MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING PREGAME NOTES: The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (41) with fewer than 175 power play opportunities (172).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-23-8 – 72 Points) vs.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (40-17-5 – 85 Points)

FEBRUARY 25, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

AMALIE ARENA (TAMPA, FL) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus TAMPA BAY

ALL-TIME RECORD:54-35-2-7 (98 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:26-17-1-4 (48 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:1-4-0
LAST 10:2-8-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus TAMPA BAY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (47), John Tavares (34), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (11), Kyle Clifford (4), Auston Matthews (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (24), Cody Ceci (7), Morgan Rielly (7)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (55), John Tavares (35), Three players tied (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Jason Spezza (18), Kyle Clifford (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING TEAM STATS

 TORONTOTAMPA BAY
GOALS FOR (Rank):219 (t-1st)219 (t-1st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       206 (28th)171 (8th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):41/172 [23.8%] (3rd)44/186 [23.7%] (4th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):134/176 [76.1%] (26th)166/201 [82.6%] (7th)
SHOTS (Rank):2090 (5th)1937 (18th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3166 (2nd)2804 (13th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (6th)52.4% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)50.7% (9th)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 15, 1992 vs. Tampa Bay (Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 3)
All-Time Record:54-35-2-7 (98 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-17-1-4 (48 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:January 17, 2019 (Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. LIGHTNING

Zach HymanFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
Kasperi KapanenFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
William NylanderFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS43 (Matthews)
ASSISTS46 (Marner)
POINTS73 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS23 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS254 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.0% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS69 (Matthews)
HITS108 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.9%) and are third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Period– Toronto ranks third in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (82) and seventh in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (73).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (41) with fewer than 175 power play opportunities.
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 176 times this season, which is tied the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .759 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for fifth among NHL goaltenders in wins (25).- Ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,297).- Has a save percentage of .915 in 19 games played on one day rest.
Tyson Barrie– Has six multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (10).
– Averages 14.85 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Tied for sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 15.04 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 17th among left wingers.
Pierre Engvall– Tied for sixth among NHL rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.7%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.8 percent at 5-on-5, which is the fourth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (43.3%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (53.0%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (43.3%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.77).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers in shorthanded time on ice percentage (45.3%).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 17 penalties this season and taken seven, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-16-24).- Seventh among Maple Leafs in primary assists (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (46).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fifth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Tied for ninth in the NHL in primary assists (29).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (43).- Leads the NHL with 32 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (43-30-73).- Fourth in the NHL with 254 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.22).- Tied for ninth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.08 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks ninth among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:31).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks sixth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.01) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.0 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.98 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 0.86 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.11 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (16).- Has 13 points (6-7-13) in 12 games during the month of February.- Ranks 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (555)- Has 15 points (8-7-15) in 16 games against Atlantic Division teams this season.- Has recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 28 games on the road this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Kasperi KapanenHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games.
William NylanderHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanFive games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenFive games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaThree assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Kyle CliffordFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (February 18 at Pittsburgh)
Denis MalginFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 20 vs. Pittsburgh)
William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 168

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
February 19Acquired forward Max Veronneau from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Aaron Luchuk and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
February 19Acquired forward Denis Malgin from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Mason Marchment.
  

