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MARLIES 4, CLEVELAND 3 (OT): “They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.” –GREG MOORE.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

TORONTO MARLIES (27-22-3-2 – 59 Points) vs. CLEVELAND MONSTERS (24-26-4-2 – 54 Points)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY    |    GAME SHEET |    PHOTOS    |      SCRUMS

SCORING SUMMARY

Cleveland: T. Fix-Wolansky (10) (D. Simpson, R. MacInnis), R. MacInnis (7) PP (T. Fix-Wolansky, A. Clendening), A. Clendening (7) PP (B. Troock, R. MacInnis)
Goaltender: V. Vehvilainen (27/31)

Toronto: M. Salomaki, (K. Rubins, T. Gaudet), M. Kapla (1) (T. Gaudet, M. Salomaki), T. Gaudet (3) PP (T. Kivihalme, T. MacMaster), T. MacMaster (11) (K. Agostino, M. Hollowell)
Goaltender: J. Woll (14/17)

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Miikka Salomaki opened the scoring at 3:48 of the first period and later added the secondary assist on Kapla’s first period goal. This was his first game as Marlie. This was his third multipoint game of the season. Salomaki has 17 points (6 goals, 11 assists) through 42 games this season.
  • Michael Kapla scored 7:24 of the first period. This was Kapla’s first goal with the Marlies. He has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) nine games.
  • Tyler Gaudet scored on the power play at 3:30 of the second period. He earlier registered the secondary assist on Salomaki’s goal and the primary assist on Kapla’s goal, both in the first period. This was Gaudet’s first AHL career three-point game since Oct. 28, 2016. He has 20 points (3 goals, 17 assists) in 51 games.
  • Tanner MacMaster scored 23 seconds into overtime and earlierpicked up the secondary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. This was MacMaster’s third game-winning goal and his first overtime goal of the season.
  • Kristians Rubins recorded the primary assist on Salomaki’s first period goal. Rubins has 13 points (2 goals, 11 assists) in 41 games this season.
  • Teemu Kivihalme had the primary assist on Gaudet’s second period power play goal. Kivihalme has 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 48 games.
  • Kenny Agostino registered the primary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He leads the Marlies in points (23-18-41). He has seven points (2 goals, 5 assists) in his last eight games.
  • Mac Hollowell had the secondary assist on MacMaster’s overtime goal. He has 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists) in 27 games.
  • Joseph Woll stopped 14 of 17 shots he faced. Woll is now 10-12-3-2 on the season with a .885 save percentage and a 3.64 goals against average. Woll is 2-1 in overtime games this season.

OF NOTE…

  • Toronto last won a game at home in overtime on February 15, 2020 against Belleville. Korshkov scored the game-winning goal in the 7-6 win.
  • Toronto was 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 1-for-7 on the power play.
  • Toronto had a 31-17 edge in shots in all situations. Kenny Agostino led the Marlies with five shots on goal. Toronto held Cleveland to two shots in the third period.
  • The Marlies are 13-13-2-1 against North Division opponents and 3-2-1-0 against the Cleveland Monsters.

REGULAR SEASON LEADERS

  • Goals: K. Agostino (23)
  • Assists: J. Bracco (30)
  • Points:  K. Agostino (41)
  • PPG: K. Agostino,N. Petan (6)
  • Shots: P. Aberg (131)
  • +/-:  M. Salomaki (+17)
  • PIMS: G. Wilson (69)

RECORD WHEN…

  • The Marlies are 12-2-2-2 when leading after the first period and 6-5-0-1 when tied after the second period.
  • Toronto is 9-9-2-0 when outshooting their opponents.
  • The Marlies are 3-4-0-0 in Wednesday games and are 5-6-0-0 in February.

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

  • No current point streaks

MARLIES UPDATES.

