MAPLE LEAFS 4, CAPITALS 3 (SO)

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (52-21-7 – 111 Points) at
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (44-23-12 – 100 Points)
SUNDAY, APRIL 24, 2022
1 2 3 OT SO FINAL
TORONTO 1 0 2 0 1 (2 – 7) 4
WASHINGTON 1 0 2 0 0 (1 – 7) 3


SCORING NOTES

  • Ilya Lyubushkin scored for Toronto at 12:32 of the first period. Lyubushkin recorded his second goal of the season.
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for the Maple Leafs at 12:36 of the third period. Mikheyev recorded his 20th goal of the season. Mikheyev has scored in three of his last four games (3G). Mikheyev also posted the primary assist on Spezza’s goal. Mikheyev recorded his 11th assist of the season.
  • Jason Spezza scored for Toronto at 19:02 of the third period. Spezza recorded his 12th goal of the season. Spezza is currently on a three-game point streak where he has posted three points (2G, 1A).
  • Mitch Marner posted the primary assist on Lyubushkin’s goal. Marner registered his 62nd assist of the second. Marner has posted a point in back-to-back games (1G, 1A).
  • Auston Matthews posted the secondary assist on Lyubushkin’s goal and the secondary assist on Spezza’s goal. Matthews has recorded 46 assists of the season.
  • Carl Dahlström recorded the primary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Dahlström posted his second assist of the season.
  • Pierre Engvall registered the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s goal. Engvall posted his 19th assist of the season.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Erik Källgren stopped 34 of 37 shots in tonight’s shootout win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-2 on the power play and 3-for-3 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • With his third period goal tonight, Jason Spezza posted his 500th career NHL point on the road (189G, 311A). Spezza has skated in 634 career road games.
  • With his second goal of the season recorded during tonight’s game, Ilya Lyubushkin set a new career-high in goals.
  • Mark Giordano recorded a single-game season-high seven hits during tonight’s win.
  • At 10:01 of the second period, a video review was initiated by Washington to determine whether or not Jason Spezza’s goal was offside. Video review determined the play was offside and the call on
    the ice was overturned. Result: No Goal Toronto. Explanation: Video review determined that Toronto’s Nicholas Abruzzese preceded the puck into the offensive zone and was in an off-side
    position prior to Jason Spezza’s goal. According to Rule 38.9, “The standard for overturning the call in
    the event of a “GOAL” call on the ice is that the NHL Situation Room, after reviewing any and all
    available replays and consulting with the On-Ice Official(s), determines that one or more Players on
    the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that,
    as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-Side” infraction; where this standard is
    met, the goal will be disallowed.”
  • At 19:00 of the second period, a video review was initiated by Toronto to determine whether or not
    there was a Missed Game Stoppage Event – Hand Pass on the play that led to T.J. Oshie’s goal.
    Video review determined that there was a hand pass on the play and the original call was overturned.
    Result: No Goal Washington. Explanation: The Situation Room determined that John Carlson
    directed the puck to Nicklas Backstrom with a hand pass at 1:12 of the second period (18:48 elapsed
    time) – 12 seconds prior to T.J. Oshie’s goal. The decision was made in accordance with Rule 79.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • David Kämpf finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 58.33 percent
    (14 for, 10 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 7 (7) 9 (8) 12 (8) 2 (0) 30 (23)
    WASHINGTON 13 (10) 8 (7) 12 (10) 3 (0) 36 (27)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd OT TOTAL
    TORONTO 16 (16) 14 (13) 18 (12) 2 (0) 50 (41)
    WASHINGTON 23 (18) 21 (20) 19 (17) 7 (0) 70 (55)
    ON THE ROAD AGAIN
  • The Maple Leafs are 23-13-5 on the road this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 66-71-10-5 in 152 games against the Washington Capitals and 27-44-4-3
    in 78 games played in Washington.
  • Toronto is 32-12-4 against the Eastern Conference this season and 18-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 18-15-4 when the opponent scores the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 18-8-1 when tied after one period and 10-3-3 when tied after two periods.
  • Toronto is 19-7-2 when outshot by their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 5-2-0 in Sunday games and 7-4-2 in the second game of a back-to-back.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 4 (Matthews, Clifford, Kämpf, Mikheyev)
    Shot Attempts 10 (Matthews)
    Face-off Wins 10 (Matthews)
    Face-off Win Percentage 100% (Nylander – 4 won, 0 lost, Kerfoot – 2 won,
