LEAFS 2, LIGHTNING 1. WHAT THE LEAFS SAID: “This is another really close hockey game that we’ve had to play here and, again, at 5-on-5 we were outscored today. That’s been a challenge for us. That’s something that obviously we’ve worked at, but when you’re going up against the best offensive team in the NHL, you’re going to give up a great deal. When we did, Freddie (Andersen) was outstanding, in the second period especially. There were a lot of very good things for us and we’ll take two very important points.” –SHELDON KEEFE

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On the team having success putting the game away in the third period tonight:

I think it’s a confidence thing. That’s part of it. So yeah, I do. I don’t think that’s characteristic that a team has. I think it’s something that comes and goes, kind of with your confidence as a team. We haven’t really been going as a team, so we haven’t had that. This is another really close hockey game that we’ve had to play here and, again, at 5-on-5 we were outscored today. That’s been a challenge for us. That’s something that obviously we’ve worked at, but when you’re going up against the best offensive team in the NHL, you’re going to give up a great deal. When we did, Freddie [Andersen] was outstanding, in the second period especially. There were a lot of very good things for us and we’ll take two very important points.

On Morgan Rielly’s play tonight:

I thought he was pretty good, all things considered. He hasn’t played and it’s a tough game – especially in that second period. It’s hard for our defence to get off the ice and they’re really coming. It looked like it was taking a toll on him physically, in terms of his conditioning. It’s one thing to train, as we all know and say, and practice in the gym and all that, but it is a whole different ballgame. Just his legs and the way he skates, all of a sudden, he jumps into a hole – whether it’s offensively or defensively he’ll cover for you – he has instincts along the offensive blueline, waits above for the defensive pucks. He plays the whole game.

On if anything over the last couple of days led to a strong start tonight:

We’ve talked a lot about our starts and consistency in our play. I thought we started really well. It was a combination of a really good start for us, but I don’t think it was a good start for Tampa. I thought we moved the puck extremely well. It was a game we just played with the puck on our stick a lot. That’s when we are frustrating. We just kept coming and had lots of chances, lots of time with the puck. It was a really good period for us in that sense, we didn’t have to defend very much at all. That was a real key for us was to try to keep the puck out of their hands and in their end.

AUSTON MATTHEWS (1 GOAL)

On having a few days between the California trip and tonight:

You have lots of time to reflect, it’s a five-hour flight so kick back and relax and nice to get a couple days off and try to get adjusted back to the time zone and time change and everything. Then have a good day of practice and just try to come out like we did tonight. The second period, I think, it got away from us a bit, lots of penalties but I think our first period is a good starting point for us and how we want to play. We’ve got to make sure we do that more consistently and throughout the game.

On Morgan Rielly’s leadership:

He’s extremely vocal and I think he’s a guy that everyone looks up to. I know for myself he’s one of my closest friends on the team and someone that helped me out, especially my first couple years. I spent a lot of time with him and I still do. He’s a great leader and a great teammate and really good person. To go along with his hockey abilities, he’s a guy we’re definitely happy to have back.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

Well, obviously, the PK was great, and I think our power play got some big important goals today. We played solid through the first and third periods, so we want to clean up that second period.

On what was the key to the strong start tonight:

I think we had a couple days to feel fresh and we felt we were buzzing already in warmups.

On what worked well on the power play tonight:

I think we just kept it simple, tried to move it around and make easy plays and not force anything really. It was really good work.

MORGAN RIELLY (21:47 TOI)

On the important of consistency this time of year:

Yeah, we’ve talked about that before, we’ve talked about being more consistent and I think now more than ever, just given the standings, the time of year and remaining games, I think it’s an opportunity for us to start to play well and build some momentum. I think if you look back to this time last year our performances weren’t what we wanted them to be in time for playoffs and this year we’ve got a chance to fix that and change that. It’s important that we take that seriously and take the good things here tonight and talk about it tomorrow.

On the key to the strong first period:

Well, I think we moved the puck quick; we’re not holding onto it. For me, I think it was just D-zone execution and the importance of that. Going back, if we’re able to breakout, quick and create speed that way, it just seems to be smoother for us. It’s when you go back for pucks and you get beat back for pucks and you lose races, that’s when you tend to get hemmed in. I think that if we focus on that and that rhythm it creates more of a support system and we can move the puck forward with speed through the neutral zone.

