TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (17-6-2 – 36 Points) at
MINNESOTA WILD (17-6-1 – 35 Points)
TORONTO 0 3 0 0 0 (1-3) 3
MINNESOTA 1 2 0 0 1 (2-3) 4


  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 12:47 of the second period. Spezza scored his second goal of the
    game on a Toronto power play opportunity at 17:51 of the second period. Spezza also recorded the
    primary assist on Matthews’ power play goal. Spezza posted his first multi-goal game of the season
    and his first three-point game of the season.
  • Auston Matthews scored on a power play opportunity at 19:10 of the second period. Matthews has
    scored in five-consecutive games (7G). Matthews also registered the primary assist on Spezza’s power
    play goal recording his 10th assist of the season. During Matthews’ five-game point streak, he has
    posted nine points (7G, 2A).
  • Nick Ritchie recorded the primary assist on Spezza’s first goal. Ritchie posted his sixth assist of the
  • Morgan Rielly registered the secondary assist on both of Spezza’s goals as well as Matthews’ goal.
    Rielly recorded his first three-point outing of the season.
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 6 (5) 20 (14) 11 (11) 5 (0) 42 (30)
    MINNESOTA 9 (9) 7 (3) 22 (15) 2 (0) 40 (27)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 16 (14) 28 (21) 15 (15) 6 (0) 65 (50)
    MINNESOTA 16 (16) 12 (7) 31 (22) 6 (0) 65 (45)
  • The Maple Leafs are 7-3-1 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 12-11-0-2 in 25 games against the Minnesota Wild and 4-6-0-2 in 12
    games played in Minnesota.
  • Toronto is 8-2-1 against the Western Conference this season and 3-0-1 against the Central Division
    this season.
    Shots 8 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Matthews, Nylander
    Faceoff Wins 17 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 74% (Tavares – 17 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 1 (Holl, Simmonds, Kaše, Kämpf)
    Blocked Shots 5 (Rielly)
    Takeaways 1 (Spezza, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
    TOI 26:55 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 4:59 (Rielly)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:34 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 30 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 66.67% (Ritchie – 8 for, 4 against, Simmonds – 10
    for, 5 against)
  • The Maple Leafs were 2-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 5-5-2 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-3-2 when trailing after one period and 2-0-2 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 11-3-2 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-2-1 in Saturday games and 2-2-1 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews recorded his sixth career five-game goal streak. Only two Maple Leafs players have recorded more: Babe Dye (8x) and Rick Vaive (7x).
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 25 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Nick Ritchie (8 for, 4 against) and Wayne Simmonds (10 for, 5 against) finished the game with a
    team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.67 percent.
    Dec. 5 Leafs at Winnipeg Canada Life Centre 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 7 Leafs vs. Columbus Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 9 Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 11 Leafs vs. Chicago Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Dec. 14 Leafs at Edmonton Rogers Place 9:00 pm ET
    Dec. 16 Leafs at Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome 9:00 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.

