LEAFS 5, HABS 4 (OT): QUOTES.

SHELDON KEEFE

Q. Lance Hornby, Toronto Sun: Joe Thornton described that as a real fun game for everyone, but at times were you a little concerned about what was going on in the back end with your team?  

Sheldon Keefe: It’s the first game of the season here, first time playing a game at that tempo. We just had a pretty emotional comeback win here for our first so I’m not going to get too nitpicky. We’ll get better everyday. 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: Sheldon, the puck really seems to be exploding off Nylander’s stick early days here. What sort of improvements do you think he’s made since last season? 

Sheldon Keefe: I don’t know, he was a pretty explosive player last season too. He’s a great talent. I think he’s come in really motivated and driven to continue to be a difference maker and to take it to another level. We’ve had a lot of pretty blunt discussions between he and I about where he needs to continue to get better away from the puck. He’s bought into that. I think it goes hand-in-hand. When he’s competing away from the puck, he’s more engaged when he has it, he’s more involved in the game. He was really good today. He and John were both really good. 

Q. Luke Fox, Sportsnet: What were your first impressions of Joe alongside Mitch and Auston? 

Sheldon Keefe: I thought they were good. I have to watch the video back for all our lines and the whole game, but I thought when he got the puck he put it in good spots, he made a play with it, he was around the net at different times. He came up with a couple of pucks on the forecheck. He looked like he had legs even through the third period. I was watching him, he had some really good tracks and returns back into our own end to have lots of legs and energy despite playing a lot the way the game went. I thought it was a good game for him. 

Q. Luke Fox, Sportsnet: How’s Auston doing? He seemed to be in a bit of pain right before the overtime? 

Sheldon Keefe: I think he just took a bit of a stinger. My understanding is he’s okay. He didn’t hesitate when I asked him if he was good to go for overtime. 

Q. Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun: First season opener for you in your home building under very different circumstances. What did that feel like? 

Sheldon Keefe: Once the game starts you’re caught up in it and, I’ll be honest, it just feels like hockey. The guys are competing, you’re into it. When you’re coaching behind the bench you’re making a decision every couple of seconds. You’re too engaged in it to really get caught up in it. I think once the puck drops it just feels like we’re in a game. I think the start of the game, before it really gets going, especially in a home opener like this is where you really felt the no fans. I believe the home opener, in particular for your new players, your incoming guys, it’s a great opportunity for them to connect with the fans and the fans to recognize them, in particular in our situation, of course, with guys like Joe and [Simmonds] coming back here to Toronto and Ontario. You miss out on those kinds of moments. We miss our fans in such a fun, back and forth type of game like this. It would have been nice, of course, to have them here. We’re going to have to get used to this, this is what we’ve got. Hopefully we’re able to entertain people at home. 

WILLIAM NYLANDER

Q. Kristen Shilton, TSN: What did you like about your line tonight and how you guys were able to gel in this first game?

William Nylander: Well I think we did a good job. It was more of a grind game. We didn’t really get that many clean looks. So, I think we were relentless and when we gave up that goal, we were able to get one back which was huge.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you make of Wayne Simmonds dropping the gloves there and maybe turning things around for you guys a little bit?

William Nylander: Yeah, that was a turning point in the game, for sure. He got the boys going, fired up. I think we were a little soft and slow in the beginning and after that we got fired up and got going which was huge.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What about your own shooting tonight? Those were a couple of real nice shots. Anything going through your heads in those particular moments?

William Nylander: The first one was just a great job by the guys getting to the net. Price couldn’t see the puck. And the second one was just waiting, waiting and looking for a pass and just put it on net.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: And what about Jimmy Vesey tonight with the goal that forces overtime?

William Nylander: Yeah, it was huge. We were heavy on the forecheck there. We were able to get Price – lucky bounce though but it was a nice goal to get for us, for sure.

MORGAN RIELLY

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: Your thoughts on how this game went and your own play tonight? 

