MAPLE LEAFS 5, BLUE JACKETS 4

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (36-16-4 – 76 Points) at
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (28-26-3 – 59 Points)
MONDAY, MARCH 7, 2022

1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 3 0 2 5
COLUMBUS 0 2 2 4


SCORING NOTES

  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 8:06 of the first period. Mikheyev recorded his 10th goal of the
    season.
  • Mitch Marner scored for the Maple Leafs at 14:01 of the first period. Marner recorded his 22nd goal
    of the season. Marner also registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Marner posted his 38th
    assist of the season. Marner is currently on a seven-game point streak where he has recorded 15
    points (5G, 10A).
  • Auston Matthews scored for Toronto at 17:06 of the first period. Matthews posted his 40th goal of
    the season. Matthews has scored in back-to-back games (3G). Matthews also recorded the primary
    assist on Bunting’s goal. Matthews registered his 32nd assist of the season.
  • Alexander Kerfoot scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:19 of the third period. Kerfoot posted his ninth
    goal of the season.
  • Michael Bunting scored the game-winning goal for Toronto at 11:21 of the third period. Bunting
    recorded his 20th goal of the season. Bunting also posted the primary assist on Marner’s goal.
    Bunting registered his 25th assist of the season. Bunting is currently on a five-game point streak
    where he has posted 10 points (3G, 7A).
  • Pierre Engvall posted the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Engvall registered his 11th assist of the
    season.
  • David Kämpf recorded the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Kämpf posted his 13th assist of the
    season.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the secondary assist on Marner’s goal. Liljegren posted his 12th assist
    of the season. Liljegren has posted an assist in back-to-back games.
  • TJ Brodie registered the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal and the secondary assist on Bunting’s
    goal. Brodie has recorded 12 assists this season.
  • Jason Spezza posted the primary assist on Kerfoot’s goal. Spezza recorded his 10th assist of the
    season.
  • Wayne Simmonds registered the secondary assist on Kerfoot’s goal. Simmonds posted his 10th
    assist of the season.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Petr Mrázek stopped 31 of 35 shots in tonight’s win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-1 on the power play and 2-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • Auston Matthews recorded his 40th goal of the season during tonight’s game. He is the first player
    this season to reach the 40-goal mark. Matthews has recorded the fourth 40-goal season of his NHL
    career; he is only the second player in Maple Leafs franchise history to do so alongside Darryl Sittler.
  • With his goal tonight, Michael Bunting became the first rookie to reach the 20-goal mark this season.
  • Per NHL Stats, Mitch Marner became the fifth active player to start their career with at least six 60-
    point seasons. He joined Alex Ovechkin (7 from 2005-06 to 2011-12), Auston Matthews (6 from 2016-
    17 to present), Anze Kopitar (6 from 2006-07 to 2011-12) and Sidney Crosby (6 from 2005-06 to
    2010-11).
  • TJ Brodie recorded his second multi-assist game of the season (2A).
  • Timothy Liljegren was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • David Kämpf finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 77.78 percent
    (14 for, 4 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 13 (12) 13 (13) 7 (7) 33 (32)
    COLUMBUS 5 (3) 14 (13) 16 (11) 35 (27)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    TORONTO 31 (27) 21 (21) 13 (13) 65 (61)
    COLUMBUS 10 (7) 25 (24) 27 (18) 62 (49)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 17-9-3 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 16-11-1-5 in 33 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and 9-5-0-2 in
    16 games played in Columbus.
  • Toronto is 20-8-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 11-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 24-4-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 22-2-2 when leading after one period and 27-1-2 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 14-5-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-3-1 in Monday games and 5-3-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 7 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 11 (Matthews, Tavares)
    Faceoff Wins 11 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 65% (Tavares – 11 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 1 (Holl, Kerfoot, Marner, Matthews, Rielly,
    Lyubushkin, Bunting, Robertson, Tavares)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Lyubushkin)
    Takeaways 1 (Spezza, Simmonds, Engvall, Kämpf)
    TOI 25:06 (Brodie)
    Power Play TOI 1:09 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
    Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:25 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 29 (Rielly, Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 77.78% (Kämpf – 14 for, 4 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    March 8 Leafs vs. Seattle Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    March 10 Leafs vs. Arizona Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 13 Leafs at Buffalo Tim Hortons Field 4:00 pm ET
    March 15 Leafs vs. Dallas Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 17 Leafs vs. Carolina Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 19 Leafs at Nashville Bridgestone Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit MapleLeafs.com/pressbox.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On tonight’s game:
    “I liked a lot about our game. Obviously don’t like the start of the second period, that goal they scored
    early in the second that’s a real downer on the game for me that piece but obviously the first period was
    as good as we could ask for. You want to follow that up and keep building on it but we weren’t able to do
    that so that was the disappointing part of the game. But when you look at it we outscored them five-to-one
    on even strength, they score a four-on-four goal, power play goal and one with their goalie out so five at
    even strength. We probably could have had two or three in the second period there pucks laying on the
    goal line a couple times, we had a couple two-on-ones. I thought we actually out chanced them in the
    second period despite them carrying the play a little bit against us so the fact that we weren’t able to get
    the fourth goal I thought was significant in the second period. And then take a penalty and they get one to
    even it up but loved how our guys were calm and went out there and made plays to get us our lead back.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On tonight’s win:
    “Yeah it’s a big win for us. Obviously after dropping a couple, I think we felt like we did a lot of really good
    things on Saturday, so I think the start that we had was really positive. Obviously letting them back in the
    game but I thought our bench and team as a whole just stayed poised and confident and we just kept
    playing and scored a couple big goals to give ourselves a lead.”
    On the mood on the bench when Columbus tied the game:
    “I think the mood is just go out and win your next shift and just keep playing. Obviously nothing that we
    change after that, just keep playing ,everybody together, make sure structure wise that we are doing the
    right things and just a really, really nice all around play by Spezza, Simmonds and Kerfoot to give us that
    fourth goal and then just a little insurance on the fifth one too so just keep playing and stay calm and
    confident.”
    MICHAEL BUNTING
    On his season so far:
    “I think our lines mesh pretty well. We’ve built some good chemistry and I’ve had a little bit of success
    offensively and I’m just trying to keep rolling with it and just trying to stick to my game and stick to what’s
    working and right now it’s working so I don’t want to change anything up but it’s been so much fun playing
    with Mitch and Matthews both are great players to play with.”
    On Matthews’ offensive play this season:
    “Some of the stuff he does I just kind of giggle to myself mid-game because it’s pretty remarkable and
    he’s such an exceptional player. He’s fun to play with, you never know what he’s going to pull out, even
    last game when he tried the Michigan, he’s so quick and it’s too bad it didn’t go in but he’s a fun player to
    play with and he’s one of the best or the best in the league.”
    PETR MRÁZEK
    On tonight’s game:
    “A win is a win, that’s what matters the most. That’s what we came here for and that’s what we’re taking
    home so I’m happy with that.”
    On his mindset when Columbus tied the game in the third period:
    “Just regroup. We gave them an early power play in the third period where they tied the game and we did
    a really good job after that scoring two goals and getting the lead back

MAPLE LEAFS-BLUE JACKETS PREGAME NOTES



2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Columbus: 1-0-1
Toronto Season Record: 35-16-4
Toronto Road Record: 16-9-3
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
March 4, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled defenceman Mac Hollowell from the
Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 25, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nick Robertson from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).
February 24, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 4 vs. Vancouver 6
Date: Saturday, March 5, 2022
TOR Goals: Tavares, Robertson, Matthews (2x)
VAN Goals: Miller, Hamonic, Boeser, Pearson, Chiasson, Motte
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 23/28, .821 SV%
VAN Goaltender: Demko, 34/38, .895 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 1-for-2
Team Notes: – Wayne Simmonds skated in his 1,000th career NHL game.

  • Nick Robertson recorded the first regular-season goal of his NHL career.
    Robertson scored his first career NHL goal in the 2020 Stanley Cup
    Qualifiers on August 6th against the Columbus Blue Jackets.
  • John Tavares tied a season-high 17 face-off wins on Saturday. Tavares
    leads the Maple Leafs with a 61.4 face-off win percentage.
  • Auston Matthews recorded two goals during Saturday’s game.
    Matthews regained sole possession of first place among league goals
    leaders with 39.
  • NEXT GAME
    Date: Tuesday, March 8, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Seattle Kraken
    Time: 7:30 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
    INJURY REPORT

    Ondrej Kaše Day-to-Day
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
  • ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
    First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
    All-Time Record: 15-11-1-5 (32 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 7-6-1-3 (17 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-2 (15 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 4, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Columbus 1)
    Record in Last Five Games: 3-0-2
    Record in Last 10 Games: 5-2-3
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
    Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (42), John Tavares (29), Jason Spezza (23)
    Goals: John Tavares (15), Wayne Simmonds (10), Auston Matthews (6)
    Assists: John Tavares (20), Morgan Rielly (13), Jason Spezza (8), Mitch Marner (8)
    Points: John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (17), Morgan Rielly (14)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16)
  • 2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .673 3.64 2.95 29.3% 83.8% 34.6 30.7 56.2%
    Columbus .527 3.27 3.63 18.1% 80.0% 32.4 31.5 51.2%
  • THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
    Power Play: 43/147 (29.3%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 129/154 (83.8%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
    FAST FACTS

    Monday games 9th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 8 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-1
    March games 3rd of 14 (9 home, 5 road)
  • UPCOMING MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Six points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Eight assists away from his 300th career NHL assist.
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
    Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
    Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
    Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
    Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Skated in his 400th career NHL game, March 4, 2022 vs. BUF
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
    Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 1,000th career NHL game, March 5, 2022 vs. VAN
    Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
    John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
    John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
    John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT

    2021-22 TEAM LEADERS
    CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
    GOALS 39 – Matthews HITS 97 – Simmonds
    ASSISTS 39 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 76 – Brodie
    POINTS 70 – Matthews (39G, 31A) TAKEAWAYS 60 – Matthews
    POWER PLAY POINTS 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A) TOI PER GAME 24:08 – Rielly
    SHORTHANDED POINTS 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A) PP TOI PER GAME 2:56 – Marner
    PIMs 51 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:41 – Muzzin
    SHOTS 232 – Matthews WINS 23 – Campbell
    FACEOFF% 61.4% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.61 – Campbell
    SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.95% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .915 – Campbell
  • BLUE JACKETS

