Giannis Antetokounmpo on block: ‘I thought I was going to get dunked on’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

Said Bucks teammate Khris Middleton: “It was one of those oh-s*** moments. ‘We gave up a layup.'”

Giannis Antetokounmpo on block: ‘I thought I was going to get dunked on’ — ProBasketballTalk | NBC Sports

GAME 4: MAPLE LEAFS (2-1) AT CANADIENS (1-2)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-1) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (1-2)

MAY 25, 2021 ▪ 7:30 PM EST

BELL CENTRE (MONTREAL, QC) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL


ALL-TIME RECORD
: 307-344-88-18
ALL-TIME at HOME: 194-129-45-10

ALL-TIME on the ROAD: 113-215-43-8

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF SERIES RECORD: 7-8

ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORD: 31-43
2020-21: 7-2-1

THE SERIES SO FAR

GAME THREE – MAY 24, 2021: Toronto 2 vs. Montreal 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Nylander, Rielly

Montreal Goals: Suzuki

TOR PP: 0/4; MTL PP: 0/3

Shots: 29-29 Tied; Hits: 37-28 Montreal; Faceoff %: 50% Tied

GAME TWO – MAY 22, 2021: Toronto 5 vs. Montreal 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Spezza, Matthews, Sandin,Nylander, Kerfoot

Montreal Goals: Kotkaniemi

TOR PP: 2/6; MTL PP: 0/1

Shots: 34-23 Toronto; Hits: 44-36 Montreal; Faceoff %: 66% Toronto

GAME ONE – MAY 20, 2021: Montreal 2 vs. Toronto 1

GAME SUMMARY        |           EVENT SUMMARY       |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

Toronto Goals: Nylander

Montreal Goals: Anderson, Byron

TOR PP: 0/4; MTL PP: 0/5

Shots: 36-30 Toronto; Hits: 55-27 Montreal; Faceoff %: 56% Montreal

MAPLE LEAFS SERIES LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADERCATEGORYLEADER
GOALS3 (Nylander)BLOCKED SHOTS(Holl)
ASSISTS3 (Marner)TAKEAWAYS7 (Matthews)
POINTS4 (Nylander)HITS15 (Hyman)
SHOTS18 (Matthews)TOI PER GAME24:53 (Marner)
FACEOFF WIN%77.8% (Thornton)PP TOI PER GAME5:56 (Matthews)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %73.3% (Engvall)SH TOI PER GAME3:29 (Muzzin)

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES: Jason Spezza (76), Joe Thornton (62), Nick Foligno (47)

POINTS: Jason Spezza (75), Joe Thornton (47), John Tavares (40)

GOALS: Jason Spezza (32), Auston Matthews (19), John Tavares (17)

ASSISTS: Jason Spezza (43), Joe Thornton (32), John Tavares (23)

PENALTY MINUTES: Zach Bogosian (59), Nick Foligno (58), Wayne Simmonds (54)

CANADIENS CAREER LEADERS versus TORONTO

GAMES: Eric Staal (55), Brendan Gallagher (35), Jeff Petry (34), Tomas Tatar (34)

POINTS: Eric Staal (52), Jeff Petry (21), Brendan Gallagher (19), Corey Perry (19)

GOALS: Eric Staal (24), Tomas Tatar (10), Brendan Gallagher (10)

ASSISTS: Eric Staal (28), Jeff Petry (16), Shea Weber (14)

PENALTY MINUTES: Eric Staal (37), Corey Perry (26), Shea Weber (20)

MAPLE LEAFS ACTIVE PLAYOFF LEADERS

GAMES: Joe Thornton (182), Jason Spezza (88), Jake Muzzin (62)

POINTS: Joe Thornton (133), Jason Spezza (71), John Tavares (30)

GOALS: Joe Thornton (31), Jason Spezza (26), John Tavares (15)

