MAPLE LEAFS 5, AVALANCHE 3 POSTGAME NOTES: “Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal and scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 13:22 of the first period. Barrie has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games.”

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (11-10-4 – 26 Points) vs.

COLORADO AVALANCHE (13-8-2 – 28 Points)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 23, 2019

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO4015
COLORADO1113

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Nick Shore put the Maple Leafs on the board at 9:49 of the first period. Shore’s goal is his second of the season. He has a goal and an assist over his last five games. Shore, a Denver, Colorado native, also played for the University of Denver from 2010-13.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 10:56 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Tyson Barrie’s first period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. He has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in seven career games against the Avalanche. Tonight’s game is his ninth multi-point performance of the season.
  • Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal and scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 13:22 of the first period. Barrie has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his first against Colorado since being acquired by the Maple Leafs on July 1, 2019. He recorded multiple points in a game for the third time this season.
  • Kasperi Kapanen scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 17:36 of the first period. Kapanen has scored five of his seven goals on the road this season and has 10 points (5-5-10) in 12 road games. He had three goals in two games against the Avalanche last season.
  • Zach Hyman scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game into an empty net at 19:59 of the third period. Hyman’s goal is his second of the season and second over his last three games. He has three points (2-1-3) over his last five games.
  • Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Shore’s first period goal. Engvall has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has a goal and an assist through the first three games of his NHL career.
  • Justin Holl picked up the secondary assist on Shore’s first period goal. Holl has six assists and seven points in 23 games this season.
  • Travis Dermott had the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Dermott has a goal and two assists in 12 games this season after missing the first 13 games of the season due to a shoulder injury.
  • William Nylander recorded the primary assist on Barrie’s first period goal. Nylander has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has four points (3-1-4) in four games against Central Division opponents this season. Nylander has picked up at least one points in 16 of Toronto’s 25 games this season.
  • Jason Spezza notched the primary assist on Kapanen’s first period goal. Spezza has four points (2 goals, 2 assists) over his last four games. He has recorded six (3-3-6) of his eight points on the road this season.
  • Jake Muzzin collected the secondary assist on Kapanen’s first period goal. Muzzin has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 11 road games this season.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots to earn the win.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO15 (14)3 (3)10 (8)37 (28)
COLORADO8 (6)13 (10)16 (12)28 (25)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO21 (20)16 (16)16 (13)53 (49)
COLORADO16 (13)23 (17)34 (25)73 (55)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road5-7-0 (12 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Colorado32-39-9-3 (83 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Colorado on the Road14-18-5-2 (39 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference6-3-0 (9 Games)
Record vs. Central Division2-2-0 (4 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Barrie, Hyman, Nylander)
Shot Attempts(Nylander)
Faceoff Wins12 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage64% (Nylander – 7 won, 4 lost))
Hits4 (Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Ceci, Muzzin)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI26:52 (Ceci)
Power Play TOI2:14 (Matthews, Rielly, Tavares)
Shorthanded TOI4:17 (Ceci)
Shifts31 (Ceci, Holl, Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage75.0% (Shore – 6 for, 2 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first5-1-1
Lead after 14-1-1
Lead after 27-0-2
Score one power play goal3-3-2
Allow one power play goal4-5-3
Outshot by opponent5-7-3
Saturday4-2-2

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Muzzin finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.8 percent (26 for, 19 against).
  • William Nylander went 6-for-9 (67%) when taking defensive zone faceoffs.
  • John Tavares skated in his 100th game as a Maple Leaf.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Wednesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. at Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Friday, November 29, 4:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, December 3, 7:00 p.m. at Philadelphia Flyers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. Colorado Avalanche (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.

MAPLE LEAFS AT AVALANCHE PREGAME NOTES: Tyson Barrie is tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (61). – Played 484 games for the Avalanche from 2011-19 and is the franchise leader among defencemen in points (307), assists (232) and goals (75). – Has points in three consecutive games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (10-10-4 – 24 Points) vs.

