Amid the ubiquitous uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ducks players and their significant others sought to ease the burden on medical professionals as they pledged 200 meals a day for staff at UCI Medical Center. Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli had recently become the first North American pro sports ownership group to pledge…Ducks players, families, pledge meals for staff at UCI Medical Center — Press Telegram
Deslauriers scores three times in a little less than 12 minutes in the first period of the Ducks’ 5-2 victory over Ottawa for his first career hat trick. His fifth, sixth and seventh goals of the season help propel the Ducks to their third win in four games.Nicolas Deslauriers’ natural hat trick ignites Ducks’ victory over Senators — Daily Breeze
Ducks goaltender John Gibson, right, stops a shot in front of the Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman during the first period of Friday’s game at Honda Center. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez) Anaheim Ducks’ Jani Hakanpaa, right, reaches for the puck next to Toronto Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman during the first period of an NHL hockey game…Ducks score early, late, get solid relief to beat Maple Leafs — Press Telegram
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On the need to attack the opposition’s net to generate more offence next week:
Obviously, when you look at the last couple games on this trip, we haven’t been able to generate much offensively. So that’s part of it. You look at a lot of the goals that we’ve scored here in recent games, a lot of it’s been happening around the net. We need to have more of a presence in there, but it’s an interesting road trip. You’d never think that our team would give up two goals in two games and only come away with one point, you’d probably think we were talking about a different team, but that’s the reality, that’s the way it was this week. The offence dried up for us, a lot of things that have been going in for us haven’t and didn’t on this trip and we don’t get results as a result.
On the challenge of keeping the team’s spirits up after the road trip:
Well, it’s difficult, but I think just the fact that our team takes a lot of heat for how we defend and what we give up and how many goals we give up and all those types of things and how wide-open games are. We’ve focused a lot on that as a team, in terms of slowing a lot of that stuff down. I think we’ve done that for quite a while here now — and now today wasn’t as good as yesterday in that regard, but we’ve got to find ways within that to generate offence. I think that the positives are that our guys will feel good about the fact that they’re playing in these tight games and feel good about the fact on the back-to-back at the end of the trip here that we have our best period in the third and have a pretty strong push throughout the period, but we’ll regroup and be ready on home ice.
On the power play drying up in recent games:
Yeah, it has gone dry. Really, what I’m seeing is a lot of the shots that had been going in for us aren’t going in, in recent games. So when that happens, we’ve got to really look at things and see what we can change and see what we can do a little differently to find some different looks and change things up a little bit. Now, we’ve scored at pretty much a ridiculous pace for quite some time here now and over time those things dry up a little bit and you’ve got to make adjustments.
JACK CAMPBELL (26 SAVES)
On the pressure on him to be perfect when the team is struggling to score goals:
I have belief — full belief — in this team as far as their goal-scoring ability. Obviously, we’re a little snake-bitten right now, but I think they played well enough to score a couple and I just take ownership of that second one. If I can see it, I expect myself to stop it every time and he just beat me clean so that one’s on me and we should have had at least a point.
On his save on Getzlaf while shorthanded to end the second period:
Yeah, it was battling. It was a strange play at the net, it kind of went off a shin pad or something, I made a right pad save and the game kind of slowed down a little bit and I kind of saw it play out. I just tried to get my glove up and luckily, he put it there. So I’ll take that one for sure.
MITCH MARNER (22:26 TOI)
On the level of frustration at the recent lack of scoring for the team:
I just think we know it’s going to come so there’s no need to rush or put pressure on ourselves. We’re a team that can score and this road trip we showed that we can play in low-scoring games, it’s just our scoring wasn’t there, but it’ll come.
