SABRES 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2, POSTGAME NOTES: Egor Korshkov put the Maple Leafs on the board at 11:29 of the second period. Korshkov was playing his first career NHL game. Prior to being recalled Sunday, he had registered 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists) in 35 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

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

BUFFALO SABRES (27-24-8 – 62 Points)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 2020

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TORONTO0112
BUFFALO0235

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Egor Korshkov put the Maple Leafs on the board at 11:29 of the second period. Korshkov’s goal is his first career NHL goal and first career NHL point. Tonight’s game is Korshkov’s first career NHL game. Prior to being recalled earlier today, he had registered 21 points (14 goals, 7 assists) in 35 games with the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  • Zach Hyman scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 2:11 of the third period. Hyman has points (4-3-7) in six consecutive games. He has 11 points (4 goals, 7 assists) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Korshkov’s second-period goal. Spezza has recorded 14 (5-9-14) of his 22 points on the road this season. He has two assists in three games against the Sabres in 2019-20.
  • Kyle Clifford picked up the secondary assist on Korshkov’s second period goal. Clifford’s assist is his first point as a Maple Leaf. He has 15 points (6-9-15) in 58 games played between Los Angeles and Toronto this season. 
  • Jake Muzzin registered the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Muzzin has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded six (2-4-6) of his 16 points against Atlantic Division opponents.
  • Mitch Marner picked up the secondary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has recorded 15 points (3-12-15) in 14 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. He has nine points (1 goal, 8 assists) in eight games during the month of February.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO6 (6)6 (6)10 (9)22 (21)
BUFFALO16 (16)12 (9)8 (6)36 (31)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO14 (14)14 (14)16 (11)44 (39)
BUFFALO30 (30)25 (18)13 (11)68 (59)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road16-13-1 (30 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Buffalo83-106-18-11 (218 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Buffalo on the Road32-66-6-6 (110 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference16-13-6 (35 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division9-8-2 (19 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots6 (Hyman)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Marchment – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Marner)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Hyman, Korshkov, Marner)
TOI24:57 (Holl)
Power Play TOI1:10 (Five players tied)
Shorthanded TOI4:40 (Holl)
Shifts25 (Dermott)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage52.6% (Korshkov, Spezza – 10 for, 9 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first10-17-6
Tied after 113-6-4
Trail after 23-14-4
Do not score a power play goal13-12-4
Allow one power play goal13-11-3
Outshot by opponent13-12-4
Sunday0-3-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • At 17:50 of the first period, video review was initiated to see whether the puck had fully crossed Toronto’s goal line. Video review confirmed the puck did not completely cross the Toronto goal line and the call on the ice was upheld – No Goal Buffalo.
  • Toronto’s forward Egor Korshkov and Jason Spezza were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 22 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 44.0 percent (22 for, 28 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 100 percent (4 won, 0 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
  • John Tavares was 6-for-6 (100%) in the faceoff circle against Buffalo forward Johan Larsson.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • 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)

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MAPLE LEAFS AT SENATORS PREGAME NOTES: Pierre Engvall signed a two-year contract extension on Feb. 12.- Has played 30.8 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHL 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 rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (30-20-8 – 68 Points) vs.

OTTAWA SENATORS (19-27-11 – 49 Points)

FEBRUARY 15, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

CANADIAN TIRE CENTRE (OTTAWA, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus OTTAWA

ALL-TIME RECORD:55-53-3-11 (122 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:24-31-1-4 (60 Games)
2019-20:2-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:5-5-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus OTTAWA

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (33), Morgan Rielly (23), Jake Muzzin (16)
GOALS:Auston Matthews (12), John Tavares (7), Morgan Rielly (5)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (12), John Tavares (12), Mitch Marner (10), Morgan Rielly (10)
POINTS:Auston Matthews (20), John Tavares (19), Mitch Marner (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Tyson Barrie (8), Travis Dermott (7)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOOTTAWA
GOALS FOR (Rank):202 (t-1st)150 (27th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       188 (t-26th)188 (t-26th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/159 [25.2%] (3rd)25/174 [14.4%] (29th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):126/162 [77.8%] (23rd)150/191 [78.5%] (21st)
SHOTS (Rank):1945 (4th)1705 (25th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2942 (2nd)2481 (20th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)47.1% (27th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)50.5% (t-11th)