COLORADO AVALANCHE (13-7-2 – 28 Points)

NOVEMBER 23, 2019 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

PEPSI CENTER (DENVER, CO) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus COLORADO

ALL-TIME RECORD:31-39-9-3 (82 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:13-18-5-2 (38 Games)
2018-19:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-2-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus COLORADO

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (31), Jake Muzzin (21), John Tavares (16)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (6), Kasperi Kapanen (3), Auston Matthews (3), John Tavares (3)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (10), Jake Muzzin (6), John Tavares (6)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (16), John Tavares (9), Jake Muzzin (8)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jake Muzzin (12), Martin Marincin (8), Nick Shore (6), Jason Spezza (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – AVALANCHE TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCOLORADO
GOALS FOR (Rank):75 (8th)78 (t-3rd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       80 (30th)64 (t-7th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):13/74 [17.6%] (19th)17/88 [19.3%] (17th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):60/81 [74.1%] (25th)61/78 [78.2%] (22nd)
SHOTS (Rank):796 (2nd)699 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):1233 (1st)931 (t-24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):53.8% (2nd)49.0% (21st)
FACEOFF % (Rank):53.7% (1st)46.4% (30th)

MAPLE LEAFS – AVALANCHE NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:Nov. 18, 1979 at QUE (Quebec 4, Toronto 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:31-39-9-3 (82 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:18-21-4-1 (44 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:13-18-5-2 (38 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT ON THE ROAD:Feb. 12, 2019 (Toronto 5, Colorado 2)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. AVALANCHE

Frederik AndersenFirst Maple Leaf shutout (Dec. 22, 2016 at COL)
Tyson BarrieSelected by Colorado in the third round (64th overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft.
Franchise leader among defencemen in points (307), assists (232) and
goals (75).
Cody Ceci300th NHL game (Nov. 11, 2017 (OTT) vs. COL)
Frederik GauthierFirst NHL goal (Dec. 22, 2016 at COL)
Kasperi Kapanen100th NHL game (Jan. 14, 2019 vs. COL)
Alexander KerfootPlayed 157 games with Colorado (2017-19)
Martin MarincinFirst NHL game (Dec. 5, 2013 (EDM) vs. COL)
First NHL goal (March 25, 2014 (EDM) vs. COL)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS15 (Matthews)
ASSISTS14 (Marner, Rielly)
POINTS28 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Kapanen)
PIMs18 (Rielly)
SHOTS89 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%59.2% (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %62.9% (Petan)
BLOCKED SHOTS46 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS24 (Marner)
HITS51 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME25:02 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:15 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:27 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 4-2-0 on the road this season with a 2.32 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
– Has a 3-3-9 record with a .929 save percentage and a 2.18 goals-against average in six career games against Colorado.- Fifth in the NHL in saves (519) and sixth in even-strength saves (410).
Tyson Barrie– Tied for eighth among NHL defencemen in shots on goal (61).
– Skated in 484 games for the Avalanche from 2011-19 and is the franchise leader among defencemen in points (307), assists (232) and goals (75).
Cody Ceci– Tied for 15th among NHL skaters in blocked shots (46).- One of 14 NHLers to have recorded at least 40 hits (41) and 40 blocked shots (46).
Travis Dermott– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.4 percent in 11 games since returning from injury.
Pierre Engvall– Became the fourth Maple Leaf in franchise history and the first since Wally Boyer (Dec. 11, 1965 vs. Boston) to score his first career NHL goal while shorthanded.
Frederik Gauthier– Has won 59.4 percent (79 won, 54 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
Justin Holl– Has a 5-on-5 unblocked shot attempt percentage of 54.7, which is the highest among Maple Leafs.
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 59.5 percent, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.
– Averaging 17:59 per game in ice time through five games since returning from injury.
Kasperi Kapanen– Leads the Maple Leafs in points on the road this season with nine (4-5-9) in 11 road games.- Had three goals in two games against Colorado last season.
Alex Kerfoot– Returned to the lineup from injury on November 21 at Arizona.- Had 85 points (34 goals, 51 assists) over 157 games with Colorado from 2017-19 after signing a two-year entry-level contract on August 23, 2017.
Auston Matthews– Tied for fourth among NHL skaters in goals (15).- Tied for third among NHL skaters in even-strength goals (11).- Sixth in the NHL in shots on goal (89).- Has seven points (3 goals, 4 assists) in six career games against Colorado.
Ilya Mikheyev– Leads the NHL in shorthanded shots on goal (10).- Leads all NHL rookies in shots on goal (58).- Has a team-high 13 shots on goal over the last week.
Jake Muzzin– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (21:47).- One of six NHL defencemen to have registered at least 45 hits (51) and at least 45 shots on goal (48).
William Nylander– Had three goals in three games against Central Division opposition this season.- Averaging 3.1 shots per game in eight games against Western Conference teams. 
Nic Petan– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.9 percent (129 for,
76 against) through 10 games, which is the highest percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 10 games.
Morgan Rielly– Tied for ninth among NHL defencemen in points (3-14-17).- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in even-strength points
(3-9-12).- Tied for sixth among NHL skaters in TOI per game (25:02).- 10th among NHL skaters in shifts per game (29.0). 
John Tavares– Had a pair of assists in two games against the Avalanche last season.- Has recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in eight road games thus far in 2019-20.- Leads the Maple Leafs in power play faceoffs won (58.8% – 40 won, 28 lost).

