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MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 1

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-12-3 – 67 Points) vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (31-12-8 – 70 Points)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
PITTSBURGH 0 0 1 1
TORONTO 1 2 1 4

SCORING NOTES

  • Auston Matthews scored for Toronto 21 seconds into the first period. Matthews posted his 33rd
    goal of the season. Matthews also registered the primary assist on Bunting’s goal. Matthews
    recorded his 26th assist of the season. Matthews is currently on a nine-game point streak where
    he has posted 18 points (8G, 10A).
  • Morgan Rielly scored on a Toronto power play opportunity at 5:31 of the second period. Rielly
    posted his sixth goal of the season. Rielly also posted the primary assist on Kämpf’s shorthanded
    goal. Rielly recorded his 36th assist of the season.
  • David Kämpf scored shorthanded for the Maple Leafs at 18:36 of the second period. Kämpf
    posted his seventh goal of the season and marked the third shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
  • Michael Bunting scored for Toronto at 6:06 of the third period. Bunting recorded his 16th goal of
    the season. Bunting has posted three points through his last two games (2G, 1A).
  • TJ Brodie recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ goal. Brodie registered his ninth assist of the
    season.
  • Mitch Marner posted the secondary assist on Matthews’ goal and the secondary assist on
    Bunting’s goal. Marner has recorded 28 assists this season. Marner has posted five points (1G,
    4A) through his last two games.
  • Jack Campbell recorded the primary assist on Rielly’s power play goal. Campbell registered his
    second career NHL assist. His first, a secondary assist dating back to Nov. 6, 2018 with the Los
    Angeles Kings.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Jack Campbell stopped 45 of 46 shots he faced in tonight’s win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the power play and 5-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • With Toronto’s seventh shorthanded goal of the season, the Maple Leafs are now tied for second with
    the Florida Panthers on the NHL’s leaderboard, only trailing the Vegas Golden Knights (9).
    OF NOTE…
  • The Maple Leafs earned their seventh-straight win on home ice. Per NHL stats, this marks the
    longest home win streak since the 2017-18 season (13 wins).
  • David Kämpf has scored shorthanded in back-to-back games.
  • Per NHL Stats, David Kämpf holds the longest such streak by a Maple Leafs player since Tyler
    Bozak (2 GP in 2014-15). Only two Toronto skaters have scored a shorthanded goal in more
    consecutive contests: Dave Reid (4 GP in 1990-91) and Russ Courtnall (3 GP in 1986-87).
  • John Tavares tied a season-high 17 face-off wins.
  • Michael Bunting currently leads all NHL rookies with 16 goals this season.
  • Travis Dermott was on the ice for a team-high 18 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Ilya Mikheyev finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62.50 percent
    (10 for, 6 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    PITTSBURGH 12 (11) 15 (9) 19 (17) 46 (37)
    TORONTO 15 (13) 6 (3) 8 (8) 29 (24)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    PITTSBURGH 20 (19) 25 (12) 24 (22) 69 (53)
    TORONTO 25 (22) 15 (10) 13 (13) 53 (45)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 18-4-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 85-82-17-7 in 191 games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and 48-33-11-3
    in 95 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 17-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 9-4-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 21-4-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 19-2-1 when leading after one period and 24-0-1 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 11-4-1 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 3-3-0 in Thursday games.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 3 (Kerfoot, Matthews, Sandin, Rielly, Kämpf)
    Shot Attempts 5 (Rielly, Mikheyev)
    Faceoff Wins 17 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 73% (Matthews – 8 won, 3 lost)
    Hits 3 (Simmonds, Sandin)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 3 (Matthews)
    TOI 22:54 (Brodie)
    Power Play TOI 1:49 (Marner, Matthews, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 6:13 (Muzzin)
    Shifts 30 (Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 62.50% (Mikheyev – 10 for, 6 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Feb. 19 Leafs vs. St. Louis Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 21 Leafs at Montreal Bell Centre 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 22 Leafs at Columbus Nationwide Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 24 Leafs vs. Minnesota Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Feb. 26 Leafs at Detroit Little Caesars Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Feb. 28 Leafs at Washington Capital One Arena 7:30 pm ET
    S
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    SHELDON KEEFE
    On his team’s performance tonight:
    “That we started fast. Anytime you can play with a lead for 59 minutes or whatever it was is a good thing
    and then obviously special teams was really good again tonight and it needed to be. We talked about it
    before the game and this team on both sides of it, powerplay and penalty kill, was going to challenge us
    better than anybody we’ve seen in quite a while and the guys were excellent today. The powerplay we
    had early that we didn’t score, I thought we were able to get some looks and move the puck through
    pressure pretty well and big-time goal by Morgan, a huge goal for us. But then the penalty kill in that
    second period, I mean the game could have changed dramatically if we don’t get it done there and not
    only do we get it done and get out of there clean but we get a huge shorthanded goal again so love those
    parts of it and then Jack Campbell was just outstanding in net.”
    MORGAN RIELLY
    On the team’s performance tonight:
    “I think it was good, obviously a good win against a really good team that has been playing really well
    lately. The special teams stick out when we take that many penalties so I thought the PK did a great job.”
    On his goal tonight:
    “I just saw some room, that’s all. Those powerplay breakouts with those two guys behind me it’s normally
    an automatic drop so when there is a chance to go you want to be able to take advantage of it.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On Rielly’s power play goal:
    “Great read by him, we kind of talked a bit before the game about how they like to come down ice and
    pressure. Obviously he saw a lane and trusted himself and I think everyone knows we’ve got a lot of trust
    in Mo on that powerplay so when he sees a lane and takes it we have all the confidence in him and it was
    a hell of a shot there.”
    On the group’s effort tonight:
    “I just didn’t think we backed down off of anything. We were all engaged in puck battles. Special team
    wise, everyone was dialed in regardless of powerplay so that’s something we talked about before the
    game – we just need to make sure we’re going to match or be better than them at but especially our
    penalty kill did a great job.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On his primary assist tonight:
    “I saw Morgan streaking back on the right side and just left it for him perfectly and that’s about it. He
    made an unbelievable play and just a world class player and it was fun to watch.”
    On if he saw the ice opening up from his angle:
    “I don’t want to say too much because I’m not a player so I’m not out there but it looked like they gave him
    a little bit of room for how good of a skater he is and he made a great move with a ton of speed and made
    a perfect shot.