    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe: “It’s a big point for us. Love that our guys didn’t go away in 3-0 and instead just dug in
    and wanted to make a game of it. We took over the game at the back half of that second period and that
    was enough to earn us a point.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Sheldon Keefe: “Yeah, it was difficult. We knew that going in. I mean Mitch is an important player for us
    for obvious reasons. Not having him and having Kaše coming back and it being his first game it would be
    a tough ask for him to go up into that situation, we wanted to give him some familiarity. I knew going into
    the game, I had talked to Wayne Simmonds before the game that I was going to start him there but that I
    fully expected that I was going to move things all over the place and move Auston all over the place, give
    him different wingers at different times. I wanted Spezza to get time there, but I knew that if I did that, that
    I would lose a centre in doing so and I didn’t want to move Kerfoot out. I was trying to have as little
    disruption as possible. Once we got down, I really just kind of lost some of our guys, Joey Anderson didn’t
    get much here today just because I felt we were a few guys short when I was moving other people around
    and then penalties of course were another factor.”
    Q: On coming back from a 3-0 deficit and getting a point:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah, it’s a good thing obviously. We haven’t had to do that a lot lately, but I think it’s a
    good sign that we were able to come back, obviously you don’t want to put yourself in a hole. But I
    thought we did a good job of coming back, power plays were a big part of that. I mean we’ll take the point
    but moving forward we want to have better starts.”
    Q: On the team killing off a five-on-three:
    Morgan Rielly: “Yeah. Huge kill. Obviously I thought those guys did a great job, Holl and Muzzin on the
    back end. That’s just character, I think those are the kills that you like late in the game to see and
    obviously a big point in the game for us.”
    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Auston Matthews: “I think there’s a lot of good that we can take from it except being down by three. Just
    the resiliency of this group to continue to play and battle back. It would have been easy to just pack it in
    and hope for best, to live to fight another day, but we just continued to work and compete and got some
    big goals and got the point. Obviously we’re still leaving a little bit sour but I think we could be proud of
    the effort that we had.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Auston Matthews: “He’s not a guy you can just replace but we have a lot of belief in our group. No
    matter who I play with, I have confidence in every single guy out there and obviously tonight we had lot of
    mixing and matching and that’s fine with me. We just go out there and compete no matter who’s on the
    ice and just try to create plays and create offensive zone time and look to attack so obviously, like I said,
    Mitch is a guy you just can’t replace but we got a lot of really good players in this locker room and a lot of
    believe here within our group so not matter who it is I know we have full confidence.”
    Q: On tonight’s game:
    Jason Spezza: “Great character win for us. I thought they got some lucky breaks on their goals and it
    didn’t deter us. We got a lucky break on my first one and good power plays and a little back and forth.
    Penalty kill came up huge to get us that point, but two good hockey clubs settled by a shootout, pretty
    good game.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Jason Spezza: “It’s not ideal but we’re pros and we go through this stuff all the time. Take Mitch out and
    it’s a huge cog to our team to be out of the lineup obviously. He’s not replaced by just plugging someone
    else in and expecting it to be replaced, but we’re pros and we’re used to this stuff happening.”
    Q: On adjusting with Marner out of the lineup:
    Jack Campbell: “Mitch is such a huge part of our team everybody knows that and anytime he’s in the
    lineup it’s huge but it’s also a huge opportunity for guys to step up and handle some adversity there, three
    kind of flukey goals and we battled back to force overtime and a shootout and just proud of the way those
    guys battled all night.”
    Q: On his performance during tonight’s game:
    Jack Campbell: “I felt really good. I felt like I was dialed in all night and just had a couple unfortunate
    bounces and that’s a part of hockey, 82 games in a year, you’re going to have some of those nights and
    just focus on the next shot and we were able to get a point but obviously I expect myself to make some of
    those saves in the shootout for sure.


2021-22 Matchups vs. Minnesota: First of Two
2020-21 Record vs. Minnesota: N/A
Next Game vs. Minnesota: Thursday, February 24 vs. Minnesota
Toronto Season Record: 17-6-1
Toronto Road Record: 7-3-0
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

December 3, 2021
Goaltender Petr Mrázek has been assigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
on an LTIR conditioning loan
December 1, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson has been recalled from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL)

Score: Toronto 8 vs. Colorado 3
Date: Wednesday, December 1, 2021
TOR Goals: Nylander, Spezza, Matthews (3), Dermott, Tavares, Engvall
COL Goals: Girard, Kadri (2)
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 28/31, .903 SV%
COL Goaltender: Johansson, 33/41, .805 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-4

Date: Sunday, December 5, 2021
Opponent: at Winnipeg Jets
Broadcast Information: TSN4 (TV), TSN 1050 (Radio)

Ondrej Kaše Upper Body
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Man Games Lost: 27

First Matchup between Clubs: October 25, 2000 (Toronto 6 vs. Minnesota 1)
All-Time Record: 12-11-0-1 (24 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 8-5-0-0 (13 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 4-6-0-1 (11 Games)
Last Road Win vs. Opponent: December 31, 2019 (Toronto 4 at Minnesota 1)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 4-6-0