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Ilya MikheyevHas assists (3) in two consecutive games.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

John TavaresTwo assists from 400 career NHL assists.One game from 100 games as a Maple Leaf.

RECENT MILESTONES

Pierre EngvallFirst NHL game (November 19 at VGK)
Kasimir KaskisuoFirst NHL game (November 16 at PIT)

INJURY REPORT

Mitch Marner (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Shoulder)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 51

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

November 18Recalled forward Pierre Engvall from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).Placed forward Trevor Moore on injured reserve.
Former Maple Leaf Nazem Kadri

AVALANCHE NOTES

Nazem Kadri was Toronto’s first-round pick (seventh overall) in 2009 and spent parts of 10 seasons with the Leafs, tallying 357 points (161g/196a) in 561 games … Tyson Barrie was a third-round selection (64th overall) of the Avalanche in 2009 and holds the franchise record for points (307), goals (75) and assists (232) by a defenseman during his eight years (484 games) with the club … Alexander Kerfoot played his first two NHL seasons with Colorado (2017-19) … Philipp Grubauer is 3-0-0 with a 1.87 GAA and .929 Sv% in four career games (two starts) against the Leafs.

EAST SIDE STORY The Avs are 5-0-2 against the Eastern Conference, the only NHL team without a regulation loss to the East so far.

SEEING DOUBLE Colorado has gotten a multi-goal effort from one of its players in each of the last SEVEN games, matching a franchise record set by the Nordiques from Nov 24 to Dec 10, 1983.

Nov 7 vs. NSH — Donskoi (3) Nov. 9 vs. CBJ — Makar (2)

Nov. 12 at WPG — MacKinnon (2)

Nov. 14 at EDM — Burakovsky (2)

Nov. 16 at VAN — MacKinnon (2)

\Nov. 19 at CGY — Burakovsky (2)

Nov. 21 at MIN — Makar (2)

NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER Cale Makar has 15 points (6g/9a) in 10 games this month, setting an Avalanche/Nordiques franchise record for scoring by a rookie defenseman in a single month. His 15 points are the third most by a rookie blueliner in November behind Larry Murphy (18 in 1980) and Nicklas Lidstrom (17 in 1991). It’s the most points by a rookie defenseman in ANY month since Alexei Zhitnik (19) in March 1993 with Los Angeles.

MOST POINTS IN A MONTH BY ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN, FRANCHISE HISTORY 15 Cale Makar Nov. 2019 12 Pierre Lacroix Mar. 1980 11 (4) players tied

MOST POINTS IN NOVEMBER BY A ROOKIE DEFENSEMAN 18 Larry Murphy (LAK) 1980 17 Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) 1991 15 Cale Makar (COL) 2019

ALL HAIL CALE Cale Makar leads all NHL rookies with 25 points (7g/18a) in 22 games. He also leads all rookies in assists and is tied for first in goals. Makar’s 25 points are the second most by a defenseman in his first 22 career games in NHL history.

