PENGUINS 5, LEAFS 2 — WHAT THEY SAID: "I mean, it’s frustrating. We don’t think we’ve played this poorly since the last time we were in this building a few months ago. It’s obviously frustrating, but I mean we’ve got 20 plus games left obviously, we need to have more urgency in our game. We’re running out of time and have to start playing some good hockey here and really figure it out within this locker room going forward because obviously you only have a certain amount of games left and we’ve got a pretty tough schedule here coming up." –AUSTON MATTHEWS.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what the process is for a team getting its confidence back:

Well it looks like the process that we want to go through is to just get embarrassed enough to the point where we just really look in the mirror and recognize what’s required for us to be able to compete at a high level at this stage of the season.

On if he is bewildered with recent performances:

Yeah, I am. It’s a different issue again today. We’ve talked about that. It’s been a little bit different each night. So if you had special teams on your bingo card of things that are hurting our group, then you’re happy today and get that one filled. But I think, ultimately, as we look at the different things, whether it’s giving up leads in the third period a couple weeks ago or getting scored on early on home ice or today special teams or what have you, I think the common denominator is just that the overall urgency and competitiveness of the group — I mean, special teams are the issue today, but we get a power play early in the game, we get a chance to take a hold of the game on the road against a very good team and we’re just not there. They’re just competing at a higher level than we are and then they get their chance and they just make it pretty clear what the difference is.

On if the team relies too much on skill rather than hard work:

It’s an easy narrative to latch on to. I don’t think we were relying on our skill or our talent or our work ethic at all today. But it’s not just today, and it’s not everyone either. Some guys are there consistently. You see the difference between a team that’s good some days and not so good others and a team that’s good all the time, no matter who’s in the lineup and you see that in the game tonight, the difference between them and us. They just work and when you do that, then the skilled players are having the puck a lot more and good things are happening and all that kind of stuff. We have to make a decision here what we want to be as a team because we’re going to run out of games.

On how the group finds urgency:

It’s a good question. I think it’s a decision to be made, obviously I have a role to be played in it in terms of demanding it from the group, in terms of accountability amongst the group, all those kinds of things. I think what’s happening here is as the injuries have piled up and as the schedule has gotten harder and the League has gotten harder, the time of the year and how desperate and urgent things are, more and more issues are coming up with our group in terms of some of our habits and details that are lacking and that’s where our team really has to grow. The skill is there, the other part of it has to be there. Without that foundation you don’t have a chance.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (19 SAVES)

On the difference on special teams tonight:

I mean that’s a big part of the game. I think they capitalized on their chances, we didn’t and that’s usually when a team wins that category that bad, usually they come out with a win.

On his level of concern with the team’s recent performances:

It’s not been good. I think today was good lesson in seeing a team that’s built championship teams and they haven’t really missed a step. Every time they’ve had a guy hurt, they have another guy coming in and playing their bag off with their effort and their detail. Something we can learn from and hopefully we can, like I said, use it and learn from it, but we better do it quick.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On if special teams told the story tonight:

Just early we had a power play and they were pretty quick and obviously still sleeping and then they get their power plays and they capitalize on pretty much all of them and that’s pretty much the story of the night. We just weren’t good from the start.

On his level of concern and wanting to turn things around:

I mean, it’s frustrating. We don’t think we’ve played this poorly since the last time we were in this building a few months ago. It’s obviously frustrating, but I mean we’ve got 20 plus games left obviously, we need to have more urgency in our game. We’re running out of time and have to start playing some good hockey here and really figure it out within this locker room going forward because obviously you only have a certain amount of games left and we’ve got a pretty tough schedule here coming up.

JAKE MUZZIN (1 ASSIST)

On what the team needs to do to move forward:

Well, everyone’s got to take a look in the mirror, and we’ve got to be better. That’s unacceptable. We’ve got to find the urgency, the passion, the love of the game, the love to compete for each other. All of that needs to come. I don’t know why it’s not there. I think sometimes we, like I’ve touched on earlier, when we struggle, we want the easy game. When you play good teams it’s not going to be easy.

On what a hard game looks like:

A lot better than that. On the forecheck, finishing checks, working their D, talking in our zone, quick exits, a way better penalty kill, a way better power play, responding the right way, getting mad at yourself for not performing the right way. Lots of stuff.