THE LAST GAME: MAR. 5, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs. BOS 5 (SO)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Nyquist (14), Gavrikov (3), PP – Werenski (9), PP – Voracek (3)
BOS Goal Scorers: DeBrusk (15), Haula (8), Smith (10), PP – Bergeron (16), SO – Pastrnak
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/32; 63:33); BOS– Swayman (20/24; 64:57)
CBJ PP: 2/3; PK: 1/2 | Shots: CBJ: 24 / BOS: 32
3 Stars: 1. Pastrnak, BOS; 2. Voracek, CBJ; 3. Bergeron, BOS
Noteworthy: CBJ fell in the shootout for the 2nd time this season and 3rd time after reg. (9-1-2)… CBJ scored game-tying goal with 2.8 seconds left –
2nd latest tying goal in club history (3/7/08; 59:59)… Laine recorded team-leading 13th multi-point game of campaign with 2 assists… Voracek tallied
10th multi-point effort of season (1-1-2)… Domi skated in 100th career CBJ game.
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Tarasov (hip); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/4); out for season (26 games)
Texier (fractured finger); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/26); 4 weeks (16 games)
Bean (groin strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/30); 4 weeks (14 games)
Robinson (MCL strain right knee); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/31); 6 weeks (13 games)
Korpisalo (lower body); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 2/15); day-to-day (9 games)
Boqvist (upper body); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 2/27); day-to-day (3 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 229
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Mar. 5 Assigned Christiansen to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 4 Placed Boqvist on IR retroactive to 2/27
Feb. 28 Added Christiansen to roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 26 Assigned Christiansen to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 25 Activated Merzlikins off IR and assigned Greaves to Cleveland (AHL)
AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS
2021-22 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 vs. TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 vs. TOR)
All-Time Series: 16-15-1-0 (7-8-0-0 vs. TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 5-5-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 94/99
All-Time SF/SA: 1,001/978
All-Time PP: 19-of-102
All-Time PK: 79-of-96
THE LAST GAME VS TOR: FEB. 22, 2022 – CBJ 4 vs TOR 3 (OT)
CBJ Goal Scorers: Laine (17), PP – Boqvist (10), Gaunce (3), OT – Laine (18)
TOR Goal Scorers: Bunting (17), Matthews (34), Spezza (10)
Goalies: CBJ – Berube (39/42; 60:20); TOR– Campbell (26/30; 59:50)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 3/3 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / TOR: 42
3 Stars: 1. Laine, CBJ; 2. Berube, CBJ; 3. Gaunce, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ won 3rd-straight game… CBJ came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficit… Berube notched 1st career NHL point (assist)… Gaunce scored in
2nd-straight game (2-2-4)… Jenner recorded assist in new career-high 4th-straight game (2-5-7)… Laine recorded 5th multi-goal game of the season (2-
0-2), including GWG 20 seconds into OT, giving him points in 10-straight (12-8-20)… Werenski stretched points-streak to 6 games with 2 assists (2-6-8).
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series complete.

CBJ/TOR CONNECTIONS
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth
(Oshawa), Gaunce (Sudbury) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ are 9-6-0 since 1/13/16, but TOR has
earned victories in 5 of the last 8 meetings since 2/14/18… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 19-straight games and 4-plus in each of the last 8
meetings… CBJ have both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored vs. TOR: 5 – 3x (MR: 2/15/17)… Most goals allowed
vs. TOR: 6 – 2x (MR: 10/16/15).
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Berube notched 1st career NHL point (assist) on 2/22/22… Carlsson posted 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied 100th NHL career
assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played 500th NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 21, Injured Reserve: 6)
Drafted (13): Bemstrom, Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo (IR), Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov (IR), Texier (IR),
Werenski
Trade (6): Bean (IR), Boqvist (IR), Domi, Laine, Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (8): Bayreuther, Berube, Danforth, Gaunce, Kukan, Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson (IR)
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
HONORING NASH
Rick Nash, the Blue Jackets’ all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played, became the first player in CBJ history to have his number retired
when his number “61” was lifted to the rafters at Nationwide Arena prior to Saturday’s game vs. Boston. The former captain, who finished his NHL career
with the Bruins in 2017-18, registered 289-258-547 in 674 games and appeared in five All-Star games as a Blue Jacket from 2002-12.
HOME AT NATIONWIDE
The Blue Jackets picked up a point for the third consecutive game with a 5-4 shootout loss to Boston on Saturday. The team picked up a point in both
games of a back-to-back set vs. the Kings and Bruins. The club closes out its five-game homestand on Monday vs Toronto. It’s part of a stretch of 9-of11 contests played at Nationwide Arena from Feb. 27-Mar. 19. CBJ moved to 10-4-2 in their last 16 games and rank second-T in the NHL in wins and
third-T in points since Jan. 27.
COMEBACK JACKETS
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in 18 of their 28 wins, including eight of
their last ten victories. The 18 comeback victories are tied for the most in the NHL (COL, NYR & TBL). The club leads the league with seven wins when
trailing heading into the third period. Columbus also has five multi-goal comeback wins this season (Nov. 3 at COL, Nov. 15 vs. DET, Jan. 27 vs. NYR,
Feb. 8 at WSH and Feb. 10 at BUF).
PUTTING PUCKS IN THE NET
Columbus has been able to fill the back of the net this season, averaging 3.27 goals-per-game through 56 contests (9th in NHL). The club ranks third in
the NHL in goals-per-game since Jan. 27 (4.06 avg), trailing only Florida (4.33) and Toronto (4.31). Columbus has scored three-plus goals in 34 of its
contests (includes SO goals). The club is 23-3-1 when scoring four goals or more in a contest this season, recording four-plus goals in six of the last nine
games. CBJ, who averaged 2.39 goals-a-game in 2020-21, have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a game (club record 3.12
avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
LAINE HOT STREAK
Patrik Laine notched his team-leading 13th multi-point effort of the season and stretched his points streak to three-straight games (2-3-5) with two
assists on Saturday. The forward leads the NHL in goals and GWG (tied) and ranks third in points since Jan. 27 with 15-11-26 and four GWG in 16
contests, recording points in 14 of those outings. He also leads the League in overtime winners (3, tied) and ranks third-T in game-winners (7) this
season.
JENNERATING RESULTS
Boone Jenner has posted 5-9-14 in the last 13 games and 11-13-24 with six multi-point efforts in the last 24 contests. The 28-year-old captain leads the
club in goals, points and PPG with 23-21-44 and 8 PPG in 56 appearances. He is on pace to set single-season career highs in both goals and points
(30-19-49 in 82 GP in 2015-16). His 144 career goals are the third-most in club history, trailing only Rick Nash (289) and Atkinson (213).
UPCOMING MILESTONES
•Bemstrom is 7 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 1 goal from 100 for his NHL career
•Kuraly is 11 points from 100 for his NHL career
•Merzlikins is 3 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Werenski (74-149-223, 384 GP) is 1 point from surpassing Seth Jones (50-173-223, 381 GP) for the most in CBJ history among blueliners
2021-22 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ are 9-1-2 in OT/SO this season (3-1 in SO) with the club ranking 2nd the NHL in W% (.750) and 2 off the League-lead in wins
•CBJ rank 2nd in the NHL in goals (33) and 11th-T in the NHL in points (126) by defensemen
•CBJ are 3-0-0 when their game has been on ESPN+/Hulu this season (6-0 W at CAR on 1/13, 6-3 W at FLA on 2/24 and 4-3 W vs NJD on 3/1)
•CBJ are 3-1-0 in Mon. games this season
2021-22 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•Bjorkstrand has recorded points in 4-straight games (3-1-4) and has points in 10 of last 13 games (7-4-11)
•Danforth picked up his 5th goal of the season on Fri., recording 4 of his 5 goals in his last 10 games played
•Gavrikov, who notched a goal on Sat. and has points in 2-straight (1-1-2), has already set single-season career highs in assists and points (3-22-25, 54
GP)
•Kuraly is on pace to set single-season career highs with 8-13-21 in 55 GP
•Nyquist has 4-7-11 in last 16 games and 10-12-22 with 7 multi-point outings in 29 games since 12/16
•Peeke has played 21-plus minutes in each of the last 22 games since 1/13 (avg. 24:54, 19th in NHL), including a career-high 29:09 vs. NJD on 3/1
•Voracek notched his 10th multi-point effort on Sat. (1-1-2), including the game-tying goal with 2.8 seconds left in regulation; has 1-9-10 in the last 9
appearances, ranks 3rd in the NHL in primary assists (30) and leads the club in assists (39)
•Voracek averaging .72 A/GP – 2nd highest avg. in CBJ history, trails only Panarin .75 A/GP (2018-19; 59 assists, 79 GP)
•Werenski notched his 9th goal of season on Sat. and has 3-10-13 in his last 14 games
CBJ 2021-22 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 9 (1/15 at FLA)… PPG: 2 – 5x (MR: 3/5 vs BOS)… PPGA: 3 – 2x (MR: 1/4 vs TBL)… SHOTS: 46 (11/18
at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 62 (1/26 vs CGY)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 43 (2/24 at FLA)… FOW: 44 (3/1 vs NJD)… BKS: 24 (3/1 vs NJD)
CBJ 2021-22 PLAYER SEASON HIGHS
GOALS: 3, Laine (2/17 at CHI)… ASSISTS: 3 – 2x, Werenski (MR:1/27 vs NYR)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16 vs
SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 3x, MR: Gavrikov (1/13 at CAR)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at NJD)…
SAVES: 56, Merzlikins (1/26 vs CGY, 62 shots

BLUE JACKETS 4, MAPLE LEAFS 3 (OT)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-14-4 – 68 Points) at
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (26-23-1 – 53 Points)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2022
1 2 3 OT FINAL
TORONTO 1 1 1 0 3
COLUMBUS 0 1 2 1 4

