felt comfortable then I would have done that but it’s fine now and we’re good to move forward here.

Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: Is it something you’ll have to keep your eye on moving forward?

Auston Matthews: A little bit. I’ll obviously have to take care of it here in the next couple of weeks but it feels a lot better. It feels more than good enough to play and good enough to go out there and contribute and help the team.

 WAYNE SIMMONDS

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Wayne, that was a milestone moment for you — first as a Leaf, 100th on the power play, 500th point in your career. What did it mean to you?

Wayne Simmonds: It’s pretty big. It felt a lot better that we got the two points. Obviously, it’s nice to get it out of the way, but it’s even nicer to get the two points. Not too happy with our performance, we’ve got a few things we’ve got to fix, but a good two points to start off the road trip.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What’s your perspective on the power play that seems to be clicking very well to start this season? All the weapons that are there and your role on it.

Wayne Simmonds: We’ve got two great units. I don’t think it matters which unit is on the ice at this moment. Both units are clicking really well. For me it’s pretty much status quo, get in front of the net, get loose pucks, present myself as an option for the other guys. It’s been great so far and we’ll look to continue to improve. 

Sharks make plans after early February games at SAP Center are nixed — Red Bluff Daily News

Now knowing they’ll have to stay away from San Jose for longer than they had first hoped, some Sharks players have been busy trying to find out what it will mean for them to be the home team in another city. Sharks coach Bob Boughner said Sunday that players have been reaching out to the…

Sharks make plans after early February games at SAP Center are nixed — Red Bluff Daily News

Maple Leafs – Flames pregame notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (4-2-0 – 8 Points) vs.

CALGARY FLAMES (2-0-1 – 5 Points)

JANUARY 24, 2021 ▪ 4:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME (CALGARY, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: FAN 590

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:61-60-12-5 (138 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:25-41-5-2 (73 Games)
2019-20:0-1-1
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:5-4-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (31), Wayne Simmonds (25)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (5)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (11)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (21), Jake Muzzin (14)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):19 (t-3rd)11 (t-22nd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       17 (t-20th)(t-2nd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):8/18 [44.4%] (2nd)6/16 [37.5%] (t-5th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):18/22 [81.8%] (15th)11/12 [91.7%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):190 (4th)93 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):272 (3rd)113 (t-28th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):56.2% (3rd)52.2% (11th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):58.2% (1st)45.7% (25th)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
All-Time Record:61-60-12-5 (138 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:25-41-5-2 (73 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:March 4, 2019 (Toronto 6, Calgary 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS4 (Marner, Tavares)
ASSISTS5 (Nylander)
POINTS8 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs15 (Simmonds)
SHOTS27 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Marner, Mikheyev)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton, Vesey)
BLOCKED SHOTS12 (Holl)
TAKEAWAYS5 (Nylander)
HITS14 (Hyman)
TOI PER GAME24:27 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:32 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:54 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Ranks fourth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (123).- Has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 14 career games against Calgary.  – Earned his 139th win as a Maple Leaf on January 22 vs. Edmonton to move past Curtis Joseph for fourth on the Maple Leafs’ all-time goaltender win register.
TJ Brodie– Averaging 17:55 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Averages 2:40 per game in shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (8).
Jack Campbell– Is 2-2-0 in five career appearances against the Flames with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .944 save percentage.
Justin Holl– Leads NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:34) with a shot attempt percentage of 62.5%.- Averaging 21:15 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Ranks eighth among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:54).
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:00).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (57.1%) among Toronto forwards.- One of nine forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (13:57) of shorthanded ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (33.9%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (51.9%).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for fourth among Toronto forwards in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.72).- Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has won 63.6% (7 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for second among NHLers in points (4-4-8).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:07).- Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (4-1-5). – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.9%. 
Auston Matthews– Averaging 23:24 in time on ice per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (65.7%).- Ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (27).- Has won the ninth-most faceoffs in the NHL (55).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:20).- Has an average of 21.5 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks sixth among NHL forwards who have played at least 10 minutes on the penalty kill.  
Jake Muzzin– Ranks 22nd among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:50).- Is 23rd among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (14.02).- Has the 16th highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (60.5%) among NHL defencemen.
William Nylander– Has the highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (2.25) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.7%, which is the fourth-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded six points against the Flames (two goals, four assists) in eight career games against Calgary.
Morgan Rielly– Ranks 17th among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (24:27).- Has been on the ice for the eighth-most shot attempts for among NHL skaters (100).- Has the seventh highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%) among NHLers who average at least 19:00 (19:42) per game in 5-on-5 ice time.
John Tavares– Tied for eighth in the NHL in points (4-3-7).- Leads the NHL in power play goals (4).- Tied for third among NHL centres in shots on goal (22).- Has the third-highest faceoff win percentage (64.7%) among NHLers who have taken at least 75 faceoffs (85).
Jimmy Vesey– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 75% when the Maple Leafs lead in games, which is the highest percentage on the team.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