PENGUINS-MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES



2021-22 Matchups vs. Pittsburgh: Third of Three
2021-22 Record vs. Pittsburgh: 0-2-0
Toronto Season Record: 31-12-3
Toronto Home Record: 17-4-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
January 28, 2022
Defenceman Carl Dahlstrom has been assigned to the Maple Leafs taxi
squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
January 28, 2022
Defenceman Alex Biega has been reassigned to the Marlies from the
Maple Leafs taxi squad.
January 24, 2022
Forward Joey Anderson, defenceman Carl Dahlstrom and goaltender
Erik Kallgren have be reassigned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL) from the
Maple Leafs taxi squad.
January 22, 2022
Goaltender Erik Kallgren has been reassigned to the Maple Leafs taxi
squad from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
Score: Toronto 6 at Seattle 2

LAST GAME
Date: Monday, February 14, 2022
TOR Goals: Kerfoot, Bunting, Kaše, Marner, Kämpf, Muzzin
SEA Goals: Jarnkrok, McCann
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 23/25, .920 SV%
SEA Goaltender: Grubauer, 8/11, .727 SV% – Driedger, 11/14, .786 SV%
TOR Power Play: 2-for-2
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
Team Notes:

  • With his second period goal, Mitch Marner recorded the 400th point of
    his NHL career.
  • David Kämpf posted the second shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the first multi-point game of his NHL career (2A).
  • NEXT GAME
    Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
    Opponent: vs. St. Louis Blues
    Time: 7:00 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
  • ALL-TIME VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
    First Matchup between Clubs: December 13, 1967 (Toronto 1 vs. Pittsburgh 2)
    All-Time Record: 84-82-17-7 (190 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 47-33-11-3 (94 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 37-49-6-4 (96 Games)
    Last Home Win vs. Opponent: February 20, 2020 (Toronto 4 vs. Pittsburgh 0)
    Record in Last Five Games: 1-4-0
    Record in Last 10 Games: 4-6-0
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
    Games Played: John Tavares (51), Jason Spezza (50), Wayne Simmonds (42)
    Goals: Jason Spezza (20), Wayne Simmonds (13), John Tavares (11)
    Assists: Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (24), Wayne Simmonds (12)
    Points: Jason Spezza (53), John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (25)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (57), Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (12)
  • 2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .707 3.59 2.70 31.5% 83.9% 34.7 30.4 56.0%
    Pittsburgh .700 3.34 2.54 22.2% 87.7% 34.6 30.2 50.8%
  • THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
    Power Play: 41/130 (31.5%)
    Power Play Goal Leader: 12 – Matthews
    Power Play Point Leader: 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A)
    2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
  • ON THE PK IN 2021-22
    Penalty Kill: 109/130 (83.9%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 3 – Marner (2G, 1A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
  • FAST FACTS
    Thursday games 6th of 13 (9 home, 4 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 7 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-2-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-0
    February games 6th of 12 (4 home, 8 road)
    UPCOMING MILESTONES

    TJ Brodie Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Eight games away from 400 career NHL games played
    Jake Muzzin Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
    Wayne Simmonds Nine games away from 1,000 career NHL games played
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Appeared in his 700th career NHL game, Nov. 2, 2021 vs. VGK
    TJ Brodie Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 14, 2021 at EDM
    Jack Campbell Appeared in his 100th career NHL game, Nov. 16, 2021 vs. NSH
    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
    Ondrej Kaše Scored his 50th career NHL goal, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Alexander Kerfoot Appeared in his 300th career NHL game, Nov. 26, 2021 at SJS
    Alexander Kerfoot Recorded his 100th career NHL assist, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
    Timothy Liljegren Scored his first career NHL goal, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Jan. 31, 2022 vs. NJD
    Auston Matthews Recorded his 200th career NHL goal, Oct. 25, 2021 at CAR
    Mitch Marner Recorded his 400th career NHL point, Feb. 14, 2022 at SEA
    Ilya Mikheyev Skated in his 100th career NHL game, Jan. 15, 2022 at STL
    William Nylander Skated in his 400th career NHL game, Feb. 1, 2022 at NJD
    William Nylander Recorded his 300th career NHL point, Jan. 19, 2022 at NYR
    Morgan Rielly Recorded his 250th career NHL assist, Oct. 27, 2021 at CHI
    Morgan Rielly Skated in his 600th career NHL game, Dec. 9, 2021 vs. TBL
    Wayne Simmonds Skated in his 950th career NHL game, Oct. 16, 2021 vs. OTT
    Jason Spezza Skated in his 1,200th career NHL game, Nov. 28, 2021 at ANA
    John Tavares Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs, Oct. 18, 2021 vs. NYR
    John Tavares Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13, 2021 at BUF
    John Tavares Skated in his 900th career NHL game, Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT
  • With his second period goal, Mitch Marner recorded the 400th point of
    his NHL career.
  • David Kämpf posted the second shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
  • Timothy Liljegren recorded the first multi-point game of his NHL career (2A).

