“They are unbelievable,” says Flames GM of Giordano family’s good deeds during COVID-19 — Calgary Sun

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“They are unbelievable,” says Flames GM of Giordano family’s good deeds during COVID-19 — Calgary Sun

Already known in this city for their exemplary charity contributions, the Calgary Flames captain and his wife have been reaching out to various families and meeting some of their needs during the  COVID-19 pandemic.

The word started circulating of Mark and Lauren Giordano’s latest acts of kindness.

Already known in this city for their exemplary charity contributions, the Calgary Flames captain and his wife have been reaching out to various families and meeting some of their needs during the  COVID-19 pandemic.

A Calgary woman posted on Facebook of her interaction with someone who worked for Giordano, indicating that he’d like to buy her groceries at Walmart; something he and his wife had been doing to help out the community.

In her post, the woman said her grocery bill came to $430.

“I am in still (sic) shock what just happened,” she wrote on Facebook.

Flames general manager Brad Treliving confirmed the Giordanos gesture, which exemplifies the captain’s leadership and his better half’s selfless nature.

“They are unbelievable,” Treliving said. “The last thing he’s going to do is publicize that. Paying for groceries is just one of the things he’s done in the last six weeks to help this community. He’s not going to blow his own horn — I’ll blow it for him. They’ve been active in finding out — and Lauren’s been unbelievable — the needs people have. Someone was looking for a computer so they went out and got them one and delivered it. They’ve done unbelievable work. And he’s never going to tell you about it.

“But he just gets it.”

COVID-19: Calgary Flames Foundation donates $1.15 million to support agencies — Calgary Sun

The Calgary Flames Foundation will dole out $1.15 million in donations as part of a COVID-19 community support program. Read More

COVID-19: Calgary Flames Foundation donates $1.15 million to support agencies — Calgary Sun

FLAMES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (SO)– What the Leafs said: “You’ve just to tip your hat to (David Rittich). He made some unbelievable saves early in the game and then I think we were kind of flat there in the second a bit. In the third, we had, obviously, lots of really good chances. … Obviously, we would have loved to get the two points. We clawed our way back and got it to overtime and grabbed one. Definitely a game that could have gone the other way.” –AUSTON MATTHEWS.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s game:

I thought that it was a pretty even game all the way through. The scoreboard reflected that. I liked the way we found a way to tie the game, that’s a big point for us down in the third period, a big power play goal, we really needed it. We could have used one in the second there or earlier in the game but obviously we’ll take that. We generated a number of chances that, on another night, are going to go in for us. Their goaltender was very good, some of the luck didn’t go our way. Sometimes these things are going to happen. I liked, though, that within all that, we didn’t lose our defensive structure very often and then there’s some things we’d like to do a little bit better job of in our own zone. But for the most part I thought it was pretty solid effort for us defensively and we just couldn’t get one to go in for us there.

On tonight’s goaltenders both being selected for the All-Star Game:

Yeah, I think that was on display here today, for sure. I guess that’s the way that it works out because if the two goalies go head-to-head you end up with a low scoring affair. So, it works out that way. As I said, I thought we had a number of really good chances that their guy made real good on and also there’s a few of ours were just pucks rolling on us or just bouncing over our stick. As I say, these things are going to happen every now and again.

On the challenge of starting overtime with a long defensive zone shift:

Well, it makes it so some of your best guys early on there are pretty tired and don’t get to touch the puck. That’s really it. It was we didn’t get the puck; we lost the draw and they didn’t give it up. They did a good job of retaining it. When they did get a look or two, they got it back quickly. So they just made it hard on us. After that we got through it and things were pretty even, I thought, after.

On the decision to put Johnsson on Matthews’ wing:

I just didn’t feel like we had much going. I thought today was, for the Matthews line, the one day it didn’t seem like much was really happening. I just tried to change the chemistry a little bit and tried to get some different looks. That’s really it.