JOHN TAVARES (15:48 TOI)

On tonight’s loss:

Well, we got dominated in special teams. We just didn’t respond very well at all when we faced some adversity. Our urgency just doesn’t seem to be there consistently. I don’t know what else we need in front of us to motivate us. We’re obviously at a crucial point in our season and time of year. You know, we’ve only got so many games left and we’re fighting hard so we’ve got to determine what we want to do.

More on tonight’s loss and turning things around:

Obviously, the way that special teams went today really put us in a tough spot. When things don’t go our way, we’ve got to find better ways to respond. We just don’t respond very well getting down a goal, getting down two even though the game wasn’t being dominated on either side for either stretch. We did some decent things early and then we seemed to, I don’t know, either get frustrated with the way we’re playing or feel like things aren’t going our way. That’s this time of year, things are going to be hard. You’ve got to find ways to overcome it.

MAPLE LEAFS AT PENGUINS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is tied for first in the NHL in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.

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

PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (36-15-6 – 78 Points)

FEBRUARY 18, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

PPG PAINTS ARENA (PITTSBURGH, PA) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus PITTSBURGH

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:6-4-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus PITTSBURGH

GAMES PLAYED:John Tavares (47), Jason Spezza (46), Cody Ceci (19), Morgan Rielly (19)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (19), John Tavares (11), Tyson Barrie (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (22), Mitch Marner (9)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (51), John Tavares (33), Mitch Marner (10), Jake Muzzin (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (29), John Tavares (12), Kyle Clifford (6), Martin Marincin (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOPITTSBURGH
GOALS FOR (Rank):210 (2nd)188 (t-8th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       195 (t-27th)152 (4th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/161 [24.8%] (3rd)34/166 [20.5%] (14th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):131/168 [78.0%] (23rd)127/154 [82.5%] (8th)
SHOTS (Rank):1998 (3rd)1824 (19th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3018 (2nd)2501 (26th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (6th)50.8% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.7% (3rd)48.5% (t-25th)

MAPLE LEAFS – PENGUINS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:December 13, 1967 (Pittsburgh 2, Toronto 1)
All-Time Record:83-79-17-7 (186 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:46-32-11-3 (92 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:37-47-6-4 (94 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:December 9, 2017 (Toronto 4, Pittsburgh 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. PENGUINS

Kasperi KapanenSelected by Pittsburgh in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2014 NHL Draft.
First NHL goal (April 8, 2017 vs. Pittsburgh)
Jake MuzzinSelected by Pittsburgh in the fifth round (141st overall) of the 2007 NHL Draft.
Morgan RiellyFirst NHL Goal (December 16, 2013 at Pittsburgh)
John TavaresFirst NHL game (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL goal (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
First NHL point (October 3, 2009 (NYI) at Pittsburgh)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS42 (Matthews)
ASSISTS45 (Marner)
POINTS71 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS243 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.3% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS97 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS65 (Matthews)
HITS105 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:04 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for third among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-5-0 record on the road with a .918 save percentage and a 2.65 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 54.5 percent of his starts this season, which is the seventh-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.- Has a 4-4-0 record in 10 career games against the Penguins and a 2.46 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Averages 14.41 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.
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– Recorded his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on February 16 at Buffalo.- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.4%).
– Ranks 28th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.31).
Pierre Engvall– Has five points (4 goals, 1 assist) in eight games against Metropolitan Division opposition.- Has played 32.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the fourth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– 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 (43.6%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.4%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (43.6%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.- Has recorded six (1-5-6) of his 15 points in 16 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 24th among NHLers in points since January 1 (9-9-18; 19 GP).- Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 14 penalties this season and taken five, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 25th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.22) at 5-on-5.- Has two goals and two assists in seven career games against Pittsburgh.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has recorded 15 (4-11-15) of his 25 points on the road this season.
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (45). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.22 points per game, which is the 12th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.87 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for 10th among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 243 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:36) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.28).- Tied for eighth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.40 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.20) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.98 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fifth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.92 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 1.06 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 23rd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in nine games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has 17 points (6-11-17) in 13 games against Metropolitan Division teams this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (4-3-7) in six consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

William NylanderThree games from 300 games.
Jason SpezzaFour assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Egor KorshkovFirst NHL game (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL goal (February 16 at Buffalo)
First NHL point (Goal) (February 16 at Buffalo)
Timothy LiljegrenFirst NHL point (February 15 at Ottawa)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 156

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 16Recalled forwards Egor Korshkov and Mason Marchment from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed forward Andreas Johnsson on injured reserve.
February 14Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.
February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
  

MAPLE LEAFS AT SABRES PREGAME NOTES: William Nylander leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.