PENGUINS

LAST 2 GAMES:
Feb. 15: Pittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4 – PPG Paints Arena
PIT Goals: Crosby (PP), Simon, Guentzel (PP), Ruhwedel, Letang
Multiple Points: Crosby (1G-1A), Letang (1G-1A)
Goalie: DeSmith (23 saves, 27 shots)
Key Stats: Sidney Crosby became the 46th player in NHL history to record 500 NHL goals and Kris Letang’s overtime winner capped off a two-goal
comeback win.
PP: 2-4
PK: 4-4
Feb. 13: Pittsburgh 4, New Jersey 2 – Prudential Center
PIT Goals: Matheson, Rust, Boyle, Guentzel (EN)
Multiple Points: Boyle (1G-1A), Matheson (1G-1A), Rust (1G-1A), Crosby (2A)
Goalie: Jarry (28 saves, 30 shots)
Key Stats: Pittsburgh extended its win streak to three games and claimed first place in the Metropolitan Division.
PP: 0-3
PK: 2-2
INJURIES
Position, Player, Status (Consecutive Games Missed, Total Games Missed)
F Drew O’Connor, upper-body (13 consecutive, 16 total)
F Jason Zucker, lower-body (12 consecutive, 19 total)
G Louis Domingue, lower-body (12 consecutive, 12 total)
F Teddy Blueger, upper-body (9 consecutive, 10 total)
2021-22 Total Regular-Season Man-Games Lost: 187
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 11 – F Michael Chaput and F Valtteri Puustinen re-assigned to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL).
Feb. 6 – F Michael Chaput and F Valtteri Puustinen recalled from WBS (AHL).
Feb. 6 – F Evgeni Malkin added to the NHL’s COVID-19 Protocol List.
Feb. 2 – F Kasper Bjorkqvist, F Michael Chaput, D Juuso Riikola and D P.O Joseph re-assigned to WBS.
TONIGHT’S GAME
-The Penguins hit the road for a brief stop as they take on the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena (TV: AT&T Sportsnet; Radio: 105.9 The X).
-Pittsburgh is looking to sweep the season series with Toronto for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign when they went 3-0-0 versus them.
-Pittsburgh is outscoring Toronto 9-1 in two games this season.
-The Penguins enter tonight’s game with points versus the Maple Leafs in four of their last five games (4-1-0).
-Following tonight’s game, the Penguins will play four-straight, and five of their next six games, against divisional opponents.
QUICK HITS
1) No team has scored more power play goals than the Penguins (20) since Jan. 1. Only Toronto (33.3%) has a better power play percentage than
Pittsburgh’s 31.1% in 2022.
2) Kris Letang has 10 points (1G-9A) in his last 10 games against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
3) Since the 2015-16 season, Pittsburgh’s power play ranks second-best (13/49, 26.5%) against the Toronto Maple Leafs behind only Washington’s
(15/49, 30.6%).
4) Tristan Jarry is 4-1-0 with a 2.20 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in six career games against the Maple Leafs. His .929 save
percentage against Toronto is tied for first among all active goaltenders (min. 5 GP).
5) John Marino (8) and Mike Matheson (6) rank first and second in the league in penalties drawn among defensemen since Jan. 16.


PENGUINS vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
Pittsburgh’s All-Time Record vs. Maple Leafs: 89-77-24
In Pittsburgh: 53-35-8
In Toronto: 36-42-16
OT Record vs. Maple Leafs: 8-7-4
Shootout Record vs. Maple Leafs: 5-1
2021-22 Results: Pittsburgh is 2-0-0.
Penguins All-Time Point Leaders vs. MAPLE LEAFS:
Mario Lemieux – 33GP, 71 PTS (31G-40A)
Evgeni Malkin – 39GP, 64 PTS (22G-42A)
Sidney Crosby – 46GP, 63 PTS (28G-35A)
TEAM NOTES:
SIMPLY SID-SATIONAL
Sidney Crosby scored his 500th NHL goal on Tuesday night against Philadelphia. In doing so, he became the second active player (Alex Ovechkin),
and the 46th player in NHL history, to record 500 career regular-season goals.
Crosby enters tonight’s game riding a seven-game point streak (3G-9A) and has points in 12 of his last 14 games (9G-13A), seven of which have been
multi-point efforts. Since this stretch began on Jan. 15, Crosby is tied with Toronto’s Mitch Marner for most second-most points in the NHL:
Points Leaders Since Jan. 15
Player GP G A PTS
Johnny Gaudreau 13 5 19 24
Sidney Crosby 14 9 13 22
Mitch Marner 11 11 11 22
Matthew Tkachuk 13 7 15 22
Crosby also has points in each of his last six road games (5G-5A).
POINT STREAKIN’
Tonight’s game features three of the league’s longest active point streaks, as Sidney Crosby and Jake Guentzel are both riding seven-game point
streaks entering tonight’s game, while Toronto’s Auston Matthews (8 games) has the NHL’s longest active point streak:
Player GP G A PTS
Auston Matthews 8 7 9 16
Johnny Gaudreau 8 4 8 12
Elias Lindholm 8 7 6 13
Sidney Crosby 7 3 9 12
Jake Guentzel 7 4 7 11
Guentzel has been one Pittsburgh’s of the most consistent skaters this season. Dating back to Nov. 13, he has been held off the scoresheet in just four
of his last 33 games, and he has points in all but one road game that he’s played in this season (22GP, 17G-14A).
ROAD WARRIORS
The Penguins have been the NHL’s best team on the road in 2021-22 as they enter tonight’s game with a 17-5-3 road record. The team’s 17 road wins,
37 road points, .740 road points percentage and 2.24 road goals-against per games are all tops in the NHL, while their 84 goals for away from home are
tied for fourth most.
Pittsburgh has won six-consecutive road games (6-0-0) dating back to Jan. 15 and with a win tonight can tie the longest road winning streak in the NHL
this season (Toronto, 7GP; Vegas, 7GP). A win tonight would also tie the second-longest road winning streak in franchise history:
Longest Road Winning Streaks in Franchise History
Streak Season Road Win Streak Dates
8 Games 2015-16 Mar. 11-Apr. 7, 2016
7 Games 2009-10 Oct. 3-Nov. 3, 2009
7 Games 2010-11 Nov. 6-Dec. 11, 2010
6 Games* 2021-22 Jan. 15, 2022-Present
6 Games Three Times N/A
KRIS IS CLUTCH
With his overtime winner on Tuesday night against Philadelphia, Kris Letang now has the most overtime points by a defenseman in NHL history (30). It
also marked his eighth-career overtime goal tying him for fifth most in NHL history among defensemen.
All-Time Overtime Points Among Defensemen
Player OTP
Kris Letang* 30
Erik Karlsson* 29
Nicklas Lindstrom 26
Tomas Kaberle 25
Duncan Keith* 25
Brent Burns* 25
*Active
Letang’s 45 points (6G-39A) are fifth most among NHL defensemen this season, and he is one assist shy of hitting the 40 assist plateau for the sixth
time in his career.