On if he saw some jump from Johnsson as he’s making his way back from injury:

I did at times, yeah. I also saw it was very apparent that he’s behind her in terms of his conditioning and such. His shifts are real short, he gathers his energy and goes out and has bursts, but then he’s pretty gassed after that. I saw him a number of times coming back to the bench tired so that’s something he’s going to have to work his way though and we’ll help him do that, but I did think he made some plays at good times there. He put [Matthews] in a really good spot to get one for us there off the stick of Mango but it didn’t fall. That was nice to see him start to come.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (31 SAVES)

On tonight’s game:

Yeah, it was a really fun game to be a part of. I thought both teams played well and he made some good saves to keep it at one. Unfortunately, we couldn’t get another one.

On the team sticking with it despite not scoring:

I thought we started really well. We didn’t get much in the beginning and we just kept playing the right way and playing through our process. We get rewarded to tie things up in the third and it’s too bad we didn’t get the extra point.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (12 SHOT ATTEMPTS)

On David Rittich as the difference tonight:

Absolutely. You’ve just to tip your hat to him. He made some unbelievable saves early in the game and then I think we were kind of flat there in the second a bit. In the third we had, obviously, lots of really good chances. He made some really unbelievable saves. So you’ve got to tip your hat to him. Obviously, we would have loved to get the two points. We clawed our way back and got it to overtime and grabbed one. Definitely a game that could have gone the other way.

On being stopped on a 2-on-1 opportunity in the third period:

That’s all I saw. Just tried to shoot it and get it up over his pad or his blocker. He made a really good save.

On evidence that tonight’s goaltenders are worthy of their all-star nods:

Yeah, I don’t want to keep repeating myself, but he had a great game, he made some really good saves that kept them in the game that allowed the game to go to overtime, especially at the end of the third period.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On the play of David Rittich:

I think he was patient. He had a great game and I think he was feeling good about his game today. He did a great job.

On what he liked most about the team’s game tonight:

I think we were creating a lot of chances. Their goalie stood on his head and when that happens you’ve got to be happy with the way we played and take that away from this game.

On his power play goal:

Well I think we got moving around. I think as we got more power plays, we kind of got a feel for what they were doing, and we got an open area there and were able to put it in.

JOHN TAVARES (1 ASSIST)

On a competitive match from start to finish:

Yeah it was a tight hockey game. They defend well and their D do a really good job around their net, breaking out of their end, being a crucial part, I think, of their overall game. There are going to be some nights where you’re going to have to make some adjustments and continue to work and stay with it to find solutions. Obviously, we had a few power plays tonight and would have been nice to get one more, but we got one to get ourselves to overtime. It was just one of those nights where it seemed like the puck was bouncing a lot too. Just tried to stay with it, get good opportunities and get to the interior and it obviously came down to the shootout and we just weren’t able to find the next one.

On the play of David Rittich:

I thought he was reading the play extremely well. He made a couple of really good cross-crease, cross-ice passes. Just was tracking the puck and squaring up on a lot of good looks that he made look easy and he wasn’t making it easy for us to beat him tonight. He played well. Obviously, we would have liked to get more on the interior but it was a tight game and just weren’t able to find it.

FLAMES 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (SO): John Tavares registered the primary assist on William Nylander’s third-period goal. Tavares has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games. He has registered a goal and two assists in two games against the Flames this season.

CALGARY FLAMES (26-18-5 – 57 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-7 – 57 Points)

THURSDAY, JANUARY 16, 2020

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CALGARY010011
TORONTO001001

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board with a power play goal at 8:35 of the third period. Nylander has points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. He has 15 points (8 goals, 7 assists) in 19 games against Western Conference opponents. He has registered seven points (4-3-7) in seven games during the month of January.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Tavares has points (2-3-5) in three consecutive games. He has registered a goal and two assists in two games against the Flames in 2019-20. In nine games against Pacific Division opposition, he has recorded eight points (4-4-8).
  • Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s third period goal. Barrie is tied for the lead among Maple Leafs defencemen in power play assists and leads Toronto defencemen in power play points (1-7-8). His 18 points (2 goals, 16 assists) in 24 career games against the Flames mark his fourth-highest point total against a single opponent.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 31 shots between regulation and overtime in the shootout loss.