BUFFALO SABRES (26-24-8 – 60 Points)

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

KEYBANK CENTER (BUFFALO, NY) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO

ALL-TIME RECORD:83-105-18-11 (217 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
2019-20:2-1-0
LAST FIVE:4-1-0
LAST 10:8-2-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (65), John Tavares (33), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (21), Auston Matthews (11)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (13)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (40), Auston Matthews (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (44), Zach Hyman (20), John Tavares (18)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOBUFFALO
GOALS FOR (Rank):208 (2nd)165 (t-21st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       190 (27th)179 (18th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):40/160 [25.0%] (t-3rd)32/166 [19.3%] (t-19th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):129/165 [78.2%] (23rd)123/164 [75.0%] (29th)
SHOTS (Rank):1976 (4th)1692 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2979 (2nd)2361 (30th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.5% (5th)49.3% (18th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)46.2% (31st)

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:November 18, 1970 vs. Buffalo (Buffalo 7, Toronto 2)
All-Time Record:83-105-18-11 (217 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:51-40-12-5 (108 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:32-65-6-6 (109 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:March 2, 2019 (Toronto 5, Buffalo 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES

Frederik Andersen100th win as a Maple Leaf (February 25, 2019 vs. Buffalo)
Tyson Barrie100th NHL point (Goal) (March 28, 2015 (COL) vs. Buffalo)
Cody CeciFirst NHL game (December 12, 2013 (OTT) vs. Buffalo)
Frederik GauthierFirst NHL game (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Zach HymanFirst NHL point (Goal) (March 7, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Martin MarincinFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (March 19, 2016 vs. Buffalo)
Auston Matthews200th NHL point (Assist) (March 20, 2019 at Buffalo)
John Tavares400th NHL assist (November 30, 2019 vs. Buffalo)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS42 (Matthews)
ASSISTS44 (Marner)
POINTS71 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS22 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs37 (Holl)
SHOTS240 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.5% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.5% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS94 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS65 (Matthews)
HITS103 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:06 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-4-0 record on the road with a .922 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 55.8 percent of his starts this season, which is the sixth-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (51).- Averages 14.49 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.
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– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).
– Ranks 26th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.25).
Pierre Engvall– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 31.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the second highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks first in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.4%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.9%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 25th among NHLers in points since January 1 (8-9-17; 18 GP).- Has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 13 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 26th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 32 points in 29 games on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has 10 points (4-6-10) in 15 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
Mitch Marner– Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (44). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the third-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 240 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.89 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.94 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in eight games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55.3 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this season, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games.
William NylanderHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

RECENT MILESTONES

Timothy LiljegrenFirst NHL point (Assist) (February 15 at Ottawa)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)Left Toronto’s game on February 13 vs. Dallas and did not return.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 152

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 14Loaned forward Pontus Aberg and goaltender Michael Hutchinson to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 13Activated goaltender Frederik Andersen from injured reserve. Placed goaltender Michael Hutchinson on waivers.
February 12Signed forward Pierre Engvall to a two-year contract extension.
February 10Recalled forward Pontus Aberg from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Placed goaltender Frederik Andersen on injured reserve.
  

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 2 –POSTGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:11 of the first period and registered the lone assist on Mitch Marner’s third-period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 23rd multi-point performance of the season, tied for the third-most in the NHL. He has three goals and two assists in three games against Ottawa this season. In 15 career games against the Senators, he has 13 goals and nine assists. His 13 goals against Ottawa mark his highest goal total against a single NHL opponent.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.