Morgan Rielly: I think it was a good game to play in, good game to watch, good way to open the year with a win. They’re a good team, they came out and played hard. It’s what we expected. We’re happy with the win, obviously, and I think we’ve got a lot of areas to get better. We’re going to talk tomorrow on ways we can improve. To open the year with a win, that’s always a good feeling. 

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you think of pairing up with TJ Brodie? 

Morgan Rielly: I like playing with TJ, he’s great. I think he’s really good going back for pucks. He’s really good breaking it out, he’s calm with it, that first pass it great. It’s been a pleasure so far, just keep talking, keep trying to make it work better for us. 

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Wayne Simmonds told us his fight, he thought the boys needed a spark. How did the boys take that fight on the bench and on the ice? 

Morgan Rielly: I think it was awesome. I think that’s what Wayne brings to this group. He’s been doing that in his career for a long time. It’s incredibly valuable. He brings a whole lots of aspects, of great things to our team. The way that he’s able to play and that part of his game, and then his off-ice leadership. He’s incredibly valuable to this team and we’re very, very lucky to have him. He’s hard to play against so it’s nice to have him on our side for once. I think tonight was the perfect example of him taking it upon himself to get the team going and that’s exactly what happened. 

WAYNE SIMMONDS

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: What did you feel of your performance tonight and the team’s performance tonight?

Wayne Simmonds: I thought we chased the game a little bit, but I thought we showed great character and the comeback. We kept coming back and we made it tough on them. At the end of the game we ended up with two points, obviously. It’s most important we build off of our mistakes and keep in mind what we did good, but at the same time, like I said, we build off of our mistakes and we continue to get better day after day here.

Q. Kevin McGran, Toronto Star: There’s usually nerves when a player comes to a team for the first time, plays his first game, maybe fans have something to do with that. How did you feel?

Wayne Simmonds: I was fine. I’ve been around the last year. I think this is my fifth team in the last year. I’m comfortable coming to new surroundings, the boys made it really easy for me to integrate within the team. I was just really excited for the game tonight to be honest.

Q. Terry Koshan, Toronto Sun: Obviously, you’re brought in for your physicality, we all know that, you know that is part of your game. Probably not going to scrap every night, but how did it feel to drop the gloves there, as short as the fight was. From these eyes, and others saw a bit of a turning point for your club in the second period.

Wayne Simmonds: Yeah. It felt good. That’s my first real game action in like 10 months, 28 days, and I can probably tell you to the second. It felt really good and I thought the boys needed a little bit of a spark there. I know my role on this team. I asked Chiarot and I didn’t think he wanted to go at first, but then he dropped the gloves before me so it was green light, go. I’m happy he gave me that one and helped turn the tide for our team. 

JOE THORNTON

On his first game as a Maple Leaf:

Joe Thornton: Wasn’t that fun? It was great. Great game, boys were down early but we managed to come back and what a great finish by Mo. I think the 40-plus players and coaches really enjoyed being out there again.

Q. Chris Johnston, Sportsnet: What was the most fun part for you?

Joe Thornton: Just starting, hearing ‘Number 97 from St. Thomas, Ontario,’ you can’t beat that. Just competing again, competing with the guys, getting good looks, good passing, the competition again was nice to have. 

Q. Mark Masters, TSN: You mentioned the finish by Morgan there. What stood out to you the most about Rielly since you’ve been around him? 

Joe Thornton: He just competes. I think his skating is very elite, he’s a big body, great shot, sees the ice very, very well. Being from out west, really we don’t watch too much East games, but he’s been very, very impressive. 

