MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0– WHAT THEY SAID: "It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy's goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys." — FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight vs. the previous two games:

I think we’ve talked about it before. We’ve shown at different times that this is a group with a lot of character and a lot of pride, and we showed that today with how we responded.

On if the performance tonight started with success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, for sure, those guys had strong nights. I think it’s just a sign of how engaged we were in the game. I would say that was where the game begins in a lot of cases. Guys were hard on the puck in all areas of the game.

On Muzzin’s performance tonight:

Just complete. He battled, he was competitive, he shot one into the net, found a way to get a couple of assists. Just all over the game. He was a real leader for us back there.

On Kerfoot’s role in kickstarting the third line tonight:

Yeah, I think it really helps us. That line has really been struggling for us to find an identity and to find some consistency. It’s tough for us because I thought Kerf was doing an excellent job with [Tavares] and [Nylander] and playing well there. Just talking we said the acquisition of Malgin gives us an opportunity to give him a look with those guys. I just thought that Alex could bring something back to that line. We wanted to give him a chance to be a centre and get that line going. The wingers, Engvall and Kappy, are two guys we think have more to give us. That happened today.

On Andersen’s performance on a late first period penalty kill:

Yeah, he was excellent. He was perfect, he keeps it out of the net. He battled, he looked solid there. It was just a really good sign for our team. He made saves on the pucks that they were throwing around the net, but there was also a lot of loose ones hanging out there. Our guys collapsed real hard on the loose pucks to maybe not necessarily get it out like we would have liked, but at least kept away from our net and allowed us to settle the game. I thought that penalty kill was a really important time in the game, obviously it didn’t crack. It was a good chance for our penalty kill, which had been outstanding for us. I think the 12 games or so in the month leading up to the game in Pittsburgh we had the number one penalty kill in the NHL. So the penalty kill has been really strong for us and today was a chance for us to bring it right back.

On Kapanen’s impact on the game tonight:

That’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the impact that he has on our team. So just really great to see that. It gives us consistency all throughout our lineup.

On the challenge of trying to maximize the team’s performance after the last two games:

This season is going very different; different things. It’s going to require different things from me, it’s going to require different things from our players. We didn’t like how the last little bit has gone. I was excited about the opportunity to get to work yesterday and put in the work and respond. You’re playing against the same team, it has a playoff feel to it when you take a beatdown in the first game, you have a chance to regroup and make a plan and push your team, challenge the team, motivate your team. That’s the best part of this game. I was excited about it; I think our players were too and it showed tonight.

On if there were any keys to getting the right response from the team after Tuesday:

I think there was a lot said, a lot done and all that kind of stuff, but a part of it too is you just don’t like to get embarrassed. Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization. So, we could have said or done nothing, and we might have gotten this type of response. We’ll never really know. Regardless of the route, we like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result. Get the shutout and didn’t give up much against a very good team. I thought we controlled play for good chunks of time against a very good team. A lot of really good healthy signs here so we’ll enjoy it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (24 SAVES)

On the effort from the team’s blueliners tonight:

It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.

On the team scoring first and building its lead:

I think it goes without saying it’s better to score than give anything up. I thought we did a good job.

On if the team defended differently late to shut down Pittsburgh’s attack:

No, I thought we just stuck with our game for the most part of the game. We played a complete effort. That was a great response by everyone, I think, the way we want to be like.

KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL)

On playing with emotion tonight:

I think the whole team showed a lot of emotion tonight, not just me in particular. You know, that’s the outcome when we play like that, we play with emotion and we stick to the structure and play the Maple Leaf way. That’s what happens and it was a good game throughout.

On his fight:

Stuff happens on the ice. I think Sandin got hit there and if it wasn’t me out there, I’m sure someone else would have stood up and defended one another. He came over and it just happened.

ALEX KERFOOT (1 ASSIST)

On Kapanen dropping the gloves:

It shows emotion, that’s what we were looking for. We wanted kind of a little more bite to our group. He’s a fiery guy at times and he had a great game tonight.  I thought he was all over the forecheck, he was physical all night. When you see a guy like him drop the gloves, everyone on the bench gets a boost from that.

On if it’s frustrating why the team can’t have this effort more consistently:

I don’t think frustrating is the right word. I think maybe it’s disappointing the effort we’ve had a times this year but whether you’re a team who wins games or can’t win games, every team in this league can win games so it’s not a matter of we’re some upper echelon team that on certain nights can win games — I think that there’s a lot of teams in this league that when they’re playing well can win games. We’ve just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis.

DENIS MALGIN (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On playing his first game as a Maple Leaf:

I was trying to do my best you know, I felt good.

On playing with Tavares and Nylander:

It’s a great opportunity for me and now I’m just going to build off it.

On what being traded felt like:

Actually I don’t think so much, so I just took it and I was happy to be here.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was a solid team game. I think this is what we needed. We had two terrible games, so to come back this is a good start, but we’ve just got to stick with this kind of game and keep playing like this and we’ll be good.