MAPLE LEAFS – SENATORS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 20, 1992 (Toronto 5, Ottawa 3)
All-Time Record:55-53-3-11 (122 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:31-22-2-7 (62 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:24-31-1-4 (60 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:January 20, 2018 (Toronto 4, Ottawa 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SENATORS

Frederik AndersenFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 12, 2016 at Ottawa)
Tyson BarrieFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
Cody CeciSkated in 440 games with Ottawa from 2013-19.
Alex KerfootFirst game as a Maple Leaf (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
Mitch MarnerFirst NHL game (October 12, 2016 at Ottawa)
Auston MatthewsFirst NHL game (October 12, 2016 at Ottawa)
Set NHL record for goals in an NHL debut (4 – October 12, 2016 at Ottawa)
Ilya MikheyevFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
First NHL goal (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
Jake Muzzin500th NHL game (February 6, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
William NylanderFirst NHL goal (March 5, 2016 vs. Ottawa)
Rasmus SandinFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
Jason SpezzaSkated in 686 games with Ottawa from 2002-14, recording 687 points (251 goals, 436 assists).
John Tavares700th NHL point (March 16, 2019 at Ottawa)
Dmytro TimashovFirst NHL game (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
First NHL point (Assist) (October 2, 2019 vs. Ottawa)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS41 (Matthews)
ASSISTS44 (Marner)
POINTS69 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs36 (Muzzin)
SHOTS236 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS86 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS64 (Matthews)
HITS101 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (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).- Has 13 points (1 goal, 12 assists) in 14 career games against Ottawa.- Averages 14.60 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen.
Jack Campbell– Has a 2-0-1 record with a .918 save percentage and a 2.52 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 (54.8%).
– Ranks 29th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (8.93).
Pierre Engvall– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 30.8 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 (52.7%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.8%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (53.0%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.8%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 30th among NHLers in points since January 1 (8-8-16; 17 GP).- Has 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.79).
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 24th 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 (1.26) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 32 points in 28 games on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.21) at 5-on-5.- Ninth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-14-21).- Has nine points (4-5-9) in 14 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 ninth-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.87 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for third 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 (41).- Leads the NHL with 30 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (25).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (25).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for ninth among NHL skaters in points (41-28-69).- Fourth in the NHL with 236 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in game-winning goals (4).- One of 10 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 (1.25).- Averages 2.18 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.57 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks eighth among right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:36).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.3 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.94 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.97 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.- Averaging 0.97 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for eighth 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 nine points (5-4-9) in seven 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 (15:40).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55.4 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this seasons, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Tyson BarrieHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Zach HymanHas goals (3) in two consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in six consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

RECENT MILESTONES

John Tavares800th NHL game (February 8 at Montreal)
  

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: 148

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.
  

NETS 101, RAPTORS 91 — POSTGAME NOTES: Kyle Lowry (12 points, 12 assists, 11 rebounds) posts 14th triple-double as a Raptor as win streak ends at 15.

FINAL SCORE: 101-91 DATE: February 12, 2020 – Game #53 (Home Game #28)

FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS

Toronto 91 40-15 Ibaka – 28 Lowry – 11 Lowry – 12

Brooklyn 101 25-28 LeVert – 20 Allen – 13 Dinwiddie – 9

TEAM NOTABLES

 The Nets improved to 25-28 with their victory this evening, while the Raptors fell to 40-15 this season following tonight’s loss. o Tonight’s game marked both Brooklyn and Toronto’s last game before the NBA All-Star break. Joe Harris, the 2019 3-Point Contest champion, and Spencer Dinwiddie, the 2018 Skills Contest champion, will represent the Nets during State Farm All-Star Saturday night this year. The event will be held on Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET at United Center in Chicago and will be broadcast on TNT and ESPN Radio.

o Up next for Brooklyn: Following the All-Star break, the Nets will travel to Philadelphia to play the 76ers on Thursday, 2/20, at 8 p.m. ET.

o Up next for Toronto: The Raptors will host Phoenix on Friday, 2/21, at 7:30 p.m. ET in their first game following the festivities.