LIGHTNING AT MAPLE LEAFS PREGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews is third among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in multi-goal games (10).- Seventh in multi-point games (25).- Ninth in points (46-33-79).- Fourth with 283 shots on goal.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (43-20-6 – 92 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (35-25-9 – 79 Points)

MARCH 10, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

SCOTIABANK ARENA (TORONTO, ON) ▪
TV: TSN4 ▪ RADIO: SPORTSNET 590 THE FAN

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus TAMPA BAY

ALL-TIME RECORD:55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
ALL-TIME AT HOME:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
2019-20:1-1-0
LAST FIVE:2-3-0
LAST 10:3-6-1

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus TAMPA BAY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (48), John Tavares (35), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (13), Three players tied (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (33), John Tavares (24), Tyson Barrie (8)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (55), John Tavares (35), Auston Matthews (11)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Jason Spezza (18), Kyle Clifford (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING TEAM STATS

 TORONTOTAMPA BAY
GOALS FOR (Rank):235 (3rd)242 (1st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       221 (28th)192 (10th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):43/190 [22.6%] (7th)49/207 [23.7%] (5th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):146/189 [77.3%] (23rd)185/226 [81.9%] (12th)
SHOTS (Rank):2266 (5th)2143 (17th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3416 (3rd)3085 (15th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.0% (6th)52.3% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.5% (3rd)50.5% (t-10th)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 15, 1992 vs. Tampa Bay (Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 3)
All-Time Record:55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:27-17-1-4 (49 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent at Home:February 12, 2018 (Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 3)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. LIGHTNING

Zach HymanFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
Kasperi KapanenFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
William NylanderFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS46 (Matthews)
ASSISTS49 (Marner)
POINTS79 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS24 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs41 (Holl)
SHOTS283 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%55.4% (Tavares)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.5% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS76 (Matthews)
HITS109 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:11 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:49 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.5%) and are third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (53.9%).
Goals by Strength– The Maple Leafs are third in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (159).
Goals by Period– Toronto is second in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (86) and are ninth in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (78).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs have the second fewest power play opportunities (190) among NHL teams that have scored at least 40 power play goals (43).
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 189 times this season, which is the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .767 win percentage when scoring first, which the fifth-highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Fourth among NHL goaltenders in wins (28).- Ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,402).- Has a 12-7-6 record on home ice in 2019-20, with a 3.11 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage
Tyson Barrie– Has eight multi-assist games, which is tied for the fourth-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for third among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (12).
– Averages 14.15 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.- Ranks 17th among NHL defencemen in 5-on-5 time on ice per game (18:18).- Ranks 16th among NHL defencemen in slap shots taken (57).
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-2-1 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.63 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Ninth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (53.7%).
– Averages 14.86 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks 18th among left wingers.- Ranks 10.45 hits per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 29th among NHL skaters.
Pierre Engvall– Tied for fourth among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.8%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 52.6 percent at 5-on-5, which is the seventh highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 40 games.- Ranks third among rookie forwards who have skated in 40 games in 5-on-5 shot attempts per 60 minutes (13.73).
Justin Holl– Has started the seventh-lowest percentage of his 5-on-5 shifts (42.0%) in the offensive zone among right-handed defencemen.- Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.9%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (42.0%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (52.6%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (42.0%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.76).- Fourth among Toronto forwards in even-strength time on ice per game (16:08).- Ranks third among Toronto forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game (1:48).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 20 penalties this season and taken eight, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+12) and ranks tied for 13th among NHL forwards.- Fourth among Maple Leafs and 18th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.21) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks second among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.24) at 5-on-5.- Eighth among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-17-25).- Tied for second among Maple Leafs in primary assists at 5-on-5 (11).
Mitch Marner– Ranks 10th among NHL skaters in assists (49).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the seventh-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.12 points per game, which is the 17th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.74 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is 13th among NHLers who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Tied for ninth in the NHL with 31 primary assists.
Auston Matthews– Third among NHL skaters in goals (46).- Leads the NHL with 35 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (30).- Tied for first in the NHL in wrist shot goals (27).- Tied for second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Seventh in the NHL in multi-point games (25).- Ninth among NHL skaters in points (46-33-79).- Fourth in the NHL with 283 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs and is tied for fifth among NHLers in game-winning goals (7).- Tied for 14th in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (19).- Tied for seventh among NHL forwards who average 14:00 per game (14:31) in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.6%).- Has a goal and two assists in two games against Tampa Bay this season.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 2.00 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 50 games.- Averaging 0.78 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fifth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 50 games.- Averaging 1.22 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is tied for the third-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 24th among NHL skaters in multi-point games (17).- Ranks 10th among NHL centres in 5-on-5 ice time per game (15:28).- Ranks 14th in the NHL in faceoff wins (610)- Has recorded 18 points (10-8-18) in 18 games against Atlantic Division teams.- Had three goals in two games against Tampa Bay this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