  • Adam Brooks (concussion) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Belleville on February 15 and did not return.
  • Kasimir Kaskisuo (hand) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Kalle Kossila (migraines) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland.
  • Jesper Lindgren (high ankle sprain)did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. Heleft Toronto’s game against Cleveland on January 24 in the third period and did not return.
  • Nic Petan (shoulder) did not dress for today’s game against Cleveland. He left Toronto’s game against Rochester on February 8 and did not return.

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

  • February 25: Loaned defenceman Miles Gendron to Newfoundland (ECHL).
  • February 25: Loaned forward Matt Lorito from Toronto (NHL).
  • February 24: Traded forward Nick Baptiste to Belleville (AHL).
  • February 24: Recalled goaltender Parker Gahagen from Newfoundland (ECHL).

POSTGAME QUOTES

HEAD COACH GREG MOORE

On today’s game:
They found their way again. First period I thought was pretty good too. Second period got away from us. Special teams were not up to par. I really liked our last look there on the power play in the third. We made a couple adjustments and they executed really well, we just didn’t find it. But third period was great. The guys knew it was a really two important points and had to find it.

On special teams:
Yeah, chances were there. Their goaltender played well. Special teams are always a rollercoaster. You get streaky on and off and hopefully we can find an ‘on’ streak soon.

On the recent additions of forwards Matt Lorito and Miikka Salomaki:
Great additions to the team. Salomaki had great chemistry with Gaudet and Read. They spent the majority of their game in the offensive zone mostly because they worked hard. They moved their feet, they take away time and space, and then when they did get the puck they had good movement, they stayed in motion and they were predictable to play with. And then Lorito was great. Really good addition to the power play. He has a knack for making plays on the walls. He attacks downhill and we’re really excited to have him.

TYLER GAUDET (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On playing with Matt Read and Miikka Salomaki:
Salomaki came in and he had a great game. He gelled well with us. As you know, Read’s obviously a great player and he’s been hot lately so the three of us just kind of gelled and it worked out nicely.

On Tanner MacMaster:
He’s chippy and he’s fast and skilled. He’s been producing for us a lot and I’m just happy he got that in (the overtime goal) and it was a great play by Agostino as well. Good to finish it off that way.

MIIKKA SALOMAKI (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his first game with the Marlies:
I felt really good, I enjoyed every moment. Obviously we got a good start and it helped a lot. There was a lot of things I could still do better, especially with new systems and stuff but I felt good and our line played well and guys made it easy for me.

NEXT GAME:

February 28 at Utica – 7:00 p.m. ET
February 29 at Binghamton – 7:05 p.m. ET
March 2 at Texas – 7:00 p.m. CT
March 4 at Belleville – 7:00 p.m. ET
March 6 vs Syracuse – 7:00 p.m. ET.

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BUCKS 108, RAPTORS 97 — WHAT THE TEAMS SAID: “Pretty good defensive game both ways, I was pretty happy. I thought we were amazing for about 22 minutes and then we had the ball and had a little weird turnover in transition there to start their run and end the second quarter. I don’t know, we just didn’t for some reason make enough of those shots. I think we had some pretty god ones there. You probably can’t have Serge (Ibaka) go one-for-10, Kyle (Lowry) go one-for-seven and Fred (VanVleet) go three-for-nine, but in saying that Serge had like 21 straight great games.” — NICK NURSE.

(50-8) MILWAUKEE BUCKS, 108 VS. (42-16) TORONTO RAPTORS, 97 SCOTIABANK ARENA TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

TORONTO RAPTORS QUOTES

NICK NURSE (HEAD COACH)

On a very good defensive team getting you out of sync … Yeah, a little bit, I think. Look at the shooting percentages it wasn’t too good either way. Pretty good defensive game both ways, I was pretty happy. I thought we were amazing for about 22 minutes and then we had the ball and had a little weird turnover in transition there to start their run and end the second quarter. I don’t know, we just didn’t for some reason make enough of those shots. I think we had some pretty god ones there. You probably can’t have Serge (Ibaka) go one-for-10, Kyle (Lowry) go one-for-seven and Fred (VanVleet) go three-for-nine, but in saying that Serge had like 21 straight great games. You are going to have that one once in a while and tonight wasn’t his night, but that’s all right, he has been amazing this year, Kyle has, Fred has, and tonight it just didn’t go in.

