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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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)

PENGUINS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2 POSTGAME NOTES: Kyle Clifford scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 18:01 of the second period. Clifford has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. His goal is his first as a Maple Leaf. He has two goals in two games against the Penguins this season.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-22-8 – 70 Points) vs.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (37-15-6 – 80 Points)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 16:35 of the second period. Matthews’ goal is his 43rd of the season, which moves him into the NHL lead for goals. He has three goals over his last four games. In 17 games against Metropolitan Division teams, he has recorded 14 goals. He has 12 points (7-5-12) in 10 games during the month of February.
  • Kyle Clifford scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 18:01 of the second period. Clifford has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. His goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf. He has two goals in two games against the Penguins this season.
  • William Nylander registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Nylander has 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 30 road games this season. In 17 games against Metropolitan Division teams, he has recorded 19 points (9-10-19).
  • Jake Muzzin collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Muzzin has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has recorded 11 (3-8-11) of his 18 points on the road this season. Six of his 14 assists have come in 13 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Jason Spezza recorded the primary assist on Clifford’s second period goal. Spezza has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded 15 (5-10-15) of his 23 points on the road this season. He has a goal and an assist in two games against the Penguins this season.
  • Martin Marincin picked up the secondary assist on Clifford’s second period goal. Marincin’s assist is his first point in 19 games played this season.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 19 shots in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO13 (12)14 (8)9 (9)36 (29)
PITTSBURGH12 (11)4 (2)8 (8)24 (21)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO18 (17)23 (13)16 (16)57 (46)
PITTSBURGH20 (18)8 (4)11 (11)39 (33)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road16-14-1 (31 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh83-80-17-7 (187 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Pittsburgh on the Road37-48-6-4 (95 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference16-14-6 (36 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division7-6-4 (17 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots6 (Barrie)
Shot Attempts10 (Barrie)
Faceoff Wins13 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage68% (Matthews – 13 won, 6 lost)
Hits5 (Clifford)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Gauthier, Matthews)
TOI22:08 (Barrie)
Power Play TOI4:46 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI1:49 (Holl)
Shifts28 (Barrie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage88.9% (Timashov – 8 for, 1 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first10-18-6
Tied after 113-7-4
Trail after 23-15-4
Do not score a power play goal13-13-4
Allow multiple power play goals1-4-1
Outshooting opponent16-9-3
Tuesday7-4-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 0-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Alex Kerfoot, William Nylander and John Tavares started 33.3 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs.
  • Auston Matthews was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Matthews had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 60.5 percent (23for, 15 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 78 percent (7 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
  • John Tavares was 4-for-5 (80%) in the faceoff circle against Pittsburgh forward Teddy Blueger.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • 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)

‘THEY CREATE A LOT’: Pens’ Crosby praises Leafs’ Matthews and Marner — Toronto Sun

PITTSBURGH — Sidney Crosby has some concerns when he ponders playing against the Maple Leafs duo of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner. Read More

‘THEY CREATE A LOT’: Pens’ Crosby praises Leafs’ Matthews and Marner — Toronto Sun

MAPLE LEAFS AT PENGUINS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is tied for first in the NHL in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-21-8 – 70 Points) vs.

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-15-6 – 78 Points)

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

PPG PAINTS ARENA (PITTSBURGH, PA) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PITTSBURGH

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PITTSBURGH

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (47), Jason Spezza (46), Cody Ceci (19), Morgan Rielly (19)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (19), John Tavares (11), Tyson Barrie (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (22), Mitch Marner (9)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (33), Mitch Marner (10), Jake Muzzin (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (29), John Tavares (12), Kyle Clifford (6), Martin Marincin (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOPITTSBURGH
GOALS FOR (Rank):210 (2nd)188 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       195 (t-27th)152 (4th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/161 [24.8%] (3rd)34/166 [20.5%] (14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):131/168 [78.0%] (23rd)127/154 [82.5%] (8th)
SHOTS (Rank):1998 (3rd)1824 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3018 (2nd)2501 (26th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (6th)50.8% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)48.5% (t-25th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:December 13, 1967 (Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1)
All-Time Record:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:46-32-11-3 (92 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:December 9, 2017 (Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PENGUINS