Games Played:
Kyle Clifford (34), Jason Spezza (31), Wayne Simmonds (29), TJ Brodie
Goals: John Tavares (8), Wayne Simmonds (7), Jason Spezza (5)
Wayne Simmonds (13), Jason Spezza (10), Morgan Rielly (10), TJ Brodie
Points: Wayne Simmonds (20), John Tavares (17), Jason Spezza (15)
Penalty Minutes:
Kyle Clifford (33), Wayne Simmonds (23), Morgan Rielly (16), TJ Brodie

Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .729 3.08 2.17 23.4% 85.9% 34.1 30.5 55.5%
Minnesota .717 3.74 2.91 13.5% 82.1% 33.9 30.4 48.4%

Power Play: 15/64 (23.4%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 55/64 (85.9%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: 1 – Marner
Shorthanded Point Leader: 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A)
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

Saturday games 7th of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 4 of 13
Record in first game of back-to-back 2-2-0
Record in second game of back-to-back 2-2-0
December games 2nd of 13 (6 home, 7 road)

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, 2021 vs. VGK
ONDREJ KAŠE Recorded his 100th career NHL point, Nov. 10, 2021 at PHI
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26 at SJS
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

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 Two goals 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 Four games away from 600 career NHL games played
JOHN TAVARES Seven games away from 900 career NHL games played


GOALS 13 – Matthews BLOCKED SHOTS 37 – Holl
ASSISTS 15 – Marner TAKEAWAYS 27 – Marner
POINTS 25 – Tavares (11G, 14A) HITS 60 – Ritchie
POWER PLAY POINTS 8 – Nylander (3G, 5A) TOI PER GAME 24:03 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 1 – Marner (1G), Muzzin (1A) PP TOI PER GAME 3:01 – Marner
PIMs 19 – Ritchie SH TOI PER GAME 2:33 – Muzzin
SHOTS 93 – Matthews WINS 13 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 60.0% – Marner GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 1.67 – Woll
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 56.2% – Bunting SAVE PERCENTAGE .943 – Campbell


HOME 3-1-1 6-2-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 1-3-0 6-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 4-4-1 12-2-0 1-0-0 0-0-0 0-0-0
HOME 0-0-0 0-0-0
AWAY 0-0-0 0-0-0
TOTAL 0-0-0 0-0-0