MOST POINTS BY DEFENSEMAN IN FIRST 22 CAREER GAMES 26 Larry Murphy (LAK) 1980-81 25 Cale Makar (COL) 2019-20 23 Hap Day (TSP) 1924-25 20 Nicklas Lidstrom (DET) 1991-92

Makar’s 25 points are the most by a rookie defenseman in his team’s first 22 games of a season since Murphy (26) in 1980-81. It’s the highest total by an Avalanche blueliner through the team’s first 22 contests of a season, and the second-most by a franchise defender through 22 team contests behind Steve Duchesne (26) in 1992-93.

MORE MAKAR On Nov. 16, Makar became the fourth defensemen in NHL history to be the first rookie to reach 20 points. He joined Nicklas Lidstrom (22 GP with Detroit in 1991-92), Bobby Orr (33 GP with Boston in 1966-67) and Hap Day (18 GP with Toronto St. Pats in 1924-25). Makar was just the fourth defenseman in NHL history to record 20 points in his first 20 career games.

20 POINTS BY DEFENSEMAN IN FIRST 20 NHL GAMES Harry Cameron 1917-18 Toronto Arenas (27) Hap Day 1924-25 Toronto St. Pats (23) Larry Murphy 1980-81 Los Angeles (24) Cale Makar 2019-20 Colorado (22)

He was the first rookie defenseman to have 20 or more points through his team’s first 20 games of a season since Brian Leetch (22) in 1988-89 with the New York Rangers.

AND MORE… • Makar registered his second two-goal game on Thursday in Minnesota. He is just the second Avalanche/Nordiques rookie defenseman to record two multi-goal games in a season (Pierre Lacroix 1979-80) • Recorded a career-high four assists on Nov. 16 in Vancouver, setting a single-game franchise rookie record in assists and matching the record in points (Jeff Brown with Quebec on Oct. 13, 1986 vs. Vancouver). • Was the first rookie defenseman in franchise history to score a goal in three straight games, Nov. 7-12. In fact, he was just the 11th rookie blueliner to have a three-game goal streak over the last 30 years (1989-80). • Potted the game-winning goal in two straight contests, Nov. 9-12, the eighth rookie defenseman in NHL history to score the winning tally in consecutive games. • NHL’s Third Star for the week of Nov. 4-10. Second Avalanche rookie to be named one of the three weekly stars, joining Matt Duchene (Third Star, Nov. 30–Dec. 6, 2009), and just the third defenseman, joining Liles (Second Star, Nov. 15-21, 2010) and Barrie (Third, Jan. 4-10, 2016). • Was just the second rookie defensemen in Avalanche/Nordiques history to post consecutive multi-point outings, Nov. 7-9, joining David Pichette (Dec. 7-10, 1980).

STAR STRUCK Nathan MacKinnon was named the NHL’s Second Star of the week for Nov. 11-17. This was the second straight weekly honor for an Avalanche player, as Cale Makar was the league’s Third Star for Nov. 4-10.

JUST SOMETHING ABOUT THIS MONTH Nathan MacKinnon has 15 points (6g/9a) in 10 games so far this month. MacKinnon, who was the NHL’s Second Star of the Month last November (2018) after he was the league’s First Star in November of 2017, has now combined for 58 points (20g/38a) in 36 November games since 2017, the most of any player (Connor McDavid has 57 in 40 GP).

EVERYBODY’S TALKIN ‘BOUT THE NEW KID(S) IN TOWN Offseason additions Andre Burakovsky (10 goals), Joonas Donskoi (9) and Nazem Kadri (7) rank 2-3-4 on the team in goal scoring, combining for 26 (or 33.3%) of the club’s 78 total markers. All three forwards rank among the Avalanche’s top-five point producers as well, as they’ve picked up 50 points (26g/24a) between them in 22 games.

THE MORE THE MERRIER Four different Colorado goaltenders have earned a win in 2019-20, making this just the second Avalanche team to feature four different goaltenders with a victory in a single season (also 2005-06). All three wins on this last road trip came from a different netminder: Adam Werner (at Edmonton), Antoine Bibeau (at Vancouver) and Philipp Grubauer (at Calgary). In fact, four netminders have won a game for the Avs in this month alone.

