LEAFS 2, LIGHTNING 1. WHAT THE LEAFS SAID: “This is another really close hockey game that we’ve had to play here and, again, at 5-on-5 we were outscored today. That’s been a challenge for us. That’s something that obviously we’ve worked at, but when you’re going up against the best offensive team in the NHL, you’re going to give up a great deal. When we did, Freddie (Andersen) was outstanding, in the second period especially. There were a lot of very good things for us and we’ll take two very important points.” –SHELDON KEEFE

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the team having success putting the game away in the third period tonight:

I think it’s a confidence thing. That’s part of it. So yeah, I do. I don’t think that’s characteristic that a team has. I think it’s something that comes and goes, kind of with your confidence as a team. We haven’t really been going as a team, so we haven’t had that. This is another really close hockey game that we’ve had to play here and, again, at 5-on-5 we were outscored today. That’s been a challenge for us. That’s something that obviously we’ve worked at, but when you’re going up against the best offensive team in the NHL, you’re going to give up a great deal. When we did, Freddie [Andersen] was outstanding, in the second period especially. There were a lot of very good things for us and we’ll take two very important points.

On Morgan Rielly’s play tonight:

I thought he was pretty good, all things considered. He hasn’t played and it’s a tough game – especially in that second period. It’s hard for our defence to get off the ice and they’re really coming. It looked like it was taking a toll on him physically, in terms of his conditioning. It’s one thing to train, as we all know and say, and practice in the gym and all that, but it is a whole different ballgame. Just his legs and the way he skates, all of a sudden, he jumps into a hole – whether it’s offensively or defensively he’ll cover for you – he has instincts along the offensive blueline, waits above for the defensive pucks. He plays the whole game.

On if anything over the last couple of days led to a strong start tonight:

We’ve talked a lot about our starts and consistency in our play. I thought we started really well. It was a combination of a really good start for us, but I don’t think it was a good start for Tampa. I thought we moved the puck extremely well. It was a game we just played with the puck on our stick a lot. That’s when we are frustrating. We just kept coming and had lots of chances, lots of time with the puck. It was a really good period for us in that sense, we didn’t have to defend very much at all. That was a real key for us was to try to keep the puck out of their hands and in their end.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On having a few days between the California trip and tonight:

You have lots of time to reflect, it’s a five-hour flight so kick back and relax and nice to get a couple days off and try to get adjusted back to the time zone and time change and everything. Then have a good day of practice and just try to come out like we did tonight. The second period, I think, it got away from us a bit, lots of penalties but I think our first period is a good starting point for us and how we want to play. We’ve got to make sure we do that more consistently and throughout the game.

On Morgan Rielly’s leadership:

He’s extremely vocal and I think he’s a guy that everyone looks up to. I know for myself he’s one of my closest friends on the team and someone that helped me out, especially my first couple years. I spent a lot of time with him and I still do. He’s a great leader and a great teammate and really good person. To go along with his hockey abilities, he’s a guy we’re definitely happy to have back.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

Well, obviously, the PK was great, and I think our power play got some big important goals today. We played solid through the first and third periods, so we want to clean up that second period.

On what was the key to the strong start tonight:

I think we had a couple days to feel fresh and we felt we were buzzing already in warmups.

On what worked well on the power play tonight:

I think we just kept it simple, tried to move it around and make easy plays and not force anything really. It was really good work.

MORGAN RIELLY (21:47 TOI)

On the important of consistency this time of year:

Yeah, we’ve talked about that before, we’ve talked about being more consistent and I think now more than ever, just given the standings, the time of year and remaining games, I think it’s an opportunity for us to start to play well and build some momentum. I think if you look back to this time last year our performances weren’t what we wanted them to be in time for playoffs and this year we’ve got a chance to fix that and change that. It’s important that we take that seriously and take the good things here tonight and talk about it tomorrow.

On the key to the strong first period:

Well, I think we moved the puck quick; we’re not holding onto it. For me, I think it was just D-zone execution and the importance of that. Going back, if we’re able to breakout, quick and create speed that way, it just seems to be smoother for us. It’s when you go back for pucks and you get beat back for pucks and you lose races, that’s when you tend to get hemmed in. I think that if we focus on that and that rhythm it creates more of a support system and we can move the puck forward with speed through the neutral zone.