On what the team needs to do to generate more greasy goals:
Yeah, I just think those second opportunities. It starts with all of us. From our D to our forwards, we all come up top, we all get those shots through and tonight and through this road trip forward-wise, when we come in as F3, we’re not getting those shots through. We’re making those turnovers happen and getting caught with our D down and I just think ruining a little bit of chemistry and stuff like that. So, like I said, we know it’s going to turn around, there’s no reason to feel like we should put pressure on ourselves and we’ve just got to stay calm with it.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (23:03 TOI)
On the team having the personnel to be able to push through this week’s slump:
We’re all in this together. You play through the good and the bad and the adversity and obviously, in the position that we’re in, there’s lots of critics and lots of stuff that comes with it. But I think in this room we’re headstrong, and it doesn’t matter what’s going to get thrown our way, we’re going to come out of it stronger. Obviously, not the road trip that that we really wanted. So, that’s on us and we’ve got to just build forward and put this aside, learn from it and be better.
On what has prevented the team from generating offence:
I think it’s no secret you come on this road trip, it’s not easy and I think the teams that we played they’re more — their strategy and kind of structure is more to just kind of defend and push you to the outside and let you make the mistakes first. I think for us, we didn’t really challenge the middle of the goalie, he didn’t really have too many tough saves to make. I think that’s a bit of an issue for us right now. I think it’s a little bit of our structure too. I think we’re kind of one foot in the door, one foot out as far as the way we want to play, and I think we just all need to be 100 percent in.
JOHN TAVARES (21:18 TOI)
On what has led to a lack of goals in recent games:
Well, it’s that time of year, things get tighter. You don’t have as much room as maybe you get at times throughout the season. We’ve just got to find a way to get second and third opportunities, get a couple ugly ones. I thought we pressed hard and stayed with it. Obviously, we just didn’t cash in.
On if the struggle to score has led to the team playing tight:
Yeah, maybe. At times, I guess it’s just, honestly, don’t even think about where you’re putting it, just get it on net. I think get bodies there, find a way to cause some confusion, make it tough on them to have to defend you around their net, make it tough on the goaltender. Just got to stay patient, got to keep working and staying with it. Obviously, we’ve got to find a way to put some in and get some results. There was a lot of good things. Just got to find a way to, like I said, get inside that tough part of the ice. That’s tough to get opportunities at this time of year.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-25-9 – 79 Points) vs.
ANAHEIM DUCKS (28-32-8 – 64 Points)
FRIDAY, MARCH 6, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board at 17:00 of the third period. Nylander has 32 points (17 goals, 15 assists) in 35 games on the road this season. He has seven points (4-3-7) in seven career games against Anaheim. His third period goal is his 30th of the season, marking the first time in his NHL career he has reached the 30-goal mark. His goal marked the first 6-on-5 road goal by the Maple Leafs since December 29, 2017 at Colorado (James van Riemsdyk).
- Jack Campbell stopped 26 of the 28 shots he faced in the loss.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||8 (5)||8 (7)||15 (8)||–||31 (20)|
|ANAHEIM||13 (13)||13 (9)||2 (2)||–||28 (24)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|TORONTO||18 (12)||15 (13)||25 (14)||–||58 (39)|
|ANAHEIM||24 (24)||22 (16)||5 (5)||–||51 (45)|
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
|Record on the Road||18-16-2 (36 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Anaheim||28-12-5-1 (46 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Anaheim on the Road||11-9-1-0 (21 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||16-10-3 (29 Games)|
|Record vs. Pacific Division||9-5-2 (16 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shots||5 (Nylander, Tavares)|
|Shot Attempts||8 (Matthews, Tavares)|
|Faceoff Wins||12 (Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||67% (Spezza – 4 won, 2 lost)|
|Hits||3 (Dermott, Hyman, Malgin)|
|Blocked Shots||2 (Kerfoot, Matthews)|
|Takeaways||2 (Malgin, Matthews, Nylander)|
|Power Play TOI||4:19 (Barrie, Matthews)|
|Shorthanded TOI||2:43 (Ceci)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||72.2% (Engvall – 13 for, 5 against)|
|Opponent scores first||12-20-7|
|Trail after 1||3-16-3|
|Trail after 2||3-17-4|
|Do not score a power play goal||15-16-5|
|Do not allow a power play goal||21-9-5|
- The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play tonight.
- Kyle Clifford, Frederik Gauthier and Jason Spezza were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 24 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 55.8 percent (24 for, 19 against).