Kasperi KapanenSelected by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
First NHL goal (April 8, 2017 vs. Pittsburgh)
Jake MuzzinSelected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.
Morgan RiellyFirst NHL Goal (December 16, 2013 at Pittsburgh)
John TavaresFirst NHL game (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL goal (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL point (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS42 (Matthews)
ASSISTS45 (Marner)
POINTS71 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS243 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS97 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS65 (Matthews)
HITS105 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:04 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-5-0 record on the road with a .918 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 54.5 percent of his starts this season, which is the seventh-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.- Has a 4-4-0 record in 10 career games against the Penguins and a 2.46 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Averages 14.41 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– Recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on February 16 at Buffalo.- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.4%).
– Ranks 28th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.31).
Pierre Engvall– Has five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in eight games against Metropolitan Division opposition.- Has played 32.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.1 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 (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (43.6%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.4%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (43.6%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.- Has recorded six (1-5-6) of his 15 points in 16 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 24th among NHLers in points since January 1 (9-9-18; 19 GP).- Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 14 penalties this season and taken five, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 25th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.22) at 5-on-5.- Has two goals and two assists in seven career games against Pittsburgh.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has recorded 15 (4-11-15) of his 25 points on the road this season.
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (45). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.22 points per game, which is the 12th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.87 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:36) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.28).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.40 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.20) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 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 fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.92 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 1.06 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 23rd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in nine games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has 17 points (6-11-17) in 13 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (4-3-7) in six consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderThree games from 300 games.
Jason SpezzaFour assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Egor KorshkovFirst NHL game (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL goal (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL point (Goal) (February 16 at Buffalo)
Timothy LiljegrenFirst NHL point (February 15 at Ottawa)
  

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: 156

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 16Recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on injured reserve.
February 14Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.
February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
  

As in-game troubles mount, Leafs trying to find ways to get back on course — Toronto Sun

PITTSBURGH — No one said the Maple Leafs’ road to a playoff spot was going to be straightforward, yet the potholes the club creates for itself are becoming more damaging. Read More

As in-game troubles mount, Leafs trying to find ways to get back on course — Toronto Sun

SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2 — WHAT THEY SAID: "To me it was pretty apparent from about the 10-minute mark of the first period on that we didn't have it today. So, I was frankly I was a little stunned that we had the surge we did to start the third, just because we just didn't seem to have it today. So I was impressed with our team and how we pushed and how we started in that third period. Like I said, we could have been ahead in that game. A penalty goes against us. We didn't like the response there, but it seemed liked we played and defended tired for most of the game and just made life really easy for them." — SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s game:

Well, obviously, for the first 10 minutes the first period, I thought we were fine. Not a lot happening really either way, but I thought we were fine to start the game. It got away on us in the second half of the first and then all through the second period, for the most part we weren’t really even in the building. We regrouped, had a really strong surge to start the third period, put ourselves in the position to tie the game. I thought we had some chances even to take a lead and then got off-kilter there with a penalty call against us and that goes in on us on the penalty kill. We obviously didn’t recover or respond well after that.

On his level of concern with the team handling tonight’s momentum swings:

To me it was pretty apparent from about the 10-minute mark of the first period on that we didn’t have it today. So, I was frankly I was a little stunned that we had the surge we did to start the third, just because we just didn’t seem to have it today. So I was impressed with our team and how we pushed and how we started in that third period. Like I said, we could have been ahead in that game. A penalty goes against us. We didn’t like the response there, but it seemed liked we played and defended tired for most of the game and just made life really easy for them.

On Andersen’s play in goal tonight:

Yeah, probably the one positive I’ll take from the game is Fred was able to get a lot of work today. Our goalies haven’t had a lot of work for quite some time in terms of the shots and chances against. So it’s a chance for Fred to get his confidence and get a lot of pucks, a lot of action and a lot of movement in the puck. Buffalo was really good today. We weren’t good at all, but I was impressed with Buffalo today. They moved with the puck with the skill they have, the depth, all four lines — they didn’t give you any shifts off — all six defence, their goaltender was very strong. We didn’t get a lot of action, but when we did get around the net, we had a lot of really good looks. He was excellent for them to not really let us get any sort of real momentum, but I was impressed by their team today. It was a lot of action for Fred.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (31 SAVES)

On how he felt in tonight’s game:

Yeah, I just tried to focus on what I had to do on my part and obviously, we didn’t come up with the win so disappointing.

On his teammates feeling like they left him out to dry:

I don’t know I think everyone’s going to go through ups and downs, so I didn’t really think about anything I just tried to do my part. That’s all I’ve got to say.

ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL)

On Buffalo’s three straight goals in the third and playing three games in four nights:

Everyone plays 82 games so 3-in-4 doesn’t matter. They got the momentum there on the power play and they scored two quick ones after that on two mistakes, one of them being mine and that’s it. That’s the game. It’s 5-2 and it’s hard to come back from that.

On what allowed the team to push early in the third:

Well, I think Freddie gave us a chance to win the game and I think we were in the game, down 2-1 going into the third. We were lucky to be down 2-1 going into the third. We came out and started the third strong and then that power play. After that there was a three-minute stretch there where they got three and then the game was over.

JASON SPEZZA (1 ASSIST)

On the momentum swings in the third period:

Yeah, we did a good job to make the push in the third and then they get the power play goal and we give them two more. At that point of the game we’ve got to find a way to drag points out of this. Fred played phenomenal for us and gave us a chance to be in the game and we probably didn’t deserve to be after two periods. These are games you’d like to see us drag points out of.

On the team’s ability to put together a full 60-minute effort:

It’s a tough time of year. Teams are going to take momentum; I don’t think you’re going to get 60 minutes of dominant hockey. You’re going to have to understand that you’ve got to control the momentum swings a little better than we did. You can’t give up three, the other team gets momentum and, for us, it’s being able to halt their momentum and get it back coming our way. It’s a tough time of year, you’ve got to drag points out of games, it’s a lot of hockey in a short period of time. We have to find a way to be better to get more points.

JOHN TAVARES (18:04 TOI)

On tonight’s third period after tying the game:

Yeah, we got ourselves back in it in a game that we probably didn’t deserve to be in. We stuck with it and found a way; Freddie gave us a great chance and then we just make mistakes. Obviously, a great opportunity to grab some points, find a way to get a win and let it get away from us.

More on the third period:

We didn’t execute and they came hard and played hard and we just didn’t match them.

MAPLE LEAFS AT SABRES PREGAME NOTES: William Nylander leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.

BUFFALO SABRES (26-24-8 – 60 Points)

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

KEYBANK CENTER (BUFFALO, NY) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-105-18-11 (217 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
2019-20:2-1-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (65), John Tavares (33), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (21), Auston Matthews (11)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (13)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (40), Auston Matthews (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (44), Zach Hyman (20), John Tavares (18)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOBUFFALO
GOALS FOR (Rank):208 (2nd)165 (t-21st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       190 (27th)179 (18th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/160 [25.0%] (t-3rd)32/166 [19.3%] (t-19th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):129/165 [78.2%] (23rd)123/164 [75.0%] (29th)
SHOTS (Rank):1976 (4th)1692 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2979 (2nd)2361 (30th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.5% (5th)49.3% (18th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)46.2% (31st)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)
All-Time Record:83-105-18-11 (217 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:51-40-12-5 (108 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:March 2, 2019 (Toronto 5, Buffalo 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES

Frederik Andersen100th win as a Maple Leaf (February 25, 2019 vs. Buffalo)
Tyson Barrie100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. Buffalo)
Cody CeciFirst NHL game (December 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. Buffalo)
Frederik GauthierFirst NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Zach HymanFirst NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Martin MarincinFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Auston Matthews200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at Buffalo)
John Tavares400th NHL assist (November 30, 2019 vs. Buffalo)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS42 (Matthews)
ASSISTS44 (Marner)
POINTS71 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs37 (Holl)
SHOTS240 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.5% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS94 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS65 (Matthews)
HITS103 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-4-0 record on the road with a .922 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 55.8 percent of his starts this season, which is the sixth-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (51).- Averages 14.49 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– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).
– Ranks 26th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.25).
Pierre Engvall– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 31.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the second highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks first in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.4%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.9%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 25th among NHLers in points since January 1 (8-9-17; 18 GP).- Has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 13 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 26th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 32 points in 29 games on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has 10 points (4-6-10) in 15 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
Mitch Marner– Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (44). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the third-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 240 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.89 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.94 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in eight games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55.3 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this season, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderFour games from 300 games.
Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Timothy LiljegrenFirst NHL point (Assist) (February 15 at Ottawa)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)Left Toronto’s game on February 13 vs. Dallas and did not return.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 152

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 14Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.
February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
February 10Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed goaltender Frederik Andersen on injured reserve.