Leafs 3, Jets 1: Postgame quotes.

SHELDON KEEFE
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: John Tavares described the team as being more connected tonight, things are coming together that way. To what would you attribute that?
Sheldon Keefe: I definitely agree. I think what I would attribute it to is just time – more time together, more games, more meetings, more discussions as a group. I think we’ve definitely seen progress in a lot of areas. We leave the game feeling good about the effort the guys put in today. At the same time, I’m fairly confident we’re going to have a number of things to discuss tomorrow and where we can continue to get better. That’s obviously very positive. We’re still not where we can be. It’s going to take us a little more time, keep getting a little bit better every day, but to get another win here today and have a good second period like we did to set us up well is very positive. As I said, there’s going to be a number of things that we can look at and discuss as a group tomorrow that will help us next time.
Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you think of Mikko’s debut tonight and what did [seven defencemen and 11 forwards] look like for you tonight?
Sheldon Keefe: Mikko, he didn’t play a lot in the second half of the game. I’d have to go back and watch all his shifts just to see the details and stuff inside of it, but from the bench when he was out there I thought he looked good and looked confident. He skated well, moved well, when the puck came to him he didn’t panic so those were all positive signs. I think today’s a good positive step for him. As for our 7-11, I thought it was fine. At times it felt we were maybe a forward short, you’re feeling the effects of not having a guy and then there’s other times you like it. We were able to get Auston extra shifts with a really favourable matchup at different times, whether it’s John or Will or Mitch, those guys are getting extra shifts down there. There’s pros and cons to it and I think I felt both sides of it here tonight.
Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: Could you get a sense tonight for how the Kerfoot line can open some things up for some of the other lines?
Sheldon Keefe: Yeah, I would say so. That’s the intent behind it is that those guys can give us a really good shift against anybody and give us a chance to rest our top people, yet still have them come over the boards in a favourable position. That’s the way it’s set up. I’ve got to go back and watch it obviously, I think it was Kerfoot-Mikheyev-Simmonds was on the line when we gave up that goal right after we had made it 2-0. That was a tough shift for us there, but as a whole, I think when Kerfoot, Mikheyev and Hyman have been playing together they’ve been giving us real good minutes.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN
Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: Can you give us an idea of how you used the Saturday when you didn’t dress for that game and how you felt that went in terms of getting ready for this one?
Frederik Andersen: A little new thing we’re trying. I think it was good. I think me and Steve Briere got some good time in, extra time on the ice just to work on a few things that we were talking about the night before. I thought it was good. It’s obviously something new. Got to stay at the hotel for a little bit longer and just come for the game.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: I think Tavares used the word connected to describe the team’s play in front of you tonight. Are you seeing that grow a bit here through the first four games?
Frederik Andersen: Yeah, that’s probably a good way to put it. I think we were good at keeping them to the outside and then, as they turned the puck over after a shot, I thought we were good at breaking out and pushing it down their end and making them defend a little bit more and get them a little bit tired. I thought that we showed simplifying our game a little bit both defensively and just cycling the puck offensively. I thought the guys played well today. That was fun.
MIKKO LEHTONEN
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: How did it feel out there in your first game?
Mikko Lehtonen: I think it felt good. I was confident and felt good. Good to get the first one done.
Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Was anyone watching you back home?
Mikko Lehtonen: Yeah, I think a lot of my friends and family. They were excited to see me play and that was fun. Huge thing for my family, too.
Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: Just wondered what was going through your head while you weren’t playing and how you were practicing?
Mikko Lehtonen: Of course I think everybody wants to play every night, but I wasn’t in the lineup the first three games. I worked hard and stayed positive. What I can focus on is giving my best every day. That’s the thing. When the coaches say, go play, I will play. I came here to play so it’s fun to play.
MITCH MARNER
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What are you appreciating about what John Tavares has brought to the table early in the season?
Mitch Marner: His work ethic every day has been great. He’s come ready to play and being very competitive, every puck he’s out there against. I mean that’s what you want out of your leaders. You want them to show and be an example for everyone else and he’s done a great example of everyone else.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: This rivalry seems to be bubbling nicely. I’m not sure what Pionk was trying to do there at the end and then Scheifele was quite upset with you it seemed. What was your perspective on that final sequence?
Mitch Marner: Who cares, we won the game. That’s all that matters, that’s all I care about.
Q. Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press: You guys were dominant in the second period, what was working so well for your group?
Mitch Marner: Speed, breaking out of our zone quickly, finding easy exits. I think we were really communicating and also controlling the puck in the O-zone. I feel like a lot of times when they were exiting they were pretty fatigued so they couldn’t really forecheck our D too much and we were going right back into them. That’s something we’ve talked about wanting to get better at every game. I thought tonight in the second period we really took over and did that well. It’s just something we’ve got to keep doing.
JOHN TAVARES
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: It seemed like you guys found another gear, especially in that second period. What did you like most about the win tonight?
John Tavares: Yeah, I think we’re just starting to build some good habits over the last couple of games and just staying with it. Obviously, we didn’t love giving up the goal at the end of the period, but we faced some adversity here with how well we played in the second and we fought hard to get the two goal lead. Good job in the third still being able to create some opportunities, being aggressive on the forecheck and making them really have to work to get up the ice and then create chances on the penalty kill was great tonight but a lot of good stuff especially with amount of opportunities that they had. Good hard fought win.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: The power play also seemed to have a dominant stretch there obviously with a lot of chances before the goal. What was your sense in the lead up to the goal about the momentum that was building?
John Tavares: Well we’re just sticking to what team’s are giving us and we’re just trying to execute the framework that we’re playing off of and the structure that we have and just taking what’s there. And obviously when you create opportunities and you’re able to retrieve pucks and break them down and get them tired, those open looks start to come and being able to draw people in and Willy made a great play, really selling the shot and I had the easy job of just firing it in.
Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: You’re off to a terrific start production wise. What do you attribute that to?
John Tavares: Well I’m just trying to play my game. I know it’s been part of what’s helped me get to this point in my career, just continuing to find ways to be productive and consistent. The power play’s doing a really good job. Every game 5-on-5 continues to build a little bit better so just trying to build on that and find different ways to create opportunities and produce.