- John Tavares won 64 percent (9 won, 5 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
- Tuesday, March 10, 7:00 p.m. vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, March 12, 7:00 p.m. vs. Nashville Predators (TSN4, TSN 1050)
- Saturday, March 14, 7:00 p.m. at Boston Bruins (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Tuesday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. vs. New Jersey Devils (TSN4, FAN 590)
- Thursday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Islanders (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
On if he felt more concern or excitement as the game went on tonight:
Zero excitement. Concern — I think concern is probably a stretch, but disappointing. The fact that you had a chance here today, we’re set up again in the third period and right from the drop of the puck in the third we were signing goals. It seems like we’re just lacking some confidence in those situations, almost like we were waiting or expecting something bad to happen. It’s not what we want to be about. Clearly when we play like that, we’re not a very good team. So we need to get on our toes and get our swagger and get our confidence, I think. It’s just crazy how quickly things turn, right? We’re sitting here on Friday and played like a fragile group there. I thought there’s chunks of the game I didn’t like either, obviously. Beside the second period it wasn’t very good. I look back to Monday and I look at those first two periods, especially on Monday, and just probably the two best periods we’ve played since I’ve been here, defensively especially. Just took pride in giving the opposition nothing and seemed to be enjoying that. Our first parts of the second period we’re on our way to doing the same kind of thing. We just let it get away there. After we get our two points, of course, that’s what we need, but we’ve got to be a whole lot better than that in those situations.
On wat can restore the team’s confidence:
Time, probably, is the biggest thing. We’ve got to get through this. As I said, it goes all the way back to Monday and you’ve got these turns and now you’re the team that can’t protect the third period lead. Before this week started, I think we were 15-1 going into the third period in my time here. So it wasn’t really an issue. We had one game in Calgary that got away on us, but other than that we were a team that does a really good job in the third period. So, not that far removed from it. We’re also not that far removed from the great efforts in Nashville, great effort in Dallas, battling and finding a way against a gritty Ottawa team, two great periods against our rival, Florida. Not that far removed from it — it turns quickly. Going to have to get it back to the right side of it because Saturday night in Montreal is going to be a challenge for us.
On the play of Clifford and Campbell:
I thought Cliff gave us lots of energy. Really great to see. He’s a lot better skater and has a lot more skill than I think that even showed up on video or was advertised. He was engaged, involved in the game. On the first goal he showed that he’s not quite up to speed on our D-zone coverage on the first goal against there. I just thought he had lots of energy and it was really good to get him going. I thought Campbell, really especially looking at the second period where we — by the end of that second period, he hadn’t had much work in the second at all and, all of a sudden, we gave them two or three really good looks. They were good and big saves, which I thought was really good and helpful to give us the confidence going into the third period that it was going to be okay and build off that. That’s what we were hoping would happen. It was disappointing, but happy we could get him his first win.
On the growth of Matthews’ overall game:
Yes, it’s a really good question when you say overall because I think that’s really what’s happened here. The offence has been there and will always be there. His complete game is not getting enough attention. This guy’s — when the puck turns over you really focus in on him, he’s digging in. His first three strides are real quick, lots of urgency, he’s understanding the value of having the puck and getting it back. He’s really leading the way for us in a lot of those regards. So I thought the first half of this game, especially, it was a clinic from in that regard. He’s feeling it. So, happy he gets to 40, happy he’s filling the net the way that he is, but he’s also really, really figuring out the other side of it and doing it consistently.
On if Nylander is available tomorrow in Montreal:
Unsure about that. He’s not going to travel with us tonight. So we’ll have to just see how he wakes up tomorrow.
On if Campbell will start tomorrow in Montreal:
Still to be determined. We’re going to talk about that on the plane.
On the Liljegren-Sandin pairing tonight:
I just thought that they played really good hockey. They moved the puck really well. Obviously, we’re being a little careful with Lilly and trying to ease him into it. I have to watch the video back, but I thought he was really good, confident. Some real good transitions, moved the puck with authority, didn’t seem to make many or any mistakes that stood out to me. Sandin, of course, we’ve come to expect that, he’s been playing a bit more. Liljegren was really good for us so it’s a positive step for him and us.