CROSBY IN CANADA
This season, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby has played seven games in his home country, recording two goals, five assists and seven points, helping
Pittsburgh to 5-1-1 record in those games. Overall, Crosby thrives when playing Canada, as he’s picked up points in 18 of his last 22 games in Canadian
cities. In those 18 games which date back to Nov. 4, 2017 in Vancouver, Crosby has tallied 28 points (11G-17A).
In 23 career road games against the Maple Leafs, he has 13 goals, 13 assists and 26 points.
MALKIN VS. THE LEAFS

Evgeni Malkin has made a habit of turning in big performances against the Toronto Maple Leafs over the course of his career. In 39 games, Malkin has
22 goals, 42 assists and 64 points. He has been held scoreless against Toronto only seven times in his career, and has recorded three or more points
10 times. In the 18 games that he’s recorded multiple points versus the Maple Leafs, the Penguins are 13-4-1. Malkin’s 1.64 points-per-game average is
his highest against any team:
Team GP G A PTS PTS/GM
Toronto 39 22 42 64 1.64
Detroit 22 11 21 32 1.45
Winnipeg 36 20 32 52 1.44
Arizona 19 7 19 26 1.37
Nashville 14 6 13 19 1.36
Malkin is quickly closing in on Mario Lemieux’s franchise record for points against the Toronto Maple Leafs. In 33 career games, Lemeiux recorded 71
points (31G-40A).
GAME-WINNING GURUS
Evgeni Malkin tallied his 74th career game-winning goal in his season debut. His next game-winner will surpass Mario Lemieux for sole possession of
second place on the team’s all-time game-winning goals list, while Sidney Crosby sits one game-winner shy of a three-way tie for second place:
Player GWGs
Jaromir Jagr 78
Evgeni Malkin 74
Mario Lemieux 74
Sidney Crosby 73
Jean Pronovost 42
PENGUINS COACH’S CHALLENGE
2021-22: 4-for-4, 100%
Last Challenge: (W) Feb. 1, 2022 – Call overturned; Capitals skater Nic Dowd impared Tristan Jarry’s ability to make a save, therefore no goal for
Washington.
All-Time (since 2015-16): 23-for-45, 51.1% (Interference: 11-for-26, 42.3%; Offsides: 12-for-19, 63.2%)
2021-22 PENS’ MULTIPLE-GOAL GAME LEADERS
Name Total 2G 3G 4G
Bryan Rust 5 4 1 0
Jake Guentzel 4 3 1 0
Jeff Carter 3 3 0 0
Evan Rodrigues 2 1 1 0
Sidney Crosby 1 0 1 0
Kasperi Kapanen 1 0 1 0
Teddy Blueger 1 1 0 0
Danton Heinen 1 1 0 0
Kris Letang 1 1 0 0
Evgeni Malkin 1 1 0 0
Mike Matheson 1 1 0 0
Drew O’Connor 1 1 0 0
Jason Zucker 1 1 0 0
2021-22 PENS’ OVERTIME POINT LEADERS
Name G A PTS
Kris Letang 2 2 4
Jeff Carter 1 1 2
Jake Guentzel 1 0 1
Sidney Crosby 0 1 1
2021-22 REGULAR-SEASON SPECIAL TEAMS BREAKDOWN
Power Play
Overall: 33-149, 22.1%
5-on-4: 29-143, 20.3%
5-on-3: 3-9, 33.3%
4-on-3: 1-3, 33.3%
Penalty Kill
Overall: 106-121, 87.6%
5-on-4: 103-117, 88.0%
5-on-3: 1-2, 50.0%
4-on-3: 3-3, 100.0%
MILESTONES WATCH
F Bryan Rust 8 games from 400
F Brock McGinn 8 games from 400
MILESTONES ACHIEVED
F Sidney Crosby recorded his 500th NHL goal on Feb. 15, 2022 vs. Philadelphia.
D Chad Ruhwedel skated in his 200th game with Pittsburgh on Feb. 15, 2022 vs. Philadelphia.
F Zach Aston-Reese skated in his 200th NHL game on Feb. 8, 2022 vs. Boston.
F Jake Guentzel recorded his 300th NHL point on Jan. 30, 2022 vs. Los Angeles


PENGUINS 2, LEAFS 0 postgame notes, quotes

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (12-6-1 – 25 Points) vs.
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (7-6-4 – 18 Points)
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2021

1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 0 0 0 0
PITTSBURGH 2 0 0 2


SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 7 (7) 10 (8) 9 (8) 26 (23)
PITTSBURGH 9 (8) 8 (6) 14 (12) 31 (26)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
TORONTO 16 (16) 24 (20) 23 (16) 63 (52)
PITTSBURGH 16 (14) 14 (12) 17 (15) 47 (41)