OTTAWA SENATORS (19-28-11 – 49 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:11 of the first period and later registered the lone assist on Mitch Marner’s third period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 23rd multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the third-most in the NHL. He has three goals and two assists in three games against Ottawa this season. In 15 career games against the Senators, he has recorded 13 goals and nine assists. His 13 goals against Ottawa mark his highest goal total against a single NHL opponent.
  • Jake Muzzin scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 1:53 of the second period. He has two assists over his last five games played. He has registered 11 (3-8-11) of his 16 points against Eastern Conference opposition.
  • William Nylander scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 11:48 of the second period. Nylander has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. In six games during the month of February, he has recorded five points (2-3-5). He has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 28 road games this season.
  • Mitch Marner scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 18:46 of the third period. Marner has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has two goals and an assist in three games against the Senators this season. In eight games during the month of February, he has recorded nine points (2 goals, 7 assists).
  • Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Hyman has points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games. He has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opposition in 2019-20.
  • Travis Dermott collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Dermott has nine points (4-5-9) in 45 games played this season. He has recorded eight (3-5-8) of his nine points on the road in 2019-20.
  • Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Kerfoot has four assists over his last four games. In 15 games against Atlantic Division teams in 2019-20, he has recorded 10 points (4-6-10).
  • Timothy Liljegren had the secondary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Liljegren’s second period assist is his first career NHL point. He has 29 points (5 goals, 24 assists) in 38 games with the Toronto Marlies prior to being recalled by the Maple Leafs.
  • John Tavares notched the lone assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tavares has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games. He has recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games on the road this season.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO8 (7)8 (4)15 (12)31 (23)
OTTAWA9 (7)6 (6)12 (9)27 (22)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO12 (9)18 (12)19 (16)49 (37)
OTTAWA27 (18)16 (16)24 (16)67 (50)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road16-12-1 (29 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Ottawa56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Ottawa on the Road25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference16-12-6 (34 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division9-7-2 (18 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots5 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts(Five players tied)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits5 (Clifford, Holl)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Kapanen, Nylander)
TOI25:06 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI1:59 (Barrie, Nylander)
Shorthanded TOI4:50 (Muzzin)
Shifts29 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.2% (Tavares – 15 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first21-4-2
Lead after 115-2-1
Lead after 222-2-2
Do not score a power play goal13-11-4
Do not allow a power play goal17-7-4
Outshooting opponent16-8-3
Saturday11-3-4

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Pierre EngvallKasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 17 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.5 percent (17 for, 16 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
  • Jake Muzzin established a new career-high for blocked shots in a game (8).

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Sunday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 2–WHAT THEY SAID: "I liked a lot about our third period. Maybe three or four of our best chances of the game come in the third period there, we could have really blown the game open, but their goalie made a bunch of saves and let them hang around, so it made it interesting. Luckily, we got the bounce to go our way on the empty net, which I think we earned that bounce through our play with it." –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the win starting with Campbell’s play in goal:

I would say in part. Soupy played a good game for us today. I thought our team played a good hockey game. You know, I thought we had a really good second period, they pull the goaltender, it changes momentum a little bit and I didn’t like how we responded for that final segment in the second period. But I liked a lot about our third period. Maybe three or four of our best chances of the game come in the third period there, we could have really blown the game open, but their goalie made a bunch of saves and let them hang around, so it made it interesting. Luckily, we got the bounce to go our way on the empty net, which I think we earned that bounce through our play with it.

On the opportunity to coach a game in Ottawa:

Well, it was special for me and nothing to do with the game or anything like that, but just a chance to see many of the people that were important in supporting me and my family through our time in Pembroke and the operation of the Lumber Kings. To have them in the building and have a chance to thank them each in person was important to me. Anytime when I think about the chance for me to coach in the NHL, right away I would think, ‘How can I thank those people?’ I can never say or do anything to really repay them for everything they sacrificed to give me a start and a foundation to be able to coach at that level. But having them in the building was special, and I was happy that it worked out.

On his evolution since taking over as head coach:

I think I’ve grown as I’ve learned about the League and the schedule and how quickly you have to reset for the next day and also how important framing each win or loss or adversity for the team because you have to manage the emotions because you don’t have time to let things fester. You’ve got to deal with things. So that would be the biggest thing and the biggest adjustment coming from the American League, just how quickly the games come at you and kind of relentless especially in this month. 

JACK CAMPBELL (25 SAVES)

On if it matters whether the team is playing on the road and at home:

I don’t it does. I think the team plays great no matter what the situation is. Just happy to be here and glad the boys played so well and got two points.