None 
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Cody CeciFive games from 500 NHL games
Mitch MarnerOne game from 300 NHL games
Jason SpezzaOne assist from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Zach Hyman300th NHL game (March 5 at Los Angeles)
Kasperi Kapanen200th NHL game (March 5 at Los Angeles)
  

INJURY REPORT

Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Jake Muzzin (Hand)Sustained a broken hand on February 25 at Tampa Bay.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 196

LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 3 — WHAT THEY SAID: “We get scored on first and we don’t let it snowball. I thought we just gathered ourselves and made a couple little tactical adjustments that the guys caught on to quickly. I thought it turned the game for us in the first period there. So we’ve got ourselves the lead and then gave it up, then came back and built an even bigger lead. Just a lot of really good things. Then the third period, we just have to — you know that they’re going to have a really strong push and it’s important for us to not crack. They get the one and we stayed with it even shorthanded on the back end. Some guys battled really hard.” –SHELDON KEEFE.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what he liked in tonight’s win:

Yeah, a lot of things. We get scored on first and we don’t let it snowball. I thought we just gathered ourselves and made a couple little tactical adjustments that the guys caught on to quickly. I thought it turned the game for us in the first period there. So we’ve got ourselves the lead and then gave it up, then came back and built an even bigger lead. Just a lot of really good things. Then the third period, we just have to — you know that they’re going to have a really strong push and it’s important for us to not crack. They get the one and we stayed with it even shorthanded on the back end. Some guys battled really hard. A lot of really positive things for us in terms of winning a close game.

On if he feels a game like tonight is how the team grows:

I certainly do. I’ve said we talked about, it’s that feeling, it’s going through it, it’s finding a way, it’s losing a leader in the back end in Jake Muzzin. Just finding a way to get it done and not cracking. I thought we did a good job. They had a push, they threw a lot of pucks at our net in that third period, but I think if you were to go through it you would see there wasn’t a whole lot of quality in terms of scoring chances or anything like that. The guys did a nice job of protecting the net and Freddie made solid saves and didn’t let anything get in at the end there for us. A lot of really good things — the penalty kill, power play.

On the severity of Muzzin’s injury:

We don’t know. We’re going to have to see how it is here tomorrow and kind of go from there. He obviously wasn’t well enough to return. We’ll give it tonight and get more information tomorrow.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (26 SAVES)

On the performance of the defence after losing Muzzin for the third period:

Yeah, I thought we did a really good job of just kind of covering up for each other and playing hard. I think throughout the whole group was great today. The PK was great, we generated some offence off of that and some huge momentum and then the power play did their thing, so it was a great game overall.

On Nylander’s goal:

I didn’t see it until after, but it was pretty special. I think it just creates extra reach for him and you don’t really expect it so not everyone can pull that off but good for Willy. It’s pretty.

TYSON BARRIE (2 ASSISTS)

On tonight’s win:

I think it was great. I think we played a really solid game. We had a good response to what happened to us last week. It shows a lot of character in this team, and then having [Muzzin] go down and the guys just kind of battling and grinding out a third period is a really good sign for us.

On what he liked best about tonight’s performance:

I think just the way that we responded to some adversity. We’ve got guys go down and they make a big push in the third, but we don’t break like we have in the past. Everyone just kind of mucked it up there at the end and we got the two points, which is what we need right now.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On his goal:

I didn’t really have time to think, it just kind of happened, but it was a nice to put one in, that’s for sure.

On the play Mitch Marner made to get him the puck:

He had a good stick there and then he waited him out. He put his stick to the inside, so he was able to feed it down to me, which was great because I had some space down there by myself.