On taking a franchise record 52 three point attempts tonight … There was 52 of them and let’s say 40 of them were probably decent, if I had to pick something without watching it. We had a couple shot-clockers that were bombs, you know the shot clock was running down. There was one that got blocked, so you would probably like to have that one back. There were a couple others, but I thought again, for the most part they weren’t that bad.

On touching the paint enough on your drives … Probably not, I don’t know what the numbers say, but probably not. I would have liked to hit them multiple times in a possession. I think I can remember Pascal (Siakam) hitting a corner three right in front of our bench and it was a really good possession where we drove it, kicked it, swung it, drove it, kicked it, then it was Pascal standing all alone in the corner. I thought we needed a few more of those types of multiple paint touch possessions.

On using any defensive tricks that might be useful in future matchups … Well, I didn’t get to too many of them. I only got a few possessions of zone and a few possessions of press. I think the press looked like it would have been okay. They were tightrope-ing it down the sidelines and bobbling it around and we couldn’t quite come up with them. Next game I will probably do a few more things. I didn’t get the (Bucks) lineup I thought I was going to get to do some of the stuff. Maybe next game.

PASCAL SIAKAM (22 points, six rebounds, three assists)

How tough was it to get the momentum back coming out of halftime? We were trying to come out aggressively in the second half, but they also came out being aggressive and they made some good plays out there. They chipped back into the game, like with free throws and little things like that, and they got comfortable. But I still think we did a pretty decent job.

Did it feel different than a normal game? It was a good game. A lot of energy out there. They played hard. We played hard. It’s always a good matchup against teams like that … Kudos to them. They played a good game.

Are games like this useful for evaluating things? I think every game of the season we have to use to our advantage. Obviously understanding what it’s like in the playoffs and taking these games as a learning experience win or lose. We have to keep being ourselves and learning from it. If we have to do things differently, do them differently, and if we don’t, then continue to play our game. We all know what it takes in the playoffs and you have to do a better job if you want to take that next step.

KYLE LOWRY (10 points, six assists, four rebounds)

Against a team like that, how tough is it to get the momentum back? It wasn’t tough to get it back. We just started the third off slow and didn’t make shots and we missed a lot of open shots tonight. They made some shots and they were aggressive, (and) got to the free throw line more than we did. It’s one game. They played well – well, neither one played well – but they got the win, so they played better than us tonight.

Is there anything you guys can do differently to get in the paint more? Screen a little more, maybe screen a little harder, play a little faster, up tempo. But we made some shots. I hit a couple threes, Serge (Ibaka) hit a couple threes, (Pascal Siakam) hit a couple. We make more threes and space it out a little bit more, the game changes a lot.

(50-8) MILWAUKEE BUCKS, 108 VS. (42-16) TORONTO RAPTORS, 97 SCOTIABANK ARENA TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

MILWAUKEE BUCKS QUOTES

MIKE BUDENHOLZER (HEAD COACH)

On tonight’s game… Just a good effort by our group. Obviously the end of the second quarter was really big for us; we were not having a very good half. They were great. But somehow we found a three or four-minute stretch to close the gap and then the third quarter, on both ends of the court, lot of things where we want them to be and able to close it out. So it’s a good win for us on the road tonight.

What was the difference for you offensively in the third quarter? I think you get a little bit of rhythm of the aggressiveness that they were playing with, to the ball. Especially Giannis (Antetokounmpo), I thought his composure and kind of just seeing the court, reading the court. Then you got to make some shots. Different guys stepped up and made shots. We got to play in transition, I think it was a 19 point defensive quarter, so you’re getting a lot of stops; you get out to run, hopefully play against a defence that’s not set.

On how you made the Raptors work on offence tonight… We try and make everybody work, so tonight you got your hands full. They have a lot of great players and they make things really hard on you. But I think, overall, some real positives to take from tonight from our defence.