2-0-0 0-2-1 2-0-0 5-0-0 2-1-0 2-1-0 4-2-0


UPCOMING GAMES (all times Central)
12/7 at EDM 8 p.m. – BSN, KFAN 100.3 FM
12/9 at SJ 9:30 p.m. – BSN, KOOL 107.9 FM
12/11 at LA 9:30 p.m. – BSN, KFAN 100.3 FM
Frederick Gaudreau (NHL COVID-19 protocol) – 2
Jared Spurgeon (lower body) – 6
2021-22 Total Man Games Lost: 26
Kevin Fiala – 94 career goals
Marcus Foligno – 95 career goals
Jordan Greenway – 91 career points
Mats Zuccarello – 298 career assists
All-Time Wild Record: 12-12-0 (7-4-0 at Xcel Energy Center, 5-8-0 at Toronto)
2019-20: The Wild fell in its first meeting against the Maple Leafs, 4-2, at Scotiabank Arena (10/15/19) and dropped its second meeting, 4-1, at Xcel
Energy Center (12/31/19)…D Ryan Suter led the Wild with two points (1-1=2)…C Luke Kunin and RW Gerald Mayhew each scored a goal…G Devan
Dubnyk went 0-2-0 with a 3.58 GAA and .887 SV% in two starts…RW Mitchell Marner (1-3=4) and D Morgan Rielly (0-4=4) led the Maple Leafs with
four points each…C Auston Matthews (2-1=3) and C John Tavares (2-1=3) tallied three points apiece…G Frederik Andersen went 2-0-0 with a 1.50
GAA and a .946 SV% in two starts.
WILD LEADERS: RW Mats Zuccarello leads the Wild with 22 points (10-12=22) in 19 contests against Toronto…D Dmitry Kulikov owns 12 points (5-
7=12) in 28 games…D Alex Goligoski has 11 assists in 23 matches…LW Marcus Foligno owns 11 points (3-8=11) in 28 contests…C Nick Bjugstad
has 10 points (6-4=10) in 21 games.
: G Cam Talbot is 4-2-1 with a 2.80 GAA and a .905 SV% in eight games (seven starts) vs. the Maple Leafs…G Kaapo Kahkonen has
not faced Toronto.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS: RW Wayne Simmonds leads the Maple Leafs with 20 points (7-13=20) in 29 career games against Minnesota…Tavares
owns 17 points (8-9=17) in 17 matches…C Jason Spezza has 15 points (5-10=15) in 31 contests.
: G Michael Hutchinson is 4-5-1 with a 2.60 GAA and a .908 SV% in 11 games (seven starts) vs. the Wild…G Petr Mrazek
is 3-2-0 with a 2.38 GAA and a .917 SV% in five starts…D Jack Campbell is 0-2-0 with a 2.05 GAA and a .915 SV% in two starts…G Joseph Woll has
not faced Minnesota.
CONNECTIONS: Wild Assistant Coach Darby Hendrickson was selected by Toronto in the 1990 NHL Draft and skated in 233 games with the Maple
Leafs (1994-99)…RW Joey Anderson hails from Roseville and played two seasons at University of Minnesota Duluth (2016-18)…D Justin Holl hails
from Tonka Bay and skated in four seasons with the University of Minnesota (2010-14).
FAST FACTS: Minnesota is 9-4-0 in its last 13 games against Toronto, including a seven-game win streak (11/13/13-12/7/16)…The Wild has scored
one goal or less in eight of its 12 all-time losses to the Maple Leafs…In its 12 wins, Minnesota has outscored Toronto, 38-17, including a Wild shootout