MAPLE LEAFS 5, CANADIENS 4 (OT): NOTES

MONTREAL CANADIENS (0-0-1 – 1 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (1-0-0 – 2 Points)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2021

 123OTFINAL
MONTREAL21104
TORONTO12115

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY

ON THE SCORESHEET

  • William Nylander put the Maple Leafs on the board at 15:56 of the first period and later Toronto’s second goal of the night on the power play at 18:00 of the second period before collecting the lone assist on Jimmy Vesey’s third period goal. Tonight’s game is his first multi-goal game and multi-point game of 2020-21. He had four multi-goal and 12 multi-point games in 2019-20. He has 14 points (8-6-14) in 14 career games against Montreal.
  • John Tavares collected the secondary assist on Nylander’s first period goal and later scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 19:21 of the second period before recording the primary assist on Rielly’s overtime goal. Tonight’s game is his first multi-point performance of 2020-21 after he had 18 in 2019-20.  Tavares had 60 points (26 goals, 34 assists) in 63 games last season. In 36 career games against the Canadiens, he has recorded 33 points (15 goals, 18 assists).
  • Jimmy Vesey scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 10:33 of the third period. Vesey’s goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf and first point as a Maple Leaf. He had nine goals and 11 assists in 64 games during the 2019-20 season with the Buffalo Sabres. Tonight’s game is his first game as a Maple Leaf.
  • Morgan Rielly scored the fifth Maple Leafs goal of the game at 3:24 of overtime. Rielly’s goal is his fifth career overtime goal. In 2019-20 he scored three goals, including two game winners.
  • Justin Holl registered the primary assist on Nylander’s first period goal. In 68 games last season, Holl registered two goals and 16 assists.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Spezza’s assist is the 600th assist of his career. He has 70 points (32 goals, 38 assists) in 67 career games against the Canadiens.
  • Zach Hyman had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Hyman’s assist is his first point of 2020-21. He registered 37 points (21 goals, 16 assists) in 51 games during the 2019-20 season.
  • Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Marner’s assist is his first point of the season. He led the Maple Leafs with 51 assists in 2019-20. 
  • Frederik Andersen picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ second period goal. Andersen’s assist is his first since November 15, 2018 vs. San Jose.
  • Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Rielly’s overtime goal. Matthews’ assist is his first point of 2020-21. He had 47 goals and 33 assists in 70 games played in 2019-20.
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 28 of the 32 shots he faced in the win.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
MONTREAL11 (6)7 (3)12 (12)2 (0)32 (21)
TORONTO7 (7)14 (4)9 (9)4 (0)34 (20)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
MONTREAL23 (15)20 (10)22 (22)3 (0)63 (47)
TORONTO20 (20)27 (9)20 (20)6 (0)73 (50)

HOME AGAIN

Record at Home1-0-0 (1 Game)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal 301-342-88-17 (748 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal at Home191-128-45-10 (374 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts14 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins13 (Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Nylander, Simmonds)
Hits(Simmonds)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Five players tied)
TOI28:35 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI4:43 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI3:51 (Holl)
Shifts31 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.7% (Marner – 23 for, 12 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first1-0-0
Trail after 11-0-0
Tied after 21-0-0
Score multiple power play goals1-0-0
Allow multiple power play goals1-0-0
Outshooting opponent1-0-0
Overtime1-0-0
Wednesday1-0-0

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Alexander Barabanov made his NHL debut.
  • Zach Bogosian made his Maple Leaf debut.
  • TJ Brodie made his Maple Leaf debut.
  • Zach Hyman, Alex Kerfoot and Ilya Mikheyev were the lone Toronto skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Auston Matthews and Morgan Rielly were on the ice for a team-high 24 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Matthews finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 64.9% (24 for, 13 against), while Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 63.2 percent (24 for, 14 against).
  • Wayne Simmonds made his Maple Leaf debut.
  • Joe Thornton made his Maple Leaf debut.
  •  

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Friday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, January 16, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Monday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. vs. Winnipeg Jets (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Wednesday, January 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Friday, January 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Edmonton Oilers (TSN4, TSN 1050)