 Tonight’s victory snapped Toronto’s franchise-record 15-game win streak, which marked the longest win streak the Nets have snapped in franchise history (previously the Nets had snapped Seattle’s 12-game win streak to start the 1982-83 season with a 111-91 Nets victory on 11/21/82).

o Brooklyn’s win also snapped the team’s six-game losing skid vs. Toronto (their last win prior to tonight: 106-105 in OT on 12/7/18).

 The Nets’ victory tonight extended Brooklyn’s season-best home winning streak to five games. o Brooklyn has now won each of its last five home games by 10+ points, matching a franchise record for consecutive double-digit home victories. The Nets had won five straight home games by double digits six times previously (most recently from 1/25 – 2/10/04).

 Brooklyn outrebounded Toronto 55-42 (+13) this evening, including a 12-6 edge on the offensive glass, and edged the Raptors 27-21 in assists.

 The Nets also outscored the Raptors 50-38 (+12) in points in the paint tonight.

 Brooklyn led Toronto 75-65 through three quarters tonight.

o The Nets had trailed through three quarters in each of their three previous meetings with Toronto this season (by a total of 22 points).

 The Nets led the Raptors 52-40 at halftime this evening.

o Toronto’s 40 points marked the second-fewest Brooklyn has allowed in a first half this season (behind a season-low 35 points on 12/17 at New Orleans).

 Brooklyn led Toronto 23-19 at the end of the first quarter tonight, extending Brooklyn’s streak of leads at the end of first quarters to eight straight games. Tonight marked the fourth time this season that Brooklyn held its opponent under 20 points in an opening quarter.

PLAYER NOTABLES

 Caris LeVert recorded 20 points, seven rebounds, four assists, a season-high four steals and a block in 36 minutes tonight.

o LeVert reached the 20-point mark for the fourth time in the last five games tonight, including each of the Nets’ last two games against Toronto (tonight and his career-high 37 points on Saturday night at Toronto).

o LeVert’s four steals this evening also matched a Nets season high (done four times previously this season).

o In his last five games, LeVert has averaged 24.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 5.2 apg and 1.8 spg in 32.3 mpg

 Joe Harris scored 19 points (7-of-12 FG) this evening with six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a block in 35 minutes against the Raptors. o Harris has now tallied 15+ points in five of his last six contests.

 Spencer Dinwiddie posted 17 points, six boards and a team-high nine assists in 34 minutes vs. Toronto.

o In his last three games, Dinwiddie has averaged 19.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg and 10.3 apg in 35.0 mpg. He’s posted nine or more assists in all three contests.

 Jarrett Allen totaled 10 points, 13 rebounds, three assists and a block in 20 minutes. o Allen recorded his team-leading 23rd double-double of the season tonight. He recorded 24 double-doubles all of last season (80 games).

 Garrett Temple also scored in double figures for Brooklyn this evening with 10 points in 25 minutes.

o Temple has scored in double figures in seven of his last nine games and in 27 total games this season.
2019

Raptors win streak ends at 15 as Nets exact a little revenge — Toronto Sun

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — That Raptors winning streak didn’t quite make it to the all-star break. Read More

Raptors win streak ends at 15 as Nets exact a little revenge — Toronto Sun
By MIKE GANTER

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — That Raptors winning streak didn’t quite make it to the all-star break.

It was snapped at 15 courtesy of the Brooklyn Nets who almost snapped it, and probably should have snapped it, two games earlier in Toronto.