ASSISTS: Joe Thornton (102), Jason Spezza (45), Mitch Marner (19)
PENALTY MINUTES: Joe Thornton (132), Wayne Simmonds (108), Nick Foligno (45)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Postseason Appearances– The 2021 postseason marks the Maple Leafs’ 70th appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs.
Series History– The Maple Leafs have played a total of 115 series in their previous 69 playoff appearances, winning 58 of them.
Playoff Record– Toronto has a record of 259-285-4 in 548 franchise playoff games.
Toronto vs. Montreal– This is the 16th time the Maple Leafs and Canadiens have met in the postseason.- Toronto has only faced Boston (16) and Detroit (23) as many times or more than the Canadiens in a playoff series.- This series marks the first meeting between the Maple Leafs and Canadiens in the Stanley Cup playoffs since 1979.
Up North– Toronto finished first in the North Division and tied for fifth in the NHL with a 35-14-7 record (77 points)- The Maple Leafs captured their first division title since 1999-00. 
Team Discipline– The Maple Leafs took were assessed 165 penalties this season, which was tied for the fifth-fewest penalties taken in the NHL. – Toronto averaged 4:21 per game in time on the penalty kill, which was the fourth lowest total in the League.
Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs finished 10th among NHL teams and second among North Division clubs in faceoff win percentage (51.1%).- Toronto won 53 percent of their offensive zone faceoffs, which was the ninth-highest percentage among NHL clubs.
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs were second in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (132), while allowing the eighth-fewest goals at 5-on-5 (96).
Starting Strong– Toronto scored 61 times in the first period, which was the highest mark in the NHL, while allowing 38 first period goals, the fifth-fewest in the League.
Power Play– The Maple Leafs allowed the fifth-fewest power play opportunities (155) among NHL teams that scored at least 30 power play goals (31).
Penalty Kill– Toronto was shorthanded 144 times this season, which was the tied for the fourth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto won 25 games after scoring the first goal of the game, which ranked third among NHL clubs. 
Team Goal-Games– The Maple Leafs were tied for the 11th highest win percentage in one-goal games (.560), tied for the sixth-highest win percentage in two-goal games (.615) and had the fourth-highest win percentage in three-goal games (.733).
Back in the Postseason– Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner have reached the postseason in each of their first five NHL campaigns, a feat achieved by only four other Maple Leafs in the expansion era (since 1967-68): Tomas Kaberle (1998-99 to 2003-04), Dave Williams (1974-75 to 1978-79), Borje Salming (1973-74 to 1980-81) and Ian Turnbull (1973-74 to 1980-81).