CANADIENS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT)– WHAT THEY SAID: “I really liked the way we were coming back and getting above them. We really tracked the puck well and caused a lot of turnovers that allowed us to get some good transition that just allowed us to be in on the forecheck and recover pucks and then be able to break them down. We would have liked to get in the middle of the ice a little bit more, but it was a tight hockey game, both goalies played well, but those things obviously were a good factor for us.” — JOHN TAVARES.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the third period:

Yeah, we scored that goal, it sets us up to give us a chance to win in the third. The pace of play increased dramatically after that goal. Obviously, they’re pushing. We didn’t handle it well, I thought. When I say that, I thought we handled it very well defensively. I didn’t think we cracked, they had a couple of little chances in and around our net. Other than that, they didn’t have anything, I thought. They score a goal on a point shot. But I didn’t like how we played offensively where we had the puck, we did all the things that we don’t want to be as a team and we just gave it back to them, so we never had a chance to get going.

On if fatigue played a role in the third period:

I’ll let you guys draw some conclusions on that. I’m not focused on that. It’s part of the League. It’s part of the demands of what goes on in the schedule, the ebbs and flows of it. I thought we played a good game and a hard game. I thought we competed. What happens in the third period today is a lot different than what happens yesterday. Yesterday we’re not engaged, we’re not competitive or physical enough and on our heels. This game here I thought we defended very well, defended very hard and didn’t give up the middle of the ice much at all. We just were very poor with the puck. When you have a team that’s pushing, they have the energy of the crowd and you just continuously give them the puck you’re going to be on your heels a lot.

On Jack Campbell’s play:

Yeah, he was there, he obviously didn’t let anything in until the very end and I thought we did a heck of a job protecting him. We didn’t give up very many scoring chances through this game at all. But they’re back-to-back games, he’s been through a lot here this week and he was solid.

On what has led to John Tavares’ scoring streak:

He’s just catching on. We’ve talked about him, he’s a good player, he’s going to have these swings. It’s kind of a waste of time to talk about it when he’s not scoring, because it’s going to turn. So it’s the way that it goes. It’s been great, it’s been good timing. Obviously, we played it out Willy this weekend, so we needed somebody else to step up. And, for me, that’s really the difference in the hockey game today is you don’t win games when you score one goal, it’s very difficult. So I think that’s the way it went this game. We were not able to generate enough offensively in the first and second periods as well. Power play wasn’t very good for us today. So we let that team hang around and when you just have a one goal cushion like that, you leave the door open over for a point shot to catch you.

On Frederik Andersen’s status:

I’m not quite sure where that’s at. I know he did skate again today. While we were here, he skated, and I haven’t got a report on it. So we’ll just have to see how he is when we get back.

TYSON BARRIE (25:02 TOI)

On the third period:

Yeah, give them credit, they came out — we had a good start to the third, obviously, we got one and then from there they kind of controlled the period had us on our heels, like you said. I think we have to do a better job of responding in a way. Getting more O-zone time and not letting them sustain so much pressure but, at the end of the day, we’re trying to hold on to the lead and they get one with two minutes left or whatever. It’s a bit frustrating.

On Jack Campbell’s play:

He was great tonight. He was good all night and makes a great save on the breakaway and it pops right to the guy. Probably not a great shot selection by me on that 3-on-2 but that’s sometimes the way 3-on-3 goes. You’ve got to be a little smarter sometimes.

JACK CAMPBELL (28 SAVES)

On playing in a Toronto-Montreal game:

It’s fun. What a rivalry. Historic and two really solid teams this year. I thought both teams competed really hard and didn’t give each other much. I thought Price at the other end was so solid and we could have easily had a couple more, but at the end of the day I’ve just got to make one more save before overtime and we get two points and that’s what we need right now.

On his performance tonight:

I’m just definitely not happy giving that one up to give them life again and blow that lead in the third. I just know my ability and I’m confident with my team in front of me and they battled all night. One more save and we get two points.