In that one the Raptors had a 12-point lead to start the fourth and gave it all back but then rallied late to keep the streak alive.

This time around they were trailing for most of the game, leading briefly in the early going but never by more than two points. They were down by a dozen at the half and rarely got the deficit below that in an eventual 101-91 loss.

It’s the first loss by the Raptors since the San Antonio Spurs took them out on Jan 12.

It’s also probably their least effective game from an offensive standpoint since a Jan. 2 loss at Miami.

In that game the Raptors couldn’t buy a bucket and this felt the same. 

For the night against a tough Brooklyn team that was clearly still thinking about that should-have-been-win five nights earlier, the Raps shot just 38% as a team which was still better than the 32% they shot in Miami.

Contributing to this one, and Nick Nurse would probably say it a little more strongly than that if given a freebie from the league office, was a huge disparity in trips to the free throw line.

The Nets got there 25 times and converted for 20 points. The Raptors got there 13 times and made 10.

LEAFS 3, COYOTES 2 (OT). WHAT THEY SAID: "I usually don't get too emotional in the game, but the guy bumped me pretty good and the guy shot it five holes so I knew I would have saved that if he didn't bump me. You never know how it's going to be called (goaltender interference) but I tried to state my case a little bit and thankfully it got overturned and we won the game. It was good." –JACK CAMPBELL.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he sees in Campbell’s game:

I see that he battles. As I said this morning, he’s a confident guy, battles, finds ways to keep the puck out, kept them at two here tonight. Gives us a chance to win the hockey game, did his job in Montreal, this was the same. It’s worked out really well, obviously we’ve been able to get him three starts coming in here, so he’s been able to get comfortable and find his footing and find his place on the team and obviously, he’s responded very well.

On the decision to try Nylander-Matthews-Marner on a line together:

It was a combination of a little bit of curiosity and how that might play out and, also, I was happy with the line of Kerfoot, Tavares and Hyman so I thought the timing was right to try such a thing. In terms of how it went, I didn’t think it went very well, but I don’t know that it’s fair to judge on it on a night like this — Willy wasn’t himself tonight. It’s a tough night to judge such a thing. The good news is the Tavares line was going tonight.

On Nylander not being himself as a result of his prior illness:

I think he’s probably way over that, but he didn’t do anything for four days. He didn’t do anything at all. Willy is a guy that loves to be on the ice, loves routine, loves to touch the puck. It’ll take him a little bit to get back.

On what Hyman is doing differently to produce more this season:

It’s hard to say in terms of him not having it before, but just in terms in what I know of him now. He continues to be a force, a driver, he’s all around the net. He’s also been making plays and playing with lots of confidence with the puck as well. He’s been more than just a forechecker and a guy who stands at the net, he’s been doing a lot of other things on the rush and putting himself in good. When you work the way that he does and have the confidence that he does and as much as we’re using him, he’ll find a way for great things to happen.

On challenging the overtime goal:

I didn’t challenge that, that’s automatic from the NHL in that case just given that in the last minute and overtime, the NHL handles that. We certainly would have if we needed to.

On if he was confident while the play was under review:

I don’t have a lot of experience in this area, but I saw and – we have monitors on the bench, of course, so the players are watching it and the rest of our staff is watching it as are our video guys back in the room. They feel pretty confident; I think Jack Campbell felt pretty confident – he left the net. I think when you look at it, it’s pretty straightforward as it’s going to get for those calls.

On Campbell’s ability to play the puck:

Still trying to get a feel for that in terms of its impact, but I like his confidence to go out and get it. I think it was one of the games – maybe the Anaheim game – where it got away from him a little bit there. He’s got some confidence to go out and move it and that’s a very positive thing for the team to have. I know when we face goalies that can handle the puck well like that out of the net and they’re helping the breakouts and forechecks, it’s challenging.