MAPLE LEAFS NOTABLES

Frederik Andersen– Since joining the Maple Leafs in 2016-17, Andersen is 10-14 in 24 Stanley Cup Playoffs appearances. Only seven goaltenders have recorded more postseason wins in a Toronto uniform.- Had a 13-8-3 record with a 2.96 goals-against average and an .895 save percentage in 23 games played this season. 
Zach Bogosian– Averaging 2:36 per game in shorthanded ice time through three games this series.- Has recorded five assists in 23 playoff games.- Captured the Stanley Cup in 2020 with the Lightning. 
TJ Brodie– Averaging 17:51 in even-strength ice time per game through three games, which ranks second among Toronto skaters. – Third among Maple Leafs in blocked shots (5).- Recorded his first postseason point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on May 24 at Montreal.- Has appeared in 33 career Stanley Cup playoff games and recorded 15 points (4-12-16). 
Jack Campbell– Is 2-1 with a 1.35 goals-against average and a .951 save percentage in the postseason. – Earned his first career win in the Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Was 17-3-2 with a 2.15 goals-against average and a .921 save percentage this season. 
Pierre Engvall– Leads the Maple Leafs in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (73.3%) through two appearances in the postseason.- Has skated in six career Stanley Cup playoff games for the Maple Leafs. 
Nick Foligno– Averaging 13:12 per game in ice time and 2:03 in shorthanded ice time through two appearances in the postseason.- Has recorded 23 points (9-14-23) in 53 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Alex Galchenyuk– Played 9:23 in Game Three of the series in Montreal on May 24.- Has registered 13 points (4-9-13) in 34 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Justin Holl– Leads the Maple Leafs in blocked shots (7) through three games of the series.- Has started 35.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone through three games, the lowest mark among Toronto defencemen.- Recorded his first career playoff point with an assist on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded an assist in eight career Stanley Cup playoff games.  
Zach Hyman– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in time on ice per game (23:04) through three games of the series.- Leads Toronto in hits (15) this postseason.- Has recorded 12 points (4-8-12) in 27 career playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Alex Kerfoot– Averaging 2:24 per game in shorthanded ice time, which is tied for the lead among Toronto forwards who have appeared in every game this series.- Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.8% when the Maple Leafs are leading in the series, which ranks fifth among Toronto skaters.- Scored his first playoff goal as a Maple Leaf on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded nine points (3-6-9) in 25 career playoff games. 
Mitch Marner– Has three assists through three games of the series.- Leads the Maple Leafs in average time on ice (24:53) through three games in this series. – Tied for second among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (10) this series.- Has recorded 24 points (5-19-24) in 28 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Auston Matthews– Leads Maple Leafs forwards in even-strength ice time per game (16:58) through two games.- Leads postseason skaters in shots per game (6.0).- Tied for second among postseason skaters in takeaways (7).- Has recorded 22 points (13-9-22) in 28 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
Ilya Mikheyev– Averaging 12:34 per game in ice time and 1:32 per game in shorthanded ice time through three games.- Has started 22.2 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the second lowest mark among Maple Leafs skaters.- Has skated in eight career Stanley Cup playoff games.  
Jake Muzzin– Leads the Maple Leafs in shorthanded time on ice per game through two games (3:29). – Has recorded 22 points (7-15-22) in 62 career Stanley Cup playoff games.- Captured the Stanley Cup in 2014 with the Kings. 
Riley Nash– Has started 11.1 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.- Averaging 2:39 per game in shorthanded ice time per game, the highest mark among Maple Leafs forwards. – Skated in his first game as a Maple Leaf in Game One of the series on May 20 vs. Montreal.- Has registered eight points (2-6-8) in 33 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in goals (3) and points (3-1-4) through three games of the series.- Averaging 16:42 per game in ice time, including 4:17 per game in power play ice time.- Tied for second among Toronto skaters in shots on goal (10).- Has recorded 18 points (7-11-18) in 27 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Morgan Rielly– Tied for second among Maple Leafs in points (1-2-3) through three games of the postseason.- Leads Maple Leafs defencemen in average time on ice (23:03) through three games.- Scored his first career game-winning goal in the postseason on May 24 at Montreal.- Has recorded 19 points (4-15-19) in 28 career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Rasmus Sandin– Averaging 13:55 per game in ice time and 4:35 per game on the power play. – Scored his first career goal in the Stanley Cup playoffs on May 22 vs. Montreal.- Has recorded a goal in three career Stanley Cup playoff games with the Maple Leafs. 
Wayne Simmonds– Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.6 percent through three games of the series, which ranks second among Toronto skaters.  – Has recorded 21 points (8-13-21) in 46 career playoff appearances. 
Jason Spezza– Ranks third among Maple Leafs in faceoffs taken (25), winning 52.0 percent of his draws thus far. – Has won 60 percent (9 won, 6 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs through three games.- Has recorded 71 points (26 goals, 45 assists) in 88 career Stanley Cup playoff games.
Joe Thornton– Has a hits per 60 minutes rate of 8.62, which ranks seventh among Toronto skaters.- Has won 77.8 percent of his faceoffs through three games of the series.- Has recorded 133 points (31 goals, 102 assists) in 182 career Stanley Cup playoff games. 
  

INJURY REPORT

Nick Foligno (Lower Body)Did not play on May 24 at Montreal.
John Tavares (Concussion)Out indefinitely.

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS FINAL 2020-21 TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):186 (6th)158 (17th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):     148 (t-7th)165 (18th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):31/155 [20.0%] (16th)29/151 [19.2%] (17th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):113/144 [78.5%] (t-23rd)135/172 [78.5%] (t-23rd)
SHOTS (Rank):1751 (6th)1746 (7th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2455 (8th)2704 (3rd)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):51.0% (11th)54.5% (2nd)
FACEOFF % (Rank):51.1% (10th)48.4% (t-24th)