On what led to this effort after two straight losses:

Getting ready for the game, it’s just think that we haven’t been practicing so much and yesterday was a battle practice so we got into that kind of mode again. I think that was a good practice for us just to refresh in those kinds of areas of the game, which needed to improve.

JOHN TAVARES (2 ASSISTS)

On what he liked from the team tonight:

I think the intensity of the group, the way we started. It was a tight hockey game and we just stuck with it, got our opportunities, capitalized and didn’t let up in their end, I think that’s key for us. Good win, but obviously we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for Saturday. Lots of big hockey games coming up.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, we got a couple [goals] off them, so you just try to be as well prepared for those situations and those scenarios and take advantage of them when you can. Great shot by Muzz on the first one and then anytime you get a 5-on-3 and you’re able to win it clean, you’re able to get a good look right off of it. So good play [Matthews], great shot by Will. Just good areas to be sharp in and we generate a lot just everyone competing, hard work and fighting for their space and that led to open ice and good looks and following up on second opportunities.

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

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

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

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

On if he is bewildered with recent performances:

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

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

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

On how the group finds urgency:

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

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (19 SAVES)

On the difference on special teams tonight:

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

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

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

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On if special teams told the story tonight:

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

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

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

JAKE MUZZIN (1 ASSIST)

On what the team needs to do to move forward:

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

On what a hard game looks like:

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

JOHN TAVARES (15:48 TOI)

On tonight’s loss:

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

More on tonight’s loss and turning things around:

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

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

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

BUFFALO SABRES (26-24-8 – 60 Points)

FEBRUARY 16, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

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

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus BUFFALO

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

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus BUFFALO

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

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES TEAM STATS

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

MAPLE LEAFS – SABRES NOTES

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

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. SABRES

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

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

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

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for second among NHL goaltenders in wins (24).- Has a 14-4-0 record on the road with a .922 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.- Has a save percentage over .900 in 55.8 percent of his starts this season, which is the sixth-highest percentage among goaltenders who have appeared in 40 games.
Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for 12th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for 10th among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (51).- Averages 14.49 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.7%).
– Ranks 26th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.25).
Pierre Engvall– Signed a two-year contract extension on February 12.- Has played 31.4 percent of Toronto’s shorthanded ice time since joining the team, which is the second-highest shorthanded time on ice percentage among the League’s rookie forwards who have appeared in at least 30 games.- Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 57.1 percent at 5-on-5, which is the second highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks first in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (44.4%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.9%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (44.4%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Third among Toronto skaters and tied for 25th among NHLers in points since January 1 (8-9-17; 18 GP).- Has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.80).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 13 penalties this season and taken four, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+9) and ranks tied for 26th among NHL forwards.- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 12th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 20 (8-12-20) of his 32 points in 29 games on the road this season.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Tied for eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-15-22).- Has 10 points (4-6-10) in 15 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
Mitch Marner– Tied for eighth among NHL skaters in assists (44). Has the most assists among NHLers who have appeared in fewer than 50 games.- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the third-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.23 points per game, which is the 10th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for fourth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Ninth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 50 or fewer games.
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (42).- Leads the NHL with 31 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (26).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (42-29-71).- Fourth in the NHL with 240 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of eight NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:35) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).- Averages 2.26 takeaways per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 13.58 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks seventh among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:35).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks third among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.25) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.9 percent, which ranks third among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.89 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 0.94 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks third among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 10 points (5-5-10) in eight games during the month of February.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.3 percent at 5-on-5 when the Maple Leafs are leading in games, which is the highest percentage when leading among NHL forwards who have appeared in at least 40 games and average 15 minutes per game in 5-on-5 ice time (15:37).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. – Has won 55.3 percent of his offensive zone faceoffs this season, which is the 11th-highest percentage among NHLers who have taken 900 draws in all situations.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

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

UPCOMING MILESTONES

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

RECENT MILESTONES

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

INJURY REPORT

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

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

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

‘HIS ENERGY IS AWESOME’: Campbell gets another start in Leafs net — Toronto Sun

Freddy is getting steady, but he’s not quite ready to resume his goaltending duties with the Maple Leafs. Read More

‘HIS ENERGY IS AWESOME’: Campbell gets another start in Leafs net — Toronto Sun.

Goaltender Andersen hits the ice, Maple Leafs lose Ceci to ankle injury — Toronto Sun

As media filed into the Maple Leafs’ dressing room at the Ford Performance Centre on Thursday afternoon to talk to general manager Kyle Dubas and newcomers Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford, going the other way was goaltender Frederik Andersen. Read More

Goaltender Andersen hits the ice, Maple Leafs lose Ceci to ankle injury — Toronto Sun
By Terry Koshan

As media filed into the Maple Leafs’ dressing room at the Ford Performance Centre on Thursday afternoon to talk to general manager Kyle Dubas and newcomers Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford, going the other way was goaltender Frederik Andersen.

In full equipment.

Andersen, who suffered a neck injury against Florida on Monday, then spent the next 35 minutes on the ice, taking shots from goaltending coach Steve Briere.

A positive development, to be sure, after there was some speculation that Andersen could be out for a while.

