MAPLE LEAFS 2, SENATORS 1 (OT). WHAT THEY SAID: “It’s one of those things where I feel like I’ve been positive all year even at the start of the year when things weren’t going well. Just kept working hard and now that bounces are going our way a little bit and the team is playing great, we have a lot of confidence and our whole team has that swagger back. Especially after the break, or the last three games, we’ve played really solid games and really good games so hopefully we can keep it going.” — MICHAEL HUTCHINSON.


HEAD COACH 
SHELDON KEEFE

On tonight’s win:

I thought we stayed with it. We knew it was going to be a really hard game and it was. They played hard, credit to them. Credit to the plan to the plan they put in place, credit to how they stuck with it and how hard they competed here on a back-to-back game for them. It was clear that this game was important to that group in how they played. It was important to us as well. I thought we stayed with it. It wasn’t an easy day for us. Ultimately found a way to make sure we got the one point and then in overtime, being what it is, a bit of an adventure, but I thought that our special teams — both in regulation and in overtime, obviously — were very good. So hats off to them. Hats off to [assistant coaches] Dave Hakstol and Paul McFarland for what they did in our timeouts to get our team set. Really good in that sense that we were able to get two points we really needed.

On why Kapanen was scratched tonight:

Internal accountability is really what it is. You guys will get a chance to talk to him when we get together again on Monday.

On if the scratch was a one-time event:

One-time thing.

On how they came to a decision to scratch him:

We had chatted about it yesterday a little bit and then made our decision. I wanted to sleep on it, we talked with Kappy this morning and made a decision and went from there.

On if Kapanen was late for a meeting:

You guys will get a chance to talk with Kappy on Monday.

On how Kapanen took the news:

I think you guys will get a chance to talk about it. We’ll work our way through it. We’ll try to keep the focus on the game tonight.

On Spezza’s play tonight:

I thought he was excellent. He probably had a little extra jump here today; it was a big time goal that he scored. He got an opportunity there; it was clear he wasn’t going to miss on that one. So that was really good to see, and he had some other chances, he had a lot of jump, I was really happy with how he responded to that opportunity.

On tonight’s win as a step in Hutchinson’s progression:

Yeah, I would say that, absolutely. Sharp, confident, we had breakdowns today and he was there even sometimes when they had a couple looks — whether it was getting behind us on a  breakaway or 2-on-1 and they didn’t quite get a shot off — but he was out, he was at the top of his crease, he was confident, he was aggressive. He just looked like he was out there to win the game for us and that’s what you want to see.

On the importance of tonight’s win coupled with a Florida loss:

There is a lot of hockey to be played so I think it’s a little early for us to be focusing much of what’s happening outside of our building, but they’re going to be coming in here on Monday and we certainly know we didn’t like the way that we played and the result we got when we were out there. We know we have to be a whole lot better here Monday and we’re excited for a chance to play for us a really important game.

On Marner’s awareness to take the shot in overtime:

Yeah it says a lot. It was also part of the plan that [McFarland] put in place to be honest. We knew they were going to make things pretty hard on our shooters, on Willy and Matty on the sides so we thought there might be a lane there for Mitch to shoot or to look for John at the bottom. He had the lane and made good on it so probably caught them off guard a little bit.

MICHAEL HUTCHINSON (24 SAVES)

On playing in the Battle of Ontario:

It was cool, it was a little extra added atmosphere. It’s also cool having Spezza on our side of Ontario now. I grew up watching him on the other side of it, so he always has some pretty funny stories about the Battle of Ontario back then. To be a part of it was pretty cool.

On having his confidence back:

It’s one of those things where I feel like I’ve been positive all year even at the start of the year when things weren’t going well. Just kept working hard and now that bounces are going our way a little bit and the team is playing great, we have a lot of confidence and our whole team has that swagger back. Especially after the break or the last three games we’ve played really solid games and really good games so hopefully we can keep it going.

MITCH MARNER (OVERTIME WINNER)

On Hutchinson’s play tonight:

Hutch has been huge for us the last couple times he’s been in that net. A couple of those saves were huge for us and kept us in that game. It’s a big win.

On his overtime winner:

I don’t think anyone really thinks I’m going to shoot that. So first two I got I looked at the net and saw a little bit of a lane and the third one came back and decided to try and get it to the net with [Tavares] crossing in front and luckily it went in.

JASON SPEZZA (1 GOAL)

On his game tonight:

I felt good and it was a tight game, so it was good to make some plays and I thought our line had some good chances. We could have given ourselves the lead there a few times but good to contribute.

On his end-to-end rush in the first period:

Yeah it opened up and got a good look at the net but then I muffed the rebound. I was kind of upset because if I get it up it’s in the net. The seas parted for me a little bit and would have liked to put that it.