HOME ICE

  • The Maple Leafs are 9-3-1 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 84-81-17-7 in 189 games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and 47-33-11-3
    in 94 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 8-4-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 2-3-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 5 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 8 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 8 (Tavares)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 83% (Spezza – 5 won, 1 lost)
    Hits 4 (Muzzin, Ritchie)
    Blocked Shots 2 (Holl, Liljegren, Rielly)
    Takeaways 1 (Kerfoot, Marner, Simmonds, Sandin, Rielly,
    Nylander)
    TOI 26:23 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 5:57 (Matthews)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:00 (Holl, Muzzin)
    Shifts 26 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 66.67% (Matthews – 18 for, 9 against and
    Nylander – 16 for, 8 against)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-4 on the power play and 1-for-1 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 5-5-1 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 2-3-1 when trailing after one period and 2-6-0 when trailing after two periods.
  • Toronto is 4-3-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 4-2-0 in Saturday games and 2-2-0 in the first game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Morgan Rielly recorded 26:23 in time on ice, posting a new 2021-22 single-game high.
  • Morgan Rielly and Justin Holl were on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on5.
  • Auston Matthews (18 for, 9 against) and William Nylander (16 for, 8 against) finished the game
    with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 66.67 percent.
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Nov. 21 Leafs at New York Islanders UBS Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Nov. 24 Leafs at Los Angeles STAPLES Center 10:00 pm ET
    Nov. 26 Leafs at San Jose SAP Arena at San Jose 10:30 pm ET
    Nov. 28 Leafs at Anaheim Honda Center 8:00 pm ET
    Dec. 1 Leafs vs. Colorado Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    Dec. 4 Leafs at Minnesota Xcel Energy Center 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution.
  • POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEF
    E
    On tonight’s game:
    Sheldon Keefe: “I think our guys wanted it just as bad but I just thought we lost to a good team that played better than us.”
    Common denominator in the two losses this season against Pittsburgh:
    Sheldon Keefe: “Just how hard they play. I think as much as the game itself was a lot different, I thought in the first period, you look at the goals that they scored, very similar in nature to what we gave up.
    Handling their speed coming into the neutral zone was a problem for us there and it was a problem for us again here tonight. Then they just defend really hard and they make it tough on you. We got what we deserved in terms of our offence and we just didn’t make enough happen offensively.”
    MITCH MARNER
    On the difference tonight:
    Mitch Marner: “I think the third period for sure, we just didn’t come out and perform at all in that third period. We let them get to our goalie, let them get around our net and the powerplay had a lot of chances
    in that third as well to at least get back in that game and within one. We’ve got to do a better job when we do get on that ice and create more for our team.”
    On if the team got to the hard areas of the ice tonight:
    Mitch Marner: Probably not tonight. I think we give goalies a free night when they come in here and we don’t get around them enough, not having enough people around and then also second opportunities. Something we talk about a lot and we just need to bear down in that area and get around it.
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On why the team had trouble getting pucks to the dangerous areas tonight:
    Jack Campbell: That’s not my territory. You know, I just thought we did a good job of having the puck
    and giving ourselves a shot in the offensive zone but Pittsburgh had a couple great blocks there at the
    end. I thought the commitment and effort was there from us all tonight but just fell short.
    On what he says to Joseph Woll tonight before his start tomorrow:
    Jack Campbell: Just exciting for him, he played well that first game, he got the win and now he’s just
    rolling so I know he’s going to go in there and have a lot of confidence and have a lot of fun so it will be
    fun to watch him.
    On getting back to California:
    Jack Campbell: A lot of great memories there, a lot of great friends and it’s a business trip so want to get
    out there and get some wins.

PENGUINS-MAPLE LEAFS pregame notes


2021-22 Matchups vs. Pittsburgh: Second of Three
2020-21 Record vs. Pittsburgh: N/A
Next Game vs. Pittsburgh: Wednesday, December 29 vs. Pittsburgh
Toronto Season Record: 12-5-1
Toronto Home Record: 9-2-1
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: TSN 1050

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
November 16, 2021
Acquired forward Kyle Clifford from St. Louis in exchange for future
considerations
November 15, 2021 Forward Joey Anderson has been loaned the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto vs. New York Rangers
Date: Thursday, November 18, 2021
TOR Goals: Rielly (2)
NYR Goals: Hunt
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 27/28, .964
NYR Goaltender: Shesterkin, 28/30, .933 SV%
TOR Power Play: 1-for-1
NYR Power Play: 0-for-1

NEXT GAME
Date: Sunday, November 21, 2021
Opponent: at New York Islanders
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet Ontario (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)


INJURY REPORT

Petr Mrázek (Groin) *On Injured Reserve
Ilya Mikheyev (Thumb) *On Injured Reserve
Man Games Lost: 31


ALL-TIME VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:

First Matchup between Clubs: December 13, 1967 (Toronto 1 vs. Pittsburgh 2)
All-Time Record: 84-80-17-7 (188 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 47-32-11-3 (93 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 37-49-6-4 (96 Games)
Last Home Win vs. Opponent: February 20, 2020 (Toronto 4 vs. Pittsburgh 0)
Record in Last Five Games: 2-3-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 5-5-0

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
Games Played: John Tavares (50), Jason Spezza (49), Wayne Simmonds (41)
Goals: Jason Spezza (20), Wayne Simmonds (13), John Tavares (11)
Assists: Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (24), Wayne Simmonds (12)
Points: Jason Spezza (53), John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (25)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (57), Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (12)

2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
Toronto .694 2.67 2.39 26.5% 87.8% 33.9 30.1 55.2%
NHL Rank 6th 23rd 4th 5th 4th 7th 25th 1st-T

THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
Power Play: 13/49 (26.5%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 4 – Matthews
Power Play Point Leader: 7 –Matthews (4G, 3A), Nylander (3G, 4A)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)

ON THE PK IN 2021-22
Penalty Kill: 43/49 (87.8%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)

FAST FACTS
Saturday games 6th of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 3 of 13
Record in first game of Back-to-Back 2-1-0
Record in second game of Back-to-Back 1-2-0
November games 10th of 14 (8 home, 6 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

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
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 200th NHL goal on 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).
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 300th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 8 vs. VAN, tying Charlie
Conacher to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark at
294 games.
MORGAN RIELLY
Recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Apr. 13 vs. CGY to
become the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with
the club.
MORGAN RIELLY Recorded his 250th career NHL assist on Oct. 27 at CHI
KIRILL SEMYONOV Made his NHL debut, Nov. 10 at PHI
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL game on Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 18 vs. NYR.
JOHN TAVARES Scored his 100th goal with the Maple Leafs, Nov. 13 at BUF