Maple Leafs 3, Jets 1: Postgame notes

WINNIPEG JETS (1-1-0 – 2 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (3-1-0 – 6 Points)

MONDAY, JANUARY 18, 2021

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WINNIPEG0101
TORONTO0213

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with a power play goal at 5:28 of the second period. Tavares is tied for the NHL lead in goals, and leads the League in power play goals, power play points and points. He has 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in 29 career games against the Jets franchise. 
  • Mitch Marner scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 18:39 of the second period and later scored Toronto’s third goal of the night into an empty net at 19:37 of the third period. Marner has goals (3) and points (3-2-5) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his first multi-goal and second multi-point performance of 2020-21. He has 10 points (4-6-10) in eight career games against the Jets.
  • William Nylander registered the primary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Nylander has two goals and two assists in two games on home ice this season. In seven career games against Winnipeg, he has recorded nine points (5-4-9).
  • Jake Muzzin collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Muzzin’s assist is his first point of the season. He had six goals and 17 assists in 53 games during the 2019-20 season.
  • Justin Holl recorded the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Holl has three assists in four games to begin the season. He has a pair of assists in two games on home ice.
  • Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has two assists in two games at home this season. In nine career games against the Jets he has recorded 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists). 
  • Alex Kerfoot had the lone assist on Marner’s empty net goal. Kerfoot’s assist is his first assist of 2020-21. He has a goal and an assist through four games this season.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 27 of 28 shots to earn his second win of the season.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
WINNIPEG10 (6)6 (4)12 (8)28 (18)
TORONTO10 (10)22 (11)6 (5)38 (26)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
WINNIPEG14 (9)11 (9)23 (14)48 (32)
TORONTO16 (16)36 (22)13 (11)65 (49)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home2-0-0 (2 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Winnipeg  35-19-1-9 (64 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Winnipeg at Home18-9-1-4 (32 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots10 (Hyman)
Shot Attempts10 (Hyman, Matthews, Tavares)
Faceoff Wins10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Nylander, Simmonds)
Hits(Five players tied)
Blocked Shots(Dermott, Holl)
Takeaways(Matthews, Nylander)
TOI24:38 (Marner)
Power Play TOI1:15 (Five players tied)
Shorthanded TOI4:20 (Bogosian)
Shifts31 (Marner)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage93.3% (Vesey – 14 for, 1 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first3-0-0
Tied after 12-1-0
Lead after 22-0-0
Score 1 power play goal2-0-0
Do not allow a power play goal2-0-0
Outshoot opponent3-0-0
Monday1-0-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 23 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Brodie finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 67.7% (23 for, 11 against).
  • Mikko Lehtonen appeared in his first career NHL game.
  • Zach Hyman started 14.3% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters. He led the team in shots on goal tonight (10).