TJ BrodieAssists (2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
Mitch MarnerOne point from 300 NHL points
Wayne SimmondsOne point from 500 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Adam BrooksFirst NHL goal (Jan. 22 vs. EDM)
Mikko LehtonenFirst NHL game (Jan. 18 vs. WPG)
  

INJURY REPORT

Auston Matthews (Upper Body)Did not play on Jan. 22 vs. EDM.
Nick Robertson (Knee)On long term injured reserve.
Joe Thornton (Rib)On long term injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 4
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 24Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.
Jan. 23Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.
Jan. 21Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve. Added forward Joey Anderson to the taxi squad.
Jan. 19Loaned forward Travis Boyd to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Jan. 18Recalled defenceman Mikko Lehtonen from the club’s taxi squad. Added goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the club’s taxi squad. Goaltender Aaron Dell claimed off waivers by New Jersey.
Jan. 17Added forward Pierre Engvall to the club’s taxi squad.

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LEAFS 4, OILERS 2 QUOTES

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: What did you like most about what you saw from that Kerfoot line tonight?

Sheldon Keefe: I thought they skated well. It took them a little while to get going in the game I thought, like it did our whole team, but they were on the puck hard. What I liked most is that they scored us a 5-on-5 goal. Those have been hard to come by and it’s good to get one.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How did you feel the team handled the offence/defence balance that we were talking about in the days leading up to this one?

Sheldon Keefe: I thought it took us a little while to really settle into that proper balance. I thought we were pushing offensively early in the game. We did generate some good looks in that first period where we gave up too much. I thought we gave up more in the first period than we gave up in the entire game the other day.  Over time, through the game, I thought we settled down in that area. That was a really good sign. I think what I liked most about the game is just when we go into it without two very important players for us, a game where we get down on a shorthanded goal the way that we did, responded right away. That was a positive sign for us. We get ahead, give up the lead early in the third, get a power play and just make good on it and then finish the job. Really good signs, just how despite having, in Engvall and Brooks’ case, two guys that haven’t played at all, and Barabanov, a guy who hasn’t played much, coming into our lineup. I thought that we were steady all the way through and I thought Fred Andersen was outstanding. That gave our group confidence to just keep playing. 

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: McDavid ties the game there, can it be a lesson going forward to see what you guys did from that point on and take the lead back and clamp down?

Sheldon Keefe: Like I said, I just like that we didn’t get rattled by that. I have to go back and watch the whole sequence of how it all happened, but I thought we actually did a pretty good job of clogging the neutral zone there, we forced them to dump it, and we didn’t get back onto the puck and breakout. They get it to the top, they shoot it and tip it. We can do a better job on the stick on the tip, but it’s one of those sequences that it happens. I just like how we shrugged it off and kept playing. We earned ourselves a power play and then guys made good on it. Whether it’s goaltending, penalty kill, power play, our best players here today – Mitch, his efforts, JT to get a tip on the winning goal, good shifts and efforts that we got from the guys that came in the lineup, I thought Wayne Simmonds had his best game. There was a lot of really good things to take out the game that will help us build from here.  

Q. Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press: A lot of people were expecting fireworks in this two-game set, it didn’t really happen. Were we wrong to expect that? What did you see? Why was it so tight?