“(His) status is that he is continuing to work through the injury and see where he is at,” Dubas said. “I would say he is unlikely (to play against the Anaheim Ducks on Friday), but we will see.”

PANTHERS 5, LEAFS 3 — WHAT THEY SAID: "(Frederik Andersen) went through that whole (concussion) process. My understanding is the results were positive on that. Given the nature of the injury, we wanted to take caution and give it time. We'll give it tonight and see how he is in the morning." –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On Frederik Andersen’s status:

I guess he’s feeling better. That’s what I’m told. They’re just going to have to give him the night and see how he is in the morning.

On what collision caused the injury:

I don’t know those details.

On if Andersen underwent concussion testing:

He was, he went through that whole process. My understanding is the results were positive on that. Given the nature of the injury, we wanted to take caution and give it time. We’ll give it tonight and see how he is in the morning.

On if he knows whether Andersen will travel to New York tomorrow:

No. We’ll see how he is in the morning and if he’s on the ice for practice and all that kind of stuff. Practice hasn’t been ruled out for tomorrow at this point.

On the team’s play tonight:

I thought we played a really good game. If we play that type of game 100 times, we probably win 99 of them, something in that neighborhood. But you don’t get the points and that hurts. Obviously, we get the 3-1 goal and it should be over from there. We lose our focus a little bit and then we let them get the second one, and we just never really recovered. That was a challenge for us.

On the loss as an example of the team’s immaturity:

Yes and no. The result sucks, right? I don’t think the result is in any way indicative of the way the game went. When you talk about the maturity of our team, a lot of the narrative is how we can’t defend. That’s the best defensive game we’ve played the entire season. I don’t know if we gave up over four scoring chances at even-strength the whole hockey game. That’s the way it goes. We would have liked to have more offence and score more and grow a bigger lead. We had plenty of opportunities to do that and we didn’t. We let them hang around in the game and then, as I said, we did lose composure, I thought. Not composure, but just got distracted by the 3-1 goal and perhaps that’s an area we’d like to have back and do better job of. There’s a lot of things to like about what we did today.

On his level of confidence in Hutchinson if he needs to take over as the starter:

I’m not going to answer that tonight.

On how Hutchinson fared coming into the game after Andersen’s injury:

Obviously, it didn’t go very well but it’s a challenging scenario. He comes in cold and he’s not expecting to play. He goes in the second period and other than a couple of dump-ins, I don’t know if he had any shots. So that’s a tough ask of any goalie. He is part of the team and wants the opportunity and he’s in the net. You’d like to see positive results. I’d take a lot more from the games played for us previous to tonight.

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (10 SAVES)

On the challenge of coming into a game cold:

It’s definitely difficult. It’s one of those things that you try to do your best to get your body ready and prepared. It’s probably the hardest thing in pro sports as far as going in cold. Baseball players have bullpen, football quarterbacks going in cold can throw a few balls on the sideline. As a goalie, you go from sitting around to jumping right in the game and being thrown right into it. So I thought our guys did a great job playing the second period and letting me get a chance to get my feet wet.

On when he knew he was going into the game:

A few minutes into the second intermission I got the heads up I was going in.

On his mindset if he needs to play more often going forward:

The same as it has been. Just take it one day at a time. It doesn’t matter if you’re playing every single night or once every two weeks, you have to approach each day. Try and get better and try to take advantage of each day and if I happen to get more starts than that, that’s what it is. Hopefully Freddie is good.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s loss:

I think it just got away from us. We played 45 to 50 minutes of really, really good hockey. Some of our best over the last couple weeks and then we had the puck quite a bit, we had plenty of chances. It just got away from us, I think. Just maybe a lack of focus and concentration and obviously we didn’t take advantage. These were valuable points that were on the line for us and we were in a really good spot going into the third.

On the team’s reaction after Andersen didn’t return in the second period:

You’ve still got to play. He’s a big part of this team, obviously, but when he goes down, we’ve got faith in Hutch. We just didn’t play well in front of him for the last 20 minutes.

On the focus shifting back to the week’s upcoming games:

Yeah, absolutely. We have three more games. This is a team that is obviously in our division and these were important points. This one got away from us, move on to Wednesday in New York and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

WILIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On what happened in the third period following a strong first 40 minutes:

I think we just relaxed a little bit and they capitalized on their chances and that’s obviously something we can’t do.

On how difficult it will be to turn the page after tonight’s loss:

No, it’s fine. We take what we did well from this game and move on. There’s nothing about being upset about this.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On a tough loss tonight:

Yeah, obviously disappointing. It’s not going to be a good feeling leaving the rink, especially I think overall the way we played, we got sloppy early in the third and just didn’t do a good enough job exiting our zone clean at times. That obviously led to some of their opportunities. There’s a lot of hockey left so we just have to turn the page as disappointing as this one is we have to get ready for three more this week.

On making sense of the third period breakdown:

Well we came out really well, got a big goal and, for whatever reason, we just didn’t have a good response, good momentum after that and led to some opportunities and they started to get some belief and some momentum and we weren’t able to do a good enough job the rest of the period.