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • 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)

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-Winnipeg Jets pregame notes

WINNIPEG JETS (1-0-0 – 2 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-1-0 – 4 Points)

JANUARY 18, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus WINNIPEG

ALL-TIME RECORD:34-19-1-9 (63 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:17-9-1-4 (31 Games)
2019-201-0-1
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:5-3-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus WINNIPEG

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (50), Joe Thornton (43), John Tavares (28)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (15), Joe Thornton (12), John Tavares (9)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (36), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (21)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), Joe Thornton (44), John Tavares (30)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (41), John Tavares (25), Jason Spezza (20)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOWINNIPEG
GOALS FOR (Rank):11 (t-1st)(t-23rd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       11 (t-26th)(t-2nd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):5/13 [38.5%] (4th)1/4 [25.0%] (t-12th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):10/13 [76.9%] (15th)2/3 [66.7%] (t-24th)
SHOTS (Rank):97 (3rd)34 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):142 (2nd)39 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):57.3% (3rd)52.7% (8th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):57.1% (2nd)54.6% (5th)

MAPLE LEAFS – JETS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 27, 1999 (Toronto 4, Atlanta 0)
All-Time Record:34-19-1-9 (63 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:17-9-1-4 (31 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:17-10-0-5 (32 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:Oct. 27, 2018 (Toronto 3, Winnipeg 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS2 (Nylander, Tavares)
ASSISTS3 (Marner, Tavares)
POINTS5 (Tavares)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Tavares)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs15 (Simmonds)
SHOTS16 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Marner, Mikheyev)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %67.5% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS5 (Holl, Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS2 (Four players tied)
HITS(Holl, Tavares)
TOI PER GAME25:33 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME4:39 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME5:11 (Muzzin)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Has a 9-0-2 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage in 12 career games against Winnipeg.  
TJ Brodie– Averaging 17:05 in even-strength ice time through three games, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on January 16 at Ottawa.  
Jack Campbell– Earned his first win of the season on January 16 at Ottawa after making 17 saves on 19 shots.
Justin Holl– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.7% which ranks fourth among NHL defencemen who have started less than 50% (45.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman–  Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:09).
Alex Kerfoot– Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3) through three games.- One of two Maple Leafs who haven’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal against (Ilya Mikheyev). 
Mitch Marner– Ranks second among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:18).- Tied for second among NHL skaters in assists (3). 
Auston Matthews– Averaging 23:19 in time on ice per game, which ranks fourth among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (64.9%).- Averaging 25.11 shot attempts per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks sixth among NHL forwards who have appeared in multiple games.
Ilya Mikheyev– Ranks second among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:52).- One of two Maple Leafs who haven’t been on the ice for an even-strength goal against (Alex Kerfoot). 
Jake Muzzin– Ranks third among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (5:11).- Ranks sixth among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (20.25).
William Nylander– Averaging the highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (3.26) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.2%.
Morgan Rielly– Ranks 10th among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (25:33).- Has the second-highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (57.4%) among NHLers who average at least 19:00 (19:16) per game in 5-on-5 ice time.
John Tavares– Tied for the NHL lead in points (2-3-5) through three games.- Tied for the lead among NHL skaters in power play shot attempts (9).- Has the second-highest faceoff win percentage (67.4%) among NHLers who have taken at least 40 faceoffs.
Joe Thornton– Leads the Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (67.5%).  – Recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf on January 16 at Ottawa with a goal.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