Sheldon Keefe: I think if you go back and watch the first seven minutes of the first period I don’t think it was very tight and Fred was great. He kept us in it early there, I thought. That or we were just able to get back at the last second and break things up. Things were pretty loose early on. I thought as the game settled in structure kind of took over again. You’ve got two teams that are trying to improve defensively and not be so loose and free in terms of offensive chances, defensive chances. In our case tonight especially, you take two thirds of your top line out, and someone like Auston and what he means to our team, we’ve got to play a little bit differently and the group’s got to recognize the important of every shift and how important it is to stay with the structure and stay with the plan.  I thought we did that really well today. I thought our best guys led us. Big time play from Will to make that pass to Vesey who finished it. That’s another big 5-on-5 goal from Jimmy Vesey for us. That’s a great sign. Just a real good team win, which we knew going in it was going have to be. 

Q. Eric Francis, Sportsnet: Can you talk a little bit about what TJ Brodie has brought to your team that maybe you guys were hoping he would fill a void with?

Sheldon Keefe: He’s just been a real steady presence for us. Whether it be defensively or offensively with how he moves the puck. Just been a really steady, consistent, low maintenance guy who’s come in. Like every player there’s an adjustment period, but he looks really comfortable. When I talk about our team not getting rattled or fazed by anything that might have occurred in any of our games, he epitomizes that. He just goes out and plays. If he makes a mistake or the team makes a mistake, it doesn’t rattle him. He just goes out and plays his next shift. That’s really valuable on defence, in particular. 

FREDERIK ANDERSEN

Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: You passed Curtis Joseph in wins tonight in franchise history. Do wins like this mean that much more to you when they come second half of a back-to-back in a game that sets the tone for you guys heading on the road?

Frederik Andersen: I’ll start by saying it’s obviously cool to be in the same sentence as a guy like Cujo. He’s a phenomenal person, obviously enjoyed seeing him around here under normal circumstances. Playing a lot of games and being part of a good team you’re going to end up with wins and I’m really happy about the way we responded. The second part of the question, obviously we wanted to respond on the last game and take two points back. Obviously, every single game is a division game so we knew we had to respond to not dig ourselves a hole. I like the way we came out. 

Q. Dave McCarthy, NHL.com: If I’m not mistaken, Cujo was a guy that you really idolized growing up. I believe you wore his pads back at the Centennial Classic. Is he a guy that you really followed growing up?

Frederik Andersen: It was probably a little bit hard to say that because in Denmark we didn’t get much NHL, but obviously with the pads being his brand and I would see them, they would be the ones being sold in the stores in Denmark and I know my Dad played with the same colours. He’s one of the greats in Toronto and it’s special, like that game back in my first year, to be able to give him a little respect. It’s cool. 

 TJ BRODIE

Q. Eric Francis, Sportsnet: How has your role changed in Toronto as opposed to the role you played here in Calgary?

TJ Brodie: I think it’s pretty similar. I’m willing to play wherever they want me to play and wherever helps the team the most. That’s the way I’ve looked at it throughout my career and the way I’ll continue to look at it. 

Q. Eric Francis, Sportsnet: Have you touched base with many of the guys in the room? I know you’re tight with a ton of them.

TJ Brodie: Yeah we’ve talked here and there. Obviously, since the season’s started I haven’t really talked to them, it’s been a bit chaotic with the schedule, but it will be good to face off against them.

Q. Eric Francis, Sportsnet: How much have you thought about your return to Calgary either during the summer or of late?

TJ Brodie: Yeah I didn’t really think about it at all. My main focus has been here, getting to know the guys, getting to know the systems and create that chemistry here. It’s something I didn’t really worry about. I figured I’d think about it when the time comes.  

ADAM BROOKS

Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Adam, you were drafted five years ago, a long road to this moment. To score your first goal, how does it feel?

Adam Brooks: Yeah, it definitely feels good. I think there was a lot of pressure taken off me. That was the first game I’ve played in 330 days or something like that. It’s been a long time. It was nice to get that bounce and nicer to come from a guy like Jason Spezza. It was a lot of fun . A great moment that I’ll remember forever obviously and just happy that I got the opportunity to be out there with those guys.

Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Where’s the puck going?

Adam Brooks: I’m sure my parents will steal it and put it in their basement but I’m not even really sure where it is right now.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How would you describe what it was like waiting? You mentioned the time off, what was it like trying to stay focused and all of that?

Adam Brooks: Yeah, it’s definitely hard. A lot of guys obviously were in that situation where they didn’t play for a long time. Whenever you get back into a situation like that where you get to play, the first period or the first little is going to be hard I think. No matter how hard you train and no matter what you’re doing, whenever you get into game mode it’s always a little bit harder and a little bit of a step up so you know it was nice to get out there and get my feet wet. Obviously I don’t know what’s going to happen going forward but I was happy to get the opportunity. Like I said, fortunate to get a bounce like that.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What will you remember most about that goal, that sequence?