JAKE MUZZIN (24:39 TOI)

On if playing a back-to-back impacted the team’s third period performance:

Maybe a little bit. No excuse, though. Everyone goes through back-to-backs and playing tired and stuff like that. We’ve got to bear down and get it done.

On his long second period shift that included a heavy shot block:

Well, it doesn’t feel good. It’s part of hockey. Sometimes in the second period, you get a long change, you can’t get off. It happens both ways, so it is what it is.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s third period:

Yeah, obviously we got the lead. They came with a lot momentum, I think, felt some desperation. I think obviously, it’s human nature to be a little bit safer in those certain circumstances, but certainly we’ve got to find a way to get on their half of the ice more and generate some more offense and push to increase our lead and continue to be smart with the puck and defensively. No question the circumstances were tough, but you face that at times this year and, we’ve obviously got to find a way to close them out.

On what the team did well defensively through two periods:

I really liked the way we were coming back and getting above them. We really tracked the puck well and caused a lot of turnovers that allowed us to get some good transition that just allowed us to be in on the forecheck and recover pucks and then be able to break them down. We would have liked to get in the middle of the ice a little bit more, but it was a tight hockey game, both goalies played well, but those things obviously were a good factor for us.

CANADIENS 2, MAPLE LEAFS 1 (OT). John Tavares scored at 1:06 of the third period and he has goals (5) and points (5-2-7) in four consecutive games. In 25 road games, he has registered 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He has registered 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 career games at Bell Centre. Tonight’s game was his 800th in the NHL.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-19-8 – 66 Points) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (27-23-7 – 61 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020

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TORONTO00101
MONTREAL00112

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 1:06 of the third period. Tavares has goals (5) and points (5-2-7) in four consecutive games. In 25 road games, he has registered 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists). He has registered 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 career games at Bell Centre. Tonight’s game was Tavares’ 800th NHL game.
  • Alex Kerfoot registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Kerfoot has four points (1-3-4) in three games against the Canadiens this season. He has recorded 14 (4 goals, 10 assists) of his 22 points on the road this season.
  • Zach Hyman collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Hyman has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He has registered 10 points (3-7-10) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opposition in 2019-20.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 28 of the 30 shots he faced in the overtime loss.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO7 (7)14 (11)1 (1)1 (0)23 (19)
MONTREAL7 (7)4 (4)16 (15)3 (0)30 (26)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO19 (19)25 (18)7 (6)1 (0)52 (44)
MONTREAL13 (13)12 (11)29 (26)3 (0)57 (50)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road15-12-1 (28 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal300-342-88-17 (747 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Montreal on the Road110-214-43-7 (374 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference15-12-6 (33 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division8-7-2 (17 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Muzzin, Spezza)
Shot Attempts(Matthews)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits3 (Hyman)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Matthews)
TOI25:38 (Holl)
Power Play TOI3:53 (Matthews)
Shorthanded TOI3:16 (Holl)
Shifts27 (Barrie, Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.2% (Hyman – 15 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first20-4-2
Tied after 112-5-4
Tied after 26-5-2
Do not score on the power play11-11-4
Do not allow a power play goal15-7-4
Outshot by opponent13-11-4
Overtime7-8
Saturday10-3-4

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 0-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • Tyson Barrie, Justin Holl and Alex Kerfoot were on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.8 percent (19 for, 17 against), Holl had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 50.0 percent (19 for, 19 against) and Kerfoot finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.3 percent (19 for, 12 against).
  • Jake Muzzin started 14.3 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which was the lowest mark among Maple Leafs skaters.
  • Auston Matthews won 63 percent (5 won, 3 lost) of his faceoffs when matched up against Montreal centre Phillip Danault in all situations.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Tuesday, February 11, 7:00 p.m. vs. Arizona Coyotes (TSN, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. vs. Dallas Stars (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 15, 7:00 p.m. at Ottawa Senators (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Sunday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)

MAPLE LEAFS AT CANADIENS PREGAME NOTES: Mitch Marner has 12 multi-assist games, tied for the second in the NHL.- Averaging 1.30 points per game, ninth in the league.- Averaging 2.02 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks third among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Tied for fifth in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Tied for fifth among right wingers in shorthanded ice time per game (2:11).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (29-19-7 – 65 Points) vs.

