It was exactly one year ago Tuesday that NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and seven others were killed when their helicopter plunged into a steep hillside in dense morning fog in Southern California; the former Lakers star was 41.Vanessa Bryant on 1-year anniversary of Kobe and Gianna’s deaths: ‘I will never understand’ — NEWS10 ABC
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TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (5-2-0 – 10 Points) vs.
CALGARY FLAMES (2-1-1 – 5 Points)
JANUARY 26, 2021 ▪ 9:00 PM EST
SCOTIABANK SADDLEDOME (CALGARY, AB) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050
MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY
|ALL-TIME RECORD:||62-60-12-5 (139 Games)|
|ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:||26-41-5-2 (74 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY
|GAMES PLAYED:||Joe Thornton (66), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (29)|
|GOALS:||Joe Thornton (11), John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (6), Jason Spezza (6)|
|ASSISTS:||Joe Thornton (44), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (11)|
|POINTS:||Joe Thornton (55), John Tavares (19), Jake Muzzin (18)|
|PENALTY MINUTES:||Jason Spezza (33), Joe Thornton (31), Wayne Simmonds (23)|
MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS
|GOALS FOR (Rank):||22 (t-2nd)||13 (t-21st)|
|GOALS AGAINST (Rank):||19 (t-20th)||9 (5th)|
|POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):||9/22 [40.9%] (3rd)||7/20 [35.0%] (6th)|
|PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):||21/26 [80.8%] (t-13th)||14/16 [87.5%] (7th)|
|SHOTS (Rank):||222 (2nd)||126 (28th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):||308 (1st)||161 (27th)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):||54.2% (5th)||53.6% (t-7th)|
|FACEOFF % (Rank):||57.3% (2nd)||46.3% (24th)|
MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES
|First Matchup between Clubs:||Nov. 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)|
|All-Time Record:||62-60-12-5 (139 Games)|
|All-Time Record at Home:||36-19-7-3 (65 Games)|
|All-Time Record on the Road:||26-41-5-2 (74 Games)|
|Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:||January 24, 2021 (Toronto 3, Calgary 2)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|GOALS||4 (Marner, Tavares)|
|POWER PLAY POINTS||5 (Tavares)|
|FACEOFF WIN%||100% (Marner, Mikheyev)|
|5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %||66.3% (Thornton)|
|BLOCKED SHOTS||13 (Holl)|
|TOI PER GAME||24:08 (Rielly)|
|PP TOI PER GAME||3:27 (Matthews)|
|SH TOI PER GAME||3:45 (Holl)|
MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES
|Frederik Andersen||– Ranks seventh among NHL goaltenders in saves made (123).- Has an 8-2-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .918 save percentage in 14 career games against Calgary. – Earned his 139th win as a Maple Leaf on January 22 vs. Edmonton to move past Curtis Joseph for fourth on the Maple Leafs’ all-time goaltender win register.|
|TJ Brodie||– Averaging 18:00 in even-strength ice time, which ranks second among Toronto defencemen.- Averages 2:34 per game in shorthanded ice time, which ranks third among Maple Leafs defencemen.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (8).|
|Jack Campbell||– Is 3-2-0 in five career appearances against the Flames with a 1.94 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.|
|Justin Holl||– Leads NHL defencemen who average at least 15 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (16:44) with a shot attempt percentage of 61.6%.- Averaging 21:30 per game in ice time after averaging 18:31 per game in 2019-20.- Tied for sixth among right-handed NHL defencemen in shorthanded ice time per game (3:45).|
|Zach Hyman||– Leads Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (3:00).- Has the highest on-ice goals for percentage (57.1%) among Toronto forwards.- One of nine forwards in the NHL to start average over 12:00 minutes per game (13:57) of shorthanded ice time and start fewer than 35% of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (33.9%), while having a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage above 50% (51.9%).|