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE One goal away from 50 career NHL goals
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Three goals away from 50 career NHL goals
DAVID KÄMPF Seven assists away from 50 career NHL assists
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
JASON SPEZZA Five games away from 1,200 career NHL games played

PENS 7, LEAFS 1: WHAT THE LEAFS SAID

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
Q: Sheldon, you can’t be happy, what are your thoughts after that game?
“I have a lot of thoughts obviously. Not many good ones. I thought that after the first little segment in the first period we found our game and I thought we were going really well. I thought we started the second period, the first couple of shifts, really well. Offence in our zone, we were moving around a little
bit, we had some chances, and then had a turnover in the offensive zone and didn’t have structure coming back. Ends up in our net and before we’re gathered it’s in our net again and it’s 3-1. It got away on us. It got away on us there and then obviously there’s a lot of things to not be happy about from that
point on but tough game to assess in a lot of ways because I thought we were going pretty well there for a good chunk of time and then two pucks are in our net in a hurry and the game really changed from there. I didn’t like how we managed it from that point on. It’s tough playing from behind, we’ve been
doing it too much here lately and this one got away from us. We give Pittsburgh full marks, they were fast and competitive all through the game. They don’t make it easy on you. So at times when we were careless with the puck they made us pay for it and it was pretty consistent all the way through.”
JOHN TAVARES (5 SHOTS)
Q: What’s the concern level for yourself, and Auston and Mitch, that it’s not really going here with goals?
“Well, when you give up – what was it? – 12 in two games, we could have scored four or five but it wouldn’t have mattered so first we have to take care of the areas defensively. I think the type of players
we are and the skillsets we have, you just continue to work at it and do the right things, play a strong game and trust and believe in yourself. I think history will tell us that eventually you’re going to break through and find a way. You’ve just got to continue to stay with it and work at your game and find ways
to help the team in all areas.”
Q: Was there something with the chemistry that’s perhaps not working? There were a lot of passes
that just weren’t connecting.

“I think we’ve had opportunities through all six games so far this year. Certainly there’s been times the
puck hasn’t gone in. At times, we probably haven’t been as clean on plays but when you see some of the
goals that are being scored, there’s a lot of goals just going off people and in right now. We’ve just got to
continue to stay with it. Spezza’s group has scored some goals on second efforts and second and third
opportunities and just staying on pucks and hounding it. That’s what you’ve got to continue to do when
things aren’t coming as easy or not going in the way you’d like it to. It’s a long season and we’ve just got
to keep our foot on the gas and take care of our overall game and eventually that’ll come.”
MITCH MARNER (20:18 TOI)
Q: How concerned are you after tonight’s result?

“I don’t think we can be concerned. We’re still early in the season. Obviously, it’s not what we wanted but day off tomorrow in Carolina. Fresh page. Just make sure we go over what we did wrong tonight. We know a lot of the things we did wrong. We’ve got to make sure we’re covering each other, helping each
other out. We didn’t do a very good job of that tonight so we’ve just got to make sure we get ready for Carolina. It’s obviously a good team over there. We’ve got to make sure we bounce back

PENGUINS 7, MAPLE LEAFS 1 POST GAME NOTES

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (2-3-1 – 5 Points) at
PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (3-0-2 – 8 Points)
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2021
1 2 3 FINAL
TORONTO 1 0 0 1
PITTSBURGH 1 4 2 7

  • Jason Spezza scored at 12:44 of the first period for the Maple Leafs. Spezza has scored in back-to-back games and leads Toronto with three goals on the season.
  • Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Engvall has notched an assist in backto-back games, the first time in his NHL career to do so.
  • Wayne Simmonds posted the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Simmonds has recorded an assist in back-to-back games.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 16-of-21 shots through two periods.
  • Michael Hutchinson relieved Campbell to start the third period and stopped 10-of-12 shots he faced.
    SHOTS ON GOAL
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    PITTSBURGH 10 (9) 11 (8) 12 (8) 33 (26)
    TORONTO 16 (11) 10 (7) 3 (3) 29 (21)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    PITTSBURGH 18 (15) 16 (11) 15 (11) 49 (37)
    TORONTO 29 (21) 20 (15) 11 (9) 60 (45)

    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 0-2-0 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 84-81-17-7 in 189 games against the Pittsburgh Penguins and 37-49-6-4
    in 96 games played in Pittsburgh.
  • Toronto is 2-2-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 0-1-1 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 6 (Matthews)
    Shot Attempts 10 (Matthews)
    Faceoff Wins 7 (Kämpf)
    Faceoff Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 1 won, 0 lost)
    Hits 3 (Sandin, Bunting)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Muzzin)
    Takeaways 1 (Holl, Kaše, Matthews, Sandin, Rielly, Brodie, Nylander)
    TOI 22:59 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 2:35 (Marner, Matthews, Rielly, Nylander, Tavares)
    Shorthanded TOI 5:40 (Kämpf)
    Shifts 28 (Rielly)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 78.57% (Matthews – 22 for, 6 against)
    RECORD WHEN…
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-3 on the power play and 4-for-5 on the penalty kill tonight.
  • Toronto is 1-3-1 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-2-0 when tied after one period and 0-3-0 when trailing after two periods.
  • Toronto is 1-1-0 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 1-1-0 in Saturday games and 0-2-0 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    OF NOTE…
  • Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high 23 shot attempts for at 5-on-5. Muzzin finished the game
    with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 65.71% (23 for, 12 against).
  • Jack Campbell, Timothy Liljegren, Michael Bunting appeared in their first career NHL game against
    Pittsburgh.
  • Sandin registered three hits during the game, tying his second-best single-game high.
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    Oct. 25 Leafs at Carolina PNC Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Oct. 27 Leafs at Chicago United Center 7:30 pm ET
    Oct. 30 Leafs vs. Detroit Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Nov. 2 Leafs vs. Vegas Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Nov. 4 Leafs vs. Tampa Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Nov. 6 Leafs vs. Boston Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET

MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS PREGAME NOTES

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
October 17, 2021
Goaltender Michael Hutchinson recalled on an emergency basis from
the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
October 16, 2021 Alex Bishop signed to a one-game amateur tryout
October 11, 2021 Adam Brooks claimed off waivers by the Montréal Canadiens.
October 10, 2021
Defenceman Alex Biega and forward Kurtis Gabriel have been assigned
to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
October 9, 2021 Forward Kirill Semyonov has been loaned to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 3, San Jose 5
Date: Friday, October 22, 2021
TOR Goals: Spezza, Kaše, Tavares
SJS Goals: Couture, Meier, Karlsson, Dahlen, Couture
TOR Goaltender: Hutchinson, 26-30, .867 SV%
SJS Goaltender: Hill, 30-33, .909 SV%
TOR Power Play: 0-for-2
SJS Power Play: 0-for-3

NEXT GAME
Date: Monday, October 25, 2021
Opponent: at Carolina Hurricanes
Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)

INJURY REPORT
Petr Mrázek Groin
Ilya Mikheyev Thumb
Man Games Lost: 8
ALL-TIME VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
First Matchup between Clubs: December 13, 1967 (Toronto 1, Pittsburgh 2)
All-Time Record: 84-80-17-7 (188 Games)
All-Time Record at Home: 47-32-11-3 (93 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road: 37-48-6-4 (95 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road: November 3, 2018 (Toronto 5, Pittsburgh 0)
Record in Last Five Games: 3-2-0
Record in Last 10 Games: 6-4-0

ACTIVE LEADERS VS. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS:
Games Played: John Tavares (49), Jason Spezza (48), Wayne Simmonds (40)
Goals: Jason Spezza (19), Wayne Simmonds (13), John Tavares (11)
Assists: Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (24), Wayne Simmonds (11)
Points: Jason Spezza (52), John Tavares (35), Wayne Simmonds (24)
Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (50), Jason Spezza (31), John Tavares (12)


Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%

Toronto .500 2.20 2.40 18.8% 87.5% 36.2 28.6 60.7%
NHL Rank 17th-T 24th-T 10th 17th-T 10th 5th 26th 1st
Power Play: 3/16 (18.8%)
Power Play Goal Leader: 1 (Engvall, Spezza, Nylander)
Power Play Point Leader: 2 (Spezza, Nylander)
2020-21 Power Play: 31/155 (20.0%)
Penalty Kill: 14/16 (87.5%)
Shorthanded Goal Leader: N/A
Shorthanded Point Leader: N/A
2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
Saturday games 2 of 22 (10 home, 12 road)
Back-to-Backs played 1 of 13
Record in first game of Back-to-Back 1-1-0
Record in second game of Back-to-Back 0-1-0
October games 6th of 9 (5 home, 4 road)
RECENT MILESTONES

TRAVIS DERMOTT Skated in his 200th career NHL game on Apr. 24 at WPG.
ALEXANDER KERFOOT Skated in his 100th game as a Maple Leaf on Mar. 29 vs. EDM.
MITCH MARNER Scored his 100th career NHL goal on Apr. 24 at WPG.
AUSTON MATTHEWS Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Feb. 20 at MTL.
AUSTON MATTHEWS
Recorded his 300th NHL point with a goal on Feb. 8 vs. VAN, tying Charlie
Conacher to become the second-fastest Maple Leaf to reach the mark at
294 games.
JAKE MUZZIN Skated in his 600th NHL game on March 1 at EDM.
WILLIAM NYLANDER Scored his 100th career NHL goal on Apr. 18 at VAN.
MORGAN RIELLY
Recorded his 300th NHL point with an assist on Apr. 13 vs. CGY to
become the sixth defenceman in franchise history to record 300 points with
the club.
WAYNE SIMMONDS Skated in his 950th career NHL games played, Oct. 16 vs. OTT
JOHN TAVARES Skated in his 200th game as a Maple Leaf on May 12 at OTT.
JOHN TAVARES Registered his 100th assist as a Maple Leaf on April 18 at VAN.
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 800th career NHL point on April 5 at CGY.
JOHN TAVARES Recorded his 200th point with the Maple Leafs on Oct. 18 vs. NYR.

UPCOMING MILESTONES
TJ BRODIE 5 games away from 700 career NHL games played
TJ BRODIE 1 goal away from 50 career NHL goals
JACK CAMPBELL 8 wins away from 50 career NHL wins
TRAVIS DERMOTT Two points away from 50 career NHL points
PIERRE ENGVALL 5 games away from 100 career NHL games played
JUSTIN HOLL Nine points away from 50 career NHL points
ONDREJ KAŠE Six goals away from 50 career NHL goals
ONDREJ KAŠE Two points away from 100 career NHL points
DAVID KÄMPF Nine assists away from 50 career NHL assists
AUSTON MATTHEWS One goal away from 200 career NHL goals
ILYA MIKHEYEV Seven games away from 100 career NHL games played
MORGAN RIELLY One assist away from 250 career NHL assists

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MAPLE LEAFS 4, PENGUINS 0– WHAT THEY SAID: “It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.” — FREDERIK ANDERSEN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked about the team’s performance tonight vs. the previous two games:

I think we’ve talked about it before. We’ve shown at different times that this is a group with a lot of character and a lot of pride, and we showed that today with how we responded.

On if the performance tonight started with success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, for sure, those guys had strong nights. I think it’s just a sign of how engaged we were in the game. I would say that was where the game begins in a lot of cases. Guys were hard on the puck in all areas of the game.

On Muzzin’s performance tonight:

Just complete. He battled, he was competitive, he shot one into the net, found a way to get a couple of assists. Just all over the game. He was a real leader for us back there.