MONTREAL CANADIENS (26-23-7 – 59 Points)

FEBRUARY 8, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

BELL CENTRE (MONTREAL, QC) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET/HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA ▪

RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus MONTREAL

ALL-TIME RECORD:300-342-88-16 (746 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:110-214-43-6 (373 Games)
2019-20:0-1-1
LAST FIVE:2-1-2
LAST 10:7-1-2

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus MONTREAL

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (65), John Tavares (34), Cody Ceci (26), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (13), Auston Matthews (12)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (37), John Tavares (16), Mitch Marner (12), Morgan Rielly (12)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (69), John Tavares (29), Auston Matthews (17)
PENALTY MINUTES:Jason Spezza (35), John Tavares (18), Frederik Gauthier (15)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS TEAM STATS

 TORONTOMONTREAL
GOALS FOR (Rank):198 (1st)171 (t-13th)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       181 (29th)171 (t-21st)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):39/152 [25.7%] (3rd)30/151 [19.9%] (13th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):118/153 [77.1%] (25th)133/168 [79.2%] (21st)
SHOTS (Rank):1850 (4th)1937 (1st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):2794 (2nd)2897 (1st)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.7% (5th)54.2% (1st)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)50.6% (11th)

MAPLE LEAFS – CANADIENS NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:December 26, 1917 (Toronto Arenas 7, Montreal 5)
All-Time Record:300-342-88-16 (746 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:190-128-45-10 (373 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:110-214-43-6 (373 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:February 9, 2019 (Toronto 4, Montreal 3 OT)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. CANADIENS