MAPLE LEAFS 2020-21 LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS41 (Matthews)
ASSISTS47 (Marner)
POINTS67 (Marner)
POWER PLAY POINTS14 (Marner)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Marner)
PIMs49 (Bogosian)
SHOTS220 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%56.7% (Spezza)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.2% (Thornton)
BLOCKED SHOTS94 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS53 (Marner)
HITS100 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME23:38 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:14 (Matthews)
SH TOI PER GAME2:35 (Muzzin)

Brett Phillips sent Tampa Bay’s hearts racing, including his own, at the end of Game 4 — Whittier Daily News

The emotional hounds have been released long ago. The unwritten celebration penalties have been rescinded. Harold Reynolds, of the MLB Network and baseball’s Dead Pan era, says these whole playoffs have been “like a high school baseball tournament.” That, today, is a compliment, and on Saturday night Brett Phillips turned the aftermath of Game 4…

Brett Phillips sent Tampa Bay’s hearts racing, including his own, at the end of Game 4 — Whittier Daily News

RAYS 8, DODGERS 7: WORLD SERIES GAME 4 POSTGAME NOTES

The 116th World Series
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Tampa Bay Rays
Saturday, October 24, 2020
World Series Game Four – Postgame Notes
Globe Life Field, Arlington, Texas

TAMPA BAY RAYS 8, LOS ANGELES DODGERS 7 (SERIES TIED, 2-2)
First Pitch: 7:09 p.m. Gametime Temperature: 57 degrees Tonight’s Attendance: 11,441 Time of Game: 4:10
PITCHING LINES
LA DODGERS IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes

Julio Urías 4.2 4 2 2 1-0 9 2 1 18 80/56
Blake Treinen 0.2 1 2 2 1-0 1 0 0 4 16/10
Pedro Báez 1.2 2 2 2 1-0 2 2 0 7 26/15
Adam Kolarek 0.2 0 0 0 1-0 1 0 0 3 9/5
Brusdar Graterol 0.1 1 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 2 7/3
Kenley Jansen (L) 0.2 2 2 2 1-0 1 0 0 5 21/12
TAMPA BAY IP H R ER BB-I SO HR WP BF Pitches/Strikes
Ryan Yarbrough 3.1 5 2 2 1-0 1 2 0 16 69/40
Ryan Thompson 0.2 0 0 0 0-0 1 0 0 2 5/4
Pete Fairbanks 1.0 2 1 1 0-0 1 0 1 4 12/8
Diego Castillo 1.0 1 1 1 2-0 1 0 0 6 26/13
Aaron Loup 0.1 2 2 2 0-0 1 0 0 3 11/9
Nick Anderson 1.1 3 1 1 1-1 1 0 0 7 23/15
John Curtiss (W) 1.1 2 0 0 0-0 0 0 0 6 14/10