On the Nylander-Matthews-Marner line combination tonight:

I think it could be very creative, overwhelming in terms of their skill set and also the fact that one of the reasons I became very confident to try is just the way that Auston and Mitch have been playing, skating, tracking, defending and all those types of things. I’m not overly concerned with about anything defensively, it’s just more offensively, making sure that they don’t overdo it or not overcompensate trying to find each other, especially trying to attack the middle. I expect there to be a bit of a feeling out process in that. Also I didn’t think any of the three were at their best today so it’s tough for me to judge that and whether we’ll stick with it or not. As I said, we have been curious about trying something like that, so the timing was right.

JACK CAMPBELL (35 SAVES)

On starting his Maple Leaf career with five of a possible six points:

The boys have played great. I was hoping it would be six out of six, but think we’ll take the five out of six and get ready for a big game against Dallas here at home Thursday. Good battle tonight, it felt like a playoff game out there. Both teams didn’t give each other much, but Kappy made a great play to seal the deal for us and we needed that. He stepped up and made a great play. We’ll take it.

On the video review in overtime:

I usually don’t get too emotional in the game, but the guy bumped me pretty good and the guy shot it five holes so I knew I would have saved that if he didn’t bump me. You never know how it’s going to be called but I tried to state my case a little bit and thankfully it got overturned and we won the game. It was good.

ZACH HYMAN (2 GOALS)

On if he got an explanation on his penalty call late in the third period:

I did get one. I wouldn’t ask for one. He’s doing his job, so it’s okay. We killed it — a big, huge kill and then we got a bounce there. [Campbell] played great, we got the win.

On what made the difference tonight in getting the two points:

I think we battled. Down 2-1 going into the third, we battled back and tie it up and then got a huge goal from Kappy in OT. They’re a good team, they were on a back-to-back, so we knew we had to try to outpace them at the end there and got one back and then one in OT so it’s a huge win for us.

On what has led to his production increase this season:

I’m doing the same thing I’ve been in years past, I think I’m just being more patient and more confident with the puck, I guess. Just going to spots where you can score in front of the net. I think most of my goals are around that area. Just being open and trying to create space for myself and get open and when you get it, put it in.

KASPERI KAPANEN (OVERTIME GOAL)

On what led to his overtime-winning goal:

Well, I think everyone here knows that’s my go-to move. That’s been working for me and I decided to try it and hopefully it’d go in. It did.

On the mood on the bench prior to Arizona’s goal being disallowed in overtime:

We need these points; we need these extra points. Obviously, we didn’t want that goal to go in. We saw that there was a little something going on there. Lucky enough, they called it back and we were able to win. At this point in the season, in the standings, these are big points for us.

JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)

On Arizona’s ability to take away offensive opportunity tonight:

Yeah, they play a well-structured game, I think. That’s the kind of hockey they play and they’re very comfortable in those situations. I think knowing their circumstances as well — playing last night and whatnot — that they’re going to be on the right side of things. Just stuck with it and great job by the PK, [Campbell] coming up big and great to see Kappy get rewarded. I thought he had the puck a lot and skated well. Good to see him get the winner.

RAPTORS 137, TIMBERWOLVES 126 –WHAT THE TEAMS SAID: "It didn’t feel like a win going away for quite a long time. There was a lot of energy in the game. I think we are getting everybody’s A-plus game. They were really good I thought for a lot of stretches and we just had to try and figure some things out and as you saw we had a lot of unconnected defence for a lot of the game, but the chemistry between those guys that were out there started to build. Our switching got a little bit better, we stopped all the backcutting and miscommunication on some of that stuff for a nice stretch there in the third and fourth quarter, got it under control." — NICK NURSE.

(16-36) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES, 126 VS. (40-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 137 SCOTIABANK ARENA MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On winning going away … Well, first of all it didn’t feel like a win going away for quite a long time. There was a lot of energy in the game. I think we are getting everybody’s A-plus game. They were really good I thought for a lot of stretches and we just had to try and figure some things out and as you saw we had a lot of unconnected defence for a lot of the game, but the chemistry between those guys that were out there started to build. Our switching got a little bit better, we stopped all the backcutting and miscommunication on some of that stuff for a nice stretch there in the third and fourth quarter, got it under control.