MAPLE LEAFS 2, LIGHTNING 1 POSTGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Tonight’s game is Marner’s 13th multi-assist and 17th multi-point game of the season. He has 20 points (4-16-20) in 18 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. In 32 games on home ice in 2019-20, he has recorded 40 points (4-36-40) in 32 games on home ice. Tonight’s game was Marner’s 300th.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (43-21-6 – 92 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (36-25-9 – 81 Points)

TUESDAY, MARCH 10, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 12:42 of the first period. Nylander has goals (2) in two consecutive games. In three games against the Lightning this season, he has registered two goals and two assists. He has recorded nine goals and eight assists in 19 games played since the All-Star Break.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the night on the power play at 3:38 of the third period. Matthews has 32 goals and 17 assists in 34 games on home ice this season. He has 23 points (14 goals, 9 assists) in 22 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-assist and 18th multi-point game of 2019-20. He has registered 29 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 30 games on home ice this season. In three games against Tampa Bay this season, he has registered three goals and two assists.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Tonight’s game is Marner’s 13th multi-assist and 17th multi-point game of the season. He has 20 points (4-16-20) in 18 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. In 32 games on home ice in 2019-20, he has recorded 40 points (4-36-40) in 32 games on home ice. Tonight’s game was Marner’s 300th NHL game.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 32 of the 33 shots he faced to earn his 29th win of the season.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TAMPA BAY6 (5)15 (7)12 (10)33 (22)
TORONTO17 (13)5 (4)14 (11)36 (28)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TAMPA BAY15 (14)21 (9)27 (21)63 (44)
TORONTO29 (23)16 (10)21 (17)66 (50)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home18-9-7 (34 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay 56-35-2-7 (100 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay at Home29-18-1-3 (51 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference20-15-6 (41 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division12-8-2 (22 Games)
Attendance19,124

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts8 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins12 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Gauthier – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits(Holl)
Blocked Shots(Ceci, Dermott)
Takeaways(Spezza)
TOI25:06 (Dermott)
Power Play TOI5:13 (Nylander)
Shorthanded TOI6:42 (Dermott)
Shifts27 (Ceci, Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage68.4% (Malgin – 13 for, 6 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first24-5-2
Lead after 117-3-1
Tied after 29-6-3
Score multiple power play goals10-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal22-9-5
Outshooting opponent20-10-4
Tuesday9-5-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 4-for-4 on the penalty kill and 2-for-5 on the power play tonight.
  • Pierre Engvall, Alex Kerfoot and Denis Malgin were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 21 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 53.9 percent (21 for, 18 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 86 percent (6 won, 1 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Saturday, March 21, 7:00 p.m. vs. Columbus Blue Jackets (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)

LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is third among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in multi-goal games (10).- Seventh in multi-point games (25).- Ninth in points (46-33-79).- Fourth with 283 shots on goal.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (43-20-6 – 92 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-25-9 – 79 Points)

MARCH 10, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus TAMPA BAY

ALL-TIME RECORD:55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
2019-20:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:3-6-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus TAMPA BAY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (35), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (13), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (24), Tyson Barrie (8)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (55), John Tavares (35), Auston Matthews (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Jason Spezza (18), Kyle Clifford (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING TEAM STATS

 TORONTOTAMPA BAY
GOALS FOR (Rank):235 (3rd)242 (1st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       221 (28th)192 (10th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/190 [22.6%] (7th)49/207 [23.7%] (5th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):146/189 [77.3%] (23rd)185/226 [81.9%] (12th)
SHOTS (Rank):2266 (5th)2143 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3416 (3rd)3085 (15th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)52.3% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)50.5% (t-10th)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 15, 1992 vs. Tampa Bay (Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 3)
All-Time Record:55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:27-17-1-4 (49 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:February 12, 2018 (Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. LIGHTNING