Tyson Barrie200th career NHL game (Nov. 14, 2017 (COL) at MTL)
Zach Hyman100th NHL point (Feb. 23, 2019 vs. MTL)
Andreas JohnssonFirst career NHL goal (March 17, 2018 vs. MTL)
Alex KerfootFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 5, 2019 vs. MTL)
Mitch Marner200th career NHL point (Feb. 23, 2019 vs. MTL)
Morgan Rielly200th career NHL game (Jan. 23, 2016 vs. MTL)
Jason Spezza1,000th career NHL game (Oct. 30, 2018 (DAL) at MTL)
John TavaresFirst game as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 3, 2018 vs. MTL)
First goal as a Maple Leaf (Oct. 3, 2018 vs. MTL)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS40 (Matthews)
ASSISTS43 (Marner)
POINTS68 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS21 (Marner, Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs34 (Muzzin)
SHOTS222 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.6% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %55.4% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS82 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS58 (Matthews)
HITS97 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:08 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Tyson Barrie– Has five multi-assist games, which is tied for ninth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (9).
– Has scored four of his five goals on the road this season.- Leads the Maple Leafs in slap shots taken (47). Lone Toronto skater to have taken over 30 slap shots.
Jack Campbell– Has played one career game against Montreal and stopped 40 shots in a shutout win October 11, 2018.
Kyle Clifford– Ranks sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (55.2%).
– Ranks 21st among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games played in hits per 60 minutes (9.83).
Pierre Engvall– Has started 40.6 percent of his 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone, which is the third-lowest percentage among NHL rookies 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 sixth highest among NHL rookies who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks fifth among right-handed defencemen who have started less than 46 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (45.1%) with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.9 percent.- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.8%) among right-handed defencemen to have started fewer than 46 percent (45.1%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Michael Hutchinson– Had made the fourth-most saves (373) among NHL goaltenders who have appeared in 15 or fewer games.
Zach Hyman– Tied for fourth among Toronto skaters in points since January 1 (5-7-12; 14 GP).- Has nine points (3-6-9) in nine games against Atlantic Division opposition this season. – Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.75).
Andreas Johnsson– Averages 1.93 shots per game, which ranks seventh among Toronto forwards.- Has drawn 11 penalties this season, which is tied for fourth-most among Toronto skaters.- Has six points (4-2-6) in seven career games against Montreal.
Kasperi Kapanen– Fifth among Toronto skaters in even-strength points (8-18-26).- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 10th among NHL right wingers in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.- Has recorded 10 points (1 goal, 9 assists) in 13 games since January 1.
Alex Kerfoot– Tied for seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength goals (7). – 10th among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (7-11-18).
Mitch Marner– Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the second-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.30 points per game, which is the ninth-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 2.02 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks third among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Tied for fifth in the NHL in primary assists (28). His 28 primary assists are the most among NHLers who have appeared in 45 or fewer games.- Tied for fifth among NHL right wingers in shorthanded ice time per game (2:11).
Auston Matthews– Tied for first among NHL skaters in goals (40).- Leads the NHL with 30 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (25).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (24).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Tied for seventh among NHL skaters in points (40-28-68).- Fourth in the NHL with 222 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Ranks first in goals (25) and second in points (25-24-49) among Swedish skaters this season.- Tied for the Maple Leaf lead in game-winning goals (4).- One of five NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:32) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.30).
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.09 points per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is the fourth-highest average among Toronto skaters who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.04 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which is tied for fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.
John Tavares– Tied for 16th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (15).- Has 13 points (7 goals, 6 assists) in 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents this season.- Has an on-ice shot attempt percentage of 54.4 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 (15:40).- Ranks second among Maple Leafs and 18th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games in shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time (16.91).- Has drawn a team-high 15 penalties this season. 
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Andreas JohnssonHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
Kasperi KapanenHas assists (3) in three consecutive games.
Mitch MarnerHas assists (6) in three consecutive games and points (1-10-11) in seven consecutive games.
Auston MatthewsHas goals (4) in three consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in six consecutive games.
John TavaresHas goals (4) and points (4-2-6) in three consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Jason SpezzaFive assists from 600 assists
John TavaresOne game from 800 games

RECENT MILESTONES

Jack CampbellFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
First win as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
Kyle CliffordFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 7 vs. ANA)
Mitch Marner200th NHL assist (February 7 vs. ANA)
  

INJURY REPORT

Frederik Andersen (Neck)Day-to-Day
Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
William Nylander (Illness)Did not play on February 7 vs. ANA.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 136

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 7Recalled defenceman Timothy Liljegren from the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Placed defenceman Cody Ceci on injured reserve.
February 6Loaned goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 5Acquired goaltender Jack Campbell and forward Kyle Clifford from Los Angeles in exchange for forward Trevor Moore, Columbus’ third round pick in 2020 and a conditional third round pick in 2021.
February 4Recalled goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
  

In the Habs’ Room: ‘I’m frustrated as hell,’ Julian says after 6-4 loss — Montreal Gazette

Coach cites mental errors and mental breakdowns as reasons why his club lost its sixth straight game THursday night against the Devils.

In the Habs’ Room: ‘I’m frustrated as hell,’ Julian says after 6-4 loss — Montreal Gazette

Bruins Wrap: David Pastrnak’s Hat Trick Helps Lift Boston To 8-1 Win Vs. Canadiens — NESN.com

There was no controversial offsides call in this one to determine the winner. The Bruins took advantage of the abysmal Canadiens defense and put on a clinic, beating Montreal 8-1 on Tuesday night at Bell Centre. Boston featured six goal scorers including Jake DeBrusk, Brad Marchand, Anders Bjork and David Pastrnak, who accounted for three…

Bruins Wrap: David Pastrnak’s Hat Trick Helps Lift Boston To 8-1 Win Vs. Canadiens — NESN.com