LIGHTNING BOLTS

LAST GAME
Lightning 3 at Arizona 7
Tampa Bay lost back-to-back games in regulation for just the second time this season after a 7-3 defeat to Arizona at Gila River Arena
Saturday in the final game of a three-game road trip…The Lightning have dropped two straight against Pacific Division teams after
starting the season 10-0-0 against the Pacific…The four-goal margin of defeat was tied for the largest against the Bolts this
season…The seven goals allowed by the Lightning were the most they’ve given up this season…Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34-of-41
shots in defeat, the 41 shots tied for the second most he’s faced this season…Anthony Cirelli netted the game-opening goal at 3:53 of
the first period…Ondrej Palat scored his 15th goal of the season at 8:45 of the second…Brayden Point tied the game 3-3 at 10:11 of
the second…Arizona scored four unanswered goals for the 7-3 final…Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak left the game midway through
the second with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.
PP: TBL – 0-1 ARI – 2-5
SOG: TBL – 30 ARI – 41
Attendance: 14,825
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Maple Leafs are playing their second of four meetings this season and the first of two at AMALIE Arena…Tampa
Bay earned a 7-3 win in the first meeting Oct. 10 at Scotiabank Arena, Brayden Point recording two goals and an assist in his season
debut while Nikita Kucherov (2-2–4) and Steven Stamkos (1-3–4) each registered four-point nights…The Lightning have won three in
a row and six of their last seven over Toronto…The Maple Leafs were 4-2 winners in their last trip to Tampa Jan. 17, 2019, Frederik
Andersen making 36 saves in a game that was tied 2-2 before the Leafs scored twice to pull away…The Lightning have won three of
their last four over Toronto in Tampa…Blake Coleman recorded his first career hat trick his last game vs. TOR Jan. 14, 2020 while with
NJD…Alex Killorn has more career goals vs. TOR (9) than he has against any other NHL team…Nikita Kucherov has points in sixstraight games vs. TOR (5-5–10)…Victor Hedman is on a five-game point streak vs. TOR (2-4–6)…Anthony Cirelli has more career
assists vs. TOR (5) than he has against any other NHL team; Cirelli had three assists in Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Toronto Oct. 10…
Mikhail Sergachev has an assist in three-straight games vs. TOR…Andrei Vasilevskiy has three-straight wins vs. TOR and has more
wins vs. TOR (11) than any other NHL team (tied w/ BUF).
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay begins a five-game homestand tonight, its longest homestand of the season…The Lightning are playing an Atlantic Division
team for the first time since Jan. 4 at OTT…Seven of the Bolts’ next 10 games come against Atlantic Division opponents…Tampa Bay
has won 14 in a row over Atlantic opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division, the 14-game win streak a franchise
record for most consecutive wins against a single division (one season or multiple seasons) and tied for the seventh-longest win streak
against a single division in NHL history (longest: Montreal’s 17-straight wins vs. Norris Division from 4/2/75 to 1/22/76)…The Lightning
enter tonight’s contest having won 11-straight contests at AMALIE Arena, a franchise record for longest home win streak and the
longest home win streak in the NHL this season…The Bolts have collected points in 13-straight home contests, tied for the longest
home point streak in franchise history (also: 13-straight home games w/ a point Jan. 3, March 12, 2004)…Tampa Bay leads the NHL for
total goals at home (117) and goals per game at home (4.03).
INJURIES
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 80
Current injuries
Erik Cernak (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 8 Games
Cedric Paquette (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 9 Games
TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 24 – Re-assigned F Mitchell Stephens to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 24 – Acquired F Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third round draft pick (previously acquired from PHI) from San Jose in exchange for
a 2020 first round draft pick and F Anthony Greco
Feb. 24 – Re-assigned D Cameron Gaunce to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 23 – Signed free agent D Zach Bogosian to a 1-year, $1.3-million contract
Feb. 20 – Acquired F Anthony Greco from Florida in exchange for F Danick Martel
Feb. 16 – Acquired F Blake Coleman from New Jersey in exchange for F Nolan Foote and a 2020 first round draft pick (becomes a
2021 first round draft pick if Vancouver misses the playoffs this season)
Tampa Bay Lightning: Media Notes
POINTING THE WAY
Tampa Bay center Brayden Point scored his 22nd goal of the season Feb. 22 at ARI in his return to the lineup after missing the
previous game Feb. 20 at VGK due to illness…Point saw his career-long 11-game point streak come to an end after missing the Vegas
game but has put up points in the last 12 games he’s played (4-12–16)…Point’s 9 assists in February are tied for the third most he’s
recorded for a month in his career (most: 14 assists in Dec. 2018).
IN THE NIK OF TIME
Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov tallied an assist Feb. 22 at ARI to extend his point streak to 4 games (2-3–5)…Kucherov has
registered points in the last 16 games he’s played, posting 12 goals and 14 assists over that stretch (missed 1 game Feb. 13 w/ a
lower-body injury, ending his career long-tying 12-game point streak)…Kucherov ranks 2nd in the NHL for scoring in 2020.