SCORING NOTES

  • Michael Bunting scored for Toronto at 12:50 of the first period. Bunting recorded his 17th goal of the
    season. Bunting also recorded the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal. Bunting posted his 18th
    assist of the season.
  • Auston Matthews scored for the Maple Leafs at 15:23 of the second period. Matthews recorded his
    34th goal of the season. Matthews registered the secondary assist on Bunting’s goal and the primary
    assist on Spezza’s goal. Matthews has posted 28 assists this season.
  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 17:54 of the third period. Spezza posted his 10th goal of the
    season. Spezza has recorded a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Bunting’s goal. Marner recorded his 29th assist of the
    season.
  • David Kämpf registered the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Kämpf recorded his 11th assist of the
    season.
  • John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Tavares posted his 30th assist of the
    season.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Jack Campbell stopped 26 of 30 shots in tonight’s overtime loss.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 1-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • Auston Matthews posted an NHL career-high 11 shots during tonight’s game.
  • With a goal and two assists recorded during tonight’s game, Auston Matthews recorded his fourth
    outing of the season with three or more points. He also posted three points (2G, 1A) in Toronto’s first
    meeting against Columbus earlier this season on Dec. 7, 2021.
  • Michael Bunting paces all NHL rookies with 24 points (13G, 11A) recorded on the road this season.
  • Ilya Lyubushkin appeared in his Maple Leafs debut.
  • TJ Brodie was on the ice for a team-high 21 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Ilya Mikheyev and Ondřej Kaše finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage
    of 77.78 percent (7 for, 2 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 10 (8) 17 (12) 15 (10) 0 (0) 42 (30)
    COLUMBUS 14 (13) 5 (3) 10 (9) 1 (0) 30 (25)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 15 (10) 24 (17) 28 (22) 0 (0) 67 (49)
    COLUMBUS 23 (22) 8 (6) 15 (14) 1 (0) 47 (42)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 14-9-3 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 15-11-1-5 in 32 games against the Columbus Blue Jackets and 8-5-0-2 in
    15 games played in Columbus.
  • Toronto is 17-7-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 9-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 21-4-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 19-2-2 when leading after one period and 24-0-2 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 20-10-3 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 6-0-1 in Tuesday games and 3-4-1 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 11 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 14 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 10 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 57% (Spezza – 4 won, 3 lost)
    Hits 2 (Liljegren, Sandin)
    Blocked Shots 4 (Rielly)
    Takeaways 2 (Engvall, Tavares)
    TOI 26:09 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 4:18 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander,
    Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 1:49 (Brodie, Liljegren)
    Shifts 26 (Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 77.78% (Mikheyev and Kaše – 7 for, 2 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Feb. 24 Leafs vs. Minnesota Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 26 Leafs at Detroit Little Caesars Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Feb. 28 Leafs at Washington Capital One Arena 7:30 pm ET
    March 2 Leafs vs. Buffalo Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    March 5 Leafs vs. Canucks Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    March 7 Leafs at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00 pm ET
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

    On tonight’s game:
    “I thought our effort structurally was entirely better than it was last night, so I was happy with that. Even in the first period, I thought Columbus certainly won the territorial game in the first period while our guys
    were recalibrating a little bit in terms of how we were asking them to play and you could see they were really focused on it so it took away from some of their offensive play and puck play but I liked how we defended in that period despite losing the territorial game. We didn’t give up a whole lot in terms of quality
    looks, so that was good. We built on that into the second period which I thought was an excellent period, with the exception of the Laine goal, it’s as perfect of a period as it could probably be, in terms of our
    structure, in terms of carrying the play and all those kind of thing but then you take that penalty at the end of the second. That’s the one there we can’t take, we’ve got to manage the game better in that situation and we didn’t so we opened the door for them to get a power play opportunity to start the third and I
    thought that was the difference. I thought our guys competed hard today. The play was structured and I thought we easily could have had two points here today and the fact that we got the game even and got out of here with a point but lose the extra in overtime – we don’t like that but there were a lot of positive
    things here today and that’s a good team over. They’re feeling it, that’s eight games in the last 11 for them, they played hard against us, so it wasn’t any easy night for us and I liked a lot of things about how we played.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s game:
    “I thought the team played amazing and deserved two points.”
    On the goals that got past him tonight:
    “They just shot and beat me and it’s not acceptable on my part. We should have won 3-0 so just have to move on.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On tonight’s effort:

    “I think we can be a lot more proud of our effort tonight. We found our way back and got one point but obviously leaving the rink sour but thought we did a lot of good things tonight, better than our last two outings so definitely some positive stuff that we can take and move forward but we can be more proud of
    the effort tonight.”
    On Kämpf’s playmaking ability:
    “Just a really nice play by Bunts, to get the puck in and I was screaming for it and Kämpf made an unbelievable pass. I think his play making abilities are pretty underrated. He makes really good little plays
    even for the most part kind of in our d-zone. He makes really nice five-foot plays that go a long way to help us breakout but even in the o-zone he makes sneaky plays and that was really nice pass by him and I just had to bring it over and had an empty net to shoot at.”

Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets pregame notes



2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: Second of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Columbus: 1-0-0
Next Game vs. Columbus: Monday, March 7 at Columbus
Toronto Season Record: 32-14-3
Toronto Road Record: 14-9-2
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 19, 2022

The Maple Leafs acquired forward Ryan Dzingel and defenceman Ilya
Lyubushkin from the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Nick
Ritchie and choice of Toronto’s third-round selection in 2023 or second-round selection in 2025.

LAST GAME

Score: Toronto 2 at Montréal 5
Date: Monday, February 21, 2022
TOR Goals: Mikheyev, Engvall
MTL Goals: Anderson (2x), Caufield, Hoffman, Pitlick
TOR Goaltender: Mrazek, 19/24, .792 SV%
MTL Goaltender: Montembeault, 35/37, .946 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-2
Team Notes:

  • With their eighth goal of the season scored during tonight’s game, both
    Ilya Mikheyev and Pierre Engvall tied an NHL career-high in goals.
  • David Kämpf tied an NHL career-high with four hits recorded during
    tonight’s game.
  • NEXT GAME
    Date: Thursday, February 24, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Minnesota Wild
    Time: 7:00 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: TSN (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)
    ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:

    First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
    All-Time Record: 15-11-1-4 (31 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 7-6-1-3 (17 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-1 (14 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 4, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Columbus 1)
    Record in Last Five Games: 3-1-1
    Record in Last 10 Games: 5-3-2
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
    Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (41), John Tavares (28), Jason Spezza (22)
    Goals:
    John Tavares (15), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch Marner (5), Auston Matthews
    (5)
    Assists: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (13), Jason Spezza (8)
    Points: John Tavares (34), Wayne Simmonds (17), Morgan Rielly (14)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), John Tavares (16), Jake Muzzin (14)
  • 2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .684 3.55 2.78 31.1% 84.8% 34.7 30.7 56.1%
    Columbus .520 3.27 3.65 17.2% 80.4% 29.9 35.2 49.2%
  • THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
  • Power Play: 42/135 (31.1%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 117/138 (84.8%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Marner (2G, 1A), Kämpf (2G, 1A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
  • FAST FACTS
    Tuesday games 7th of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 7 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-0
    February games 9th of 12 (4 home, 8 road)
    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    TJ Brodie Seven points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Five games away from 400 career NHL games played
    Jake Muzzin Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
    Wayne Simmonds Six games away from 1,000 career NHL games played
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
    Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
    Pierre Engvall Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    Ondrej Kaše Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
    Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
    Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
    Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
    Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
    John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
    John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
    John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
  • COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES

THE LAST GAME: FEB. 20, 2022 – CBJ 7 vs BUF 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: Kukan (2), Jenner (21), Kukan (3), Werenski (8), Gaunce (2), EN – Nyquist (13), Danforth (3)
BUF Goal Scorers: Pysyk (2), Thompson (20), Okposo (12)
Goalies: CBJ – Berube (33/36; 60:00); BUF– Anderson (32/38; 59:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 1/1 | Shots: CBJ: 39 / BUF: 36
3 Stars: 1. Kukan, CBJ; 2. Gaunce, CBJ; 3. Berube, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ won 2nd consecutive game… CBJ scored 7 goals in back-to-back games for 1st time in club history… Berube earned victory in CBJ
debut and 1st NHL action since 4/6/18… Gaunce collected 1st career multi-assist and 3-point game (1-2-3)… Kukan notched 1st career 2-goal and 3-
point game (2-1-3)… Laine stretched points streak to 9-straight (10-8-18) with 2 assists… Werenski scored a goal to extend his points streak to 5-
straight (2-4-6).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Tarasov (lower body); Placed on Injured Reserve (1/4); out indefinitely (19 games)
Texier (fractured finger); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/26); 4 weeks (9 games)
Bean (groin strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/30); 4 weeks (7 games)
Robinson (MCL strain right knee); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to 1/31); 6 weeks (6 games)
Korpisalo (lower body); day-to-day (2 games)
Merzlikins (lower body); day-to-day (1 game)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 184
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 20 Signed Greaves to 3-year entry level contract through 2023-24 season
Feb. 19 Activated Danforth off IR and assigned Fix-Wolansky to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 16 Added Berube to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 11 Assigned Meyer to Cleveland (AHL)
AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS
2021-22 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 vs. TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 vs. TOR)
All-Time Series: 15-15-1-0 (6-8-0-0 vs. TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 5-5-0 | 5-5-0
All-Time GF/GA: 90/96
All-Time SF/SA: 971/936
All-Time PP: 18-of-100
All-Time PK: 76-of-93
THE LAST GAME VS. TOR: DEC. 7, 2021 – CBJ 4 at TOR 5
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Bjorkstrand (7), Bjorkstrand (8), Kuraly (5), Domi (4)
TOR Goal Scorers: PP – Nylander (11), Matthews (16), Ritchie (1), PP – Tavares (12), Matthews (17)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (25/30, 39:35), Tarasov (10/10, 17:06); TOR – Campbell (28/32, 60:00)
CBJ PP: 1/2; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 32 / TOR: 40
3 Stars: 1. Rielly, TOR; 2. Matthews, TOR; 3. Bjorkstrand, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ trailed 5-1 going into the 3rd period, but scored final 3 goals… Bjorkstrand recorded his 2nd multi-goal of the season… Kuraly scored
a goal for 2nd-straight game.
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Mar. 7 at CBJ
CBJ/TOR CONNECTIONS
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth
(Oshawa), Gaunce (Sudbury), Greaves (Cambridge) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… Road team is 3-1-0 in the last 4 games of the
series… CBJ are 8-6-0 since 1/13/16, but TOR has earned victories in 5 of the last 7 meetings since 2/14/18… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 18-
straight games and 4-plus in each of the last 7 meetings… CBJ have both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored vs.
TOR: 5 – 3x (MR: 2/15/17)… Most goals allowed vs. TOR: 6 – 2x (MR: 10/16/15).
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Carlsson notched his 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied his 100th NHL career assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played his 500th
NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 24, Injured Reserve: 4)
Drafted (13): Bemstrom, Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo, Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov (IR), Texier (IR),
Werenski
Trade (6): Bean (IR), Boqvist, Domi, Laine, Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (9): Bayreuther, Berube, Danforth, Gaunce, Greaves, Kukan, Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson (IR)
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
BACK AT NATIONWIDE ARENA