IN THE SHOOTOUT

  • Jason Spezza: Stopped (2019-20: 2/3)
  • Auston Matthews: Stopped (2019-20: 1/5)
  • Mitch Marner: Stopped (2019-20: 0/4)
  • Frederik Andersen: 1/2 (2019-20: 13/19)

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CALGARY9 (8)12 (11)7 (4)4 (0)32 (23)
TORONTO10 (9)14 (10)9 (7)3 (0)36 (26)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
CALGARY20 (16)17 (16)14 (9)5 (0)56 (41)
TORONTO21 (19)31 (22)14 (11)4 (0)70 (52)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home12-5-7 (24 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary61-60-12-5 (138 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Calgary at Home36-19-7-3 (65 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference11-6-2 (19 Games)
Record vs. Pacific Division6-3-1 (10 Games)
Attendance19,462

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots9 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts12 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins12 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Spezza – 3 won, 0 lost)
Hits4 (Sandin)
Blocked Shots(Barrie)
Takeaways(Tavares)
TOI26:23 (Tavares)
Power Play TOI6:03 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI2:17 (Ceci)
Shifts27 (Marner)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.2% (Nylander, Tavares – 19 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first8-13-6
Tied after 19-5-3
Trail after 22-10-4
Score one power play goal9-4-4
Do not allow a power play goal12-5-3
Outshooting opponent12-6-3
Shootout1-4
Thursday3-2-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Frederik Gauthier and Dmytro Timashov started 33.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Justin Holl was on the ice for a team-high 25 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Dermott finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 64.1 percent (25 for, 14 against).
  • Alex Kerfoot skated in his 200th NHL game.
  • John Tavares won 100 percent (5 won, 0 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Saturday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. vs. Chicago Blackhawks (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Monday, January 27, 8:00 p.m. at Nashville Predators (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, January 29, 7:30 p.m. at Dallas Stars (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 1, 7:00 p.m. vs. Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, February 3, 7:00 p.m. vs. Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)

FLAMES AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner has nine multi-assist games, tied for the seventh in the NHL. – Averaging 1.28 points per game, 10th among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.38 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 10th in primary assists (21). His 21 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- 15th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).

CALGARY FLAMES (25-18-5 – 55 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (25-16-6 – 56 Points)

JANUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus CALGARY

ALL-TIME RECORD:61-60-12-4 (137 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:36-19-7-2 (64 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:3-2-0
LAST 10:5-5-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus CALGARY

GAMES PLAYED:Jake Muzzin (31), Jason Spezza (27), Tyson Barrie (23)
GOALS:John Tavares (8), Jason Spezza (6), Zach Hyman (4)
ASSISTS:Jake Muzzin (15), Tyson Barrie (15), John Tavares (10)
POINTS:John Tavares (18), Jake Muzzin (17), Tyson Barrie (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (33), Jake Muzzin (14), Tyson Barrie (6), Morgan Rielly (6)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCALGARY
GOALS FOR (Rank):172 (1st)127 (t-23rd)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       154 (t-26th)141 (14th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):31/129 [24.0%] (5th)27/141 [19.1%] (21st)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):103/136 [75.7%] (t-25th)124/149 [83.2%] (4th)
SHOTS (Rank):1581 (4th)1495 (t-14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2379 (3rd)2255 (29th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (6th)50.4% (12th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.8% (3rd)48.6% (t-23rd)

MAPLE LEAFS – FLAMES NOTES

FIRST MATCHUP BETWEEN CLUBS:November 5, 1972 (Toronto 2, Atlanta 2)
ALL-TIME RECORD:61-60-12-4 (137 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD AT HOME:36-19-7-2 (64 Games)
ALL-TIME RECORD ON THE ROAD:25-41-5-2 (73 Games)
LAST WIN VS. OPPONENT AT HOME:December 6, 2017 (Toronto 2, Calgary 1 SO)