Zach HymanFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
Kasperi KapanenFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
William NylanderFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS46 (Matthews)
ASSISTS49 (Marner)
POINTS79 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs41 (Holl)
SHOTS283 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.4% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.5% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS76 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:11 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:49 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.5%) and are third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (53.9%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs are third in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Goals by Period– Toronto is second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (86) and are ninth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (78).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the second fewest power play opportunities (190) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (43).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 189 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,402).- Has a 12-7-6 record on home ice in 2019-20, with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage
Tyson Barrie– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12).
– Averages 14.15 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 17th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:18).- Ranks 16th among NHL defencemen in slap shots taken (57).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Ninth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.7%).
– Averages 14.86 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 18th among left wingers.- Ranks 10.45 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 29th among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Tied for fourth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.8%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is the seventh highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 40 games.- Ranks third among rookie forwards who have skated in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.73).
Justin Holl– Has started the seventh-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.0%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.9%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.0%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.76).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:08).- Ranks third among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 20 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranks tied for 13th among NHL forwards.- Fourth among Maple Leafs and 18th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.21) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ranks 10th among NHL skaters in assists (49).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.12 points per game, which is the 17th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.74 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is 13th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 31 primary assists.
Auston Matthews– Third among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Seventh in the NHL in multi-point games (25).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (46-33-79).- Fourth in the NHL with 283 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Tied for 14th in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Tied for seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.6%).- Has a goal and two assists in two games against Tampa Bay this season.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.00 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 50 games.- Averaging 0.78 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 1.22 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 24th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Ranks 10th among NHL centres in 5-on-5 ice time per game (15:28).- Ranks 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (610)- Has recorded 18 points (10-8-18) in 18 games against Atlantic Division teams.- Had three goals in two games against Tampa Bay this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Cody CeciFive games from 500 NHL games
Mitch MarnerOne game from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Zach Hyman300th NHL game (March 5 at Los Angeles)
Kasperi Kapanen200th NHL game (March 5 at Los Angeles)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 196

DUCKS 2, LEAFS 1. WHAT THEY SAID: “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.” –JACK CAMPBELL

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.

SHARKS 5, LEAFS 2. WHAT THEY SAID: “Most of that second period they dominated us. They did what they wanted to and we didn’t win enough puck battles. The only reason we really had a chance going into that third period was because of Jack (Campbell). He played great tonight like usual for us and made it feel possible, got us through that second period and that third we just gave up too many chances. We weren’t stopping on pucks or being strong enough on pucks and it came back to haunt us.” –MITCH MARNER.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s loss:

They played really hard today. We just finished a stretch of games here where we played against some of the top teams in the League. For me, that was a harder game for us to play today, just the pace the puck moved, the pace that their feet moved, how competitive they were. Our inability to respond to that and find another level in our game causes a problem where we just — the ice tilted in that second period and we just couldn’t get it back. So that was really tough. The third period to me was pretty even, we just gave up some chances that ended up in our net, but the second period was where they really established their game and took it to us. Strange as it is, that’s the one that we win. We win that period of the three. So we’re in a good spot to try and play there in the third but we gave up too many chances and eventually cost us. You don’t win games when you score two goals.

On Jack Campbell’s play tonight:

I thought he battled all through that second period. There’s a lot of shots, a lot of pucks coming at him. He made some great saves for us there to keep us in the game and give us a chance to win that period and then set us up for the third. Some of the goals — when you look at the goals that go in, there’s some funny stuff happening behind the net, behind the goal line, stuff like that, but he battled and made saves for us. As I said, their goaltender made saves too. We had some real high-end chances that didn’t go in for us, but we’ve got to find a way to generate more than two goals if we want to have a chance to win, and then we can’t give up nearly what we gave up today. A lot of things that haven’t been issues for us in terms of odd-man rushes against and guys getting behind us — we’ve been talking about how we’ve cleaned that up pretty well, but It came back into our game today, I think, in part due to the pace of play, and we just didn’t respond well to it.

JACK CAMPBELL (33 SAVES)

On what San Jose did well in the second period:

I just know they got a lot better. I’m just disappointed. I thought we played, we battled and, you know, I just think Jones outplayed me, bottom line. So I’m not happy about that and I just feel responsible for this one.