|Alex Kerfoot||– Ranks sixth among Toronto forwards in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.47).- Leads the Maple Leafs in penalties drawn (3).- Has won 66.7% (8 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.|
|Mitch Marner||– Tied for the lead among NHLers in points (4-6-10).- Tied for the NHL lead in even-strength goals (4).- Leads NHL forwards in time on ice per game (24:03).|
|Auston Matthews||– Averaging 23:07 in time on ice per game, which ranks third among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (60.4%).- Ranks second in the NHL in shots on goal (29).- Has won the 12th-most faceoffs in the NHL (62).|
|Ilya Mikheyev||– Ranks third among Maple Leafs forwards in shorthanded ice time per game (2:14).- Has an average of 23.0 shot attempts per 60 minutes of shorthanded ice time, which ranks second among NHLers who have played at least 15 minutes of shorthanded ice time.|
|Jake Muzzin||– Ranks 23rd among NHL skaters in shorthanded ice time per game (3:42).- Ranks 13th among NHL defencemen in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (15.57).- Has the 17th highest 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (59.3%) among NHL defencemen.|
|William Nylander||– Has the third highest points per 60 minutes at 5-on-5 (1.93) among Toronto skaters.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.8%, which is the second-highest percentage among Maple Leafs forwards.- Has recorded six points against the Flames (two goals, four assists) in nine career games against Calgary.|
|Morgan Rielly||– Tied for 23rd among NHLers who have appeared in multiple games in average time on ice (24:08).- Had his eighth career game with three-plus assists on January 24 at Calgary. Per NHL PR, only two defensemen in history have recorded more with the franchise: Borje Salming (29) and Tomas Kaberle (12).|
|John Tavares||– Tied for 13th in the NHL in points (4-3-7).- Leads the NHL in power play goals (4).- Tied for fourth among NHLers in shots on goal (24).- Has the highest faceoff win percentage (64.1%) among NHLers who have taken at least 100 faceoffs (103).|
CURRENT POINT STREAKS
|Mitch Marner||Assists (3) and Points (1-3-4) in two consecutive games.|
|Jason Spezza||Assists (2) in two consecutive games.|
|Zach Bogosian||Four points from 200 NHL points|
|Adam Brooks||First NHL goal (Jan. 22 vs. EDM)|
|Mitch Marner||300th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)|
|Wayne Simmonds||First goal as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)|
First point as a Maple Leaf (Jan. 24 at CGY)
500th NHL point (Jan. 24 at CGY)
|Nick Robertson (Knee)||On long term injured reserve.|
|Joe Thornton (Rib)||On long term injured reserve.|
|Man Games Lost: 7|
|Jan. 24||Added forward Travis Boyd to roster.|
|Jan. 23||Placed forward Joe Thornton on long term injured reserve.|
|Jan. 21||Placed forward Nick Robertson on long term injured reserve. Added forward Joey Anderson to the taxi squad.|
|Jan. 19||Loaned forward Travis Boyd to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).|
Steve Kerr’s decision to change the starting lineup paid off as the Warriors got out to an early lead and led wire-to-wire in their 130-108 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves Monday night at Chase Center. With the previous starting lineup featuring rookie James Wiseman at center struggling, Kerr swapped Wiseman for Kevon Looney in the…Decision to change starting lineup pays off in Warriors’ win over Timberwolves — Monterey Herald
Sign In Jayson Tatum returned to the floor Monday night for the first time since Jan. 8, and after a first-quarter air ball, it seemed the Boston Celtics star picked up right where he left off. Tatum attacked the rim, finished high off the glass, showcased some difficult shot-making and had a productive night as…Celtics Notes: Brad Stevens Impressed With Jayson Tatum In Star’s Return — NESN.com
• The Toronto Raptors play the second of consecutive games at Indiana on Monday night. OG Anunoby scored a season-high 30 points to help Toronto defeat the Pacers, 107-102, yesterday afternoon. The Raptors have now won four in a row against Indiana. Toronto will not face the Pacers again during the first half of season.