On being 3-0-1 in goal since his arrival:

I would have loved to have kept that Scandella shot out in Montreal so we would have had six out of six, but I think the boys have played really well and we’ve gotten some big points. With Freddie coming back it just gives us a lot of momentum. We’ve got a pretty busy schedule here, so we’ve just got to hit the reset button tomorrow and be ready to go.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On Campbell’s play in net tonight:

Yeah, Soupy was great for us. He made some huge saves. I mean, you see him in there and he’s having so much fun. He just loves to compete and loves to battle for the guys, he came up with some big saves and obviously a big two points for us to pull out.

On his goal in the first period:

I just tried to wait him out and then saw a little bit of an opening and just tried to sneak it in there so that’s about it.

JAKE MUZZIN (1 GOAL)

On his goal in the second period:

I just saw traffic in front and just wristed one in there and it found its way through. It’s nice to get one once in a while.

On if there’s a secret to the team’s road success:

I don’t know, maybe that workman mentality coming in here, getting two points and getting out, that type of feel to the game and into our team. We did a lot of good things tonight and we’ll look to build on it and continue going forward.

On the importance of getting the first goal:

We always want to come out and have a good start, especially in away buildings and tonight we were able to get on the board and get going.

STARS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 2 –POSTGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power-play goal at 11:21 of the second period. Matthews’ goal is his 41st of 2019-20, which establishes a new single-season career-high for goals, surpassing his previous high of 40 set in 2016-17. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his past five games played. Thirty of his 41 goals have come on home ice. In two games against the Stars, Matthews has recorded two goals and an assist.

DALLAS STARS (33-19-5 – 71 Points) vs.

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

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2020

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TORONTO0112

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 11:21 of the second period. Matthews’ goal is his 41st of 2019-20, which establishes a new single-season career-high for goals, surpassing his previous high of 40 set in 2016-17. He has seven points (4-3-7) over his last five games played. Thirty of his 41 goals have come on home ice. In two games against the Stars, Matthews has recorded two goals and an assist.
  • Zach Hyman scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 18:41 of the third period. Hyman has goals (3) in two consecutive games and points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games. He has registered 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 18 games on home ice this season. Hyman has scored seven of his 17 goals in 10 games against Central Division opponents.
  • Tyson Barrie registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Barrie has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has a goal and two assists in two games against the Stars this season. His 24 points (7 goals, 17 assists) in 27 career games against the Stars stand as his second-highest point total against a single opponent.
  • William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Nylander has four points (1-3-4) in five games during the month of February. In 13 games against Central Division opposition, he has recorded 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists).
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Tavares has assists (2) in two consecutive games and points (5-4-9) in six consecutive games. He has 19 points (8 goals, 11 assists) in 18 career games against Dallas.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner is tied for eighth in the NHL with 44 assists. He has recorded 33 of his 44 assists in 28 games on home ice this season. In two games against Dallas this season, Marner recorded three assists.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 16 of the 19 shots he faced in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DALLAS6 (6)10 (5)3 (2)19 (13)
TORONTO3 (3)14 (7)12 (8)29 (18)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DALLAS13 (13)16 (8)6 (5)35 (26)
TORONTO18 (18)28 (14)23 (17)69 (49)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home15-8-7 (30 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Dallas97-92-28-1 (218 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Dallas at Home55-39-17-0 (111 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference15-8-2 (25 Games)
Record vs. Central Division7-5-1 (13 Games)
Attendance19,107

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots5 (Matthews, Nylander)
Shot Attempts13 (Barrie)
Faceoff Wins10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage71% (Spezza – 5 won, 2 lost)
Hits3 (Matthews)
Blocked Shots(Four players tied)
Takeaways(Engvall)
TOI27:03 (Barrie)
Power Play TOI1:27 (Barrie, Marner)
Shorthanded TOI2:59 (Muzzin)
Shifts30 (Barrie)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage100% (Johnsson – 1 for, 0 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first10-16-6
Trail after 13-13-3
Trail after 23-13-4
Score one power play goal9-8-4
Allow one power play goal13-10-3
Outshooting opponent15-8-3
Thursday3-3-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Zach Hyman was 3-for-5 (60%) in the faceoff circle when taking draws in the defensive zone.
  • Mitch Marner was on the ice for a team-high 27 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Marner had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 77.1 percent (27 for, 8 against).
  • John Tavares won 67 percent (8 won, 4 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • 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)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)

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