Dubas figures he got bulk of Leafs trade work done earlier; loss to Carolina ’embarrassing’ — Toronto Sun

As he did a year ago when he acquired Jake Muzzin a month before the NHL trade deadline, Kyle Dubas got his heavy lifting done well in advance of the deadline this year. That’s how the Maple Leafs general manager was viewing it after adding defenceman Calle Rosen and forward Matt Lorito on Monday in […]

Dubas figures he got bulk of Leafs trade work done earlier; loss to Carolina ’embarrassing’ — Toronto Sun.

HURRICANES 6, MAPLE LEAFS 3–WHAT THEY SAID: "It's another embarrassing night, right? Embarrassing nights shock the system a little bit, you know? I think this game was different than the others. I don't think today was a lack of work ethic or anything like that. Today was just our execution. We couldn't connect on a pass. Part of it is them, they put pressure on us, Carolina pressured us, they were above us, but like you saw on our power play, we just couldn't connect on passes. The execution was really poor and then you've got a team that works the way that they do." –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the loss:

Yeah, it’s a tough one. It’s going to be a tough one here for us to regroup from, it’s going to take a little time. Obviously, disappointing given the way it went for us the other day and we thought we had put together a good process and a good model for what we need to look like and how we can have success. I thought at 5-on-5, our first period was fine. Special teams was a real issue and perhaps signs of what was to come in terms of — especially our power play, I just thought our execution was so poor. It’s a sign our best players just weren’t having a good night. That was more of what was to come in the second and third. Get out of the first period up 1-0, 5-on-5 I thought we had played pretty good, especially the back half of it. A lot of that work was done from our third and fourth lines and the energy and pace that they had. We just were not able to sustain it. The special teams struggle again, this time our power play. Obviously, the penalty kill didn’t get good results, but our power play really had a chance to make a mark in the game and clearly failed to do so.

On if he thought the team expected an easy game after scoring two quick goals in the second period:

No, I didn’t. The reality is that the game really just stayed the same. We got a couple of shots and they went in. Their D hurt his shoulder, so they lost their coverage and allowed John to turn the corner and get his shot. When the goalie switch happened, I talked to the team and said if we don’t change how we’re playing, they don’t even need a goalie. There’re no chances, no shots, there’s nothing happening. They didn’t need a goaltender the way the game was going. Credit to them, we missed pretty well a near open net at the buzzer at the end of the second and could have made it 4-4 going into the third. Really, we just gifted them two at the start of the third. It’s game over from there. They competed hard, they were above us really the entire game and we just continued to pass into it. Our execution was poor, away from the puck was very poor, unorganized. From an execution standpoint, from our best people, especially, it was a real tough night like we’ve haven’t seen from them.

On his relationship with David Ayres:

Great. He’s got great energy, he comes to the rink every day, just wants to work and wants to be a part of it. Whether it’s with the Marlies or the Leafs, he’s always there when you need him. There’s probably not an emergency goaltender anywhere in pro hockey that has seen as many pro shots as this guy who’s in pretty much every day getting work. It feels terrible given that he’s on the other side today from our end of it. On a personal note, you can’t help but feel good for the guy.

On how to get the current mindset out of the team during a playoff push:

It’s just what we talked about before. It’s another embarrassing night, right? Embarrassing nights shock the system a little bit, you know? I think this game was different than the others. I don’t think today was a lack of work ethic or anything like that. Today was just our execution. We couldn’t connect on a pass. Part of it is them, they put pressure on us, Carolina pressured us, they were above us, but like you saw on our power play, we just couldn’t connect on passes. The execution was really poor and then you’ve got a team that works the way that they do. Not connecting makes it really tough to get anything going positive. Defensively, as a unit, our six D probably had as tough a night as they’ve had in quite some time. That’s a bad combination for us.