  • Minnesota is on a season-high six-game point streak (5-0-1) since Nov. 21 and is on a season-high five-game win streak since Nov. 24. The five-game
    win streak is tied for the second-longest active win streak in the NHL.
  • The Wild leads the Central Division with 16 wins and 33 points. The Wild also ranks T-1st in the Western Conference in wins and points.
  • Minnesota’s 33 points after 23 games is the team’s best start in franchise history.
  • The Wild ranks second in the NHL with 86 goals this season. Per NHL stats, the 86 goals are the most goals through the team’s first 23 games in a
    single season.
  • Minnesota has netted four-plus goals in 12 of its last 15 games and leads the NHL in goals since Nov. 2 (64).
  • The Wild ranks T-2nd in the NHL with 13 four-plus goal contests this season (FLA, 14).
  • Minnesota defensemen have totaled 67 points (16-51=67) this season. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL in assists and scoring and is T-3rd in goals
    by defensemen.
    Minnesota Wild: Media Notes
  • Minnesota concludes its five-game homestand Saturday – its second-longest homestand of the season.
  • The Wild is on season-best five-game home win streak, ranking T-4th for longest active home win streak in the League (DAL, 7).
  • Minnesota has outscored its opponents, 28-9, in its five-game home win streak. Per NHL Stats, the 28 goals are a franchise record for most goals in
    five straight home games.
  • Minnesota is 9-2-0 at Xcel Energy Center this season, ranking T-3rd in the NHL in home wins.
  • The Wild has scored four-plus goals in all nine of its wins, outscoring opponents, 48-23. Minnesota ranks second in the NHL with 51 home goals.
  • Minnesota has won three of its 11 home games this season in overtime – ranking T-1st in the NHL in home OT wins (Florida).
  • The Wild is 30-7-2 at Xcel Energy Center since the start of the 2020-21 season and ranks second in the NHL in home wins and home points (62) and
    third in point percentage (.795).
  • Ryan Hartman tied his season-high three points Thursday (1-2=3) to extend his point streak to a career-high five games (4-4=8). The five-game point
    streak is also the longest by a Wild player this season.
  • He has tallied six goals in the last eight games and owns 19 points (11-8=19) in the last 17 games, ranking T-1st in the NHL in plus/minus rating (+17),
    third in EVP (18) and T-5th in goals since Oct. 28.
  • The winger leads the Wild in goals (T-8th in NHL), GWG (T-3rd in NHL), plus/minus rating (+22, first in NHL), and shots and is second in scoring.
  • He ranks third in the NHL with 12 even strength goals this season.
  • His four GWG tie his career high set in 76 games during the 2016-17 season.
  • The forward netted a goal in three straight games, Nov. 24-28, tying his career-best three-game goal streak for the second time.
  • The 27-year-old scored his first overtime goal in a Wild sweater Oct. 23 vs. ANA – his second career OT goal.
  • Kirill Kaprizov collected three points (2-1=3) Thursday night to extend his point streak to a season-high four games (4-6=10). It marked his 20th
    career multi-point game, seventh this season.
  • The forward has 17 points (6-11=17) in the last eight games, leading the NHL in assists, scoring, plus/minus rating (+15) and EVP (16), ranks T-2nd in
    EVG (6) and T-4th in goals.
  • The Russian native leads the Wild in assists (T-8th in NHL), scoring (T-5th in NHL) and multi-point games, ranks T-2nd in goals and PPP (4) and third
    in shots this season.
  • He ranks T-2nd in the NHL with 24 even strength points.
  • He has recorded a career-best four points twice this season (11/18 &11/26) while tying his career highs in assists (3) and plus/minus rating (+4) in each
    of those contests.
  • The 24-year-old ranks fifth in franchise history in OT goals – three of his five career GWG goals have come in overtime.
  • Alex Goligoski tallied two assists Thursday vs. NJ for his 79th career multi-point game, fourth this season.
  • He owns 10 points (2-8=10) and a plus-13 rating in his last eight games. He ranks second in the NHL in plus/minus rating and third in scoring amongst
    NHL defensemen since Nov. 18.
  • He owns 13 points (2-11=13) in the last 15 games, ranking T-3rd amongst NHL defensemen in scoring since Nov. 6.
  • The blueliner collected a season-high three points (1-2=3) Nov. 18 vs. DAL, tied for his third-most points in a single game. He also registered a seasonhigh plus-4 rating.
  • The 36-year-old leads team defensemen in scoring this season. He ranks second on the team in assists and third in EVP (14).
  • Cam Talbot ranks T-2nd in the NHL with 12 wins this season.
  • He has stopped 98 of 103 shots faced for a 1.62 GAA and a .951 SV% in his last three starts.
  • The backstop reached 10 wins in his first 15 starts of a single season for the second time in his career (2013-14).
  • He recorded his fourth career assist vs. TB (11/28) and became the ninth Wild goaltender to tally an assist in team history.
  • The 34-year-old stopped a season-high 40-of-42 shots at NJ (11/24). He is 9-2-2 in his career when stopping 40-plus shots in a game.
  • The Caledonia, Ontario native, started the season 5-0-0 for the first time in his career. He became the second goaltender in franchise history to start a
    season 5-0-0 – Manny Fernandez won his first six starts in 2002-03.
  • Mats Zuccarello tallied an assist in his return to the lineup Thursday after missing the previous two games with an upper-body injury.
  • The winger owns four points (2-2=4) in his last three games and eight points (3-5=8) in the last six contests.
  • He recorded three points (1-2=3) Nov. 18 vs. DAL, his third multi-point game of the season and 25th career three-plus point contest. He also tied his
    career high in plus/minus rating (+4).
  • He ranks second on the team in plus/minus rating, T-2nd in multi-point games, third in scoring, T-3rd in EVG (6) and fourth in assists.
  • The Norwegian has collected five of his 11 assists on the power play to lead the Wild in PPP.
  • Marcus Foligno saw his three-game point streak, including a two-game goal streak come to an end Thursday.
  • The winger sits one goal shy of reaching 10-plus goals for the third consecutive season – a first in his career.
  • He owns five points (4-1=5) in the last seven games and leads the Wild in hits, ranks second in PPG and PIM, T-2nd in goals and T-5th in scoring.
  • He set a career high in PPG Nov. 21 at TB, netting his third of the season.
  • The Buffalo native, netted the GWG at ANA (10/15) with eight seconds remaining in regulation.
  • Per NHL Stats, his goal at 19:52 of the third period marked the latest go-ahead goal in franchise history, besting the previous mark of 19:44 set by Jim
    Dowd on Jan. 21, 2004. Foligno also became the third player in NHL history to score a go-ahead goal in the final 10 seconds of regulation in his team’s
    season opener: Steve Yzerman (2003-04 with DET, 19:58) and Dustin Penner (2008-09 with EDM, 19:54