On Kerfoot’s role in kickstarting the third line tonight:

Yeah, I think it really helps us. That line has really been struggling for us to find an identity and to find some consistency. It’s tough for us because I thought Kerf was doing an excellent job with [Tavares] and [Nylander] and playing well there. Just talking we said the acquisition of Malgin gives us an opportunity to give him a look with those guys. I just thought that Alex could bring something back to that line. We wanted to give him a chance to be a centre and get that line going. The wingers, Engvall and Kappy, are two guys we think have more to give us. That happened today.

On Andersen’s performance on a late first period penalty kill:

Yeah, he was excellent. He was perfect, he keeps it out of the net. He battled, he looked solid there. It was just a really good sign for our team. He made saves on the pucks that they were throwing around the net, but there was also a lot of loose ones hanging out there. Our guys collapsed real hard on the loose pucks to maybe not necessarily get it out like we would have liked, but at least kept away from our net and allowed us to settle the game. I thought that penalty kill was a really important time in the game, obviously it didn’t crack. It was a good chance for our penalty kill, which had been outstanding for us. I think the 12 games or so in the month leading up to the game in Pittsburgh we had the number one penalty kill in the NHL. So the penalty kill has been really strong for us and today was a chance for us to bring it right back.

On Kapanen’s impact on the game tonight:

That’s what he’s capable of doing. That’s the impact that he has on our team. So just really great to see that. It gives us consistency all throughout our lineup.

On the challenge of trying to maximize the team’s performance after the last two games:

This season is going very different; different things. It’s going to require different things from me, it’s going to require different things from our players. We didn’t like how the last little bit has gone. I was excited about the opportunity to get to work yesterday and put in the work and respond. You’re playing against the same team, it has a playoff feel to it when you take a beatdown in the first game, you have a chance to regroup and make a plan and push your team, challenge the team, motivate your team. That’s the best part of this game. I was excited about it; I think our players were too and it showed tonight.

On if there were any keys to getting the right response from the team after Tuesday:

I think there was a lot said, a lot done and all that kind of stuff, but a part of it too is you just don’t like to get embarrassed. Our guys have a lot of pride in themselves, a lot of pride in the jersey and the organization. So, we could have said or done nothing, and we might have gotten this type of response. We’ll never really know. Regardless of the route, we like that we got the response, we like the outcome, we love the result. Get the shutout and didn’t give up much against a very good team. I thought we controlled play for good chunks of time against a very good team. A lot of really good healthy signs here so we’ll enjoy it.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (24 SAVES)

On the effort from the team’s blueliners tonight:

It was great. I think we responded the way we wanted to. I think the guys played really good. Muzz especially I thought was unbelievable today. Obviously, a great goal and amazing break out pass for Kappy’s goal, I think it was. Overall, a really good effort by the guys.

On the team scoring first and building its lead:

I think it goes without saying it’s better to score than give anything up. I thought we did a good job.

On if the team defended differently late to shut down Pittsburgh’s attack:

No, I thought we just stuck with our game for the most part of the game. We played a complete effort. That was a great response by everyone, I think, the way we want to be like.

KASPERI KAPANEN (1 GOAL)

On playing with emotion tonight:

I think the whole team showed a lot of emotion tonight, not just me in particular. You know, that’s the outcome when we play like that, we play with emotion and we stick to the structure and play the Maple Leaf way. That’s what happens and it was a good game throughout.

On his fight:

Stuff happens on the ice. I think Sandin got hit there and if it wasn’t me out there, I’m sure someone else would have stood up and defended one another. He came over and it just happened.

ALEX KERFOOT (1 ASSIST)

On Kapanen dropping the gloves:

It shows emotion, that’s what we were looking for. We wanted kind of a little more bite to our group. He’s a fiery guy at times and he had a great game tonight.  I thought he was all over the forecheck, he was physical all night. When you see a guy like him drop the gloves, everyone on the bench gets a boost from that.

On if it’s frustrating why the team can’t have this effort more consistently:

I don’t think frustrating is the right word. I think maybe it’s disappointing the effort we’ve had a times this year but whether you’re a team who wins games or can’t win games, every team in this league can win games so it’s not a matter of we’re some upper echelon team that on certain nights can win games — I think that there’s a lot of teams in this league that when they’re playing well can win games. We’ve just got to find that energy, that bite, that jam that we had tonight and be able to bring that on a consistent basis.

DENIS MALGIN (FIRST GAME AS A MAPLE LEAF)

On playing his first game as a Maple Leaf:

I was trying to do my best you know, I felt good.

On playing with Tavares and Nylander:

It’s a great opportunity for me and now I’m just going to build off it.

On what being traded felt like:

Actually I don’t think so much, so I just took it and I was happy to be here.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was a solid team game. I think this is what we needed. We had two terrible games, so to come back this is a good start, but we’ve just got to stick with this kind of game and keep playing like this and we’ll be good.

On what led to this effort after two straight losses:

Getting ready for the game, it’s just think that we haven’t been practicing so much and yesterday was a battle practice so we got into that kind of mode again. I think that was a good practice for us just to refresh in those kinds of areas of the game, which needed to improve.

JOHN TAVARES (2 ASSISTS)

On what he liked from the team tonight:

I think the intensity of the group, the way we started. It was a tight hockey game and we just stuck with it, got our opportunities, capitalized and didn’t let up in their end, I think that’s key for us. Good win, but obviously we’ve got to turn the page and get ready for Saturday. Lots of big hockey games coming up.

On the team’s success in the faceoff circle:

Yeah, we got a couple [goals] off them, so you just try to be as well prepared for those situations and those scenarios and take advantage of them when you can. Great shot by Muzz on the first one and then anytime you get a 5-on-3 and you’re able to win it clean, you’re able to get a good look right off of it. So good play [Matthews], great shot by Will. Just good areas to be sharp in and we generate a lot just everyone competing, hard work and fighting for their space and that led to open ice and good looks and following up on second opportunities.