• The NBA has incorporated steps to reduce travel this year, including the use of a “series” model where a team will play twice in one market. The Raptors will play five “series” in the first half; they have already swept Charlotte and
split with Miami with both “series” being played at home in Tampa.
• The Raptors have won two straight and five of their last six games (Jan. 14-22) after starting the season 2-8. Since Jan. 14, the Raptors rank third in the NBA in points allowed (101.3) and second in opponent field goal percentage (.436). Toronto has held its opponent below 44 percent shooting four times in the last six contests. OG Anunoby and Norman Powell lead the team in scoring, averaging 18.8 and 17.0 points, respectively, during this stretch. The duo combined for 50 points in Sunday’s victory over the Pacers.
• Toronto’s Nick Nurse and Indiana’s Nate Bjorkgren faced each other as head coaches in the NBA for the first time Sunday. Bjorkgren was hired by the Pacers following two seasons as an assistant coach on Nurse’s staff and
was a part of Toronto’s first NBA championship in 2019. Bjorkgren also served as an assistant on Nurse’s staff with the Iowa Energy from 2007-11, where they won an NBA G League championship together in 2011.
• Following the 2011 NBA G League title, Nick Nurse became head coach for Rio Grande Valley Vipers and Nate Bjorkgren became head coach for the Dakota Wizards (which later became the Santa Cruz Warriors). According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Nurse and Bjorkgren met head-to-head seven times in G League action between 2011-2013. Bjorkgren’s teams held a 3-2 edge in five regular-season games, however, Rio Grande Valley and Santa
Cruz met at the 2013 NBA G League Finals with Nurse’s squad prevailing 2-0.
• Former Indiana Hoosier OG Anunoby has scored at least 10 points in a career-high eight consecutive games (Jan. 10-24). Anunoby is averaging a team-high 17.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 steals during this stretch. He is
shooting .516 (49-95) from the field, including .571 (28-49) form beyond the arc, over the last eight contests.
• OG Anunoby recorded a season-high 30 points (9-16 FG, 4-6 3PT, 8-10 FT), eight rebounds and tied a season best with five steals Sunday afternoon at Indiana. Anunoby joined Kawhi Leonard as the only players in franchise
history with multiple games of at least 30 points, five rebounds and five steals. Anunoby tallied career highs of 32 points and seven steals, along with seven rebounds, Mar. 1, 2020 at Denver.
• Chris Boucher led the reserves with 12 points Sunday against the Pacers. Boucher has now led the bench in scoring in nine games, something he did 13 times in 62 contests in 2019-20. Boucher currently ranks fifth among
reserves in the NBA (min. 10 games off bench) averaging 14.6 points – behind Jordan Clarkson (17.4), Terrence Ross (15.2), Derrick Rose (14.8) and Shake Milton (14.6).
• Kyle Lowry needs 14 points to join DeMar DeRozan (13,296) and Chris Bosh (10,275) as the only players in franchise history to score 10,000 career points. Golden State’s Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, Portland’s Damian Lillard, Washington’s Bradley Beal and Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo are the only active players with 10,000 points with their current team. Lowry is Toronto’s all-time leader in three-pointer made (1,424), assists
(4,031) and steals (841).
.Kyle Lowry will play after missing two games with an infected toe. Pascal Siakam (left knee swelling) will not play for the second game in a row.
• The Pacers will play on the second night of a back-to-back for the fourth time this season. Indiana is 2-1 this season in the second night.
• Malcolm Brogdon led the Pacers with 23 points in the win over the Magic, and sank the game-winning 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds remaining to lift Indiana to the win. Brogdon has made the
game-winner in both of the Pacers’ overtime wins this season.
• Brogdon is Indiana’s leading scorer this season with 21.9 points per game, an improvement of 5.4 points per game off his previous career-high average he set last season (16.5). He also
leads the Pacers with 7.1 assists and is averaging a career-best 1.6 steals per game.
• After missing the previous two games with a right hand injury, Defensive Player of the Year candidate Myles Turner has averaged 23.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per game and shot
65.4 percent (17-26) from the field and 53.8 percent (7-13) from 3-point range over the last two games.