THE FALL CLASSIC AT 2-2
• With the Rays win tonight, this marks the 47th time in World
Series history that the series has been tied at two games
apiece, the third year over a four-year span (2017, 2019),
and the fifth time in 10 years (also 2011 and 2013).
• Of the previous 46 times that a World Series is tied,
2-2, the winner of Game Five has gone on to win the
series 30 times (65.2%), including six times in the last 14
occasions. Those were the Yankees in 1996, the Marlins
in 1997 and 2003, the Red Sox in 2013, the Giants in
2014 and the Astros in 2017. The seven teams to lose
the Series in that span after winning Game Five all lost
the series in seven games, including: Brewers in 1982;
Red Sox in 1986; Cardinals in 1987; Braves in 1991;
Yankees in 2001; Giants in 2002; Rangers in 2011; and
the Nationals in 2019.
RAYS AT 2-2
• This is the fourth time in franchise history that the Rays
have been tied 2-2 in a Postseason series, previously
doing so in this year’s ALDS against the Yankees, the
2019 ALDS against the Astros and the 2010 ALDS againt
the Rangers. Tampa Bay went on to lose both series. It
is the first time to occur in a best-of-seven Postseason
series.
DODGERS AT 2-2
• This is the 15th time since 1900 that the Dodgers have
been tied at two games apiece in any best-of-seven
Postseason series, most recently in the 2018 NLCS in
which they went on to defeat the Brewers. Overall, the
Dodgers went on to win the series five times.
• This is the 11th time since 1900 that Los Angeles has
been tied at two games in a Fall Classic, most recently in
the 2017 World Series in which they ultimately fell to the
Astros in seven games. Overall, the Dodgers went on to
win the Fall Classic three times (1981, 1965, 1955).
GAME FOUR RESULTS
• The Rays improved to 5-5 all-time in Game Four of a
Postseason series. The Rays are now 1-1 in Game Four
of the Fall Classic, previously losing to the Phillies in
Game Four of the 2018 Fall Classic. Tampa Bay is now
1-2 this Postseason in Game Four.
• The Dodgers fell to 20-23 all-time in Game Four of a
Postseason series. The Dodgers are now 9-12 in Game
Four of the Fall Classic. Los Angeles is now 0-2 this
Postseason in Game Four, also losing to the Braves in
in the NLCS.
WALK IT OFF TB
• Tonight’s historic contest marks the first walk-off win in a
World Series game since the Dodgers defeated the Red
Sox in Game Three of the 2018 Fall Classic.
RANDY’S HISTORIC RUN
• Randy Arozarena delivered a solo home run in the
fourth inning tonight, his ninth round-tripper of the 2020
playoffs, establishing a new Major League record for a
single Postseason.
• His nine home runs also match Evan Longoria for the
most career home runs in Rays Postseason history.
• Randy’s 26 hits this Postseason match Pablo Sandoval
(26 H, 2014) for the MLB Postseason record.
• Arozarena also holds the MLB Postseason record
for the most total bases (59) in a single Postseason,
surpassing the mark held by David Freese (50) in 2011.
• Arozarena also notched his fifth three-hit game of the
2020 Postseason, establishing an MLB record for the
most in a single Postseason.
• His 13 extra-base hits this Postseason are one shy of the
major league record held by STL David Freese (2011)
• Last night, Arozarena surpassed Derek Jeter (22 H, 1996)
for the rookie record for most hits in a single Postseason.
• Randy’s 26 hits also trail only BJ Upton (27) for the most
career hits in Rays Postseason history.
KEYSTONE POWER
• Brandon Lowe delivered a clutch three-run homer in the
sixth inning tonight to give the Rays a 5-4 lead. It was his
third round-tripper of the 2020 Fall Classic, and he now
has the most World Series homers in Rays history. • Lowe’s three homers are tied for sixth-most by a second
baseman in World Series history. Only Chase Utley (7),
Billy Martin (5), Joe Gordon (4), Davey Lopes (4) and
Tony Lazzeri (4) recorded more. • In addition, his three homers in a single Fall Classic rank
tied for second with Lopes (1978) and Jeff Kent (2002),
and trail only Utley’s five homers in 2009.
Game Four Postgame Notes – Saturday, October 24, 2020
TAMPA BAY HITS HOMERS
• With home runs by Randy Arozarena, Brandon Lowe,
Hunter Renfroe and Kevin Kiermaier, the Rays extended
their MLB Postseason record and have now clubbed 33
round-trippers during their 2020 playoff run. The previous
record of 27 was shared by the 2017 Astros and 2002
Giants, and was matched tonight by the 2020 Dodgers. • The four homers are a World Series record for the Rays
and match the franchise’s Postseason record, previously
accomplished in Game Two of the 2020 ALDS, Game
Three of the 2019 ALDS, the 2019 AL Wild Card and
Game Three of the 2008 ALCS. • Tampa’s four home runs are tied for fourth-most in a
World Series game, most recently accomplished by the
Red Sox in Game Five of the 2018 Fall Classic. The