On Carolina responding to their goalie situation:

There’s a lot focus on the goalie, of course, but they were dominating us before the goalie switch. After it came, it just stays the same. You’ve got to get through five people to the goalie. We couldn’t get to Mrazek when he was in there. The game was the same. It just so happened it was a different guy in between the pipes. The game was the same, the just continued to play hard the way they were before.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (42 SAVES)

On his takeaways from tonight’s performance:

At the end of the day, I’m going to try to focus on what I can do to do better out there and focus in on my tasks. I think I still have got to be better too and frustrating for everyone.

On if he felt a shift in the team’s play after Ayres came in for Mrazek:

I wasn’t paying too much attention to that. I was trying to worry about stopping the next puck and trying to give us a chance. I wasn’t good enough either. Good on Dave, I think he did a good job and I think they played well in front of him.

MITCH MARNER (20:11 TOI)

On what prevented the team from having success tonight:

I just think we didn’t have enough zone time. A lot of one-and-dones, turnovers, especially our line, especially myself. It’s just not good enough. I expect myself to be a lot better in these types of games. Knowing that was a big one, knowing that this team’s going to come out like that, it’s bulls— on my part. Something I’ve got to be better and we’ve got to be better with.

On if the team the team was forcing things in the third period:

Maybe. Like I said, I think we were a lot of just one-and-dones. Our line’s past games, we’ve been dominant down low, we’ve been playing with that confidence and playing, I think, just most of all with just using our willpower and that’s something that wasn’t there for myself tonight and I feel a couple of other guys. Like I said, it starts with myself, I’m supposed to be a leader and need to be way better than that.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (20:27 TOI)

On what the team can do to move forward:

I think it still allows us the opportunity to fix this ourselves. We’ve got to go out there and play. Obviously, the effort wasn’t there tonight and it’s only up to us to change that.

On if the difference between tonight and Thursday is bewildering:

It is. I think we took a big step forward, especially with the previous game, playing the same team, really good effort, obviously. You think you can kind of pick up on that momentum and you want to continue that and carry it into another game. Like you said, a tough week of games against tough opponents and it just wasn’t there tonight.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On if he’s ever seen anything like tonight’s game before in his career:

Certainly no. We obviously didn’t handle the circumstances of the game very well. Might have been our poorest night of execution. We seemed like the team that played last night and traveled. We were sloppy and I thought our execution was extremely low.

On the defensive job Carolina did once their second goaltender left the game:

They did a good job, no question they played hard. They’ve got good players, they’re a good hockey team but for the way we played I think we know it’s just unacceptable and not even close to good enough. We didn’t make it challenging at all and knowing once the goaltending situation happened they were going to block shots, they were going to make us have to come through five guys and work to get to the middle of the ice and we just didn’t even come close to making it hard on them that way.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0– WHAT THEY SAID: "It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy's goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys." — FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight vs. the previous two games:

I think we’ve talked about it before. We’ve shown at different times that this is a group with a lot of character and a lot of pride, and we showed that today with how we responded.

On if the performance tonight started with success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, for sure, those guys had strong nights. I think it’s just a sign of how engaged we were in the game. I would say that was where the game begins in a lot of cases. Guys were hard on the puck in all areas of the game.

On Muzzin’s performance tonight:

Just complete. He battled, he was competitive, he shot one into the net, found a way to get a couple of assists. Just all over the game. He was a real leader for us back there.

On Kerfoot’s role in kickstarting the third line tonight:

Yeah, I think it really helps us. That line has really been struggling for us to find an identity and to find some consistency. It’s tough for us because I thought Kerf was doing an excellent job with [Tavares] and [Nylander] and playing well there. Just talking we said the acquisition of Malgin gives us an opportunity to give him a look with those guys. I just thought that Alex could bring something back to that line. We wanted to give him a chance to be a centre and get that line going. The wingers, Engvall and Kappy, are two guys we think have more to give us. That happened today.