Adam Brooks: I think for me it’s pretty cool to play with a guy like Spezza. My first game ever he was on my wing as well. I got him to sign a stick for me. So to say that he assisted on my first goal, a guy that’s played for that long and of that caliber, it’s a pretty cool moment for me. Just the whole thing was pretty exciting.

JOHN TAVARES 

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: You were talking this morning about guys having to elevate their games and that sort of thing. Did that happen tonight?

John Tavares: I think certainly to get a good hard fought win like that you need the whole group and some guys got new different opportunities, more opportunities. When you come out on the right side of it, I thought as the game went on we got better. We were a little loose with some opportunities they created in the first period, but other than that I thought, we found our game, found our rhythm and it was hard fought. They competed hard and certainly guys stepped up and got a big bounce back.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Your thoughts on heading out west for a week now and two with the Flames and two with the Oilers and what you expect?

John Tavares: Yeah, I guess we’re Alberta bound – just try to build some momentum off a decent week here. Each game is so important, we know everything is inner divisional so it doesn’t stop. You can’t take your foot off the gas and we’ve got to keep improving. We’ve got a real challenge going into Sunday with the travel, the turnaround and the amount of hockey we’ve already played. Mentally and physically, we’ve got to respond, get ourselves ready to go and know that we’ve got a tough one with our first time seeing the Flames. It should be a fun trip. I don’t think we’ve got any back-to-backs so try to take advantage of those days in-between and make the most of this trip. 

JIMMY VESEY 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Can you take us through the goal?

Jimmy Vesey: Yeah, I thought it was a good forecheck by our line. Kerf made a nice anticipation play and picked it off and found Willy who made a great play to me. You know, I think a lot of people thought that he would have shot that puck but froze the goalie and slid it over and I just tried to bury it.

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What was it like getting reunited with Alex [Kerfoot]? We know you guys go way back.

Jimmy Vesey: I thought it was great. You know we’ve had some sporadic shifts from the games before this. It was great to play with him tonight. I think we still have a little bit of that chemistry. He’s a pass first guy and I thought he was looking for me and Willy tonight so it was nice to play with him and obviously, nice to get a goal.

Q. Josh Clipperton, Canadian Press: What you thought of the team’s performance overall, missing Auston, missing Joe and how you guys grinded one out after the disappointment Wednesday.

Jimmy Vesey: I thought it was a great effort by the group. Like you said, no Auston, no Jumbo, guys came and stepped up. You know obviously Brooksy, first NHL goal and I thought Barabanov came in and looked a lot more comfortable and played a really good game for us. I thought it was a gutsy effort. We didn’t like our game the other night. It’s good we didn’t have to wait to play those guys again and came back and got it done tonight.

Maple Leafs 4, Oilers 2 postgame notes

EDMONTON OILERS (2-4-0 – 4 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (4-2-0 – 8 Points)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 22, 2021