KHRIS MIDDLETON (22 points, eight rebounds, three assists)

Was this the type of game you expected tonight? I guess you could say that. They play hard every night just like us. The question of, “is that what we expected?” I guess so, for them to come out like they did with their crowd behind them.

What did the team feel it had to improve on in the second half to make a push? Just settle down. I think we played into their hands in the first quarter. I think we could have used the back-to-back as an excuse if we let it keep happening for the whole game. Eventually we settled down and took advantage of their schemes somewhat. I think we played a much more controlled gamed after that.

Do you get any extra satisfaction getting the win tonight after last year’s playoffs? Not really. We won it last year during the regular season. It doesn’t guarantee a win in the playoffs. It’s a great win against a great team that we can see down the road in the future.

GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO (19 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists)

What changed in the second half? We came out in the second quarter and started knocking down shots. They were physical defensively and we weren’t playing great basketball. We were able to close it out in the second quarter hard. We came out of the half playing better, moving the ball better, we were knocking down shots and defending better. It’s good.

On tonight’s game… This is the second time we’ve played Toronto. We got the first one at home. We knew they were going to come out and set the tone and play good. They are a very good team that doesn’t stop playing hard. That’s why they win so many games and that’s why they’re so good. We expect that. We knew that we had to come out and get a win.

Was game six on your mind at all? Of course. You always remember the last time you played here, the feelings you had. It was definitely on my mind.

BUCKS 108, RAPTORS 97 POSTGAME NOTES: Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes … Siakam has scored 20+points in five of the last six games, averaging 25.0 points during this span.

FINAL SCORE: MILWAUKEE BUCKS 108, TORONTO RAPTORS 97
DATE: FEBRUARY 25, 2020 ATTENDANCE: 19,993 (Sellout)
FINAL SCORE RECORD HIGH POINTS HIGH REBOUNDS HIGH ASSISTS
Milwaukee 108 50-8 Middleton – 22 Antetokounmpo – 19 Antetokounmpo – 8
Toronto 97 42-16 Siakam – 22 Hollis-Jefferson – 8 Lowry – 6
KEY RUN
Trailing 60-57 early in the third, Milwaukee went on an 18-4 run to lead by 11 points with 3:09 remaining in the quarter … The Bucks outscored Toronto 34-19 in the third quarter and led 84-71 entering the fourth.
KEY STAT
Milwaukee held Toronto to .352 (31-for-91) shooting from the field, including .326 (14-for-43) in the second half … The Raptors are 5-6 this season when they shoot below 40 per cent from the floor.
RAPTORS NOTES:
• With the loss, Toronto falls to 42-16 this season and 23-8 at home … Tonight’s defeat ends the Raptors’ nine game home winning streak … Toronto is now 7-2 in the month of February … The Raptors finish a four-game homestand (Feb. 21-28) Friday night vs. the Charlotte Hornets.
• Toronto outscored the Bucks 15-10 on the fast-break … The Raptors have scored more fast-break points than their opponent in each of their last 12 games.
• The Raptors shot .346 (18-for-52) from 3-point range … Toronto’s 52 3-point attempts were a single game franchise record.
• Pascal Siakam finished with 22 points and six rebounds in 38 minutes … Siakam has scored 20+points in five of the last six games, averaging 25.0 points during this span.
• Terence Davis scored in double figures for the third straight game with 10 points off the bench.
• The Raptors had six players score double figures – Siakam (22), Fred VanVleet (14), OG Anunoby
(11), Kyle Lowry (10), Davis (10) and Chris Boucher (10).
BUCKS NOTES:
• With the win, Milwaukee improves to 50-8 on the season and 23-5 on the road … The Bucks have won four in a row and nine of their last 10 games … Milwaukee’s next game is Friday night at home when they host the Oklahoma City Thunder.
• The Bucks are a perfect 8-0 this season in the second game of a back-to-back set.