On Andersen’s performance on a late first period penalty kill:

Yeah, he was excellent. He was perfect, he keeps it out of the net. He battled, he looked solid there. It was just a really good sign for our team. He made saves on the pucks that they were throwing around the net, but there was also a lot of loose ones hanging out there. Our guys collapsed real hard on the loose pucks to maybe not necessarily get it out like we would have liked, but at least kept away from our net and allowed us to settle the game. I thought that penalty kill was a really important time in the game, obviously it didn’t crack. It was a good chance for our penalty kill, which had been outstanding for us. I think the 12 games or so in the month leading up to the game in Pittsburgh we had the number one penalty kill in the NHL. So the penalty kill has been really strong for us and today was a chance for us to bring it right back.

On Kapanen’s impact on the game tonight:

That’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the impact that he has on our team. So just really great to see that. It gives us consistency all throughout our lineup.

On the challenge of trying to maximize the team’s performance after the last two games:

This season is going very different; different things. It’s going to require different things from me, it’s going to require different things from our players. We didn’t like how the last little bit has gone. I was excited about the opportunity to get to work yesterday and put in the work and respond. You’re playing against the same team, it has a playoff feel to it when you take a beatdown in the first game, you have a chance to regroup and make a plan and push your team, challenge the team, motivate your team. That’s the best part of this game. I was excited about it; I think our players were too and it showed tonight.

On if there were any keys to getting the right response from the team after Tuesday:

I think there was a lot said, a lot done and all that kind of stuff, but a part of it too is you just don’t like to get embarrassed. Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization. So, we could have said or done nothing, and we might have gotten this type of response. We’ll never really know. Regardless of the route, we like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result. Get the shutout and didn’t give up much against a very good team. I thought we controlled play for good chunks of time against a very good team. A lot of really good healthy signs here so we’ll enjoy it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (24 SAVES)

On the effort from the team’s blueliners tonight:

It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.

On the team scoring first and building its lead:

I think it goes without saying it’s better to score than give anything up. I thought we did a good job.

On if the team defended differently late to shut down Pittsburgh’s attack:

No, I thought we just stuck with our game for the most part of the game. We played a complete effort. That was a great response by everyone, I think, the way we want to be like.

KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL)

On playing with emotion tonight:

I think the whole team showed a lot of emotion tonight, not just me in particular. You know, that’s the outcome when we play like that, we play with emotion and we stick to the structure and play the Maple Leaf way. That’s what happens and it was a good game throughout.

On his fight:

Stuff happens on the ice. I think Sandin got hit there and if it wasn’t me out there, I’m sure someone else would have stood up and defended one another. He came over and it just happened.

ALEX KERFOOT (1 ASSIST)

On Kapanen dropping the gloves:

It shows emotion, that’s what we were looking for. We wanted kind of a little more bite to our group. He’s a fiery guy at times and he had a great game tonight.  I thought he was all over the forecheck, he was physical all night. When you see a guy like him drop the gloves, everyone on the bench gets a boost from that.

On if it’s frustrating why the team can’t have this effort more consistently:

I don’t think frustrating is the right word. I think maybe it’s disappointing the effort we’ve had a times this year but whether you’re a team who wins games or can’t win games, every team in this league can win games so it’s not a matter of we’re some upper echelon team that on certain nights can win games — I think that there’s a lot of teams in this league that when they’re playing well can win games. We’ve just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis.

DENIS MALGIN (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On playing his first game as a Maple Leaf:

I was trying to do my best you know, I felt good.

On playing with Tavares and Nylander:

It’s a great opportunity for me and now I’m just going to build off it.

On what being traded felt like:

Actually I don’t think so much, so I just took it and I was happy to be here.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was a solid team game. I think this is what we needed. We had two terrible games, so to come back this is a good start, but we’ve just got to stick with this kind of game and keep playing like this and we’ll be good.

On what led to this effort after two straight losses:

Getting ready for the game, it’s just think that we haven’t been practicing so much and yesterday was a battle practice so we got into that kind of mode again. I think that was a good practice for us just to refresh in those kinds of areas of the game, which needed to improve.