On OG Anunoby … He was really good, I thought his decisions were really, really good tonight. The only questionable decision I thought he made, one time he was open for a corner three and he pump-faked, there was nobody there and he went to left and made it anyway. So it ended up being a good decision as well. He was good defensively, we put him all over the place. We had him on (Karl-Anthony) Towns a lot and he was doing a good job, he had to switch out on (D’Angelo) Russell because of that. He was just making some really good reads. I thought those guys got some hands on some balls. I thought Rondae (Hollis-Jefferson) came up with a couple huge steals as well, but OG had a pretty complete game out there, that’s why we let him run, what was it 15 or 16 straight there through the quarter.

On what you did on D’Angelo Russell in the fourth quarter … We really tried to press up on him and make him drive it. We just sat down, sat back a little too much and he is going to make those no matter where he is. Then we did try and trap him out of the timeouts a lot when we got the right matchup on him and I think we turned him over twice out of time outs for layups, which was huge.

FRED VANVLEET (16 points, seven assists, three steals) Did you think you’d have to play centre tonight? I wasn’t expecting that. When we got here we were a little shocked to hear about Serge, but it happens. At this point we are used to having guys out, unfortunately. Like I said before, next man up. I thought Rondae did an amazing job and I think it helped us in the second half, especially when we were able to switch on the fly. Do you guys take for granted your ability to ability to adapt? Probably, I think we’re used to it at this point. I think we can get a little lackadaisical at times, as you can see, I think that it is a huge tool for us to be able to use in certain situations. I think we realize when we play against other teams how we are able to take advantage on the other end. We probably do take it for granted to answer your question. I think it’s something that keeps developing and it’s something we have in our back pocket when we need to.

How do you execute on both ends when you enter a game knowing there is a significant size differential? Just effort. That’s it. Once we calmed down on our defensive schemes I thought we were in a good position to get most of the boards and obviously we got a few offensive rebounds, so that helps. Give those guys credit in there, Rondae, Chris, Pascal, Kyle, OG. Give these guys credit, they go up and get them and battle with someone like Towns who is a really good offensive rebounder. They have a lot of corner crashers from the wing coming in. I think we did a good job of putting bodies on them and cleaning the glass.

Does the streak help keep the team focus as you approach the break? Yes, it’s fun. I think it’s at a good time. At this time of the season people are looking ahead to the break and it’s one of those weird points in the season where you have to find some inspiration and energy sometimes. I think to be rolling the way we are right now it gives us a little extra boost. For the most part we’ve been coming out engaged. Tonight we weren’t ourselves in the first half. Obviously we cleaned it up in the third quarter and we are trying to keep it going as long as we can. I think it’s in the back of everyone’s mind.

PASCAL SIAKAM (34 points, six rebounds, five assists)

How big of a challenge is it for the team to find out about injuries just before the game? It’s not a good thing, but it feels like another day. Something happening and we’ve got to figure it out. We’ve got guys stepping up. It was a great job by Rondae, OG to be able to guard those guys like Karl-Anthony Towns. It was good for us. It speaks to the character of the team. We’ve got guys ready. They can’t wait to come in and get an opportunity to play. Once they get it they go at it.

Do you feel more prepared for these challenges than you were at the beginning of the year? Probably, I think you can say that. We’ve never had our entire team for a while. We have had to adjust and figure it out. I’m sure guys now know that you have to be ready every day because you don’t know what’s going to happen. Today you might be sitting on the bench and the next day you may be starting. That just has to be the mentality and I think everyone knows that.

Does it feel like you’re on a streak? Yes, I mean obviously I see it every time I’m on Instagram or something. For us it’s about every single day coming in and taking every game one at a time, making sure we come out and execute every single game and have a game plan.