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MAPLE LEAFS 4, WILD 1 — WHAT THE LEAFS SAID: “I don’t think we made as many plays as we’re capable of. But it was just one of those games where it felt like ping-pong, especially early, and we were just able to capitalize on some good opportunities and then played with the lead pretty well. We were able to do a pretty good job on special teams. So, just stuck with it and just made it difficult for them.” — JOHN TAVARES.


On the team’s defensive performance as efficient:

Yeah, I thought it was good — efficient is a good term to describe it. I didn’t think we gave up a lot defensively, for sure. We didn’t give up many shots or chances, especially in that third period when we expected them to push. I thought we took care of it pretty well there.

On if the way Nylander and Tavares play together is different from when Nylander and Matthews play together:

Yeah, there’s different dynamics at play there. I’ve liked it so far; the chemistry has been good. The nice thing I think that’s come out with the fact that we’ve moved things around here, since I’ve been here, is it’s giving me a pretty good taste of what different things look like. You never know what the season is going to bring and what each game is going to bring. It gives me a feel for different things. Obviously, we’ve used a number of different combinations so far and we like this one and we like a lot of others that have worked too.


On the team’s performance tonight:

I thought we made some good adjustments and definitely played a really solid game. I think we got off to a lead and they had to force some stuff to get back into it. So I think we did a better job of not playing into their hand and forcing too much and made them come to us. I thought we did a good job.

On the forwards and defence working in unison and creating quicker breakouts:

Of course I think any time you can help each other out and make it easier for each other, it’s important. That can make the game less hard. I think guys will take less hits if we play it quicker and help each other out like that.


On William Nylander’s play of late:

He’s been playing really well for a long period of time right now. It’s fun to play with him. He makes plays, he’s hard on pucks and protects the puck down low. So, he makes a lot of stuff happen out there. It’s obviously a pleasure to play with him.

On what has led to the chemistry between himself, Nylander and Tavares:

Well, those two guys are just good hockey players. I think you put anyone on their wing and they’re going to have success. They spend a lot of time in the offensive zone. So, it’s just trying to read off them and make plays and they find space, they make good things happen. So I’m just trying to do my job.


On his line getting the first goal of the game from Kerfoot early in the first:

Yeah, it was a great play by Johnny [Tavares] being hard on his stick. There’s kind of a lucky play there in the corner where he lost the puck, but we were able to get possession of it. It’s a great play and a nice goal by Kerf.

On what has allowed he and Tavares to develop chemistry quickly:

I think it’s just that with some players, you just click automatically from the beginning.

On his pass to set up Matthews’ goal on the power play:

I just saw him backdoor and I kind of knew he would be open, so I just tried to get it over there.


On tonight’s win:

Yeah, it probably wasn’t the prettiest. I don’t think we made as many plays as we’re capable of. But it was just one of those games where it felt like ping pong, especially early, and we were just able to capitalize on some good opportunities and then played with the lead pretty well. We were able to do a pretty good job on special teams. So, just stuck with it and just made it difficult for them. Just tried to play five inside and really have to make them earn their opportunities and the ice there and then, obviously, try to generate offense ourselves, try to keep the puck and wear them out and make them have to defend.