Columbus concluded a season-long five-game road trip (Feb. 7-17) with a 7-4 victory on Thursday at Chicago. The club went 4-1-0 on the road trip that
also had stops at Washington (5-4; W), Buffalo (4-3; OTW), Montreal (2-1; W) and Calgary (6-2; L). The club has won seven of its last nine road outings
since Jan. 13 and five of the last six games overall. On Sunday, the Blue Jackets returned to Nationwide Arena with a 7-3 victory vs. Buffalo. It’s the first
time in club history that CBJ have scored seven goals in back-to-back games. Columbus plays one more game at home on Tuesday vs. Toronto before
playing back-to-back games on the road (FLA on Thu. and CAR on Fri.).
COMEBACK JACKETS
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in 15 of their 25 wins, including five of
their last seven victories. The 15 comeback victories are tied for the third-most in the NHL. The club’s six wins when trailing heading into the second
period are tied for the NHL lead (FLA). Columbus also has five multi-goal comeback victories this season (Nov. 3 at COL, Nov. 15 vs. DET, Jan. 27 vs.
NYR, Feb. 8 at WSH and Feb. 10 at BUF).
PUTTING PUCKS IN THE NET
Columbus has been able to fill the back of the net this season, averaging 3.27 goals-per-game through 49 contests. The club ranks second in the NHL in
scoring since Jan. 27 (4.67 avg., 42 goals total) with the 42 goals the most in franchise history through any nine-game stretch (previously 40, Mar. 19-
Apr. 3, 2018). Columbus has scored three-plus goals in 29 of its contests (includes SO goals) and is 20-3-0 when scoring four goals or more in a contest
this season. CBJ, who averaged 2.39 goals-a-game in 2020-21, have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a game (club record
3.12 avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
LAINE HOT STEAK
Laine collected multiple points for the third time in the last four games with two assists on Sunday. He has posted points in nine-straight games (10-8-
18), the second longest points streak of his career (15 games in 2017-18) and fifth-T longest in franchise history. He leads the NHL in goals and points
since the streak started on Jan. 27. The 23-year-old forward (166-138-304, 380 GP) recorded his ninth career hat trick in Thursday’s win at Chicago and
became the third player from the 2016 NHL Draft to reach 300 career points (Auston Matthews with 410 and Matthew Tkachuk with 332). It was his first
hat trick since Feb. 8, 2020 while with Winnipeg. Since he entered the League in 2016-17, only three players have notched more performances of threeplus goals: Alex Ovechkin (13), David Pastrnak (11) and Connor McDavid (10).
JENNERATING RESULTS
Boone Jenner recorded his ninth multi-point effort of the campaign vs. Buffalo (1-1-2). He has 3-6-9 in the last six games and has recorded 9-10-19 with
five multi-point efforts in the last 17 contests. The 28-year-old captain is the first CBJ player to reach 20 goals this season and leads the club in goals,
points and PPG with 21-18-39 and 7 PPG in 49 appearances. He is on pace to set single-season career highs in both goals and points (30-19-49 in 82
GP in 2015-16). His 142 career goals are tied with Nick Foligno for the third-most in club history.
ZACH ATTACK
Zach Werenski scored his eighth goal of the campaign on Sunday to extend his points streak to five consecutive games (2-4-6) and has 2-8-10 in his
last 11 games. He has been heavily counted on as the club’s top defenseman this season, ranking 5th in the NHL in TOI/GP with 26:04. The 24-year-old
skated in his 2nd All-Star Game on Feb. 5, helping the Metropolitan Division win the title. At 220 career points (73-147-220, 382 GP), he is three points
shy of tying Seth Jones (50-173-223, 381 GP) for the most career points by a blueliner in franchise history.
UPCOMING MILESTONES
•Bjorkstrand is 2 goals from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 1 goal from 100 and 1 point from 300 for his NHL career
2021-22 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ are 8-0-1 in OT/SO this season (3-1 in SO) with the club leading the NHL in W% (.889) and 2 off the League-lead in wins
•CBJ have scored a PPG in 4 of the last 6 games (5-of-14; 35.7 pct.), ranking 3rd in the NHL since 2/8
•CBJ have killed off 44-of-50 opponent PP chances over the last 17 games and rank 4th-T in the NHL in PK pct. since 1/8 (88.0 pct.)
•CBJ rank 4th-T in the NHL in goals with 28 and 11th in the NHL in points (114) by defensemen after combining for 3-3-6 vs. BUF
•CBJ boast 6 30-point scorers on the team, tied for 4th-most in the NHL (STL) and trailing only FLA (9) as well as COL/TOR (7)
2021-22 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•Bjorkstrand has points in 5 of the last 6 games (3-2-5)
•Gavrikov recorded his 20th assist of the season on Sun. and has 0-4-4 in the last 5 contests
•Nyquist has 3-7-10 in the last 9 games and 9-12-21 with 7 multi-point outings in 22 games since 12/16
•Peeke has played 21+ minutes in each of the last 15 games since 1/13 (avg. 24:22)
•Voracek, who has 1-6-7 in the last 7 games, ranks 6th-T in the NHL in primary assists (25) and leads the club in assists overall (32)
CBJ 2021-22 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 9 (1/15 at FLA)… PPG: 2 – 4x (MR: 2/8 at WSH)… PPGA: 3 – 2x (MR: 1/4 vs TBL)… SHOTS: 46 (11/18
at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 62 (1/26 vs CGY)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 33 (1/31 vs FLA)… FOW: 40 (11/20 at VGK)… BKS: 21 – 3x (MR: 2/17
at CHI)
CBJ 2021-22 PLAYER SEASON HIGHS
GOALS: 3, Laine (2/17 at CHI)… ASSISTS: 3 – 2x, Werenski (MR:1/27 vs NYR)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16 vs
SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 3x, MR: Gavrikov (1/13 at CAR)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at NJD)…
SAVES: 56, Merzlikins (1/26 vs CGY, 62 shots

BLUE JACKETS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES




2021-22 Matchups vs. Columbus: First of Three
2020-21 Record vs. Columbus: N/A
Next Game vs. Columbus: Monday, December 27 at Columbus
Toronto Season Record: 17-7-2
Toronto Home Record: 10-3-1
TV: TSN4 RADIO: Sportsnet 590


RECENT TRANSACTIONS

December 7, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) December 7, 2021
Defencemen Alex Biega and Kristins Rubns and forward Alex Steeves
have been recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
December 5, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies
(AHL)
December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 3 at Winnipeg 6
Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
TOR Goals: Bunting, Matthews, Kaše
WPG Goals: Dubois, Copp, Svechnikov, Connor, Ehlers, Scheifele
TOR Goaltender: Woll, 35/41, .854 SV%
WPG Goaltender: Hellebuyck, 32/35, .914 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-5
TOR Penalty Kill: 2-for-5
Date: Thursday, December 9, 2021

NEXT GAME
Opponent: vs. Tampa Bay Lightning
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Travis Dermott (Shoulder)
Rasmus Sandin (Knee) *On Injured Reserve
Mitch Marner (Shoulder) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Games Lost to Injury: 28

ALL-TIME VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
First Matchup between Clubs: February 14, 2001 (Toronto 2 vs. Columbus 2)
All-Time Record: 14-11-1-4 (30 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 6-6-1-3 (16 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 8-5-0-1 (14 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: November 19, 2018 (Toronto 4 vs. Columbus 2)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-1-1
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-3-2

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS:
Games Played: Wayne Simmonds (40), John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22)
Goals: John Tavares (14), Wayne Simmonds (10), Mitch Marner (5)
Assists: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (9), Jason Spezza (8)
Points:
John Tavares (33), Wayne Simmonds (17), Jason Spezza (12), Mitch
Marner (12)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .692 3.08 2.35 25.7% 82.4% 34.5 31.2 55.0%
Columbus .565 3.22 3.26 20.0% 84.1% 29.6 34.4 50.9%

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 19/74 (25.7%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 6 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22

Penalty Kill: 61/74 (82.4%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Tuesday games 3rd of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
Back-to-Backs played 5 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-1
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-3-0
December games 4th of 13 (6 home, 7 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TJ BRODIE Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
JACK CAMPBELL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16 vs. NSH
JACK CAMPBELL Recorded his 50th career NHL win, Nov. 18 vs. NYR
PIERRE ENGVALL Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 2 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25 at CAR. Per NHL Stats,
Matthews required the second-fewest games to reach 200 goals in Maple
Leafs history among players who debuted with the team, trailing only
Charlie Conacher (317 games)
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27 at CHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JASON SPEZZA Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28 at ANA
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18 vs. NYR
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT One point away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Five assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY Two games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Five games away from 900 career NHL games played

2021-22 TEAM LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 15 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 37 – Holl
ASSISTS 15 – Marner, Rielly, Tavares TAKEAWAYS 27 – Marner
POINTS 26 – Tavares (11G, 15A) HITS 61 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 10 – Matthews (6G, 4A) TOI PER GAME 24:12 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:12 – Matthews
PIMs 38 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:36 – Muzzin
SHOTS 104 – Matthews WINS 13 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.78 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 58.98% – Matthews SAVE PERCENTAGE .942 – Campbell

BLUE JACKETS

THE LAST GAME: DEC. 5, 2021 – CBJ 6 vs. SJS 4
CBJ Goal Scorers: Boqvist, Kuraly, Sillinger, Roslovic, Boqvist, EN – Texier
SJS Goal Scorers: Bonino, Karlsson, Burns, Hertl
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (30/34, 60:00); SJS – Hill (24/29, 58:59)
CBJ PP: 0/1; PK: 0/0 | Shots: CBJ: 30 / SJS: 34
3 Stars: 1. Boqvist, CBJ; 2. Peeke, CBJ; 3. Sillinger, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ snapped season-long 4-game losing streak… CBJ picked up 4th-straight home win… The club was not whistled for a penalty for 1st
time this season… Boqvist notched 2nd 2-goal game of the season/career… Danforth tallied assist for 2nd-straight game… Peeke notched 1st career
multi-point game (0-2-2)… Texier recorded his 1st multi-point game of the season (1-1-2).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Kukan (wrist fracture); Placed on Injured Reserve (10/26); 8 weeks (17 games)
Laine (oblique strain); Placed on Injured Reserve (11/5); 4-to-6 weeks (14 games)
Korpisalo (non-COVID illness); Placed on Injured Reserve (12/1); (3 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 69
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Dec. 3 Placed Korpisalo on IR retroactive to Dec. 1 (non-COVID illness)
Dec. 2 Activated Bemstrom off IR and assigned to Cleveland (AHL) and added Tarasov to the roster on emergency recall from Cleveland (AHL)
Nov. 20 Activated Domi off COVID-19 list
AGAINST THE MAPLE LEAFS