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. FLAMES

Morgan Rielly400th NHL game (October 29, 2018 vs. CGY)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS34 (Matthews)
ASSISTS33 (Marner)
POINTS57 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS17 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS179 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%58.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.7% (Matthews)
BLOCKED SHOTS72 (Ceci)
TAKEAWAYS51 (Matthews)
HITS87 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:58 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Is 10-4-5 at home this season with a 3.14 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage.
– Has made 13 career appearances against the Flames and is 8-2-1 with a 2.57 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.- Tied for second in the NHL in wins (22).- Third in the NHL in total saves (1,035) and second in even-strength saves (876).
Tyson Barrie– Has four multi-assist games, which is tied for 13th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 11th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (7)
– One of 13 NHL defencemen to have recorded at least 115 shots on goal (123).- Has 17 points (2 goals, 15 assists) in 23 career games against Calgary, which is his fourth-highest point total against a single opponent.
Cody Ceci– 12th among NHL skaters in shorthanded time on ice (139:12).- Has played 61.2 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time, which is the 15th-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.
Pierre Engvall– Second among NHL rookies who have appeared in at least 20 games in goals per 60 minutes of 5-on-5 ice time (1.12).- Fifth among NHL rookie forwards in shorthanded time on ice (30:18).
Justin Holl– Has started 45.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has an unblocked shot attempt percentage of 52.5 percent at 5-on-5, which is the third-highest percentage among Toronto defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.- Has a 5-on-5 on-ice goals-for percentage of 53.7 percent, which is the highest percentage among Maple Leafs defencemen who have appeared in at least 20 games.
Michael Hutchinson– Has a 2-1-1 record with a 2.31 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage on home ice this season. 
Zach Hyman– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which is third among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.- Has an on-ice goals for percentage of 59.0 percent at 5-on-5, which is second among Toronto skaters who have played 20 games.
– Averaging 15:13 per game in 5-on-5 ice time, which ranks seventh among Maple Leafs.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Maple Leafs in points (2-7-9; 9 GP) since the Christmas break.- Has scored 10 goals this season, which is tied for 11th most among NHLers with no power play goals.- Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-15-23).
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (6). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (6-9-15).- Only Toronto forward to have recorded at least 25 hits (35) and 25 blocked shots (27) this season.
Mitch Marner– Has nine multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.28 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average among NHLers who have played in at least 30 games.- Averaging 1.38 primary assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Tied for 10th in the NHL in primary assists (21). His 21 primary assists are tied for the most among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 40 games.- 15th among NHL forwards in shifts per game (24.9).
Auston Matthews– Had his second career hat trick on January 14 vs. New Jersey.- Second among NHL skaters in goals (34).- First NHLer to score 20 even-strength goals this season. Currently leads the League with 25 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (21).- Leads the NHL in multi-goal games (9).- Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in even-strength points (25-15-40).- Fifth in the NHL with 179 shots on goal. 
William Nylander– Averages 1.24 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks second among Toronto skaters and is tied for 14th among NHL skaters who have appeared in 40 games.- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:25) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.24).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.19 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 20 games.- Averaging 1.28 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 20 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 15th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (13).- Tied for 17th among NHLers in even-strength goals (15). His 15 even-strength goals are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 40 or fewer games.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.5 percent, which is tied for 20th among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 17.63 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Averaging 9.39 shots on goal at 5-on-5 per 60 minutes of ice time, which is ninth among NHL centres who have appeared in 30 games.- Had a goal and an assist against Calgary on December 12.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Zach HymanHas goals (2), assists (3) and points (2-3-5) in two consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas points (3-8-11) in eight consecutive games.
William NylanderHas assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Alex KerfootOne game from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists

RECENT MILESTONES

Jason Spezza1,100th NHL game (January 14 vs. New Jersey)

INJURY REPORT

Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Trevor Moore (Concussion)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Foot)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 111

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

January 14Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned forward Mason Marchment to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 13Recalled defenceman Rasmus Sandin from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Morgan Rielly on injured reserve.
January 12Activated forward Andreas Johnsson from injured reserve. Placed defenceman Jake Muzzin on injured reserve.
January 10Signed defenceman Martin Marincin to a one-year contract extension.
  

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