LIGHTING THE LAMP The Avs are averaging 3.55 goals-per-game, tied for fourth in the NHL, while their +14 goal differential leads all Western Conference teams. Colorado has scored 29 goals during this current 5-2-0 run. The Avs began this stretch with a 9-4 victory over the Predators on Nov. 7, the club’s most goals since Dec. 9, 2007 (9-5 vs. St. Louis).

YOU HAD TO BE A BIG SHOT Nathan MacKinnon ranks second in the NHL with 106 shots. He recorded a career-high 12 shots on Nov. 1 vs. Dallas, tying the single-game franchise record set by Gabriel Landeskog on Jan. 9, 2019 at Calgary. It is the most shots by an NHL player in a game this year. MacKinnon, who led the NHL with a franchise-record 366 shots last season, has a shot in 173 consecutive games, the second longest active streak (Dougie Hamilton 269).

WORKING OVERTIME Nathan MacKinnon has two OT winners this season and eight in his career, one behind Milan Hejduk for the most in franchise history. The single-season franchise record is three, a mark already tied by MacKinnon in 2017-18.

LAST MAN STANDING The Avs were the NHL’s last undefeated team (5-0-0) and the last team without a regulation loss (7-0-1). Colorado’s 7-0-1 start was its best through eight games in franchise history, and the eight-game point streak was its second-longest to start a season (9-0-2 in 200001). It was the longest by any team to open a campaign since the Canadiens began 2016-17 with a 9-0-1 run.

THIS DAY IN AVS HISTORY Nov. 23, 2018 – J.T. Compher scored two shorthanded goals on the same penalty kill in a 5-1 victory at Arizona. He tied franchise records for shorthanded goals in a game and a period and set a new franchise mark for the fastest two shorthanded tallies (1:25).

CURRENT INJURIES Calvert (head) Landeskog (lower body) Rantanen (lower body) Wilson (lower body) Man-Games Lost: 58.

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LEAFS 3, COYOTES 1 POSTGAME QUOTES: “They gave me the puck after the game and I haven’t really thought about what to do with it, but it’s special, nonetheless. It has the Coyotes logo on it too, which is pretty meaningful for me and my family as well. It’s a special day in that sense, but one of the things I was really wanting to be mindful of was to not make today about me. I want to make it about the players and about the team. …” –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the play of the team tonight:

I think the guys just went out and played with confidence and felt like they could take control of the game. It takes some time to establish that and we had to find our way through the first period and I kind of felt out some things. I thought once we settled into the game, I thought we were full marks and the guys played well. More importantly than how we played I just thought we had good energy on the bench. I was really impressed. Obviously, it’s my first time being part of the group like that. The interactions with the players on the bench, the energy, the vibe, the reaction of the players on Barrie’s goal — you just see they really care for him as a teammate and really feel good for him. Those types of things are takeaways for me.

On his first game behind an NHL bench:

I thought it went well. It felt like a hockey game. I was a little behind on a couple of my line changes, I’d like to speed that up a little bit, but the players took care of me well there, I appreciated that. All in all, it did feel like a hockey game to me. I didn’t know how it was going to be. The whole day felt very comfortable, obviously I’m very happy about that and the credit for that goes to the support staff for the help they’ve provided, the assistant coaches and training staff for this transition. The players, they’ve been open-minded and welcoming and engaged. They just want to be coached and they allowed me to do that today and I appreciated that. We asked a lot of them on a game day, a lot of new things coming at them, tried to keep it as simple as possible, but, still, it’s new things coming at them and they have to mix up the routine and all those things. To come up with a pretty good effort, right until the very end of course, we had a mishap and we owe Freddie [Andersen] one, for sure. I’m just very happy.

On starting Barrie alongside Rielly:

We just talked about the fact we were probably going to mix and match our D pairings in different situations throughout the game. Offensive faceoffs, just at times when we think we can get them on the ice together and it’ll really help us offensively. We wanted to have a good first shift, we wanted to establish a good game and get the Matthews line going and thought it was a good chance to do that. Obviously, specific to Tyson, he’s a guy we’re trying to mix things up a little bit with here and get him going. Today obviously the goal is a big weight off his shoulders. We’re going to continue to try to do those things.

