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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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