On if he was trying to elevate the shot:

Yeah, I can’t really see anything so I’m going by feel. But obviously, yeah, you have to get it up there you want to score. Vasilevskiy is good along the ice, so you’ve got to get it up.

JOHN TAVARES (2 GOALS)

On what he liked about tonight’s win:

Just sticking with it. We didn’t get down. We didn’t get away from the way we needed to play when things didn’t go our way. We did a lot of good things tonight, in terms of the way we want to play the game, to our identity. Also, just this time of year, it’s a battle out there each and every shift. Just staying with it and understanding that it’s not always pretty but just digging in, playing hard, playing as a group, sticking with it, doing what we need to do. It’s one game, so build on it and obviously each game only gets more important as we go.

On how tough it is to see Jake Muzzin suffer an injury:

Yeah, he’s such a key player for us. He’s been playing great. No question it’s a big loss, but at the same time we can’t hang our heads and think ‘why us?’ As a group, collectively, we’ve got to all continue to step up and fill that void and continue to play better. When guys get more opportunity, that’s their chance to take advantage of it, relish it and thrive with it.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, LIGHTNING 3 POSTGAME NOTES: John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 16:42 of the first period and notched the third Maple Leafs goal at 12:25 of the second period. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-goal and 17th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (33-23-8 – 74 Points) vs.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (40-18-5 – 85 Points)

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2020

 123OTFINAL
TORONTO2204
TAMPA BAY1113

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Jake Muzzin put the Maple Leafs on the board at 12:48 of the first period. Muzzin has points (3-5-8) in six consecutive games. He has a goal and an assist in two games against the Lightning this season. Four of his six goals have come on the road in 2019-20.
  • John Tavares scored the second Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 16:42 of the first period before notching the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 12:25 of the second period. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-goal and 17th multi-point performance of 2019-20. He has goals (2) in two consecutive games and points (2-2-4) in three consecutive games. He has 17 points (10-7-17) in 17 games against Atlantic Division teams.
  • William Nylander registered the lone assist on Tavares’ second period goal before scoring the fourth Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 14:21 of the second period. Nylander has points (2-3-5) in four consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 12th multi-point game of 2019-20. He has 30 points (15 goals, 15 assists) in 31 road games this season.
  • Jason Spezza registered the primary assist on Muzzin’s first period goal. Spezza has three assists over his last five games. He has registered 16 (5-11-16) of his 24 points on the road this season. He has 56 points (23 goals, 33 assists) in 48 career games against Tampa Bay.
  • Frederik Gauthier picked up the secondary assist on Muzzin’s first period goal. Gauthier has registered 11 points (6-5-11) in 55 games this season. He has recorded six points (2-4-6) in 19 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Tyson Barrie recorded the primary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Barrie has assists (4) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his seventh multi-assist and 11th multi-point game of 2019-20. His seven multi-assist games are tied for the eighth-most among NHL defencemen.
  • Auston Matthews had the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Matthews has three points (1-2-3) over his last four games. His first period assist gives him 74 points (43 goals, 31 assists), which establishes a new single-season career-high for points, surpassing his previous high of 73 established in 2018-19. He has 20 points (12-8-20) in 20 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Marner has two assists over his last three games. He has two assists in two games against Tampa Bay in 2019-20. In 23 road games this season, he has recorded 25 points (11 goals, 14 assists). He ranks ninth among NHLers in assists (47) and tied for eighth among NHLers in primary assists (30).
  • Frederik Andersen stopped 26 shots to earn the victory.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO11 (9)9 (7)3 (3)23 (19)
TAMPA BAY8 (7)7 (6)14 (12)29 (25)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO16 (13)15 (10)8 (7)39 (30)
TAMPA BAY13 (12)19 (11)22 (16)54 (39)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road17-14-1 (32 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay55-35-2-7 (99 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Tampa Bay on the Road27-17-1-4 (49 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference18-15-6 (39 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division10-8-2 (20 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots(Matthews)
Shot Attempts6 (Matthews)
Faceoff Wins(Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage67% (Hyman – 2 won, 1 lost)
Hits3 (Clifford, Dermott)
Blocked Shots(Liljegren)
Takeaways(Hyman)
TOI25:49 (Holl)
Power Play TOI5:28 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI5:07 (Holl)
Shifts25 (Barrie, Dermott, Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage61.9% (Kapanen – 13 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Opponent scores first11-18-6
Lead after 116-3-1
Trail after 24-16-4
Score multiple power play goals9-1-0
Do not allow a power play goal19-8-4
Outshot by opponent14-13-4
Tuesday8-4-1