Do you find the confidence of the team is growing in its ability to adapt to different challenges? I think we have a system and we trust that the coaches have a game plan that we are going to execute. If it’s not working we trust that we can adjust on the fly and try something else. I think one thing that we’ve been doing is trying different things out. We have a lot of things we can throw at you. We trust that it’s going to work and if it doesn’t work go to the next thing.

RONDAE HOLLIS-JEFFERSON (20 points, six rebounds, three steals)

How much energy do you get when you find out you’ll be starting? I try to stay with the same mindset and be locked into what I have to do. I know I’m a defender. I know I can bring energy and bring that spark to the guys. I just try to lock into that at the end of the day.

How much different is it as a defender when you’re guarding a big man? It’s definitely different. The battle itself, holding your own ground, but they’ve got five inches on me, four inches on me, 30 pounds on me or so. It’s definitely a battle, but it’s about being mentally tough, having that resiliency. Coming from where I come from I was born with it, inherited it. Chester, PA, thank you. I love a challenge at the end of the day.

(16-36) MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES, 126 VS. (40-14) TORONTO RAPTORS, 137 SCOTIABANK ARENA MONDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2020

MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES QUOTES

RYAN SAUNDERS (HEAD COACH)

What were the Raptors doing down the stretch to make it so difficult? A lot of credit to them, and that organization. There’s a reason they have won 15 games in a row. They play with a sense of urgency and they have a great identity about them. I thought they got physical with us; some things didn’t go our way. They were able to force some turnovers that got them in the open court and kind of broke it open a little bit. I’m really proud of this group and the way these guys did keep fighting back, even that second unit they were the ones who really pulled us into the game late in that third and early in that fourth.

Even in the loss, you like the energy and effort you saw throughout? Yes, I do. I feel really good about us going home, having a solid day tomorrow and also a good game on Wednesday, and then using the break to recharge and also, evaluate and really dissect what we can do moving forward.

With all the new guys coming together, do you expect the turnovers? We knew that, we kind of said that. Against the Clippers, we did a great job of taking care of the ball, which you almost expect to happen some more turnovers against a team like the Clippers, and then you play a team like Toronto; they’re a good test for us. The one thing that Toronto does such a great job of is your turnovers are as good as twos and threes for them, the way they push the ball and the way they can score in the open court. So I think that’s where it hurt us even more.

KARL-ANTHONY TOWNS (23 points, 10 rebounds, seven assists)

On tonight’s game… I thought we played well. We played well throughout the game, obviously, they’ve won 14 games in a row and they’re hot. They made some shots obviously, but I thought we stuck right with them. We showed a lot of toughness. We showed a lot of grit. No matter what the game threw at us, we found ways to get back and stay close, get the lead, or whatever the case may be. They’re a good team and we played hard. We played together and we gritted and grinded, you know, we just didn’t come out with a win tonight. I’m proud of our guys for playing as hard as we did. I think we pushed them to a lot of brinks tonight and we made them earn it.

On playing with D’Angelo Russell… It was a lot of fun… You could see how much we were talking to each other and we were just hyping each other up and everything. That’s my brother, man. I told him that I don’t know if he’ll ever have a teammate that loves him as much as I do and have his back more than I do. I’d die for that man and I know he would do the same for me.

D’ANGELO RUSSELL (22 points, five assists, one steal)

How did it feel playing tonight? It was great. (I’m) super excited about this group. You know what Karl does, what he brings to the table, but just the group in general, the coaching staff, I look forward to this challenge of figuring out what we can do to get better every day.

How long do you think it will take you to learn plays and terminology? There’s no right answer to that. I think just in general our pace of what we want to work at on the offensive end (and) the defensive end … The quicker we get in film and get some games under our belt to be better; I think that’s on our time.

What do you think the biggest challenge is coming into a game like this with a new team? That’s a great team over there. They’re obviously capable of doing great things. Nick Nurse is a great coach, but in general I think we’re worried about us. The more we can get some games under our belt and just dissect the film from being better individually; I think it’ll help our team chemistry as a w