On if San Jose is known for lively boards when pucks are shot into the zone:

I’ve played well here before and yeah, I don’t know what was going on there. They must have greased them up before the game. The pucks were coming off pretty strange angles, but no excuses. I’ve just got to find the puck and make the save.

On if he felt any rust after not playing the prior seven games:

No. I felt sharp and dialed in and no excuse for giving up four. It’s just not acceptable.

MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL)

On where the game got away from the team:

Most of that second period they dominated us. They did what they wanted to and we didn’t win enough puck battles. The only reason we really had a chance going into that third period was because of Jack. He played great tonight like usual for us and made it feel possible, got us through that second period and that third we just gave up too many chances. We weren’t stopping on pucks or being strong enough on pucks and it came back to haunt us.

On if the team is still learning how to be more consistent when things go wrong:

I think it’s just the consistency of every shift. It’s just knowing that you want to watch guys go on before you and battle, get in lanes. Coming into this game we talked about how they have one of the best, if not the best guy, at getting pucks through. When that’s happening, we know their game plan is going to be trying to get pucks through on tips, high tips, low tips. We need guys to get in lanes, we need guys to sacrifice for each other and I think that’s something that we’re just missing. It’s just guys needing to buy in more and getting themselves ready.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On trying to play catch up tonight:

Yeah, they play fast. I think the momentum kind of tipped their way and I think we didn’t really do a very good job of getting it back. I think they just kept coming and coming and a lot of times, we just had no pushback. Tough to get stuff going that way.

On San Jose making a big push in the second period: 

Yeah, for sure. I think we just got caught out there and they were able to just continue to play in our zone and kind of tire us out, tire our back end out and just kind of wear on us. So, like I said, they came with a good push there and we just really had no answer.

SHARKS 5, MAPLE LEAFS 2 POSTGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 2:48 of the second period before registering the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s second-period goal. Matthews has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games. It was Matthews’ 25th multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the sixth in the NHL. He ranks second in goals (46) and ninth in points (46-33-79). In seven career games against the Sharks, he has recorded 11 points (8-3-11).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-24-8 – 78 Points) vs.

SAN JOSE SHARKS (29-33-4 – 62 Points)

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 2020

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO0202
SAN JOSE1135

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board at 2:48 of the second period before registering the primary assist on Mitch Marner’s second period goal. Matthews has goals (3) in three consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ 25th multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the sixth-most in the NHL. He ranks second among NHLers in goals (46) and ninth among NHLers in points (46-33-79). In seven career games against the Sharks, he has recorded 11 points (8-3-11).
  • Mitch Marner scored the second Maple Leafs goal of the night at 17:27 of the second period. Marner has points (1-3-4) in four consecutive games. He has recorded 27 points (12 goals, 15 assists) in 25 games on the road this season, collecting 12 of his 17 goals away from home. He has recorded 10 points (2-8-10) in eight career games against San Jose.
  • Martin Marincin registered the lone assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Marincin has points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games. He has recorded a goal and three assists in 24 games played this season. All three of his assists have come on the road in 2019-20.
  • Calle Rosen picked up the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Rosen’s point is his first with Toronto since being re-acquired by the club on February 24. He has three assists in 11 games played between Colorado and Toronto this season.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 33 shots in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO14 (10)6 (3)7 (6)27 (19)
SAN JOSE11 (8)18 (16)9 (8)38 (32)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO21 (16)12 (8)20 (13)53 (37)
SAN JOSE16 (12)31 (28)13 (11)60 (51)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road18-15-1 (34 Games)
All-Time Record vs. San Jose 24-22-5-2 (53 Games)
All-Time Record vs. San Jose on the Road9-13-3-0 (25 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference16-9-2 (27 Games)
Record vs. Pacific Division9-4-1 (14 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts6 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins10 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Spezza – 4 won, 2 lost)
Hits(Clifford)
Blocked Shots(Holl)
Takeaways(Hyman, Spezza)
TOI26:27 (Barrie)
Power Play TOI4:26 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI2:11 (Marincin)
Shifts28 (Dermott)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage52.9% (Dermott – 18 for, 16 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first12-19-6
Trail after 13-15-3
Tied after 28-6-2
Do not score a power play goal15-15-4
Allow one power play goal13-11-3
Outshot by opponent14-14-4
Tuesday8-5-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play tonight.
  • Kyle Clifford, Justin Holl and Kasperi Kapanen started 20 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 20 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 47.6 (20 for, 22 against).
  • John Tavares won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • 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)

CANUCKS AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: John Tavares is tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.