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 2-for-4 on the power play tonight.
  • Travis Dermott and Kasperi Kapanen were on the ice for a team-high 13 shot attempts at 5-on-5 tonight. Dermott finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.2 (13 for, 11 against), while Kapanen had a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 61.9 percent (13 for, 8 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 60 percent (3 won, 2 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.
  • Jake Muzzin (Hand) left tonight’s game and did not return.
  • John Tavares was 3-for-5 (60%) in the faceoff circle when taking offensive zone draws.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Thursday, February 27, 7:00 p.m. at Florida Panthers (TSN4, FAN 590)
  • Saturday, February 29, 7:00 p.m. vs. Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
  • Tuesday, March 3, 10:30 p.m. at San Jose Sharks (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, March 5, 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles Kings (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050
  • Friday, March 6, 10:00 p.m. at Anaheim Ducks (TSN4, TSN 1050)

MAPLE LEAFS AT LIGHTNING PREGAME NOTES: The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (41) with fewer than 175 power play opportunities (172).

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (32-23-8 – 72 Points) vs.

TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (40-17-5 – 85 Points)

FEBRUARY 25, 2020 ▪ 7:00 PM EST

AMALIE ARENA (TAMPA, FL) ▪
TV: SPORTSNET ONTARIO ▪ RADIO: TSN 1050

MAPLE LEAFS HISTORY versus TAMPA BAY

ALL-TIME RECORD:54-35-2-7 (98 Games)
ALL-TIME ON THE ROAD:26-17-1-4 (48 Games)
2019-20:0-1-0
LAST FIVE:1-4-0
LAST 10:2-8-0

MAPLE LEAFS CAREER LEADERS versus TAMPA BAY

GAMES PLAYED:Jason Spezza (47), John Tavares (34), Morgan Rielly (26)
GOALS:Jason Spezza (23), John Tavares (11), Kyle Clifford (4), Auston Matthews (4)
ASSISTS:Jason Spezza (32), John Tavares (24), Cody Ceci (7), Morgan Rielly (7)
POINTS:Jason Spezza (55), John Tavares (35), Three players tied (10)
PENALTY MINUTES:John Tavares (18), Jason Spezza (18), Kyle Clifford (13)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING TEAM STATS

 TORONTOTAMPA BAY
GOALS FOR (Rank):219 (t-1st)219 (t-1st)
GOALS AGAINST (Rank):       206 (28th)171 (8th)
POWER PLAY [%] (Rank):41/172 [23.8%] (3rd)44/186 [23.7%] (4th)
PENALTY KILL [%] (Rank):134/176 [76.1%] (26th)166/201 [82.6%] (7th)
SHOTS (Rank):2090 (5th)1937 (18th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPTS FOR (Rank):3166 (2nd)2804 (13th)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT % (Rank):52.3% (6th)52.4% (5th)
FACEOFF % (Rank):52.9% (3rd)50.7% (9th)

MAPLE LEAFS – LIGHTNING NOTES

First Matchup between Clubs:October 15, 1992 vs. Tampa Bay (Toronto 5, Tampa Bay 3)
All-Time Record:54-35-2-7 (98 Games)
All-Time Record at Home:28-18-1-3 (50 Games)
All-Time Record on the Road:26-17-1-4 (48 Games)
Last Win vs. Opponent on the Road:January 17, 2019 (Toronto 4, Tampa Bay 2)
  

MAPLE LEAFS MILESTONES vs. LIGHTNING

Zach HymanFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
Kasperi KapanenFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
William NylanderFirst NHL game (February 29, 2016 vs. Tampa Bay)
  