On what the group did best today:

I thought what we did best was they held on to the puck and I thought, through the neutral zone especially, got organized and used the skill and speed we’ve talked about. I thought that really established some really good play for us in the offensive zone and really, at times, allowed us to control the play. That was the thing I was most impressed with. I thought that might be the easiest thing for them given the ability of the players and that’s what I saw.

On seeing Pierre Engvall score his first career NHL goal:

Any time you see a guy score his first NHL goal it’s a big deal. I was happy it came on the penalty kill. That’s an area of Pierre’s game that wasn’t there before he came to the Marlies and he was given that responsibility and he has really learned to the point where I trusted him here in an NHL game to do it. I thought, not just the goal, he was good in other areas of the penalty kill as well. I used him and Andreas Johnsson today on the penalty kill as two new guys with lots of speed and tenacity on the puck.

On the team showing him enthusiasm after the win:

It makes you feel good, for sure. As I was saying, the biggest takeaway for me today is that we’ve got really good people here, good energy and it was really noticeable for me when that first goal went in, most of the guys are happy to score but it was different, it was a different feeling on the bench just because you can tell they care for one another and to see Barrie score that goal, it was a good moment. It really speaks to the character of the group and they’ve been really welcoming for me, they’ve been really engaged and listening. I couldn’t have asked for a better first day.

On what he’ll remember most about the day:

Oh man, I don’t think I’ve slept in a few days so I’m not sure I’ll remember any of this when I get up in the morning. The thing I’ll take away is just that the players made it so comfortable to coach them today. That’s what I’ll really take away. Just having my family here, my wife and kids, my mother-in-law is here — my in-laws and my wife are from here in Arizona — my parents have been able to make the trip. All of that, just having them be a part of this is probably the biggest thing.

On if he’ll keep any mementos from tonight:

They gave me the puck after the game and I haven’t really thought about what to do with it, but it’s special, nonetheless. It has the Coyotes logo on it too, which is pretty meaningful for me and my family as well. It’s a special day in that sense, but one of the things I was really wanting to be mindful of was to not make today about me. I want to make it about the players and about the team and I’m happy that it worked out good for everybody.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (30 SAVES)

On tonight’s win:

I thought we played with pretty good confidence, pretty good pressure, but also at times when we needed to take it easy, I thought we were good at that too. It was a good step for us. I thought we really played well in the offensive zone as well. Guys were skating a lot and making room for each other and moving around. It was great to see.

On what stands out about new head coach Sheldon Keefe:

It’s too early to say. I don’t want to start talking too much, but I thought we came out and answered really good today and it’s going to be a testing time now to keep moving, keep moving forward after this and building on it.

On the importance of his first period glove save:

I thought it was nice to be rewarded off us having a good period and being up 1-0. Obviously, a huge goal by [Barrie] but, obviously, that felt good to make that save and keep it at zeros. Like I said, good to be rewarded for a good period and I thought we continued that throughout the game.

TYSON BARRIE (FIRST GOAL AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On scoring his first goal of the year:

I’m not going to lie, that feels good. Especially going into Denver tonight. I didn’t want to go in with no goals so it feels a little better.

On if that was the type of goal he’s used to scoring:

Yeah, I think I’ve done a good job jumping in in the past and kind of choosing some holes so that was what I’m accustomed to. It was nice to get that for sure.

On if he tried to be more involved offensively tonight:

Yeah, I think our whole team was a little more aggressive and had a little bit more speed through the neutral zone. We had a lot of fun out there tonight and I think it showed.

PIERRE ENGVALL (FIRST NHL GOAL)

On what he’ll remember about his first NHL goal:

I mean, just the feeling to score was unbelievable. Just so happy for it.

On his post-goal celebration:

I don’t really know. I was just so happy and tried to do something special for the first celly. I think I did it.

On if his teammates gave him a hard time after falling during his celebration:

I did a lot. We watched it – it was a PK goal – so we watched it, like, five times on the break. So, yeah, I got it.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On which of the team’s three goals he liked the best:

I’d probably have to go with the first. Obviously, a great play by [Barrie], that’s a big monkey off the back for him. First goal for Pierre [Engvall]. A pretty special night for a lot of guys here and a big two points with everything that’s been going on the last couple of weeks and the last 36 hours.