VANCOUVER CANUCKS (34-23-6 – 74 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (34-23-8 – 76 Points)

FEBRUARY 29, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus VANCOUVER

ALL-TIME RECORD:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
2019-20:1-0-0
LAST FIVE:3-1-1
LAST 10:6-2-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus VANCOUVER

GAMES PLAYED:Kyle Clifford (38), Jake Muzzin (32), Jason Spezza (27)
GOALS:John Tavares (9), Jason Spezza (6), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Tyson Barrie (11), Jason Spezza (10), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (19), Jason Spezza (16), Tyson Barrie (15)
PENALTY MINUTES:Kyle Clifford (61), Jake Muzzin (24), Morgan Rielly (9)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOVANCOUVER
GOALS FOR (Rank):228 (1st)206 (11th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       212 (28th)192 (12th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/177 [24.3%] (4th)54/220 [24.6%] (3rd)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):138/180 [76.7%] (26th)159/198 [80.3%] (t-16th)
SHOTS (Rank):2142 (4th)1963 (22nd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3241 (3rd)2763 (24th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.2% (6th)48.3% (22nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)54.1% (2nd)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANUCKS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 11, 1970 (Vancouver 5, Toronto 3)
All-Time Record:60-62-22-3 (147 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:34-25-11-1 (71 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-37-11-2 (76 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:January 5, 2019 (Toronto 5, Vancouver 0)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANUCKS

Kyle CliffordFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
Travis DermottFirst NHL game (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Jan. 6, 2018 vs. VAN)
Mitch Marner200th NHL game (Jan. 5, 2019 vs. VAN)
Jake MuzzinFirst NHL game (Oct. 9, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
First NHL point (Assist) (Oct. 15, 2010 (LAK) at VAN)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS44 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS76 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS265 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.7% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS72 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.7%) and are second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs hold the NHL lead in goals scored at 5-on-5 (154).
Goals by Period– Toronto is tied for second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (84) and are tied for sixth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (75).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (43) with fewer than 180 power play opportunities (177).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 180 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (27).- Ranks third in the NHL in saves (1,347).- Has a save percentage of .914 in 20 games played on one day rest.- Is 9-2-5 with a 1.52 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage in 16 career games against Vancouver.
Tyson Barrie– Has seven multi-assist games, which is tied for eighth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for fourth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (11).
– Averages 14.57 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 18th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:14).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Seventh among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 14.88 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 17th among left wingers.- Ranks 9.76 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 33rd among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Ninth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.5%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.7 percent at 5-on-5, which is the eighth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.- Ranks fifth among rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.62).
Justin Holl– Has started the eighth-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.7%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.0%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.7%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.7%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.78).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:04).- Ranks second among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 18 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks fourth among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.28) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (48).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the sixth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is tied for the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for eighth in the NHL in primary assists (30).- Ranks fifth among NHL forwards in time on ice per game (21:28)
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (44).- Leads the NHL with 33 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Second in the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for fifth in the NHL in multi-point games (24).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (44-32-76).- Fourth in the NHL with 259 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- One of 11 NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.25).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Ranks seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.9%).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks 10th among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (0.92) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.1 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.13 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 0.83 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.30 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 20th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Has 18 points (8-8-16) in 14 games during the month of February.- Tied for 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (564)- Had three points (2-1-3) in the first meeting between Toronto and Vancouver on December 10.- Has recorded 12 points (6-6-12) in 11 games against Pacific Division teams.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Mitch MarnerHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Jason SpezzaHas assists (2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (3-3-6) in four consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanThree games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenThree games from 200 NHL games
Mitch MarnerFive games from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 177

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 26Recalled defenceman Calle Rosen from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.