2021-22 Series: 0-0-0 (0-0-0 at TOR)
2020-21 Series: Did Not Play
2019-20 Series: 1-1-0 (1-0-0 at TOR)
All-Time Series: 15-14-1-0 (9-6-1-0 at TOR)
Last 10 (Overall | Away): 5-5-0 | 7-3-0
All-Time GF/GA: 86/91
All-Time SF/SA: 939/896
All-Time PP: 17-of-98
All-Time PK: 74-of-90
THE LAST GAME VS. TOR (REG. SEASON): Oct. 21, 2019 – CBJ (4) at TOR (3) OT
CBJ Goal Scorers: SH – Nash, Dubois, PP – Wennberg, PS – Nyquist
TOR Goal Scorers: SH – Kapanen, Matthews, Nylander
Goalies: CBJ – Korpisalo (28/31, 61:57); TOR – Andersen (34/38, 61:57)
CBJ PP: 1/5; PK: 0/2 | Shots: CBJ: 38 / TOR: 31
3 Stars: 1. Nyquist, CBJ; 2. Matthews, TOR; 3. Foligno, CBJ
Noteworthy: Nyquist scored 1st penalty shot OT winner in CBJ history… 2nd time in CBJ history club scored a PPG, SHG and PSG (12/17/05 at
NSH)… 18 blocked shots were a season-high for CBJ… Wennberg tied it with 9:51 remaining before Nyquist won the game 1:57 into OT.
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Dec. 27 at CBJ… Mar. 7 at CBJ
CBJ/TOR CONNECTIONS
CBJ: McRae (Beaverton), who played in four games for TOR (1983-85), served as GM of London Knights from 2014-16)… Harrington, born in Kingston,
had 0-1-1 in 15 games (2015-16)… Legace (Toronto), Danforth (Oshawa) and Jenner (Dorchester) were all born in Ontario.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. TOR)
The teams most recently met in the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round with the Blue Jackets winning the series 3-2… CBJ have won 12-8-0 in the past
20 games of the series… CBJ are 9-3-0 in last 12 games at TOR… Winning team has scored 3+ goals in 28-of-30 victories and 17-straight… CBJ have
both shutouts (MR: Bobrovsky, 4/8/15) in all-time series… Most goals scored at TOR: 6 (11/25/13)… Most goals allowed at TOR: 6 (2/14/18).
Columbus Blue Jackets: Media Notes
NOTED (Player Highlights vs. TOR)
Carlsson notched his 1st NHL point (assist) on 4/9/17 at TOR… Domi tallied his 100th NHL career assist on 10/3/18 at TOR… Voracek played his 500th
NHL game on 1/31/15 vs. TOR.
HOW THE JACKETS WERE BUILT (Active: 23, Injured: 3)
Drafted (12): Bjorkstrand, Carlsson, Chinakhov, Gavrikov, Jenner, Korpisalo (IR), Merzlikins, Peeke, Sillinger, Tarasov, Texier, Werenski
Trade (8): Bean, Boqvist, Domi, Harrington, Hofmann, Laine (IR), Roslovic, Voracek
Free Agent (6): Bayreuther, Danforth, Kukan (IR), Kuraly, Nyquist, Robinson
BLUE JACKETS NOTES
PUTTING PUCKS IN THE NET
The Blue Jackets have been able to fill the back of the net this season, ranking 11th in the NHL in goals-per-game through the first 23 contests (3.22).
The club has scored three-plus goals in 15 of their contests and four-plus goals in ten of them, including posting six on Sunday vs. the Sharks. The team
has averaged almost a goal-a-game more compared to last season (2.39). CBJ have twice finished a campaign averaging better than three goals a
game (club record 3.12 avg. in 2018-19 and 3.01 avg. in 2016-17).
COMEBACK JACKETS
The Blue Jackets have earned their victories this season with the club coming back at some point in the game in nine of their 13 wins. The club leads the
NHL in wins when allowing the first goal of the game (7, tied) and when trailing heading into the second period (4). Columbus has come back from
multiple goal deficits in two of its contests (Nov. 3 at COL and Nov. 15 vs. DET). The club has also had the flair for the dramatics this season, scoring the
game-winning goal with less than 1:30 left in regulation twice (Nov. 6 vs. COL; Nov. 15 vs. DET).
STAYING STRONG WHILE PLAYING SHORT
CBJ’s penalty kill units have come up big over the past five weeks. The team has killed off all opponent power play attempts in 13 of the last 16 games
since Oct. 31. The club is second in the NHL in penalty kill pct. over that span (PIT, 90.7), killing off 35-of-39 attempts (89.7).
THE ROAD WELL TRAVELED
Columbus is in the middle of a stretch dominated in road games. Prior to Sunday’s home game, the club had completed a four-game road trip. Following
Thursday’s contest vs. Anaheim at Nationwide Arena, the team will head out on a five-game road trip to face Seattle, western Canadian teams
(Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary) before finishing at Buffalo from Dec. 11-20. CBJ play 7-of-9 games from Nov. 18-Dec. 4 and 13-of-17 from Nov. 18-
Dec. 20 away from Nationwide Arena.
THE KIDS ARE MORE THAN ALRIGHT
The Blue Jackets kicked off the season as the youngest team in the NHL (avg. age 25.71) and many of the club’s youngest players have already made a
big impact just 23 games into the season. Alexandre Texier (22), has already surpassed his career high in goals (8) and has recorded 6-4-10 in the past
14 games. Cole Sillinger (18), a 2021 first round pick, is the NHL’s youngest player and has 5-5-10 in 23 GP. Adam Boqvist (21) has racked up 5-3-8
and 2 multi-goal/point contests in the last 7 games and ranks 4th-T among NHL defensemen in goals this season with 6-3-9 in 16 GP .
SUCCESS IN NET
Goaltender Elvis Merzlikins (10-4-0 in 14 GP) made franchise history in requiring the fewest games to reach 10 wins in a season with the victory on
Sunday vs. San Jose. Sergei Bobrovsky previously held the record at 10 wins in the first 15 contests (2016-17 and 2017-18). Merzlikins ranks first-T in
the NHL in wins and second in SV% at home this season (min. 8 home GP), going 9-1-0 with a 2.20 GAA and .935 SV% in 10 contests. Merzlikins
notched his 1st shutout of the season on Nov. 24 vs. Winnipeg (8th of NHL career) and has a 2.72 GAA and .920 SV% in 14 GP.
UPCOMING MILESTONES
•Bjorkstrand is 4 points from 200 for his CBJ/NHL career
•Boqvist is 8 games from 100 for his NHL career
•Domi is 7 goals from 100 for his NHL career and 8 assists from 200 for his NHL career
•Kuraly is 7 games from 300 for his NHL career
•Nyquist is 7 games from 600 for his NHL career and 7 games from his 100 for his CBJ career
•Voracek is 9 games from 1,000 for his NHL career
2021-22 TEAM QUICK HITS
•CBJ had the most diverse roster to open the season with 10 countries represented
•CBJ’s 9 wins and 18 points are the most through the 1st 12 home games of a season in club history
•CBJ are 5-0-0 in OT/SO this season; marking the 2nd time the club has started a campaign with wins in their 1st 5 games that were decided after
regulation (2005-06, finished 14-1-3)
•CBJ rank 13th-T in the NHL on the power play at 20.0 percent (12-of-60), which would represent the 2nd-best PP pct. in club history (21.7 pct., 2014-
15)
•CBJ rank 3rd in goals with 18 (COL-25, ANA-20) and 7th in the NHL in points (61) by defensemen
•CBJ are in the middle of a stretch of 13-of-16 games played against Western Conference teams from 11/18-12/18
•CBJ rank 5th in the NHL in goals scored in the 3rd period (31)
•CBJ, in partnership with WBNS-10TV, are holding a toy collection on 12/9 vs. ANA with the toys donated to The Salvation Army of Central Ohio’s
Christmas Cheer program
2021-22 PLAYER QUICK HITS
•CBJ have had 20 different players record goals this season, while 22-of-24 skaters have recorded at least 1 point
•Domi has 2-4-6 in the last 8 GP
•Gavrikov leads CBJ in +/- rating (+9), CBJ D-men in assists-T (11) and has 2-8-10 in his last 14 GP
•Jenner scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season on 12/2 at DAL and has 7-4-11 in his last 14 GP
•Kuraly leads CBJ in hits (60) and has a hit in 21-of-23 games
•Peeke (44) and Gavrikov (40) lead the club in blocked shots
•Peeke, who notched his 1st career multi-point game (0-2-2) and played a career-high 23:16 on Sun. vs. SJS, has played 20+ minutes in 6 of last 7
games
•Tarasov set the CBJ record for most saves in his NHL debut after stopping 34-of-37 shots on 12/2 at DAL
•Voracek ranks 2nd in the NHL with 15 primary assists and 4th-T in PP assists (9) and 17th in assists overall (18)
•Werenski became the 2nd blueliner in CBJ history (Jones, 223) to record 200 career points with his 1st of 2 assists on 11/18 at Vegas and ranks 3rd-T
in the NHL in TOI/GP (26:10)
CBJ 2021-22 TEAM GAME HIGHS
GOALS: 8 (10/14 vs ARI)… GOALS AGAINST: 6 – 2x (MR: 11/30 at NSH)… PPG: 2 – 3x (MR: 11/27 at STL)… PPGA: 3 (10/23 vs CAR)… SHOTS: 46
(11/18 at ARI)… SHOTS AGAINST: 45 (10/19 at DET)… PIM: 22 (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 29 – 2x (MR: 11/6 vs COL)… FOW: 40 (11/20 at VGK)… BKS:
21 (11/3 at COL)
CBJ 2021-22 PLAYER SEASON HIGHS
GOALS: 2 – 9x, MR: Boqvist (12/5 vs SJS)… ASSISTS: 3, Bjorkstrand (10/21 vs NYI)… POINTS: 4, Bjorkstrand (10/14 vs ARI)… HITS: 9, Kuraly (10/16
vs SEA)… PLUS/MINUS RATING: +4 – 2x, MR: Werenski, Domi (11/22 at BUF)… SOG: 10, Werenski (11/6 vs COL)… TOI: 33:03 – Werenski (10/31 at
NJD)… SAVES: 41, Korpisalo (10/19 at DET, 43 shots

COLUMBUS 3, TORONTO 0 GAME 5: What the Leafs said.

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. (Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun): Sheldon, the reasoning behind your lineup changes tonight and do you feel you got everything from your lineup over the course of this series? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I suspect you’re just asking about Johnsson coming in. That was an easy one for me simply because he felt ready and obviously with what’s stake here today, we wanted to have him a part of it. He’s an important player for us and he’s worked really hard to be ready to play. If he didn’t play today he likely would have played had we won and played game one of the next series so we figured we would use him today. In terms of what we got from our group, I think we had good performances from some people and we had a group of others that I didn’t think performed at their best. That’s pretty typical, it’s pretty rare you’d have everybody going. I thought we had enough out of the people that were important, obviously with the exception of the puck going over the line.

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): Can you take us through your rationale or what you were you thinking as you kept Matthews, Marner and Tavares together a lot of the game and just balancing wanting to have it all on one line or balancing the lineup? Those kind of decisions?