On the team finding a way to win despite not making as many plays as it can:

You have to have that to win in this league. There are so many good teams, so many good players. Things aren’t going to always go your way. You’re not always going to make the perfect play and mistakes happen and it’s just the nature of our league, our game. So, just staying with it and doing a good job. We regrouped, I thought, pretty well off the timeouts and got back to our game, did some good things and were able to get the win.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, WILD 1 POSTGAME NOTES: William Nylander scored the second Toronto goal at 19:29 of the first period and registered the primary assist on Auston Matthews’ second-period goal. Nylander has goals (4) and points (4-4-8) in four consecutive games and assists (4) in three consecutive games. With goals in four consecutive games, Nylander has established a career-best goal streak (Previous: Mar. 20 to 23, 2017 (3G; 3GP)). Tonight’s game is Nylander’s eighth multi-point performance of 2019-20.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (22-14-5 – 49 Points) vs.

MINNESOTA WILD (19-17-5 – 43 Points)



GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


  • Alex Kerfoot put the Maple Leafs on the board at 5:55 of the first period. Kerfoot’s goal is his 100th career NHL point. He has three points (1-2-3) over his last four games played. He recorded seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 13 games during the month of December.
  • William Nylander scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 19:29 of the first period and registered the primary assist on Auston Matthews’ second period goal. Nylander has goals (4) and points (4-4-8) in four consecutive games and assists (4) in three consecutive games. With goals in four consecutive games, Nylander has established a career-long goal streak (Previous: Mar. 20 to 23, 2017 (3G; 3GP)). Tonight’s game is Nylander’s eighth multi-point performance of 2019-20.
  • Auston Matthews registered the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 8:34 of the second period. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ 16th multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the fifth-most multi-point games in the NHL. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in seven games against Central Division teams in 2019-20.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Kerfoot’s first period goal and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 19:35 of the third period. Tavares has assists (7) and points (3-7-10) in five consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 12th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 19 road games this season. He has 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists) in 17 career games against the Wild.
  • Travis Dermott had the secondary assist on Kerfoot’s first period goal. He has recorded six (2-4-6) of his seven points on the road this season. He has three assists in three career games against Minnesota.
  • Tyson Barrie collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal. Barrie has assists (5) and points (1-5-6) in four consecutive games. He has eight points (1-7-8) in 15 career games at Xcel Energy Center. In 13 games during the month of December, Barrie recorded nine points (1 goal, 8 assists).
  • Mitch Marner had the secondary assist on Matthews’ second period goal. Marner has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He recorded 19 points (6 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games during the month of December. His 56 career points (17 goals, 39 assists) in 50 career games during the month of December marks his highest career point total in a single month.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots to earn the victory. He is the first goaltender in the NHL to reach the 20-win mark in 2019-20.

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

TORONTO8 (7)15 (13)6 (5)29 (25)
MINNESOTA7 (2)14 (13)6 (5)27 (20)

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

TORONTO14 (13)30 (27)8 (7)52 (47)
MINNESOTA16 (9)21 (19)15 (11)52 (39)


Record on the Road12-10-0 (22 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Minnesota12-11-0-1 (23 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Minnesota on the Road4-6-0-1 (11 Games)
Record vs. Western Conference10-5-0 (15 Games)
Record vs. Central Division4-3-0 (7 Games)


Shots5 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts(Tavares)
Faceoff Wins11 (Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage75% (Kerfoot – 3 won, 1 lost)
Hits2 (Ceci)
Blocked Shots(Ceci, Rielly)
TOI23:52 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI4:09 (Five players tied)
Shorthanded TOI3:21 (Ceci, Marincin)
Shifts27 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage66.7% (Hyman – 12 for, 6 against)


Scoring first14-3-1
Lead after 111-2-1
Lead after 215-1-2
Score one power play goal8-3-3
Allow one power play goal10-6-3
Outshoot opponent11-4-2


  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-3 on the power play tonight.
  • Justin Holl started 28.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Toronto skaters.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 20 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 50 percent (20 for, 20 against).
  • Jason Spezza went 5-for-6 (83%) in the faceoff circle when matched up with Minnesota centre Eric Staal.
  • John Tavares won 63 percent (5 won, 3 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.


  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, January 4, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Islanders (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • 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)