• Milwaukee has scored 100+ points in 82 straight games – now the third longest streak in NBA history.
Khris Middleton scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half … Middleton has scored 20 or more in 11 of the last 12 games, averaging 26.8 points during this stretch.
Giannis Antetokounmpo recorded his 47th double-double of the season with 19 points and 19
rebounds – one shy of his season high – in 38 minutes.
• The Bucks had four players score in double digits – Middleton (22), Antetokounmpo (19), Eric Bledsoe (17) and Brook Lopez (15).

LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 3 — WHAT THEY SAID: “We get scored on first and we don’t let it snowball. I thought we just gathered ourselves and made a couple little tactical adjustments that the guys caught on to quickly. I thought it turned the game for us in the first period there. So we’ve got ourselves the lead and then gave it up, then came back and built an even bigger lead. Just a lot of really good things. Then the third period, we just have to — you know that they’re going to have a really strong push and it’s important for us to not crack. They get the one and we stayed with it even shorthanded on the back end. Some guys battled really hard.” –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked in tonight’s win:

Yeah, a lot of things. We get scored on first and we don’t let it snowball. I thought we just gathered ourselves and made a couple little tactical adjustments that the guys caught on to quickly. I thought it turned the game for us in the first period there. So we’ve got ourselves the lead and then gave it up, then came back and built an even bigger lead. Just a lot of really good things. Then the third period, we just have to — you know that they’re going to have a really strong push and it’s important for us to not crack. They get the one and we stayed with it even shorthanded on the back end. Some guys battled really hard. A lot of really positive things for us in terms of winning a close game.

On if he feels a game like tonight is how the team grows:

I certainly do. I’ve said we talked about, it’s that feeling, it’s going through it, it’s finding a way, it’s losing a leader in the back end in Jake Muzzin. Just finding a way to get it done and not cracking. I thought we did a good job. They had a push, they threw a lot of pucks at our net in that third period, but I think if you were to go through it you would see there wasn’t a whole lot of quality in terms of scoring chances or anything like that. The guys did a nice job of protecting the net and Freddie made solid saves and didn’t let anything get in at the end there for us. A lot of really good things — the penalty kill, power play.

On the severity of Muzzin’s injury:

We don’t know. We’re going to have to see how it is here tomorrow and kind of go from there. He obviously wasn’t well enough to return. We’ll give it tonight and get more information tomorrow.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (26 SAVES)

On the performance of the defence after losing Muzzin for the third period:

Yeah, I thought we did a really good job of just kind of covering up for each other and playing hard. I think throughout the whole group was great today. The PK was great, we generated some offence off of that and some huge momentum and then the power play did their thing, so it was a great game overall.

On Nylander’s goal:

I didn’t see it until after, but it was pretty special. I think it just creates extra reach for him and you don’t really expect it so not everyone can pull that off but good for Willy. It’s pretty.

TYSON BARRIE (2 ASSISTS)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was great. I think we played a really solid game. We had a good response to what happened to us last week. It shows a lot of character in this team, and then having [Muzzin] go down and the guys just kind of battling and grinding out a third period is a really good sign for us.

On what he liked best about tonight’s performance:

I think just the way that we responded to some adversity. We’ve got guys go down and they make a big push in the third, but we don’t break like we have in the past. Everyone just kind of mucked it up there at the end and we got the two points, which is what we need right now.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his goal:

I didn’t really have time to think, it just kind of happened, but it was a nice to put one in, that’s for sure.

On the play Mitch Marner made to get him the puck:

He had a good stick there and then he waited him out. He put his stick to the inside, so he was able to feed it down to me, which was great because I had some space down there by myself.

On if he was trying to elevate the shot:

Yeah, I can’t really see anything so I’m going by feel. But obviously, yeah, you have to get it up there you want to score. Vasilevskiy is good along the ice, so you’ve got to get it up.