SHELDON KEEFE: Well, we’ve found it difficult through this series to generate offence and get chances and I thought that our best opportunity to do so would be to have those guys playing together. Also that I liked Will in the middle when we made the change in game four and the fact that really, in games three and four in particular, our second line was getting outplayed pretty badly. All those things combined, I wanted to go with that today. Made the change to go back in the third period to it just to try see if we could tax their defence a little bit more and have some benefit there, but that didn’t seem to work either, so we went back to it.

Q. (Justin Cuthbert, Yahoo Sports): We’ve heard a lot from the players that they knew what to expect from Columbus in this series. After these losses and the reasons why, they’ve pointed out that they knew what Columbus was good at. Over the five game sample, I’m wondering what from Columbus did surprise you in this series? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I would say that probably, and it’s not necessarily in this series, as we really broke down the video in preparing for the series and then watching them in the exhibition game, for myself that was the first time seeing them live, I had never coached against them. The biggest surprise for me I guess would just be their skill level throughout their lineup. There’s a lot of focus on their defence, Jones and Werenski, but they’ve got a really high skill level at forward. Obviously, Dubois is the game breaker for them, but a real high skill level and it doesn’t necessarily show up on the scoresheet for them all the time, but they’re really good in possession. They hold onto the puck, they can make a play, they put it to good spots, they play with good intelligence. Their forwards are really, really good in those areas of the game. And then obviously just seeing first-hand the fact that Werenski and Jones are as good a D pair as there is in the NHL.

Q. (Kevin McGran, Toronto Star): I know this isn’t really your department, more Kyle’s, but how close an eye will you be keeping on the Draft Lottery Phase 2 tomorrow night where you guys have as good a chance as anybody to landing that pick and, with that, perhaps change your mood right now if you got a game-changer like that? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I’m obviously not focused on it one bit, but it’s the next thing on the calendar for us so I’ll be paying attention to it, but I’ll be thinking about this one for quite a while.

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Obviously it’s raw right now, but what do you think this young core can take from this experience in this series? What do you want them to learn from it? 

SHELDON KEEFE: Yeah, Mark, it is raw. I think that for any type of question like that I’m sure there’s going to be ample time for me to answer that and probably give you a better answer. A more in-depth and insightful one. Right now, obviously I’m focused on tonight’s game and the disappointment of not getting this done and the series. Happy to answer any questions on that but anything beyond I think we’ll hold that for the next time I see you guys.

Q. (Jonas Siegel, The Athletic): What do you want your group to take from a season like this? Lessons moving forward. 

SHELDON KEEFE: Same thing, Jonas. I’m sure there’s going to be ample time and I’ll answer every question everybody has. I know this whole experience has been difficult on everybody, but the media in particular with being able to get their questions answered and stuff. I’ll make sure that the next time we’re together I can answer all of those questions for where we go from here. Right now, obviously, my focus is on our disappointment of not being able to get this done and hats off to Columbus for the effort they put forth in this series. It’s a good team that doesn’t give you much, they stay absolutely fully committed into what they are as a group. 

If I reflect on the series for myself, I think there was lots of positives in the series, there was lots of things that we would like to have done better, lots of things I would have liked to have done better. We really challenged our team coming into this to be better defensively, give ourselves a chance and not beat ourselves. I think when I look at two of our three losses, here tonight and in game one, I think we did a really good job of that and playing a patient game, not beating ourselves, not giving up much. The different in games one and five, obviously are three what I would call somewhat lucky goals and we didn’t get quite the same level of luck around the net. Columbus defended extremely well and didn’t give us a great deal, but we had enough chances to score more goals than we did with the two shutouts that we had. A little more luck and it might have been a different result. I’m not sure where it’s going to finish up, but we ended up shooting at about two percent at 5-on-5. For a team like ours to score on two percent of its chances, I think everybody coming into the series would say it’s pretty unlikely. That’s the way that it went.

Q. (Vipal Monga, Wall Street Journal): What sort of a coaching challenge was the five-game format after such a long layoff? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I’m not sure the five-game format necessarily was the greatest challenge. Five or seven, obviously every game becomes more important and a little more urgency. Once you lose game one, you’re on alert that much quicker than you would be in a game during a seven game series. But I think the greatest challenge, of course, is just being off for so long and then coming together and having a two week training camp and then pretty much getting right into it. You can only focus on so many things in trying to get your game up to speed in so many areas. You’re not as prepared as you’d like to be over the course of an 82 game season. That said, I was grateful to have a chance to have a training camp with our team and I thought in the areas we wanted to get better in, in terms of our defence and our patience and our commitment away from the puck, we saw some really positive signs there. Obviously, not good enough. 

MORGAN RIELLY AND JOHN TAVARES 

Q. (Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun): For John, what happened to the offence tonight and in this series in general? 

JOHN TAVARES: We know we’re playing a good, structured defensive team. Obviously, two goalies that had really good seasons. We knew it would be a challenge and obviously we have to find a way to break through. We had some good chances, some unfortunate breaks on a couple of chances and they do a good job really clearing the front of the net on second and third opportunities. We weren’t able to find some of those seconds today. I thought we generated good looks at times they pushed back well and they’ve got some quick forwards that can counter. They block a ton of shots but it’s obviously on us to find a way to break through that and come up with the results that we need. 

Q. (Kevin McGran, Toronto Star): Morgan, can you sum up how disappointed you feel and is there any comparison to last year in Boston, that sort of thing? What’s going through your mind in these moments? 

MORGAN RIELLY: It’s hard to put it all into words. It might take some time to digest a little bit, but it’s definitely a bad feeling, bad taste. Comparing to a loss in Boston, this one is different, for sure, for obvious reasons. Whether that makes it worse or easier to deal with, I don’t know, but right now it certainly feels like it’s harder to live with. I can’t really put all my emotions into words, I don’t have the vocabulary to do that. 

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): For John, I’m wondering on your chance in particular, the one that hit the post, how that developed in your eyes and what are you trying to do there? 

JOHN TAVARES: Morgan made a great play, Mitch did a good job breaking into the middle, causing some confusion and I just tried to get it off quick, seeing Korpisalo was really sold on Mo shooting at him. He made a great pass, I saw Seth Jones right in front and obviously he’s a big dude, he’s got big feet. I just tried to keep it along the ice, along the short side. My hand slipped just a tad, got it maybe a little bit more on the heel than I wanted to but, in saying that, obviously a great opportunity that I want to finish. Still got good wood on it and unfortunately maybe it was half an inch, quarter of an inch too much to the right and it didn’t hit the post and go in or even just sneak in the right side.

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Morgan, wanted to get your perspective on why it was so tough to generate offence against the Jackets in this series? 

MORGAN RIELLY: John just talked about it. Pretty much what he said. It’s the style they play, they’re very defensive and they’re great at it. Their goalies played well, their D did a good job of clogging up the middle. 

Q. (Jonas Siegel, The Athletic): Morgan, what do you think you can take from a season like this given how strange and long and unusual it was?

MORGAN RIELLY: I think it just prepares you for the future. Obviously, we experienced things that we hadn’t before and some good, some bad. Very unusual if you look at the playoff format. I think it’s just experience that we can take with us. Obviously it’s not the end result that we were looking for but I think that we all had an opportunity to learn a lot about ourselves during the break and be able to reflect. It’s just an experience we’re going to have to take with us and learn from. Hopefully in the future we can draw from it at some point.

Q. (Dan Rosen, NHL.com): John, I’m thinking about some of your opportunities. Chris asked you about the one that hit the post, but you had a few others point blank. You look back on those, does it even surprise you a little bit that one or two didn’t get in the back of the net considering those chances and how grade-A they were? 

JOHN TAVARES: Yeah, obviously I want to put them in. You do the best that you can. A couple of them, the one off the post, obviously, like I said, it’s less than an inch probably and it’s in. Just got to find a way to put that in. Had some good looks, goalie played well, but you’ve got to find a way to get through it and get the results you need. 

MITCH MARNER AND AUSTON MATTHEWS

Q. (Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun): Auston, can you sum up what you’re feeling right now with the disappointment of going home a lot earlier than you guys expected to?

AUSTON MATTHEWS: I don’t know what to really say to that question, honestly. It’s obviously very disappointing, lots of mixed emotions going through all our heads right now, but obviously very frustrating. 

Q. (Kevin McGran, Toronto Star): Mitch, I’m not saying this had anything to do with the outcome, but I’m really curious when you look back how did it feel really to play without any fans? Did it affect the intensity level at all or joy or anything along those lines? 

MITCH MARNER: No. Honestly, I didn’t think I really noticed it or our team noticed when we were playing. 

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Mitch, what made it so hard to generate offence 5-on-5 in the series against the Jackets? 

MITCH MARNER: We talked about it from day one, they were doing really well holding the middle. We knew when they get their leads they lock down the neutral zone. I thought we had some chances that just didn’t go in. 

Q. (Jonas Siegel, The Athletic): What do you think you can learn as a group from a season like this? 

AUSTON MATTHEWS: I don’t think anybody’s really played through a season quite like everybody went through with the pause and everything. I think there was a lot of ups and downs and obviously this is more of a frustrating way to end it. I thought at times in the season we showed a lot really good things, a lot of resilience from our group. Tonight obviously it’s a game of inches out there. Like Mitch said, we had some chances, puck didn’t go in the net and it’s a tough pill to swallow. It’s very disappointing.

Q. (Dan Rosen, NHL.com): Auston, admittedly I would understand if this is hard to think about at this time, but when you get into these games that are you win, you move on, you lose, you’re eliminated game sevens or game five in this case, is there any common theme that runs through your team of why it’s just that one little extra step is harder to overcome at this point? 

AUSTON MATTHEWS: I don’t really have an answer for that question, to be honest.

BLUE JACKETS 3, MAPLE LEAFS 0 GAME 5: Postgame notes.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (3-2) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-3)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9, 2020

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COLUMBUS1023
TORONTO0000

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Frederik Andersen stopped 19 of the 21 shots he faced in the loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
COLUMBUS7 (6)8 (8)7 (6)22 (20)
TORONTO6 (6)13 (11)14 (10)33 (27)

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
COLUMBUS16 (14)18 (17)11 (9)45 (40)
TORONTO14 (14)19 (17)24 (20)57 (51)

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Kyle Clifford, Pierre Engvall and Jason Spezza did not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Auston Matthews was 3-for-5 (60%) on offensive zone faceoffs and 3-for-4 (75%) on defensive zone faceoffs.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 31 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5. He finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.0 percent (31 for, 19 against). 

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempt(Matthews, Tavares)
Faceoff Wins9 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Kerfoot – 4 won, 2 lost; Hyman – 2 won, 1 lost)
Hits(Matthews)
Blocked Shots(Rielly)
Takeaways(Marner)
TOI28:29 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI1:46 (Marner, Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI2:43 (Holl, Marincin)
Shifts31 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage70.6% (Marner – 24 for, 10 against)
  

Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.