Turner returned to the court Friday against Orlando and scored 22 points to go with nine rebounds and three blocks in 43 minutes. He set a new season high with 25 points and recorded
three steals and six blocks Sunday against Toronto.
• Despite missing two games, Myles Turner leads the NBA this season with 59 blocked shots, a total of 16 more than the NBA’s second-ranked player (Utah’s Rudy Gobert, 43). Turner has
ranked in the NBA’s top four in blocks per game in each of the last four seasons.
• Domantas Sabonis has opened the season by recording 16 consecutive double-doubles. Sabonis’ streak is the longest of his career and the longest streak in NBA franchise history. With his
109th double-double as a member of the Pacers Wednesday against Dallas, he passed Roy Hibbert (108) into seventh place for the most double-doubles in franchise history.
• Sabonis is one of six players since the ABA-NBA merger to record a double-double in at least 15 straight games to open the season (Basketball-Reference). He joins Bill Walton (34, 1976-77),
Moses Malone (16, 1981-82), Kevin Love (15, 2011-12), Giannis Antetokounmpo (19, 2019-20) and Nikola Jokic (16, 2020-21) on that list. Joining Denver’s Nikola Jokic with 15 double-doubles
through 15 games this season, this is the first NBA season since 1967-68 that two players had 15 double-doubles in the first 15 games of a season in the same year when Nate Thurmond and
Wilt Chamberlain did so.
• Sabonis leads the NBA in minutes per game as he has averaged 38.3 minutes played. He logged a career-high 45 minutes in Friday’s overtime win over Orlando as he tallied 18 points, 11
rebounds, nine assists and a career-high five steals.
• After missing the first 13 games this season, and 29 straight regular season games after suffering a torn left ACL on Feb. 23 last season, Jeremy Lamb returned to the court Wednesday
against Dallas. He finished with 10 points off the bench, and made his first four shots from the floor. Lamb followed that by posting 22 points on 7-for-14 from the field and 7-for-8 from the free
throw line to go with seven rebounds in 28 minutes of Friday’s win over Orlando.
• Doug McDermott has scored in double figures in five straight games and 12 of his 16 outings overall this year. He has started each of the last four games and has averaged 16.3 points, 4.5
rebounds and 2.8 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from 3-point range over that span.
• McDermott made his first start of the season Sunday against the Clippers (and only his second start in his three seasons with the Pacers), and led all scorers with a season-high 23 points
on 9-for-12 shooting and 5-for-7 from 3-point range. He made his first six shots from the field including his first three triples.
• After starting the season shooting 5-for-19 (26.3 percent) from 3-point range over the first four games, McDermott has shot 25-for-61 (42.6 percent) over the last 12.
• Justin Holiday has started the last seven games and has averaged 11.0 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.1 steals per game while shooting 41.0 percent from 3-point range over that span.
• T.J. McConnell missed three games from Jan. 9-12 due to personal reasons. Over the five games since his return, McConnell has recorded 33 assists and 12 steals and has only committed
six turnovers over 24.6 minutes per game. He finished with six points, three rebounds, six assists and three steals with only one turnvover in 31 minutes (the most he has logged in his two
seasons with the Pacers) in Friday’s win over Orlando.
Rookie point guard Nico Mannion will accompany the Santa Cruz Warriors to the G League bubble near Orlando.Warriors eager for Nico Mannion to get more playing time — Monterey Herald
Tuesday will be the first time Bradley Beal plays against John Wall in an NBA game. He shared his expectations for the match-up.What Bradley Beal Expects From John Wall When Wizards Face Houston — NBC4 Washington
Russell Westbrook returned from his quad injury on Sunday night and was not happy with how he played.Russell Westbrook Says He Needs to Get His ‘s— Together’ After Loss to Spurs — NBC4 Washington
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Opening Remarks: A good two points for us here today. I do think before I take any questions it’s important to acknowledge the passing of George Armstrong today. It was tough news for our organization and our fans and people that love the game. We actually took a moment today as a team – normally 90 minutes before a game we have a meeting. That’s where we cover a lot of our plans for the game and preparing for the opposition.