On trying to use his shot more and his goal tonight:

I shot it more than I’ve shot it in weeks so maybe we should talk about it more. My whole life I’ve been told I’ve got to shoot the puck more. You know you take what’s there and they shaded off me there and got a good look and Sandin did a good job getting it over to me quick.

JOHN TAVARES (17:52 TOI)

On winning a tightly contested game against Ottawa:

Yeah, I think we had a good idea of what they were going to throw at us. They do a pretty good job in the neutral zone. I think we knew that prescouting coming in. They force a lot of dumps and challenge teams at their own line. They get good transition either way, obviously some guys that can hurt you in those opportunities, so we just tried to stay patient. Obviously we’d love to have gotten a few more but you’ve just got to stay with it. We earned our opportunities and a couple big power play goals.

On the importance of winning one-goal games:

Yeah, I think we obviously just want to continue to build on the way we responded after the break. Just the attention to detail consistently over 60 minutes without the puck and especially being smart at the right times in the right areas. Still wanting to obviously be dynamic, control possession and create opportunity. There’s going to be nights where it’s tighter and there’s not as much going on or pucks just aren’t sliding or they’re bouncing at times and playing a team that’s really trying to frustrate you and slow you down. Just good to stay composed and stay with it and whatever’s thrown our way, I think we want to find a way to handle it, especially with 30 games left.

MAPLE LEAFS 3, ISLANDERS 0: Michael Hutchinson stops 33 shots for his first shutout this season and the fifth of his career. He has three straight wins.

NEW YORK ISLANDERS (25-12-3 – 53 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (24-14-5 – 53 Points)

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Pierre Engvall opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 13:25 of the second period. Engvall has goals (2) in two consecutive games. He has three goals over his last four games. He has scored four of his six goals in six games against Metropolitan Division teams.
  • Auston Matthews scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 16:07 of the second period before picking up the secondary assist on Zach Hyman’s third period goal. Matthews has assists (4) and points (4-4-8) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 17th multi-point performance of the season. He has seven goals and four assists for 11 points in 11 career games against the Islanders. He leads the NHL in 5-on-5 goals (19) and even-strength goals (21).
  • Zach Hyman scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night into an empty net at 17:52 of the third period. Hyman has nine points (4 goals, 5 assists) in eight games played on home ice this season. He has 13 points (8-5-13) over his last 14 games played.
  • Kasperi Kapanen had the lone assist on Engvall’s second period goal. Kapanen has points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He has five points (2-3-5) over his last five games played. He has 11 points (5-6-11) in 14 games against Metropolitan Division teams, which is his highest point total against a single division in 2019-20.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later had the primary assist on Hyman’s third period goal. Marner has points (1-4-5) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 11th multi-point performance of the season. In 14 games since returning to the lineup from injury on December 4, he has recorded 22 points (7 goals, 15 assists). He has 16 points (7-9-15) in 11 games against Metropolitan Division opposition.
  • Justin Holl collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Holl has 12 points (1-11-12) in 41 games this season. He has two goals and an assist in four career games against the Islanders.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped all 33 shots he faced to earn his first shutout of 2019-20.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
NEW YORK7 (7)16 (14)10 (10)33 (31)
TORONTO6 (6)7 (6)10 (9)23 (21)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
NEW YORK8 (8)21 (19)19 (19)48 (46)
TORONTO11 (11)21 (19)16 (15)48 (45)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home11-4-5 (20 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York74-68-7-10 (158 Games)
All-Time Record vs. New York at Home43-30-4-4 (80 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference13-9-5 (27 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division6-4-4 (14 Games)
Attendance19.536

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins10 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman, Kapanen – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Kerfoot, Rielly)
Blocked Shots(Dermott)
Takeaways(Five players tied)
TOI23:50 (Rielly)
Power Play TOIN/A
Shorthanded TOI2:00 (Holl)
Shifts24 (Ceci, Hyman, Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage72% (Tavares – 18 for, 7 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first16-3-1
Tied after 19-5-2
Lead after 217-1-2
Do not score a power play goal10-3-3
Do not allow a power play goal12-6-3
Outshot by opponent12-9-3
Saturday9-2-3

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and did not have a power play tonight.
  • Toronto did not have a power play for the third time this season.
  • The Maple Leafs’ line of Frederik Gauthier, Mason Marchment and Dmytro Timashov were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 28 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.6 percent (28 for, 16 against).
  • John Tavares won 83 percent (5 won, 1 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up with New York forward Brock Nelson.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Monday, January 6, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, January 8, 7:30 p.m. vs. Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Sunday, January 12, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m. vs. New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. vs. Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)

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