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

CATEGORYLEADER
GOALS43 (Matthews)
ASSISTS46 (Marner)
POINTS73 (Matthews)
POWER PLAY POINTS23 (Matthews)
SHORTHANDED POINTS(Engvall, Kapanen)
PIMs40 (Muzzin)
SHOTS254 (Matthews)
FACEOFF WIN%57.0% (Gauthier)
5-on-5 SHOT ATTEMPT %54.9% (Nylander)
BLOCKED SHOTS110 (Muzzin)
TAKEAWAYS69 (Matthews)
HITS108 (Muzzin)
TOI PER GAME24:15 (Rielly)
PP TOI PER GAME3:05 (Marner)
SH TOI PER GAME2:50 (Ceci)

MAPLE LEAFS SNAPSHOTS

Faceoffs– The Maple Leafs rank third among NHL teams in faceoff win percentage (52.9%) and are third among NHL teams in offensive zone faceoff win percentage (54.0%).
Goals by Period– Toronto ranks third in the NHL in goals scored in the second period (82) and seventh in the NHL in goals scored in the third period (73).
Power Play– The Maple Leafs are the lone NHL team to score at least 40 power play goals (41) with fewer than 175 power play opportunities.
Penalty Kill– Toronto has been shorthanded 176 times this season, which is tied the eighth-fewest times shorthanded in the NHL.
Scoring First– Toronto has a .759 win percentage when scoring first, which is tied for the fifth highest in the NHL.

MAPLE LEAFS PLAYER NOTES

Frederik Andersen– Tied for fifth among NHL goaltenders in wins (25).- Ranks fifth in the NHL in saves (1,297).- Has a save percentage of .915 in 19 games played on one day rest.
Tyson Barrie– Has six multi-assist games, which is tied for 11th-most among NHL defencemen.- Tied for sixth among NHL defencemen in multi-point games (10).
– Averages 14.85 shot attempts per game at 5-on-5, which is the fourth-highest average among NHL defencemen who have played in at least 50 games.
Jack Campbell– Has a 3-0-1 record with a .919 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average since being acquired by the Maple Leafs.
Kyle Clifford– Tied for sixth among NHL left wingers who have appeared in 50 games in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (54.5%).
– Averages 15.04 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time, which ranks 17th among left wingers.
Pierre Engvall– Tied for sixth among NHL rookie forwards in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (51.7%). – Has an on-ice goals-for percentage of 55.8 percent at 5-on-5, which is the fourth highest among NHL rookie forwards who have appeared in 30 games.
Justin Holl– Ranks second in 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage (52.4%) among NHL defencemen who have started less than 45 percent of their 5-on-5 shifts in the offensive zone (43.3%).- Has the highest unblocked shot attempt percentage at 5-on-5 (53.0%) among NHL defencemen to have started fewer than 45 percent (43.3%) of their shifts in the offensive zone.
Zach Hyman– Ranks fifth among Maple Leafs skaters in points per game (0.77).- Fourth among Toronto skaters in even-strength time on ice per game (15:58).- Ranks eighth among NHL left wingers in shorthanded time on ice percentage (45.3%).
Kasperi Kapanen– Has drawn 17 penalties this season and taken seven, which gives him the highest net penalties among Toronto skaters (+10) and ranks tied for 23rd among NHL forwards.- Ranks third among Maple Leafs and 11th among NHL right wingers who have appeared in 50 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.32) at 5-on-5.
Alex Kerfoot– Ranks third among Toronto skaters who have appeared in 40 games in assists per 60 minutes of ice time (1.27) at 5-on-5.- Seventh among Maple Leafs in even-strength points (8-16-24).- Seventh among Maple Leafs in primary assists (11).
Mitch Marner– Ninth among NHL skaters in assists (46).- Has 12 multi-assist games, which is tied for the fifth-most among NHL skaters.- Averaging 1.17 points per game, which is the 15th-highest average in the NHL.- Averaging 1.84 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is fifth among NHLers who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Tied for ninth in the NHL in primary assists (29).
Auston Matthews– Second among NHL skaters in goals (43).- Leads the NHL with 32 even-strength goals.- Leads the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (27).- Leads the NHL in wrist shot goals (26).- Second in the NHL in multi-goal games (10).- Ranks 11th among NHL skaters in points (43-30-73).- Fourth in the NHL with 254 shots on goal.
William Nylander– Leads the Maple Leafs in game-winning goals (5).- One of nine NHLers to average at least 14:00 minutes per game at 5-on-5 (14:31) while maintaining a goal per 60-minute rate of at least 1.20 (1.22).- Tied for ninth in the NHL in goals scored at 5-on-5 (18).- Averaging 13.08 shot attempts per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which ranks ninth among NHL right wingers who average 14:00 per game at 5-on-5 (14:31).
Rasmus Sandin– Ranks sixth among rookie defencemen who have appeared in at least 10 games in points per 60 minutes of ice time (1.01) at 5-on-5. – Has a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.0 percent, which ranks fourth among rookie defencemen who have skated in at least 10 games.
Jason Spezza– Averaging 1.98 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 0.86 goals per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5 this season, which ranks fourth among Maple Leafs who have appeared in at least 40 games.- Averaging 1.11 assists per 60 minutes of ice time at 5-on-5, which is the sixth-highest average among Toronto skaters.
John Tavares– Tied for 22nd among NHL skaters in multi-point games (16).- Has 13 points (6-7-13) in 12 games during the month of February.- Ranks 15th in the NHL in faceoff wins (555)- Has 15 points (8-7-15) in 16 games against Atlantic Division teams this season.- Has recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 28 games on the road this season.
  