TORONTO 4, COLUMBUS 3 (OT): What the Leafs said.

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): I’m just wondering what will you remember most about that comeback? 

SHELDON KEEFE: Just the resilience of our team and how it just put new life in our group. It was pretty remarkable to be a part of it.

Q. (Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun): For Sunday now, how do you get to a point where you don’t have to play like that in the last five minutes and maybe have some of that push much earlier in the game than in the final stages of the third? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I think we played a good game today. Obviously, we don’t that we got behind early. It’s a much more difficult team to play against when you’re behind than when you’re even or ahead, of course. They’ve clearly established that as part of their identity. It was a tough road for us today, but our guys played really hard. It wasn’t perfect, but our guys played really hard and it was nice to see them get rewarded.

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): This core has taken its fair share of criticism. What did they show tonight?  

SHELDON KEEFE: Again, just resilience, just that they weren’t going to quit. Once we got one and got a little bit of life, they kept pushing. It was really nice and fitting the way that the goal was scored, the winning goal, Mitch to JT to Auston. But this was a group effort today. There was a lot of contributions. Look at the play of our fourth line today. They were outstanding. Jason Spezza just did not our season to end today and he played with that level of urgency. You see the fight, that’s just playoff hockey. That’s a guy who’s just not wanting to go down literally without a fight. It was great. It would have been so disappointing, of course, for it to end the way it was looking like it was going to. This is a funny game, a funny, funny game. I think there’s been times in this series where we haven’t been rewarded, perhaps, when we should have. A little bit of good fortune today as a result of some of our resilience. I thought we were pretty good in overtime and made good on our power play.

Q. (Luke Fox, Sportsnet): Can you describe what the mood was like in the dressing room during the second intermission and what the message to the guys was at that point? 

SHELDON KEEFE: The second intermission was actually pretty good. The first intermission, I think, was one that we kind of had to perk the guys up a little bit and get them going. First intermission I think just the way the period went, we didn’t get a whole lot and we were down, of course. The second intermission was actually really positive and felt good about the group. I don’t know that that necessarily materialized into anything productive on the ice necessarily and a credit to Columbus for how they played defensively. As I said, it’s crazy the way that it worked out. We’ve got new life here now. We were getting CPR there for a little bit and then we found our way back. Here we go. 

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Sheldon, how would you describe what it was like with four minutes left in regulation. Could you sense the push coming? Did you and the coaching staff have to do anything to prod it out? What was your view of that moment? 

SHELDON KEEFE: Columbus was doing a terrific job of really clogging things up in the neutral zone so we didn’t have a lot of life going. As coaches it’s our job to get the right people on the ice. Obviously, we had to pull the goaltender a lot earlier than you would normally want to. We just thought coming out of the TV timeout and the fact that we needed three goals and our best guys were fresh, it just made sense. We found a way to get one in. Suddenly you get the second one and now you’re in a game. It’s pretty remarkable, it’s been a pretty crazy 24 hours, obviously, from what we’ve been through here. What we’ve been through as coaches and players and staff and I’m sure fans, media, everything all the way around. It’s been a very interesting and unprecedented 24 hours. It’s on us to regroup and recover here and be ready to go for Sunday. 

Q. (Kevin McGran, Toronto Star): What’s going through your mind the way the game unfolds through the third period with them going up 3-0? What are you thinking in those moments? You’ve tried every line combination you could think of, it looked like. What are you thinking in those moments? 

SHELDON KEEFE: Once they got the third goal, obviously it’s pretty grim. You’re obviously in very tough. I was thinking about some of the great efforts that we’ve had here over the last number of days that I felt maybe we’re not going to be rewarded for it. I felt bad about that because I think we have had some individuals that have been really, really great through all of this. Then it turns, you get a bounce and it comes and all of a sudden you are rewarded for that and we’ve got new life as I’ve said. We’re really, really excited to play on Sunday. 

AUSTON MATTHEWS & JASON SPEZZA

Q. (Kristen Shilton, TSN): What’s the moment like for you when you see that goal go in after coming back from a 3-0 deficit? 

AUSTON MATTHEWS: I don’t really know what to really feel in the moment, to be honest. I think your mind just kind of goes blank and I think it’s a credit to every single guy on our team for just sticking with it, battling back and just not quitting down 3-0 with a couple minutes left. I think that’s a testament to each guy in this locker room and I think everybody should be extremely proud of each other. 

Q. (Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun): Jason, you’ve been around this game a hell of a long time. Do you remember anything like that last four minutes? Anything comparable that you’ve been through? 

JASON SPEZZA: No I’ve never been a part of anything like that. With the firepower we have with these guys, the way they can put the puck in the net, we’re never out of it and there’s a great sense of belief in our group and we stuck with it the whole way and got some big goals by some big players. 

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): This core has taken a lot of criticism the last few years. What did you guys show tonight? 

AUSTON MATTHEWS: I think just resilience. I think you’re going to go through ups and downs here and I think we’ve definitely been through our share of ups and downs. I think that’s just kind of par for the course here. I think you just try to stick with it, focus on what we can control and focus on what we have in the locker and stick together and play as a team. 

Q. (Luke Fox, Sportsnet): Jason, you don’t have very many fights in your career. What were your emotions coming into this game and what made you drop the gloves tonight? 

JASON SPEZZA: Just trying to spark the guys. I think just trying to show some desperation and have some push back. Sometimes without the crowd you don’t have that so just trying to create some emotion and play the role that I’m in and just try to get everyone going. You’re just trying to do what you can do at this time of year.

ZACH HYMAN

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): That moment on the tying goal, I think everybody in the building probably thought Auston was going to shoot it. Can you just take us through it? 

ZACH HYMAN: Yeah, I rolled up the wall, I saw Auston in the middle and then it hit him. I thought he was going to shoot it too and then he came back to me and got it off my skate and just tried to throw it to the net. JT had a great screen and it went in. It was crazy. 

Q. (Justin Cuthbert, Yahoo Sports): I’m curious what the mindset was for you and I guess you can only speak for yourself, but the entire team when it was so late and you guys were down 3-0. Were the negative thoughts, the thoughts about what happens next with you guys and bubble life and so on and so forth, did any of that creep in and how were you able to keep everything in check when it was down to the last few minutes there? 

ZACH HYMAN: I think it’s natural that those thoughts start to creep in when they score the third goal but you just put your foot on the gas, keep going, it’s not over until the time runs out. Once you get that first one you’re only down two and then we got the second one pretty quick after that. The belief starts to grow. It grows, it grows and then you give yourself a chance. You keep putting pucks on the net and then we tied it up with 20 seconds there. Then Matts got the OT winner and we’ve got life. I think it’s an exhilarating win. We’ve got to temper our emotions and get back at it for game five. 

MAPLE LEAFS-BLUE JACKETS GAME 4: Pregame Notes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-2) vs.

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS (2-1)

AUGUST 7, 2020 ▪ 8:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus COLUMBUS


ALL-TIME RECORD
: 14-11-1-4
ALL-TIME at HOME: 6-6-1-3

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SERIES RECORD: 0-0

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD: 1-2
2019-20: 1-0-1

THE SERIES SO FAR

GAME THREE – AUGUST 6, 2020: Columbus 4 vs. Toronto 3

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Ceci, Nylander, Robertson

Columbus Goals: Dubois (3), Jones

TOR PP: 1/2; CBJ PP: 0/3

Shots: 43-36 Columbus; Hits: 27-19 Columbus; Faceoff %: 51% Toronto

GAME TWO – AUGUST 4, 2020: Toronto 3 vs. Columbus 0

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Matthews, Tavares, Rielly

Columbus Goals: N/A

TOR PP: 0/5; CBJ PP: 0/4

Shots: 39-20 Toronto; Hits: 28-18 Columbus; Faceoff %: 53% Columbus

GAME ONE – AUGUST 2, 2020: Columbus 2 vs. Toronto 0

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: N/A

Columbus Goals: Atkinson, Wennberg

TOR PP: 0/1; CBJ PP: 0/2

Shots: 35-28 Columbus; Hits: 37-26 Columbus; Faceoff %: 58% Toronto

MAPLE LEAFS SERIES LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADERCATEGORYLEADER
GOALS(Six players tied)BLOCKED SHOTS9 (Holl)
ASSISTS3 (Kerfoot)TAKEAWAYS6 (Matthews)
POINTS3 (Kerfoot, Matthews)HITS8 (Hyman)
SHOTS13 (Tavares)TOI PER GAME26:29 (Rielly)
FACEOFF WIN%63.6% (Tavares)PP TOI PER GAME3:46 (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %66.6% (Marincin)SH TOI PER GAME3:19 (Holl)

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus COLUMBUS

GAMES: John Tavares (27), Jason Spezza (22), Kyle Clifford (20), Morgan Rielly (20)
POINTS: John Tavares (33), Mitch Marner (12), Jason Spezza (12)

GOALS: John Tavares (14), Mitch Marner (5), Jason Spezza (4)

ASSISTS: John Tavares (19), Morgan Rielly (9), Tyson Barrie (9)

PENALTY MINUTES: Kyle Clifford (23), John Tavares (16), Jake Muzzin (14)

BLUE JACKETS CAREER LEADERS versus TORONTO

GAMES: Nick Foligno (46), Brandon Dubinsky (32), Gustav Nyquist (27)

POINTS: Brandon Dubinsky (23), Nick Foligno (22), Gustav Nyquist (20)

GOALS: Gustav Nyquist (11), Nick Foligno (10), Brandon Dubinsky (7)

ASSISTS: Brandon Dubinsky (16), Nick Foligno (12), Seth Jones (9), Gustav Nyquist (9)

PENALTY MINUTES: Nick Foligno (38), Brandon Dubinsky (26), Nathan Gerbe (16)

MAPLE LEAFS ACTIVE PLAYOFF LEADERS

GAMES: Jason Spezza (83), Jake Muzzin (59), Kyle Clifford (58)

POINTS: Jason Spezza (70), John Tavares (28), Jake Muzzin (22)
GOALS: Jason Spezza (25), John Tavares (14), Auston Matthews (11)

ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (45), Jake Muzzin (15), John Tavares (14)
PENALTY MINUTES: Kyle Clifford (62), Jason Spezza (30), Jake Muzzin (22)