JOHN TAVARES (2 GOALS)

On what he liked about tonight’s win:

Just sticking with it. We didn’t get down. We didn’t get away from the way we needed to play when things didn’t go our way. We did a lot of good things tonight, in terms of the way we want to play the game, to our identity. Also, just this time of year, it’s a battle out there each and every shift. Just staying with it and understanding that it’s not always pretty but just digging in, playing hard, playing as a group, sticking with it, doing what we need to do. It’s one game, so build on it and obviously each game only gets more important as we go.

On how tough it is to see Jake Muzzin suffer an injury:

Yeah, he’s such a key player for us. He’s been playing great. No question it’s a big loss, but at the same time we can’t hang our heads and think ‘why us?’ As a group, collectively, we’ve got to all continue to step up and fill that void and continue to play better. When guys get more opportunity, that’s their chance to take advantage of it, relish it and thrive with it.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 3 POSTGAME NOTES: John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 16:42 of the first period and notched the third Maple Leafs goal at 12:25 of the second period. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-goal and 17th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (33-23-8 – 74 Points) vs.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (40-18-5 – 85 Points)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jake Muzzin put the Maple Leafs on the board at 12:48 of the first period. Muzzin has points (3-5-8) in six consecutive games. He has a goal and an assist in two games against the Lightning this season. Four of his six goals have come on the road in 2019-20.
  • John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 16:42 of the first period before notching the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 12:25 of the second period. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-goal and 17th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. He has 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 games against Atlantic Division teams.
  • William Nylander registered the lone assist on Tavares’ second period goal before scoring the fourth Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 14:21 of the second period. Nylander has points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 12th multi-point game of 2019-20. He has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 31 road games this season.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Muzzin’s first period goal. Spezza has three assists over his last five games. He has registered 16 (5-11-16) of his 24 points on the road this season. He has 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists) in 48 career games against Tampa Bay.
  • Frederik Gauthier picked up the secondary assist on Muzzin’s first period goal. Gauthier has registered 11 points (6-5-11) in 55 games this season. He has recorded six points (2-4-6) in 19 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Tyson Barrie recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Barrie has assists (4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his seventh multi-assist and 11th multi-point game of 2019-20. His seven multi-assist games are tied for the eighth-most among NHL defencemen.
  • Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Matthews has three points (1-2-3) over his last four games. His first period assist gives him 74 points (43 goals, 31 assists), which establishes a new single-season career-high for points, surpassing his previous high of 73 established in 2018-19. He has 20 points (12-8-20) in 20 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Marner has two assists over his last three games. He has two assists in two games against Tampa Bay in 2019-20. In 23 road games this season, he has recorded 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). He ranks ninth among NHLers in assists (47) and tied for eighth among NHLers in primary assists (30).
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots to earn the victory.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO11 (9)9 (7)3 (3)23 (19)
TAMPA BAY8 (7)7 (6)14 (12)29 (25)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO16 (13)15 (10)8 (7)39 (30)
TAMPA BAY13 (12)19 (11)22 (16)54 (39)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road17-14-1 (32 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay on the Road27-17-1-4 (49 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference18-15-6 (39 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division10-8-2 (20 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts6 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins(Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Hyman – 2 won, 1 lost)
Hits3 (Clifford, Dermott)
Blocked Shots(Liljegren)
Takeaways(Hyman)
TOI25:49 (Holl)
Power Play TOI5:28 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI5:07 (Holl)
Shifts25 (Barrie, Dermott, Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage61.9% (Kapanen – 13 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first11-18-6
Lead after 116-3-1
Trail after 24-16-4
Score multiple power play goals9-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal19-8-4
Outshot by opponent14-13-4
Tuesday8-4-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen were on the ice for a team-high 13 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Dermott finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.2 (13 for, 11 against), while Kapanen had a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.9 percent (13 for, 8 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 60 percent (3 won, 2 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
  • Jake Muzzin (Hand) left tonight’s game and did not return.
  • John Tavares was 3-for-5 (60%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050
  • Friday, March 6, 10:00 p.m. at Anaheim Ducks (TSN4, TSN 1050)