RECENT MILESTONES

Alexander BarabanovFirst NHL game (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Zach BogosianFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
TJ BrodieFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 16 at OTT)
Nick RobertsonFirst NHL regular season game (Jan. 16 at OTT)
Wayne SimmondsFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Jason Spezza600th NHL assist (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Joe ThorntonFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 16 at OTT)
Jimmy VeseyFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Robertson (Knee)Left Toronto’s game on Jan. 16 and did not return.
 Man Games Lost: 0
  

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

Jan. 16Recalled forward Nick Robertson from the club’s taxi squad. Loaned forward Alexander Barabanov to the taxi squad.

Maple Leafs-Senators pregame notes.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0 – 2 Points) vs.

OTTAWA SENATORS (0-0-0 – 0 Points)

JANUARY 15, 2021 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE (OTTAWA, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus OTTAWA

ALL-TIME RECORD:56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
2019-20:3-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus OTTAWA

GAMES PLAYED:Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (34), Wayne Simmonds (28)
GOALS:Joe Thornton (16), Auston Matthews (13), Wayne Simmonds (10)
ASSISTS:Joe Thornton (29), John Tavares (13), Mitch Marner (10), William Nylander (10)
POINTS:Joe Thornton (45), Auston Matthews (22), John Tavares (20)
PENALTY MINUTES:Joe Thornton (55), Wayne Simmonds (26), Zach Bogosian (23)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOOTTAWA
GOALS FOR (Rank):5 (t-5th)N/A
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       (t-16th)N/A
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):2/4 [50.0%] (t-3rd)N/A
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):1/3 [33.3%] (t-27th)N/A
SHOTS (Rank):34 (t-8th)N/A
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):51 (5th)N/A
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (t-8th)N/A
FACEOFF % (Rank):54.0% (t-10th)N/A

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:Oct. 20, 1992 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)
All-Time Record:56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:31-22-2-7 (62 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:Feb. 15, 2020 (Toronto 4, Ottawa 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS2 (Nylander)
ASSISTS2 (Tavares)
POINTS3 (Nylander, Tavares)
POWER PLAY POINTS(Five players tied)
SHORTHANDED POINTSN/A
PIMs5 (Simmonds)
SHOTS7 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%100% (Nylander, Simmonds)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS5 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS1 (Five players tied)
HITS(Simmonds)
TOI PER GAME28:35 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME4:43 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME3:51 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Stopped 20 of 22 shots (.917) at even-strength on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Alexander Barabanov– Made his NHL debut on January 13 vs. Montreal.
TJ Brodie– Played 19:02 of even-strength ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal, his Maple Leaf debut, which ranked second among Toronto defencemen.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average with the Maple Leafs since being acquired on February 5, 2020.
Justin Holl– Led the Maple Leafs in shorthanded ice time (3:51) on January 13 vs. Montreal. 
Zach Hyman–  One of three Toronto forwards (Kerfoot, Mikheyev) to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Alex Kerfoot– Has five points (2-3-5) in seven career games against Ottawa. 
Mitch Marner– Had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 65.7% in 17:53 of 5-on-5 ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 14 games against the Senators.
Auston Matthews– Played the second-most ice time among NHL forwards on opening night with 25:02 on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Recorded a team-high 14 shot attempts on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Had a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.6%.
Ilya Mikheyev– Led Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time on January 13 vs. Montreal (2:19).
Jake Muzzin– Had a team-high five blocked shots on January 13 vs. Montreal.
William Nylander– One of four players in the NHL to have a multi-goal performance on opening night on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Had his first multi-goal and multi-point game of 2020-21 after registering four multi-goal and 18 multi-point performances in 2019-20.
Morgan Rielly– Scored his fifth career overtime goal on January 13 vs. Montreal.- Led all skaters in ice time on opening night after playing 28:35.
Wayne Simmonds– Played 10:25 in ice time in his Maple Leaf debut on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Jason Spezza– Became the 92nd player in NHL history to record 600 assists on January 13 vs. Montreal.
John Tavares– Had his first multi-assist and multi-point game of 2020-21 after registering six multi-assist and 18 multi-point games in 2019-20.- One of 12 NHLers to begin the season with a multi-assist game on the first night of the season after recording two on January 13 vs. Montreal.
Joe Thornton– Played 17:30 in ice time in his Maple Leaf debut on January 13 vs. Montreal. 
Jimmy Vesey– Recorded his first point and goal as a Maple Leaf in his first game with the club on January 13 vs. Montreal.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach BogosianFour points from 200 NHL points
Wayne SimmondsOne point from 500 NHL points
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Alexander BarabanovFirst NHL game (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Zach BogosianFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
TJ BrodieFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Wayne SimmondsFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Jason Spezza600th NHL assist (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Joe ThorntonFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
Jimmy VeseyFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 13 vs. MTL)