 123OTFINAL
EDMONTON0112
TORONTO0224

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Adam Brooks put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 5:55 of the second period. Brooks’ goal is his first career NHL goal. In seven games with the Maple Leafs in 2019-20, he recorded three assists. He had 20 points (9-11-20) in 29 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last season.
  • Jimmy Vesey scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 11:16 of the second period. Vesey’s goal is his second of the season and second on home ice. Vesey had nine goals and 11 assists in 64 games with Buffalo last season.
  • John Tavares scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 11:46. Tavares is second in the NHL in points with four goals and three assists in six games to begin the season. He has three goals and two assists in four games on home ice. Tavares has 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists) in 18 career games against Edmonton.
  • Mitch Marner notched the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal before scoring Toronto’s fourth goal into an empty net at 19:59 of the third period. Tonight’s game is Marner’s third multi-point game of the season. He leads the NHL lead in points with eight (4 goals, 4 assists).  He has seven points (4-3-7) over his last four games. Marner has five points (3-2-5) in four games on home ice this season.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Spezza’s assist is his second of the season. Both of his assists have come on home ice. In 31 career games against Edmonton, he has 27 points (9 goals, 18 assists).
  • TJ Brodie collected the secondary assist on Brooks’ second period goal. Brodie has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has three assists in six games this season.
  • William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Vesey’s second period goal and later had the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Nylander has five assists in six games to begin the season. Tonight’s game is his first multi-assist and second multi-point game of the season.  He has nine points (2-8-10) in 10 career games against the Oilers.
  • Alex Kerfoot had the secondary assist on Vesey’s second period goal. Kerfoot has two assists over his last three games. In nine career games against Edmonton, he has recorded eight points (5-3-8).
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 30 of the 32 shots he faced to earn his third win of the season.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
EDMONTON11 (11)10 (5)11 (10)32 (26)
TORONTO12 (12)9 (7)8 (3)29 (22)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
EDMONTON17 (17)18 (10)20 (19)55 (46)
TORONTO20 (20)16 (12)18 (13)54 (45)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home3-1-0 (4 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Edmonton  53-44-8-1 (106 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Edmonton at Home30-19-2-0 (51 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Engvall, Tavares)
Shot Attempts6 (Vesey)
Faceoff Wins12 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage71% (Spezza – 5 won, 2 lost)
Hits(Bogosian)
Blocked Shots(Brodie, Muzzin)
Takeaways(Marner)
TOI23:16 (Hyman)
Power Play TOI2:21 (Marner, Nylander, Rielly)
Shorthanded TOI2:19 (Holl)
Shifts27 (Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage81.0% (Vesey – 17 for, 4 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first3-1-0
Tied after 12-1-0
Lead after 23-0-0
Score multiple power play goals3-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal3-0-0
Outshot by opponent1-1-0
Friday1-1-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 2-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Pierre Engvall and Jason Spezza started 33.3% of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 25 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.1% (25 for, 18 against).
  • John Tavares won 67% (6 won, 3 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Sunday, January 24, 4:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 28, 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, February 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (TSN4, FAN 590)

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.

Maple Leafs-Oilers pregame notes

EDMONTON OILERS (2-3-0 – 4 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-2-0 – 6 Points)

JANUARY 22, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus EDMONTON

ALL-TIME RECORD:52-44-8-1 (105 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:29-19-2-0 (50 Games)
2020-210-1-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus EDMONTON

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (68), TJ Brodie (40), Jake Muzzin (32)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (12), Jason Spezza (9), Wayne Simmonds (8)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (58), Jason Spezza (17), TJ Brodie (15)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (70), Jason Spezza (26), John Tavares (18)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (28), Wayne Simmonds, (24), Zach Bogosian (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOEDMONTON
GOALS FOR (Rank):15 (t-5th)13 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       15 (t-22nd)16 (t-26th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):6/16 [37.5%] (t-3rd)3/21 [14.3%] (t-21st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):16/20 [80.0%] (t-16th)14/16 [87.5%] (t-9th)
SHOTS (Rank):161 (2nd)160 (3rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):227 (t-2nd)192 (5th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):57.8% (3rd)45.5% (t-26th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):58.6% (2nd)51.3% (11th)