Today we made it about George and shared a video of him and had a conversation about him and his impact on our organization. Leaf Nation is as strong as it is because of the efforts of people like George and, in particular, that era when they were winning the Stanley Cups. Generations of Leaf fans were bred through those efforts. We felt that it was important to acknowledge that.
Condolences to the Armstrong family, his friends and people who loved him. For myself, I didn’t get a chance to see him play or anything like that, but, like I said, we feel the efforts of people like George and the efforts that they put forth in that era. We feel that every day here with the Leafs and are grateful for that.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: A couple of the guys said it was maybe a big of an ugly win. Jack Campbell also said it could be a character building win. What do you want the group to take from this game?
Sheldon Keefe: I think there’s no doubt that it was an ugly one. I think the reality is we looked at this game, it was our seventh game in 12 days, traveling out here and then having to play a two o’clock game. It’s a tough ask, and then you’re playing against a rested team. This one, we felt, would not be pretty. To get the two points is real big for us to have found a way to get those wins and found a way to bounce a few pucks our way into the net. It’s enough for us to get out of here with a win and now we’ll get a good night’s rest and have good practice tomorrow and regroup for the next time out.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How would you describe the effort of Jack Campbell in net, especially near the end there? It appeared he might be dealing with something physically. What did he mean to you guys today?
Sheldon Keefe: He was huge. You don’t get through ugly games like this with a win without your goaltender being your best player. He was that today. He gave our guys great confidence, maybe too much confidence at times, but he was outstanding. It’s another great effort by him today.
Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: I’m wondering what’s running through your mind when you see Jack struggle there at the end physically?
Sheldon Keefe: You’re hoping he’s alright. He got a little bit of attention there and obviously it happened late in the game so I think he’s feeling the effects of that a little bit, but he was able to shake it off and get through the remainder of the game. Luckily there was no other flurry around the net the rest of the way.
Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: How did you feel Auston looked in his first game back?
Sheldon Keefe: I thought he, like a lot of guys on our team, just weren’t themselves today. His situation probably even more difficult. I don’t know how many days its been since he’s really skated here. We just didn’t have legs today and it was real tough for all of our top guys to really get going tonight.
Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: Was there anything about George Armstrong in particular you wanted the players to know or anything about his career or his life that you shared?
Sheldon Keefe: We went through that recapped his accomplishments and what he meant to the organization, his taking part in all those Stanley Cups and his abilities as a leader and as a captain. I think the message really, we talked about just how efforts like that back in the 1960s, in particular, the last time the Leafs won a Cup, that’s the reason why Leaf Nation is as strong as it is. That’s why generations of families grow up as Leaf fans, because of those efforts.
We have a role to play to continue to build upon that. That was part of it. Just celebrating his legacy. When you’re in this every single day, you’re in the moment, you’re taking care of what you can control every single day. I do think it’s important to stop and pause every now and again just to look at the bigger picture and recognize what we’re doing here every day is for a greater purpose beyond ourselves. We have a role to play within how we prepare and how we play, and people like George showed the way there.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What are you going to remember most about your first game back in Calgary?
TJ Brodie: I think it’s a hard one to forget with the situation and everything. Looking back when I do retire, it’s definitely something to tell the kids and grandkids about the masks and no fans and stuff. It was different, that’s for sure.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: It’s obviously so different with no fans, there would have been a standing ovation for you, I’m sure. What was that moment like when they did the video tribute in the first period? Your teammates and your old teammates were showing their appreciation.
TJ Brodie: It was special. I owe a lot to the people in Calgary, the teammates, everyone in the organization, the fans. I didn’t really know what to do there. I’ve never been on a different team and with no fans I didn’t know whether to wave or what to do. It was a little awkward.