INJURY REPORT

None 
 Man Games Lost: 0

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

None 

LEAFS 5, HABS 4 (OT): QUOTES.

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Joe Thornton described that as a real fun game for everyone, but at times were you a little concerned about what was going on in the back end with your team?  

Sheldon Keefe: It’s the first game of the season here, first time playing a game at that tempo. We just had a pretty emotional comeback win here for our first so I’m not going to get too nitpicky. We’ll get better everyday. 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Sheldon, the puck really seems to be exploding off Nylander’s stick early days here. What sort of improvements do you think he’s made since last season? 

Sheldon Keefe: I don’t know, he was a pretty explosive player last season too. He’s a great talent. I think he’s come in really motivated and driven to continue to be a difference maker and to take it to another level. We’ve had a lot of pretty blunt discussions between he and I about where he needs to continue to get better away from the puck. He’s bought into that. I think it goes hand-in-hand. When he’s competing away from the puck, he’s more engaged when he has it, he’s more involved in the game. He was really good today. He and John were both really good. 

Q. Luke Fox, Sportsnet: What were your first impressions of Joe alongside Mitch and Auston? 

Sheldon Keefe: I thought they were good. I have to watch the video back for all our lines and the whole game, but I thought when he got the puck he put it in good spots, he made a play with it, he was around the net at different times. He came up with a couple of pucks on the forecheck. He looked like he had legs even through the third period. I was watching him, he had some really good tracks and returns back into our own end to have lots of legs and energy despite playing a lot the way the game went. I thought it was a good game for him. 

Q. Luke Fox, Sportsnet: How’s Auston doing? He seemed to be in a bit of pain right before the overtime? 

Sheldon Keefe: I think he just took a bit of a stinger. My understanding is he’s okay. He didn’t hesitate when I asked him if he was good to go for overtime. 

Q. Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun: First season opener for you in your home building under very different circumstances. What did that feel like? 

Sheldon Keefe: Once the game starts you’re caught up in it and, I’ll be honest, it just feels like hockey. The guys are competing, you’re into it. When you’re coaching behind the bench you’re making a decision every couple of seconds. You’re too engaged in it to really get caught up in it. I think once the puck drops it just feels like we’re in a game. I think the start of the game, before it really gets going, especially in a home opener like this is where you really felt the no fans. I believe the home opener, in particular for your new players, your incoming guys, it’s a great opportunity for them to connect with the fans and the fans to recognize them, in particular in our situation, of course, with guys like Joe and [Simmonds] coming back here to Toronto and Ontario. You miss out on those kinds of moments. We miss our fans in such a fun, back and forth type of game like this. It would have been nice, of course, to have them here. We’re going to have to get used to this, this is what we’ve got. Hopefully we’re able to entertain people at home. 