2019-20 SEASON SERIES

October 4, 2019: Toronto 4 vs. Columbus 1

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Marner (2), Ceci, Matthews

Columbus Goals: Atkinson

October 21, 2019: Columbus 4 vs. Toronto 3 OT

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Kapanen, Matthews, Nylander

Boston Goals: Nash, Dubois, Wennberg, Nyquist

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Postseason Appearances– The 2020 postseason marks the Maple Leafs’ 69th appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Series History– The Maple Leafs have played a total of 114 series in their previous 68 playoff appearances, winning 58 of them.
Playoff Record– Toronto has a record of 263-287-4 in 554 franchise playoff games.
Best of Five– The Toronto franchise (Arenas, St. Pats, Maple Leafs) has played in 15 best-of-five series in its history and have a 7-8 record in that span
Toronto vs. Columbus– This is the first time the Maple Leafs and Blue Jackets have met in a postseason series.
Postseason Experience– Frederik AndersenKasperi KapanenZach HymanAuston MatthewsMitch MarnerWilliam Nylander and Morgan Rielly have appeared in all 23 postseason games contested by the Maple Leafs since the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs, per NHL Stats.
In the Atlantic– Toronto finished third in the Atlantic Division and 13th in the NHL standings with a record of 36-25-9 (.569 points percentage).
Team Discipline– The Maple Leafs took the sixth-fewest penalties in the NHL (219) and averaged the third-fewest penalty minutes per game (6.7). 
Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs finished third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.5%) and tied for second among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs were third in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the third fewest power play opportunities (195) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (45).
Penalty Kill– Toronto was shorthanded 193 times this season, which was the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto had a .774 win percentage when scoring first, which tied for the third highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

Frederik Andersen– Stopped 39 of the 43 shots he faced in game three of the series. – Since joining the Maple Leafs in 2016-17, Andersen is 9-12 in 22 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. He is tied for eighth among Maple Leafs goalies in all-time playoff wins.
Tyson Barrie– Averaging 20:37 in ice time and 15.43 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time through three games in the series.- Has appeared in 24 career playoff games and recorded 14 points (one goal, 13 assists).
Jack Campbell– Could make his Stanley Cup playoff debut this postseason.- Had a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average after being acquired by the Maple Leafs.- Has made two career appearances against the Blue Jackets and is 1-0-1 with a 1.99 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.
Cody Ceci– Scored a shorthanded goal on August 6 vs. Columbus to become the first Maple Leaf defenceman to score a shorthanded goal in the playoffs since Jim McKenny on April 9, 1972 vs. Boston- Has skated in 28 career playoff games, recording a goal and three assists.
Kyle Clifford– Has appeared in 58 career playoff games and is a two-time Stanley Cup Champion (2012, 2014) with the Los Angeles Kings.
Travis Dermott– Played a playoff career-high 24:58 in ice time on August 6 vs. Columbus.- Has two goals and three assists in 17 career playoff games.
Justin Holl– Leads the Maple Leafs in shorthanded ice time per game (3:19) in the series thus far. – Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut on August 2 vs. Columbus. 
Zach Hyman– Ranks second among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (18:20).- Has appeared in 23 career playoff games and recorded 10 points (3-7-10).
  
Kasperi Kapanen– Had his first multi-assist playoff game on August 6 vs. Columbus.- Has drawn a team-high three penalties through two games of the series.- Has appeared in 22 career playoff games and recorded five points (4-1-5).
Alex Kerfoot– Had his first career multi-point and multi-assist playoff game on August 6 vs. Columbus.- Leads Maple Leaf forwards in blocked shots with six through three games.- Has appeared in 22 career playoff games and recorded seven points (2-5-7).
Mitch Marner– Registered his first point of the postseason with an assist in game three of the series.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.6 percent through three games, which leads Toronto forwards.- Has appeared in 23 career playoff games and recorded 18 career points (5-13-18).
Auston Matthews– Ranks third among NHL forwards in ice time per game (23:22) through two games of the series.- Has skated in 23 career playoff games and recorded 11 goals and five assists.- Per NHL Stats, Matthews’ 11 career playoff goals (20 GP) are tied for the second-most among Maple Leafs before age 23. He trails Ted Kennedy (20 G in 38 GP) and is tied with Wendel Clark (11 G in 23 GP).
William Nylander– Registered his first goal of the postseason on August 6 vs. Columbus.- Averaging 21:06 per game in ice time through three games.- Has recorded four goals goals and nine assists in 23 career playoff games.
Jason Spezza– Leads the Maple Leafs in career playoff games (83), goals (25), assists (45) and points (70).
John Tavares– Ranks second among NHL skaters in faceoff wins (42) through three games.- Leads the Maple Leafs in shots on goal (13) through two games. – Has skated in 33 career playoff games and recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists).
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Jake MuzzinLeft Toronto’s game on August 4 and has been ruled out for the remainder of the series.

MAPLE LEAFS – BLUE JACKETS FINAL 2019-20 TEAM STATS

 TORONTOCOLUMBUS
GOALS FOR (Rank):237 (2nd)180 (t-28th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):     222 (25th)183 (t-3rd)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):45/195 [23.8%] (6th)31/189 [16.4%] (27th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):150/193 [77.7%] (21st)138/169 [81.7%] (12th)
SHOTS (Rank):2302 (4th)2272 (6th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3466 (3rd)3133 (14th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)49.2% (19th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)48.5% (26th)

MAPLE LEAFS 2019-20 LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS47 (Matthews)
ASSISTS51 (Marner)
POINTS80 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS25 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs43 (Holl)
SHOTS290 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.3% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.6% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS78 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:12 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:13 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

COLUMBUS 4, TORONTO 3 (OT): What the Leafs said.

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): I’m wondering where you felt that game got away from you guys once you built the lead? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I feel like the game got away from us right from the start. I didn’t like our game in the first period, I didn’t like our game at 1-0, I didn’t like our game at 2-0 and 3-0. We just got what we deserved today. I thought we reverted back to a lot of really bad habits. We didn’t have any real purpose or plan to our game today, we were just making it up as we go along. We get what we deserve. 

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): How do you explain that after such a great performance in game two? 

SHELDON KEEFE: Tough to explain. That’s part of the deal. It’s why it’s a playoff series and every day is a new day, just like it was after game one, just like it was after game two and just like it is here. We’ve got to put this behind us and get ready to come back tomorrow. 

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): What are you going to learn about your group over the next 24 hours? What’s it going to take to bounce back from this? 

SHELDON KEEFE: We’re going to learn a great deal, but I think we’ve already learned this. We’ve been through adventures like this with this team before. We’ve always come back with a great performance. Tomorrow will be no different. 

Q. (Justin Cuthbert, Yahoo Sports): Some increased responsibility for Travis Dermott tonight, wondering how you thought he fared in that role? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I thought that as a team we didn’t help our defence as a group and as a group our defence didn’t help themselves. 

Q. (Jonas Siegel, The Athletic): What message will you leave to the group heading into game four on Friday night? 

SHELDON KEEFE: I’ve already talked to the team here today and really just reiterate the things we were talking about the entire game that we weren’t playing with any real plan or purpose and it caught up with us. It’s over now. We’ve got to regroup here, this is what playoff hockey is all about. The emotions, the swings of momentum, it’s the best part of playoffs here, so a chance to regroup and come back at it tomorrow and be a better version of ourselves than we were today is an exciting part for me. We’ll get to work on that. 

MORGAN RIELLY & JOHN TAVARES

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): I’m just wondering where you think that game started to get away from you guys when you were up 3-0? 

JOHN TAVARES: When they got that goal it just seemed to give them some life and we just didn’t do a lot of the things we did consistently previously in game two, especially wearing them out in their zone. Obviously, they got some life and some jump and started creating some transition opportunities, putting a lot of pucks towards the net. Obviously, when you get a 3-0 lead we have to find a way to close that one out. It is what it is, we have to push forward now and understand what’s in front of us and regroup and have a big one tomorrow. 

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): Having to come back in less than 21 hours, John, how do you guys bounce back? Is it almost a good thing to have not a lot of time to think about this? 

JOHN TAVARES: It is what it is. Whatever the circumstances are, obviously we understand what’s facing us. We’ve got to regroup and understand the way we’ve got to play and how desperate we’ve got to be. A lot of belief in our group and obviously it’s tomorrow. We’ve got to do the best we can. Recover, fuel up and give everything we’ve got tomorrow. 

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Morgan, how do you feel the team handled the absence of Jake Muzzin tonight? 

MORGAN RIELLY: I thought we did a decent job. Obviously, he’s a big part of our team and like I talked about in previous days you can’t really replace him, you can have guys take on more responsibility. I thought we had guys that did that. I thought the penalty kill was pretty good. Obviously, we miss him still but I think it’s important that tomorrow we have guys rise to the occasion more and then game five as well. 

MITCH MARNER & NICK ROBERTSON

Q. (Josh Clipperton, The Canadian Press): You guys were up 3-0 midway through the second period, how do you explain what happened next? 

MITCH MARNER: I think we had that great penalty kill. I think guys really showed urgency to get in lanes and block shots, a couple of bounces here and there. It went to one of their guys to hit one of their guys back door. I think from that moment on we’ve just got to keep cool, keep going. To start the third, we had a power play there for a minute and a bit, we didn’t generate anything, we gave them all the credit there. That’s something we’ve got to change, we’ve got to get way better at. 

Q. (Kevin McGran, Toronto Star): Nick, not the result you wanted tonight but you scored tonight, a pretty good goal, a lot of people are very happy for you. How did it feel to score your first NHL goal and do you know what you’re going to do with the puck? 

NICK ROBERTSON: [Kasperi Kapanen] made a nice play, turned up at the end of his shift and I just tried to get a shot off. Luckily it went in. Obviously, I was excited, but I’ve got to put that excitement away and we’ve got to finish the period there. Didn’t get the result we wanted so hopefully we can be excited afer tomorrow’s game. 

Q. (Chris Johnston, Sportsnet): Given how quickly it is until game four, what sort of things are you saying to each other? What’s the message to move past this? 

MITCH MARNER: Just erase it. We’re a team that’s been bouncing back all year from things that didn’t go our way. We’ve always showed up the next game and played our hearts out. We’ve got to refocus, get ready. It’s quick turnaround. We know that they’re going to want to finish this out. We’ve got to make sure we’re playing smart, playing above. We got away from that tonight and let them get too many odd-man rushes, too flowy for them. It’s something we’ve got to clean up. 

Q. (Mark Masters, TSN): Mitch, obviously the quick turnaround from a gut-wrenching loss. How do you describe the mental toughness of the team? You guys have been through a lot in the last few years’ playoffs, the scars you’ve picked up. How would you describe the mental toughness of the group? 

MITCH MARNER: Like I just said, we’ve shown our resilience when we’ve had tough losses or haven’t played the way we’ve wanted to. Again tonight, we really let those guys have their way on rushes. Too many 3-on-2s, 4-on-2s, Freddie came up big for us many times. I think our forwards and D, we’ve got to talk more and cover each other better and stay above. That’s what that team does. They kill you on your turnovers, we gave them too many tonight and they didn’t miss on their opportunities when they had them.