Q. Kristen Shilton, TSN: What was your take on how the team played tonight, thinking about how you felt overall about the game defensively?
TJ Brodie: I think there’s things to clean up, for sure. That’s not the way we wanted it to go, it was a little ugly at points. At the end of the day, those games are going to happen and those are the ones that count at the end of the year. Those messy ones that you end up with the two points at the end.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You seemed to be in a bit of pain at the end, how are you holding up physically after a gutsy effort?
Jack Campbell: I feel great. The boys played really well and it’s just huge to come out of this barn with two points.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Was there any thought in your mind that you’d have to leave the game?
Jack Campbell: Never.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: How would you describe the challenge of going up against someone like Matthew Tkachuk? Obviously, he’s there to agitate and also has so much skill, he fell on top of you at the end there. How would you describe the challenge?
Jack Campbell: I don’t really look at him as a menace out there, he’s just a really good hockey player. Anytime he’s out there I’m always aware. He’s really good in front of the net and setting up his teammates. I think we did a great job as a unit shutting him down. We’re going to need that every night to keep getting these two points.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Was there any worry there with what was happening in the final minute, health-wise?
Jack Campbell: I was just really focused on trying to get out of this place with two points. I think the guys did a good job of helping me out and we accomplished that. It’s all I’m focused on right now.
Opening Remarks: First off, I just want to extend my condolences to the Armstrong family. Obviously, George was an incredible ambassador for the City of Toronto and the Maple Leafs. He paved the way for the guys like us who are trying to accomplish something big here. I just want to extend my condolences to his family.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: What was your take overall? You guys had the day of travel yesterday, the early start could have played a factor. The Flames hadn’t played in six days but you guys seemed to come out from the opening faceoff and do some good things and carry that through. Did you see it that way?
Auston Matthews: I don’t know. I mean, I think it was a pretty ugly game for us to be honest, for us. There’s a lot of things we could have done better. I think we had good sequences in the game. Obviously, a couple of solid lucky bounces that went our way today and we’ll definitely take them but definitely some stuff that we can clean up. Obviously, we can’t make excuses for travel and time change and that stuff. Coming in here we’ve got a job to do. We’ve got to use this time now, a day and a half until we play next, to rest and recover and get used to this schedule here.
Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Is that a difference in the team then, that you can “win ugly” and some things might not go your way but you’re still able to pull out a victory?
Auston Matthews: Yeah, [Campbell] was a rock star for us tonight. He made some big saves, especially toward the end there. He was a brick wall for us. He definitely saved us there for sure. It always, I guess, encouraging to win ugly games like this where you just stay with it shift-by-shift and just try to get what we can done.
Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: I was just wondering at practice the other day, what is it that you were feeling that you decided not to practice?
Auston Matthews: I just had some issues here with my hand that I was going through. I’m not really going to go any further than that but obviously if I could have skated or played and felt comfortable then I would have done that but it’s fine now and we’re good to move forward here.
Q. Jonas Siegel, The Athletic: Is it something you’ll have to keep your eye on moving forward?
Auston Matthews: A little bit. I’ll obviously have to take care of it here in the next couple of weeks but it feels a lot better. It feels more than good enough to play and good enough to go out there and contribute and help the team.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Wayne, that was a milestone moment for you — first as a Leaf, 100th on the power play, 500th point in your career. What did it mean to you?
Wayne Simmonds: It’s pretty big. It felt a lot better that we got the two points. Obviously, it’s nice to get it out of the way, but it’s even nicer to get the two points. Not too happy with our performance, we’ve got a few things we’ve got to fix, but a good two points to start off the road trip.
Q. Mark Masters, TSN: What’s your perspective on the power play that seems to be clicking very well to start this season? All the weapons that are there and your role on it.
Wayne Simmonds: We’ve got two great units. I don’t think it matters which unit is on the ice at this moment. Both units are clicking really well. For me it’s pretty much status quo, get in front of the net, get loose pucks, present myself as an option for the other guys. It’s been great so far and we’ll look to continue to improve.
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