WILLIAM NYLANDER

Q. Kristen Shilton, TSN: What did you like about your line tonight and how you guys were able to gel in this first game?

William Nylander: Well I think we did a good job. It was more of a grind game. We didn’t really get that many clean looks. So, I think we were relentless and when we gave up that goal, we were able to get one back which was huge.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you make of Wayne Simmonds dropping the gloves there and maybe turning things around for you guys a little bit?

William Nylander: Yeah, that was a turning point in the game, for sure. He got the boys going, fired up. I think we were a little soft and slow in the beginning and after that we got fired up and got going which was huge.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What about your own shooting tonight? Those were a couple of real nice shots. Anything going through your heads in those particular moments?

William Nylander: The first one was just a great job by the guys getting to the net. Price couldn’t see the puck. And the second one was just waiting, waiting and looking for a pass and just put it on net.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: And what about Jimmy Vesey tonight with the goal that forces overtime?

William Nylander: Yeah, it was huge. We were heavy on the forecheck there. We were able to get Price – lucky bounce though but it was a nice goal to get for us, for sure.

MORGAN RIELLY

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: Your thoughts on how this game went and your own play tonight? 

Morgan Rielly: I think it was a good game to play in, good game to watch, good way to open the year with a win. They’re a good team, they came out and played hard. It’s what we expected. We’re happy with the win, obviously, and I think we’ve got a lot of areas to get better. We’re going to talk tomorrow on ways we can improve. To open the year with a win, that’s always a good feeling. 

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you think of pairing up with TJ Brodie? 

Morgan Rielly: I like playing with TJ, he’s great. I think he’s really good going back for pucks. He’s really good breaking it out, he’s calm with it, that first pass it great. It’s been a pleasure so far, just keep talking, keep trying to make it work better for us. 

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Wayne Simmonds told us his fight, he thought the boys needed a spark. How did the boys take that fight on the bench and on the ice? 

Morgan Rielly: I think it was awesome. I think that’s what Wayne brings to this group. He’s been doing that in his career for a long time. It’s incredibly valuable. He brings a whole lots of aspects, of great things to our team. The way that he’s able to play and that part of his game, and then his off-ice leadership. He’s incredibly valuable to this team and we’re very, very lucky to have him. He’s hard to play against so it’s nice to have him on our side for once. I think tonight was the perfect example of him taking it upon himself to get the team going and that’s exactly what happened. 

WAYNE SIMMONDS

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you feel of your performance tonight and the team’s performance tonight?

Wayne Simmonds: I thought we chased the game a little bit, but I thought we showed great character and the comeback. We kept coming back and we made it tough on them. At the end of the game we ended up with two points, obviously. It’s most important we build off of our mistakes and keep in mind what we did good, but at the same time, like I said, we build off of our mistakes and we continue to get better day after day here.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: There’s usually nerves when a player comes to a team for the first time, plays his first game, maybe fans have something to do with that. How did you feel?

Wayne Simmonds: I was fine. I’ve been around the last year. I think this is my fifth team in the last year. I’m comfortable coming to new surroundings, the boys made it really easy for me to integrate within the team. I was just really excited for the game tonight to be honest.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Obviously, you’re brought in for your physicality, we all know that, you know that is part of your game. Probably not going to scrap every night, but how did it feel to drop the gloves there, as short as the fight was. From these eyes, and others saw a bit of a turning point for your club in the second period.

Wayne Simmonds: Yeah. It felt good. That’s my first real game action in like 10 months, 28 days, and I can probably tell you to the second. It felt really good and I thought the boys needed a little bit of a spark there. I know my role on this team. I asked Chiarot and I didn’t think he wanted to go at first, but then he dropped the gloves before me so it was green light, go. I’m happy he gave me that one and helped turn the tide for our team. 