record of five homers in a single World Series game is
shared by the 2017 Astros (G5); the 1989 Oakland A’s
(G3); and the 1928 Yankees (G4). • Kevin Kiermaier became the first player to hit a gametying home run in a World Series game while batting out
of the ninth spot in the batting order since Chili Davis in
1991.
FIVE-INNING ROAD BLOCK
• Following Ryan Yarbrough’s 3.1 inning-start, the Rays
are the second team in World Series history to have
six consecutive starters not reach 5.0 innings (Charlie
Morton, 2020 G3; Blake Snell, 2020 G2; Tyler Glasnow,
2020 G1; Scott Kazmir, 2008 G5; and Andy Sonnanstine,
2008 G4). • According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Rays
became the first AL Club to do so, as it was previously
accomplished only by the Dodgers (7G) in 1947.
A REAL TEAM EFFORT
• The Rays utilized 21players tonight, matching
the record for a nine-inning World Series game, previously
accomplished by the 1947 Yankees and 1961 Reds. • The Rays (7) and Dodgers (6) also combined for 13
pitchers tonight, the most in World Series history for a
nine-inning game.
SEARING SEAGER
• In the third inning, Corey Seager slugged his eighth
home run of the 2020 Postseason. Seager matched
Nelson Cruz (2011), Carlos Beltrán (2004) and
Barry Bonds (2002) for the second-most in a single
Postseason, trailing only Randy Arozarena, who clubbed
his ninth home run of the 2020 playoffs tonight. • The round-tripper was also the 11th Postseason homer
of his career, matching Duke Snider for second-most
in franchise history. Earlier in the game, Justin Turner
clubbed a home run to establish a new Club mark (12). • Seager now has three career World Series home runs,
matching Carlos Correa and Derek Jeter for the most by
a shortstop in Major League history. • Seager became the third player in franchise history to
tally four hits in a World Series game, joining Maury Wills
(1965 G5) and Jim Gilliam (1959 G5). • He became the first Major Leaguer since Kris Bryant
(2016 G6) to notch four hits and a home run in a Fall
Classic contest. Marked just the 19th such game in World
Series history. He joined Robin Yount (1982 G5) as the
only shortstops to accomplish the feat in history.
SHORT & SWEET
• Making his first career World Series start tonight,
Julio Urías tossed 4.2 innings of two-run ball with nine
strikeouts and one walk. • Urías became the second pitcher in World Series
history to tally nine strikeouts while tossing fewer than 5.0
innings, joining Blake Snell, who accomplished the feat
earlier this series in Game Two. It marks only the fourth
such start in Postseason history, also accomplished by
Brandon Woodruff (2020 NLWC G2) and CC Sabathia
(2017 ALDS G5). • Julio became the sixth Dodgers pitcher (seventh time) in
Fall Classic history to notch at least nine punchouts while
not permitting more than one free pass, joining Walker
Buehler, who did so last night, Clayton Kershaw (2017
G1), Sandy Koufax (1965 G2, G5), Don Drysdale (1963
G3) and Don Newcombe (1949 G1). • At 24 years, 73 days old, he became the youngest
pitcher to tally at least nine punchouts in a World Series
contest since Florida’s Josh Beckett (23, 163) in Game Six
of the 2003 World Series. The only pitcher in franchise
history to accomplish the feat at a younger age is Don
Newcombe (23.113), who had 11 strikeouts in Game
One of the 1949 World Series against the Yankees.
DYNAMIC DUO
• Corey Seager and Justin Turner became the third pair of
teammates to both log at least four hits in a World Series
game, joining Paul Molitor and Robin Yount in 1982, and
Whitey Kurowski and Joe Garagiola in 1946.
TWO-OUT PROWESS
• The Dodgers tallied seven two-out RBI tonight. Their
55 two-out RBI this Postseason surpassed the previous
record of 45 held by the 2004 Boston Red Sox for the
most in a single Postseason since 1999, according to the
Elias Sports Bureau. • The Dodgers became the first team in World Series
history to score with two outs in six different innings of a
single contest.
WALK THIS WAY
• With his walk in the third inning, Max Muncy collected
his 19th free pass of the 2020 Postseason. He has now
recorded the third-most all-time in a single Postseason,
and trails just Barry Bonds (27 BB, 2002) and Gary
Sheffield (20 BB, 1997).
MULTI-DINGER DODGERS
• With multiple home runs tonight, the Dodgers have
now clubbed multiple homers in seven consecutive
Postseason games, establishing an MLB Postseason
record. The previous mark of six straight games was
held by the Yankees (2019-2020).
CONSISTENT SCORING
• There was at least one run scored in eight consecutive
half innings tonight, the longest streak in World Series
history, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. • This also marks the first game in Fall Classic history that
both Clubs scored in three straight innings.

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.