On Jason Spezza’s third period goal:
Yeah, that was an elite goal. He has that ability. He still hasn’t lost that. He also made a few plays in tight in different spots on the power play — especially with this team in Anaheim, that pressures the puck on the penalty kills really better than anybody in the League that we’ve seen. He’s under a lot of pressure, he made some plays with how the protects the puck in tight that elite players can do. Regardless of age you don’t lose that ability, he’s an elite player in that sense. He showed on that goal. It was a big-time goal for us. It’s a shame that it wasn’t the winner.
JACK CAMPBELL (FIRST WIN AS A MAPLE LEAF)
On the team’s play:
What a resilient group. That’s a tough game when you give up the lead like that and it’s unacceptable on my end to do that, but as a team you’ve got to appreciate the resilience and came right back and big goal in overtime. So, big two points and now we’re getting ready for one tomorrow.
On his performance tonight:
You guys might have got me on the nervous part. I was a little nervous the first period. But I was just really excited, and I think when you care a lot you get a little nervous, so I got it out in the first. The boys played really well in front of me. Anytime you score five that should be a win — anytime. I’ll clean up my game but just really excited that the team got two points and moving on to a big game tomorrow.
KYLE CLIFFORD (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)
On tonight’s performance:
I thought we gave it back a little bit there in the third. Obviously, we want to lock the game down and kind of suck the life out of them, but it’s good to get the win. Not the way we want to do it, but we’ll pick up two points and that’s what’s important. We’re moving up in the standings.
On starting tonight’s game:
Yeah, I didn’t expect that. Special moment, but once the game gets going, you just kind of get back into your routine and block all the distractions out.
AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 3 ASSISTS)
On scoring his 40th goal of the season:
It means a lot. I’ve been fortunate to play with some really great players and on any given night — I’ve said it before, you just look up and down the lineup, we’ve got great players, great skill and it doesn’t really matter who you’re playing with, you’re going to play with a really good player and a guy that’s going to make plays. So I think it’s a big tribute to those guys that I play with every night.
On what the team takes from tonight after surrendering another third period lead:
You just take the good and bad, obviously. We don’t want to get in that position, and it’s been a position that we’ve been kind of falling into quite a bit. So kind of want to snap out of that. But obviously, we’re happy to take the two points and move forward. I think it’s something that we’ve got to keep in the back of our minds that we don’t want to let it happen anymore.
JOHN TAVARES (2 GOALS, 1 ASSIST)
On just trying to get himself open for Marner on the power play:
Yeah, exactly. We talk a lot about power play and being around the net and he always talks about just trying to find lanes because you know he’s always kind of setting everything up with his ability to manipulate the opponent and make them make them think one thing and open up the seam for another. So just a great play by him and a great play by [Spezza] too, getting in the corner, winning a big battle and creating the opportunity.
On the team finding a way to win in overtime after a tough third period:
We just had to stay with it. Obviously, not a very good third period, not ideal and something we have to clean up to get the results we want. But, certainly, I think just putting our head down and just trying to go out for the next shift and do the best we can. Obviously, a big goal by Spezz. Unfortunately they got one that kind of just had eyes, but we stuck with it, found a way, drew a penalty and got a big goal.
ANAHEIM DUCKS (22-26-7 – 51 Points) vs.
TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-19-7 – 65 Points)
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2020
ON THE SCORESHEET
- Andreas Johnsson opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:36 of the first period. Johnsson has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has five points (2-3-5) over his last five games played. He had a team-high four points (2-2-4) in two games against Anaheim last season.
- John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 3:38 of the second period before registering the primary assist on Auston Matthews’ second period goal and later scoring the overtime-winning goal at 4:54 of overtime. Tavares has assists (3) in two consecutive games and goals (4) and points (4-3-7) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his third multi-goal and 15th multi-point performance of the season. He has scored three overtime-winning goals this season.
- Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Johnsson’s first period goal and later registered the primary assist on Tavares’ second period goal before scoring the third Maple Leafs goal of the game at 13:18 of the second period and picking up the secondary assist on Tavares’ overtime-winner. Matthews has goals (4) in three consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in six consecutive games. His second period goal is his 40th of the season, tying his single-season career-high for goals set as a rookie in 2016-17. Tonight’s game is his 22nd multi-point performance of 2019-20, which is tied for the third-most among NHL skaters. His four points tonight tie his single-game career-high for points (4 – 5x).
- Jason Spezza scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 16:33 of the third period. He has two goals over his last four games played. He has five points (3-2-5) in nine games against Pacific Division opponents this season.
- Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Johnsson’s first period goal before picking up the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and the primary assist on Tavares’ overtime winner. Marner has assists (6) in three consecutive games and points (1-10-11) in seven consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Marner’s 12th multi-assist game of 2019-20, which is tied for second most multi-assist games among NHLers. With three assists in tonight’s game, Marner tied his career-high for assists in a game (3 – 13x). He has registered 31 of his 43 assists on home ice this season.
- Zach Hyman had the secondary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Hyman has registered 14 points (5-9-14) in 16 games on home ice this season. He has six points (2-4-6) over his last six games played.
- Kasperi Kapanen recorded the primary assist on Spezza’s third period goal. Kapanen has assists (3) in three consecutive games. In 13 games since January 1, Kapanen has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists).
- Jake Muzzin picked up the secondary assist on Spezza’s third period goal. Muzzin has 15 points (3 goals, 12 assists) in 44 games this season. He had a goal and two assists in two games against Anaheim last season.
- Jack Campbell stopped 26 of the 30 shots he faced in the win. Tonight’s game was Campbell’s first game as a Maple Leaf and first win as a Maple Leaf.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
|ANAHEIM||7 (5)||8 (7)||15 (10)||0 (0)||30 (22)|
|TORONTO||10 (9)||17 (13)||4 (2)||4 (0)||35 (24)|
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
|ANAHEIM||17 (15)||20 (17)||24 (17)||0 (0)||61 (49)|
|TORONTO||15 (13)||23 (18)||14 (10)||5 (0)||57 (41)|
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
|Record at Home||14-7-7 (28 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Anaheim||28-11-5-1 (45 Games)|
|All-Time Record vs. Anaheim at Home||17-3-4-1 (25 Games)|
|Record vs. Western Conference||14-7-2 (23 Games)|
|Record vs. Pacific Division||8-5-4 (17 Games)|
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
|Shot Attempts||9 (Matthews)|
|Faceoff Wins||13 (Matthews, Tavares)|
|Faceoff Win Percentage||62% (Tavares – 13 won, 8 lost)|
|Blocked Shots||5 (Muzzin)|
|Takeaways||2 (Engvall, Tavares)|
|Power Play TOI||4:48 (Marner)|
|Shorthanded TOI||4:23 (Muzzin)|
|Shifts||28 (Barrie, Holl)|
|5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage||58.8% (Liljegren, Sandin – 10 for, 7 against)|
|Tied after 1||12-5-3|
|Lead after 2||21-2-2|
|Score multiple power play goals||8-1-0|
|Allow one power play goal||13-9-3|
- The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play tonight.
- Kyle Clifford, Travis Dermott and Jake Muzzin were on the ice for a team-high 16 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Clifford had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.3 percent (16 for, 14 against), Dermott had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 43.2 percent (16 for, 21 against) and Muzzin had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 43.2 percent (16 for, 21 against).
- Kyle Clifford played in his first game as a Maple Leaf.
- Pierre Engvall was the lone Maple Leaf to notstart a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
- Auston Matthews won 83 percent (5 won, 1 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs and was 5-for-7 (71%) on the draw when matched up against Anaheim centre Ryan Getzlaf in all situations.
- John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs and was 5-for-7 (71%) on the draw when matched up against Anaheim centre Ryan Getzlaf in all situations.
- Saturday, February 8, 7:00 p.m. at Montreal Canadiens (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
- Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. vs. Arizona Coyotes (TSN, TSN 1050)
- Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Dallas Stars (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
- Saturday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
- Sunday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, FAN 590)