JOE THORNTON

On his first game as a Maple Leaf:

Joe Thornton: Wasn’t that fun? It was great. Great game, boys were down early but we managed to come back and what a great finish by Mo. I think the 40-plus players and coaches really enjoyed being out there again.

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: What was the most fun part for you?

Joe Thornton: Just starting, hearing ‘Number 97 from St. Thomas, Ontario,’ you can’t beat that. Just competing again, competing with the guys, getting good looks, good passing, the competition again was nice to have. 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You mentioned the finish by Morgan there. What stood out to you the most about Rielly since you’ve been around him? 

Joe Thornton: He just competes. I think his skating is very elite, he’s a big body, great shot, sees the ice very, very well. Being from out west, really we don’t watch too much East games, but he’s been very, very impressive. 

Shea Theodore emerges as top defenseman for Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Defenseman Shea Theodore took his play to another level in the NHL playoffs last season, when he had 19 points in 20 games, and plans to build on that this season.

Shea Theodore emerges as top defenseman for Golden Knights — Las Vegas Review-Journal

Leafs set roster

MAPLE LEAFS TRIM TRAINING CAMP ROSTER

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Monday that the team has trimmed their training camp roster to 26 players. The Leafs’ current roster includes a total of 15 forwards, eight defencemen and three goaltenders. An updated training camp roster can be found below.

The following players have been loaned to the Toronto Marlies or placed on waivers for the purposes of being loaned to the Marlies: Kenny Agostino, Joey Anderson, Justin Brazeau, Rourke Chartier, Pierre Engvall, Tyler Gaudet, Mac Hollowell, Michael Hutchinson, Teemu Kivihalme, Timothy Liljegren, Martin Marincin, Nic Petan, Calle Rosen and Scott Sabourin.

The Maple Leafs will open their regular season schedule on Wednesday, January 13 at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto when they take on the Montreal Canadiens at 7 p.m.

Leafs TV schedule

MAPLE LEAFS ANNOUNCE 2020-21 RADIO AND TELEVISION BROADCAST SCHEDULE

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today the club’s 2020-21 regular season broadcast schedule. All Maple Leafs’ games will be televised live on Sportsnet (38 games) and TSN (18 games), while Sportsnet 590 The FAN and TSN Radio 1050 will once again divide games evenly between the two radio networks. The club’s radio broadcast schedule for games following March 6, 2021 will be provided at a later date.

Calling the action for all games on both Sportsnet 590 The FAN and TSN Radio 1050 Toronto are the longtime Maple Leafs radio duo of play-by-play commentator Joe Bowen and radio analyst Jim Ralph.

Broadcast coverage of the Maple Leafs will begin on January 9 at 7 p.m. when the team plays the Blue vs. White Game presented by Canadian Tire. The game will be held at Scotiabank Arena and broadcast on both Sportsnet and TSN.

This season Leafs Nation Network will continue to provide fans all the access and analysis they need as the season unfolds. The Leaf: Blueprint will take fans behind the scenes while, on Good Morning, Leafs Nation and Countdown, Joe Bowen, Danielle Emanuele, Scott Willats, Bob McGill and guests will provide in-depth pre-game news and notes as the 2021 NHL season unfolds.

A rundown of the Maple Leafs regular season schedule, with broadcast information, is available below.

San Jose Sharks officially relocating to Arizona for training camp, and possibly longer — Chico Enterprise-Record

NHL: Because of Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 restrictions, San Jose Sharks will be holding training camp in Scottsdale, Arizona

San Jose Sharks officially relocating to Arizona for training camp, and possibly longer — Chico Enterprise-Record

COVID: San Jose Sharks Appear Ready To Join 49ers In Exodus To Arizona — CBS San Francisco

Following the San Francisco 49ers lead, the San Jose Sharks will open training camp and start the regular season in Arizona, a person with knowledge of discussions told The Associated Press.

COVID: San Jose Sharks Appear Ready To Join 49ers In Exodus To Arizona — CBS San Francisco