CURRENT POINT STREAKS

Kasperi KapanenHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
Alex KerfootHas points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games.
Jake MuzzinHas assists (5) in four consecutive games and points (2-5-7) in five consecutive games.
William NylanderHas points (1-2-3) in three consecutive games.
John TavaresHas points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games.
  

UPCOMING MILESTONES

Zach HymanFive games from 300 NHL games
Kasperi KapanenFive games from 200 NHL games
Jason SpezzaThree assists from 600 assists
  

RECENT MILESTONES

Kyle CliffordFirst goal as a Maple Leaf (February 18 at Pittsburgh)
Denis MalginFirst game as a Maple Leaf (February 20 vs. Pittsburgh)
William Nylander300th NHL game (February 22 vs. Carolina)
  

INJURY REPORT

Cody Ceci (Ankle)On injured reserve.
Andreas Johnsson (Knee)On injured reserve.
Ilya Mikheyev (Wrist Laceration)On injured reserve.
Morgan Rielly (Foot)On injured reserve.
 Man Games Lost: 168

RECENT TRANSACTIONS

February 24Loaned defenceman Kevin Gravel to the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired forward Matt Lorito from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenceman Jordan Schmaltz.
February 24Acquired Vegas’ 2020 fifth-round pick in a three-team trade with Chicago and Vegas in exchange for forward Martins Dzierkals.
February 24Recalled defenceman Kevin Gravel from the Toronto Marlies (AHL).
February 24Acquired defenceman Calle Rosen from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for goaltender Michael Hutchinson.
February 22Acquired forward Miikka Salomaki from the Nashville Predators in exchange for defenceman Ben Harpur.
February 19Acquired forward Max Veronneau from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for forward Aaron Luchuk and a conditional sixth-round pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.
February 19Acquired forward Denis Malgin from the Florida Panthers in exchange for forward Mason Marchment.
  