On the emotions after tonight’s win:

I think a little bit of everything. I think we’re just excited we got back in the win column. We take a little pressure off ourselves and just continue to build on this. A new coach, obviously some stuff we need to work on, some stuff that’s going to change systematically. I thought tonight, with everything that he threw at us in a short period of time that he’d like to see, I thought we executed that for the most part. We’ll just try to build from there.

On what led to a more cohesive effort tonight:

I just think a little bit more freedom and we weren’t really just giving up the puck. I thought when something wasn’t there, we’d just kind of come back and hang on to it and we’d all come up and support each other. We didn’t have guys all over the place. That’s something that opens up stuff for us because we’ve got a lot of guys that can skate and are skilled with the puck and can skate through the neutral zone. Guys are using each other and when we support each other all over the ice we tend to have the puck on our tape for a majority of the game, which we did tonight.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2 POSTGAME QUOTES: “The streak doesn’t really look too pretty, but I thought we made some steps in the right direction today. I definitely think we came ready to play and obviously a great hockey game, too. Fleury played really well down there and I think it could have gone either way. I thought we definitely had something to build on.”–FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK

On tonight’s game:
I thought we played a good first, I thought we didn’t win any faceoffs in the second and spent more time in the D-zone. We had lots of chances. I was in here the other night and Fleury was real good the other night. I thought he was real good. We had some chances, hit some posts. I think Petan — I could be wrong, I haven’t seen the replay — I thought the net was empty there and Fleury made a great save. The bottom line is we’ve got to stick with it and just keep grinding. We had a chance on the power play at the end there and we didn’t execute on that. It’s disappointing but I’m always about the process and how hard guys play. We played way harder so I thought that was good. I thought Hyman was back, I thought Mikheyev really had a good step. That was positive for us.

On what needs to be changed on the penalty kill:
We’ve got to keep it out. I didn’t think we were that bad tonight on it, to tell you the truth, but they got two on it so that’s not good enough. We’ve just got to keep working at it, we’ll spend more time at it. Maybe early in the year when we didn’t skate as much in the pregame skates, we should have spent more time doing it. We did that because we were trying to keep our guys fresher and the science part of it, but, in the end, you’ve got to execute on those things so that’s on me.

On how deflating it is to give up a goal immediately after tying the game:
It’s disappointing, obviously. We turned the puck over and they came in and shot it in. I still thought we were resilient. We talked about it before the game, we have to show good mental toughness and just keep grinding every shift, shift after shift, whether it goes good or bad. We’ve been guilty of when it goes bad, when they score, we wilt. There’s no sense doing that, just keep playing. I’ve been around a long time, you’re in lots of situations where you don’t win for a while and you end up having a real good year. Just keep grinding.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (33 SAVES)

On the team’s play tonight:
The streak doesn’t really look too pretty, but I thought we made some steps in the right direction today. I definitely think we came ready to play and obviously a great hockey game, too. Fleury played really well down there and I think it could have gone either way. I thought we definitely had something to build on.

On how the team is processing the current stretch:
We had a good talk yesterday to try and improve and I thought we answered pretty well today. It could have gone either way, I think. I got outplayed a little bit by Fleury down there. That happens. Again, I thought we had some good things to keep going.

ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s game:
I think there’s a lot of positives to take away from today. I think when you’re losing, it’s hard to stay the course but I think we played really well today. We had our chances when the game was on the line there. It was a tight game; we just couldn’t finish it. We need to be better on the PK, better on special teams there. It was good to get a powerplay goal. I think we took a big step today even though we lost. The next game is going to be really important for us but I think that we can build some confidence from this game moving forward.

On what the team can take away from tonight’s game:
I think we didn’t quit. I think that we stuck with it. You go down 3-1, you can kind of pack it in, but I think we were strong throughout that third period and really pushed back. Fleury made a big save on [Petan] there, [Mikheyev] hit the crossbar. These aren’t excuses, this is just reality. They won the game but I think that we had a chance to win that game, we were in the game the whole way through and we didn’t quit so I think that’s really important and something to build off of moving forward.

JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On if the team can take some positives out of tonight’s loss:
Yeah, definitely a much better effort. It was good hockey game. We lost the special teams battle and that ends up being the game. It’s something to build off of but it’s frustrating. We need to get a win here; it doesn’t matter how it is. If it’s ugly, we’ve got to find a way to get a win.

On what the team needs to do moving forward:
Just work. We can’t take a step back. We laid an egg of a game in Pittsburgh. A better effort tonight, but when you go through these losing streaks, it always seems like it’s harder to dig yourselves out of it, just like when you’re winning it’s easy to keep winning. We can’t take a step back next game. We’ve got to watch the tape and see what we can do better and keep moving forward.

JOHN TAVARES (20:05 TOI)

On tonight’s game:
I thought we were right there. We had a great opportunity in the third and we just didn’t maximize it so we’ve just got to regroup and find a way to get it done.

On his third period hooking penalty:
Yeah, I just got caught trying to lift his stick. Obviously, I’ve just got to try to be smarter and not get my stick caught up.

On Marc-Andre Fleury’s save late in the third period:
It was obviously a great save and a great opportunity. We had some really good looks in the third and we’ve got to find a way to put those in. Give him credit, he made it tough and made some good saves.

On the team’s mindset at the moment:
We want the results. We just want different results. We want to win. It’s obviously frustrating when you’re not getting them and I think we’ve talked about resolve and resiliency and trying to stay with it. It’s all we can do is continue to move forward and find ways to get better and get the job done when we have opportunities like this.

GOLDEN KNIGHTS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 2 POSTGAME NOTES: “Jason Spezza put the Maple Leafs on the board at 7:26 of the third period and later had the primary assist on Zach Hyman’s third-period goal. Spezza has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. All three of his goals in 2019-20 have been scored on the road.”

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (9-10-4 – 22 Points) vs.

VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS (11-9-3 – 25 Points)

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2019

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jason Spezza put the Maple Leafs on the board at 7:26 of the third period and later had the primary assist on Zach Hyman’s third period goal. Spezza has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. All three of his goals in 2019-20 have been scored on the road. He has three points (1-2-3) in two games against Pacific Division opponents. Tonight’s game is his second multi-point performance of the season.
  • Zach Hyman scored Toronto’s second goal of the night on the power play at 12:47 of the third period. Hyman’s goal is his first of the season in four games played. In 2018-19, Hyman established a new single-season career-high for goals scored (21).
  • Ilya Mikheyev had the lone assist on Spezza’s third period goal. Mikheyev has six points (2-4-6) in 10 road games this season. He has three points (1-2-3) in four games against Pacific Division teams.
  • Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Barrie’s assist is his seventh of the season and second on the power play. The assist is his first point against a Western Conference opponent this season.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO9 (9)8 (8)16 (15)33 (32)
VEGAS10 (10)17 (14)10 (8)37 (32)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO15 (15)18 (18)33 (24)66 (57)
VEGAS18 (18)32 (27)17 (14)67 (59)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road3-7-0 (10 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Vegas4-2-0-0 (6 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Vegas on the Road1-2-0-0 (3 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference4-3-0 (7 Games)
Record vs. Pacific Division3-1-0 (4 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots6 (Hyman, Nylander)
Shot Attempts(Nylander)
Faceoff Wins13 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Petan – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits5 (Gauthier)
Blocked Shots(Dermott)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI24:13 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:55 (Four players tied)
Shorthanded TOI1:06 (Gauthier)
Shifts28 (Muzzin)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage66.7% (Matthews – 24 for, 12 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first6-9-3
Tied after 14-2-2
Trailing after 20-6-1
Score one power play goal2-3-2
Allow multiple power play goals1-3-1
Outshot by opponent4-7-3
Tuesday2-2-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 0-for-2 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Pierre Engvall played in his first career NHL game.
  • Auston Matthews was 5-for-6 (83%) when taking defensive zone faceoffs.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 32 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.1 percent (32 for, 24 against).
  • John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his defensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Thursday, November 21, 9:00 p.m. at Arizona Coyotes (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, November 23, 7:00 p.m. at Colorado Avalanche (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m. at Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Friday, November 29, 4:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, November 30, 7:00 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)