JOHN TAVARES (2 ASSISTS)

On what he liked from the team tonight:

I think the intensity of the group, the way we started. It was a tight hockey game and we just stuck with it, got our opportunities, capitalized and didn’t let up in their end, I think that’s key for us. Good win, but obviously we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for Saturday. Lots of big hockey games coming up.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, we got a couple [goals] off them, so you just try to be as well prepared for those situations and those scenarios and take advantage of them when you can. Great shot by Muzz on the first one and then anytime you get a 5-on-3 and you’re able to win it clean, you’re able to get a good look right off of it. So good play [Matthews], great shot by Will. Just good areas to be sharp in and we generate a lot just everyone competing, hard work and fighting for their space and that led to open ice and good looks and following up on second opportunities.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0 POSTGAME NOTES: Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 25th win of 2019-20. He is the first Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout against Pittsburgh on home ice since Feb. 1, 2012 (1-0, James Reimer).

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (37-16-6 – 80 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-22-8 – 72 Points)

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jake Muzzin put the Maple Leafs on the board at 7:45 of the second period and later had the secondary assist on Kasperi Kapanen’s second period goal and the secondary assist on Zach Hyman’s third period goal. Muzzin has points (2-4-6) in four consecutive games. With three points tonight, Muzzin ties his career-high for points in a game (3 – 8x). 
  • William Nylander scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 10:01 of the second period. Nylander has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has seven points (3-4-7) in nine games played during the month of February. Ten of his 27 goals have come against Metropolitan Division opposition.
  • Kasperi Kapanen scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:04 of the second period. He has scored six of his 12 goals in 18 games against Metropolitan Division teams. He ranks fifth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (10).
  • Zach Hyman scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 3:56 of the third period. Hyman has eight points (5-3-8) over his last eight games played. He has 18 points (9 goals, 9 assists) in 19 games on home ice this season.
  • Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. He has recorded seven (1 goal, 6 assists) of his 16 points against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • John Tavares had the secondary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-assist and 16th multi-point game of the season. In 15 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season, he has recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists). He has reached the 30-assist mark for the 10th time in his career.
  • Auston Matthews recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Matthews has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has 13 points (7-6-3) in 11 games during the month of February. In 31 games on home ice this season, he has recorded 47 points (30 goals, 17 assists).
  • Alex Kerfoot registered the primary assist on Kapanen’s second period goal. Kerfoot has five assists in 11 games during the month of February. He ranks seventh among Maple Leafs skaters in primary assists (11).
  • Mitch Marner had the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games played. He has registered 33 of his 46 assists on home ice this season. He ranks ninth among NHL skaters in primary assists with 29.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 25th win of 2019-20. He is the first Maple Leaf goaltender to earn a shutout against Pittsburgh on home ice since February 1, 2012 (1-0, James Reimer).

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
PITTSBURGH14 (8)8 (8)2 (2)24 (18)
TORONTO10 (10)10 (8)10 (9)30 (27)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
PITTSBURGH24 (18)13 (13)20 (19)57 (50)
TORONTO20 (19)26 (22)18 (17)64 (58)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home16-8-7 (31 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh84-80-17-7 (188 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh at Home47-32-11-3 (93 Games) 
Record vs. Eastern Conference17-14-6 (37 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division8-6-4 (18 Games)
Attendance19,396

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots7 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Wins15 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman, Spezza – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Gauthier)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Kapanen, Kerfoot, Malgin)
TOI22:34 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI3:12 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI1:49 (Holl, Muzzin)
Shifts24 (Five players tied)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage75.0% (Engvall, Kerfoot – 12 for, 4 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first11-18-6
Tied after 114-7-4
Lead after 223-2-2
Score one power play goal10-8-4
Do not allow a power play goal18-8-4
Outshooting opponent17-9-3
Thursday4-3-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Kyle Clifford, Frederik Gauthier and Jason Spezza started 16.7 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs.
  • Denis Malgin skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Holl had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.1 percent (26 for, 18 against).
  • John Tavares was 10-for-13 (77%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 p.m. at San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)