LIGHTNING BOLTS

LAST GAME
Lightning 3 at Arizona 7
Tampa Bay lost back-to-back games in regulation for just the second time this season after a 7-3 defeat to Arizona at Gila River Arena
Saturday in the final game of a three-game road trip…The Lightning have dropped two straight against Pacific Division teams after
starting the season 10-0-0 against the Pacific…The four-goal margin of defeat was tied for the largest against the Bolts this
season…The seven goals allowed by the Lightning were the most they’ve given up this season…Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 34-of-41
shots in defeat, the 41 shots tied for the second most he’s faced this season…Anthony Cirelli netted the game-opening goal at 3:53 of
the first period…Ondrej Palat scored his 15th goal of the season at 8:45 of the second…Brayden Point tied the game 3-3 at 10:11 of
the second…Arizona scored four unanswered goals for the 7-3 final…Lightning defenseman Erik Cernak left the game midway through
the second with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.
PP: TBL – 0-1 ARI – 2-5
SOG: TBL – 30 ARI – 41
Attendance: 14,825
TONIGHT’S MATCHUP
The Lightning and the Maple Leafs are playing their second of four meetings this season and the first of two at AMALIE Arena…Tampa
Bay earned a 7-3 win in the first meeting Oct. 10 at Scotiabank Arena, Brayden Point recording two goals and an assist in his season
debut while Nikita Kucherov (2-2–4) and Steven Stamkos (1-3–4) each registered four-point nights…The Lightning have won three in
a row and six of their last seven over Toronto…The Maple Leafs were 4-2 winners in their last trip to Tampa Jan. 17, 2019, Frederik
Andersen making 36 saves in a game that was tied 2-2 before the Leafs scored twice to pull away…The Lightning have won three of
their last four over Toronto in Tampa…Blake Coleman recorded his first career hat trick his last game vs. TOR Jan. 14, 2020 while with
NJD…Alex Killorn has more career goals vs. TOR (9) than he has against any other NHL team…Nikita Kucherov has points in sixstraight games vs. TOR (5-5–10)…Victor Hedman is on a five-game point streak vs. TOR (2-4–6)…Anthony Cirelli has more career
assists vs. TOR (5) than he has against any other NHL team; Cirelli had three assists in Tampa Bay’s 7-3 win over Toronto Oct. 10…
Mikhail Sergachev has an assist in three-straight games vs. TOR…Andrei Vasilevskiy has three-straight wins vs. TOR and has more
wins vs. TOR (11) than any other NHL team (tied w/ BUF).
TONIGHT’S STORYLINES
Tampa Bay begins a five-game homestand tonight, its longest homestand of the season…The Lightning are playing an Atlantic Division
team for the first time since Jan. 4 at OTT…Seven of the Bolts’ next 10 games come against Atlantic Division opponents…Tampa Bay
has won 14 in a row over Atlantic opponents after starting the season 2-2-0 versus the division, the 14-game win streak a franchise
record for most consecutive wins against a single division (one season or multiple seasons) and tied for the seventh-longest win streak
against a single division in NHL history (longest: Montreal’s 17-straight wins vs. Norris Division from 4/2/75 to 1/22/76)…The Lightning
enter tonight’s contest having won 11-straight contests at AMALIE Arena, a franchise record for longest home win streak and the
longest home win streak in the NHL this season…The Bolts have collected points in 13-straight home contests, tied for the longest
home point streak in franchise history (also: 13-straight home games w/ a point Jan. 3, March 12, 2004)…Tampa Bay leads the NHL for
total goals at home (117) and goals per game at home (4.03).
INJURIES
2019-20 Man Games Lost: 80
Current injuries
Erik Cernak (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Ryan McDonagh (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 8 Games
Cedric Paquette (Lower-Body Injury; Day-to-Day) 1 Game
Jan Rutta (Lower-Body Injury; Week-to-Week) 9 Games
TRANSACTIONS
Feb. 24 – Re-assigned F Mitchell Stephens to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 24 – Acquired F Barclay Goodrow and a 2020 third round draft pick (previously acquired from PHI) from San Jose in exchange for
a 2020 first round draft pick and F Anthony Greco
Feb. 24 – Re-assigned D Cameron Gaunce to AHL Syracuse
Feb. 23 – Signed free agent D Zach Bogosian to a 1-year, $1.3-million contract
Feb. 20 – Acquired F Anthony Greco from Florida in exchange for F Danick Martel
Feb. 16 – Acquired F Blake Coleman from New Jersey in exchange for F Nolan Foote and a 2020 first round draft pick (becomes a
2021 first round draft pick if Vancouver misses the playoffs this season)
Tampa Bay Lightning: Media Notes
POINTING THE WAY
Tampa Bay center Brayden Point scored his 22nd goal of the season Feb. 22 at ARI in his return to the lineup after missing the
previous game Feb. 20 at VGK due to illness…Point saw his career-long 11-game point streak come to an end after missing the Vegas
game but has put up points in the last 12 games he’s played (4-12–16)…Point’s 9 assists in February are tied for the third most he’s
recorded for a month in his career (most: 14 assists in Dec. 2018).
IN THE NIK OF TIME
Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov tallied an assist Feb. 22 at ARI to extend his point streak to 4 games (2-3–5)…Kucherov has
registered points in the last 16 games he’s played, posting 12 goals and 14 assists over that stretch (missed 1 game Feb. 13 w/ a
lower-body injury, ending his career long-tying 12-game point streak)…Kucherov ranks 2nd in the NHL for scoring in 2020.

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