MAPLE LEAFS – OILERS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Nov. 11, 1979 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 3)
All-Time Record:52-44-8-1 (105 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:29-19-2-0 (50 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:23-25-6-1 (55 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Feb. 27, 2019 (Toronto 6, Edmonton 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS3 (Marner, Tavares)
ASSISTS4 (Holl)
POINTS6 (Marner, Tavares)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs15 (Simmonds)
SHOTS27 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Marner, Mikheyev)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.3% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS11 (Holl)
TAKEAWAYS4 (Matthews, Nylander)
HITS11 (Matthews)
TOI PER GAME25:00 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:32 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME4:13 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Ranks fourth among NHL goaltenders in saves made (93).- Has a 12-1-1 record with a 2.23 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage in 15 career games against Edmonton.  
TJ Brodie– Averaging 17:58 in even-strength ice time through five games, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Has not been on the ice for a goal against at even-strength at home.   
Jack Campbell– Earned his first win of the season on January 16 at Ottawa after making 17 saves on 19 shots.
Justin Holl– Leads NHL defencemen who have appeared in multiple games and average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:17) with a shot attempt percentage of 61.8%.- Averaging 21:21 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:15).- Has played 45.4% of Toronto’s time on the penalty kill this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has seven points (5-2-7) in eight career games against Edmonton.- Has won 71.4% (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
Mitch Marner– Tied for fourth among NHLers in points with six (3-3-6).- Ranks second among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:46).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in even-strength points (4). – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.7%. 
Auston Matthews– Averaging 23:24 in time on ice per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (65.7%).- Leads the NHL in shots on goal (27).- Has won the fourth-most faceoffs in the NHL (55).
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks second among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:31).- Has an average of 23.8 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among NHL forwards who have played at least 10 minutes on the penalty kill.  
Jake Muzzin– Eighth among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (4:09).- Tied for 22nd among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (14.37).
William Nylander– Has the fourth-highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.81) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.6%, which is the fourth-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded eight points against the Oilers (two goals, six assists) in nine career games against Edmonton.
Morgan Rielly– Ranks 16th among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (25:00).- Has been on the ice for the fifth-most shot attempts for among NHL skaters (91).- Has the third highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (57.2%) among NHLers who average at least 19:00 (19:46) per game in 5-on-5 ice time.
John Tavares– Tied for fourth in the NHL in points (3-3-6).- Leads the NHL in power play goals (3).- Has the highest faceoff win percentage (66.26%) among NHLers who have taken at least 50 faceoffs (65).
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Auston MatthewsPoints (2-2-4) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
Mitch MarnerThree points from 300 NHL points
Wayne SimmondsOne point from 500 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

TJ BrodieFirst point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 16 at OTT)
Mikko LehtonenFirst NHL game (Jan. 18 vs. WPG)
Joe ThorntonFirst point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 16 at OTT)
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Robertson (Knee)Expected to miss at least four weeks.
Joe ThorntonLeft Toronto’s game on January 22 vs. Edmonton and did not return.
 Man Games Lost: 2
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 21Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve.
Jan. 19Loaned forward Travis Boyd to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Jan. 18Recalled defenceman Mikko Lehtonen from the club’s taxi squad. Added goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the club’s taxi squad. Goaltender Aaron Dell claimed off waivers by New Jersey.
Jan. 17Added forward Pierre Engvall to the club’s taxi squad.
Jan. 16Recalled forward Nick Robertson from the club’s taxi squad. Loaned forward Alexander Barabanov to the taxi squad.

OILERS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 1: postgame notes

EDMONTON OILERS (2-3-0 – 4 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-2-0 – 6 Points)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 2021

 123OTFINAL
EDMONTON1023
TORONTO0011

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 6:44 of the third period. Matthews’ goal is his second of the season. Matthews has points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. He has six points (4-2-6) in eight career games against Edmonton.
  • Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Hyman has three points (one goal, two assists) in five games to begin the season. Both of his assists have come on home ice.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Marner leads the NHL in scoring with seven points (3-4-7) through five games to begin the season. He has points (3-3-6) in three consecutive games.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced in the loss.

SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
EDMONTON3 (3)8 (5)11 (9)23 (18)
TORONTO8 (6)12 (5)6 (4)26 (15)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
EDMONTON6 (6)18 (11)13 (11)37 (28)
TORONTO15 (12)20 (10)18 (14)53 (36)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home2-1-0 (3 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Edmonton  52-44-8-1 (105 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Edmonton at Home29-19-2-0 (50 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts8 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins14 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Kerfoot, Thornton)
Hits(Matthews)
Blocked Shots(Holl)
Takeaways(Hyman, Matthews)
TOI25:36 (Marner)
Power Play TOI1:15 (Matthews, Marner)
Shorthanded TOI2:48 (Spezza)
Shifts26 (Hyman)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage81.8% (Lehtonen, Mikheyev – 9 for, 2 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first2-1-0
Trail after 11-1-0
Trail after 20-2-0
Do not score a power play goal0-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal2-1-0
Outshoot opponent3-1-0
Wednesday1-1-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Auston Matthews and Jake Muzzin were on the ice for a team-high 15 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Matthews finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.5% (15 for, 9 against), while Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 65.2% (15 for, 8 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 78% (7 won, 1 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs and was 10-for-14 in the faceoff circle against Edmonton centre Connor McDavid in all situations.
  • Joe Thornton left tonight’s game and did not return.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Sunday, January 24, 4:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, January 26, 9:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 28, 10:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, January 30, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)

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.