    0 lost, Marner– 2 won, 0 lost, Blackwell – 2 won, 0
    lost)
    Hits 4 (Lyubushkin)
    Blocked Shots 7 (Giordano)
    Takeaways 3 (Rielly)
    TOI 25:49 (Rielly)
    Power Play TOI 3:15 (Matthews)
    Shorthanded TOI 2:58 (Marner)
    Shifts 32 (Marner)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 58.33% (Kämpf – 14 for, 10 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    April 26 Leafs vs. Detroit Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    April 29 Leafs vs. Boston Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit MapleLeafs.com/pressbox.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
    On tonight’s game and the team’s comeback:
    “It was a real gutsy effort and real gritty effort for the guys to find a way there. We didn’t have much today
    it seemed like we were playing on fumes most of the night. So we’re encouraging the guys at 3-1 just to
    not accept their fate and keep pushing and start with one, huge goal by Mikheyev gets us going there and
    then the six-on-five comes through.”
    On Källgren’s response tonight following his last game against Tampa Bay:
    “I thought he was great. I thought the guys in front of him did a good job. I thought despite the fact that we
    didn’t play well today, we didn’t manage the puck well today, you could tell we just we’re sharp. I thought
    defensively we did a good job, we didn’t give up a lot of really high quality chances but the ones that we
    did, especially when we had some long shifts in our end, and then of course the shootout he was
    excellent. I love to see it, we talked about it the other night. It gets away on us, and him, in Tampa but you
    saw enough in that first period and that was the focus, to try and build on that and be encouraged by that.
    There are some of the world’s best shooters on this Washington team as well and he stood his ground so
    I’m really excited that the team found a way to get a win for him.”
    MARK GIORDANO
    On the tough schedule leading up to tonight, the last game of the road trip:
    “It definitely wasn’t our best game. We realize that, but I thought we made a huge push there towards the
    end to get it tied and that’s a big win. Finding ways to win like that is really important.”
    On what it says about the team to make a comeback and win the game:
    “I think it says a lot. Especially being on a back-to-back with some pretty tough travel last night too. So to
    be able to gut it out I thought, in the last ten minutes we obviously made a decision to make a push and it
    was huge to get those goals and then push it into overtime and win in a shootout.”
    JASON SPEZZA
    On a gritty win from the team:
    “Yeah for sure, we definitely didn’t have our best tonight, but you’re going to find yourself in those
    situations. The comeback was great it shows we stuck with the game. Huge goal by Mikheyev to give us
    a chance and then six-on-five good to see us execute, something we’ve been working on in practice quite
    a bit and something we’re going to need.”
    On Källgren’s response tonight following his last game against Tampa Bay:
    “Just really proud of him. It was tough to have to keep him in there for all those goals when the game got
    away from us in Tampa but was had to protect Soup and he knew that. I think he handled it really well.
    Huge bounce back game for him. The saves he makes in overtime just to get us to a shootout and then
    against some of the best shooters in the league and he looked real poised and calm. We had lots of
    confidence playing in front of him.”
    ERIK KÄLLGREN
    On tonight’s game:
    “It sure felt a lot better than the Tampa game.”
    On how he reset after the game against Tampa Bay:
    “I don’t know, just try to learn from it. That’s all you can do. I can change the past, so I just try to look at
    the video and learn from some mistakes I made and get better.

MAPLE LEAFS 7, CAPITALS 3

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (48-20-6 – 102 Points) vs.
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (41-23-10 – 92 Points)
THURSDAY, APRIL 14, 2022
1 2 3 FINAL
WASHINGTON 0 2 1 3
TORONTO 2 4 1 7

SCORING NOTES

  • Michael Bunting scored for the Maple Leafs at 4:37 of the first period and at 16:25 of the second
    period. Bunting has recorded 22 goals this season. Bunting marked his second multi-goal game
    with the Maple Leafs and third of his NHL career.
  • William Nylander scored for Toronto at 13:45 of the first period and at 10:37 of the second
    period. Nylander has recorded 30 goals this season. Nylander recorded his fifth multi-goal game
    of the season. With his first goal of the game, Nylander hit the 70-point mark for the first time in
    his NHL career.
  • Ilya Lyubushkin scored for Toronto at 10:19 of the second period. Lyubushkin recorded his first
    goal of the season and first as a Maple Leaf. Lyubushkin also recorded the primary assist
    Mikheyev’s second goal of the game. Lyubushkin posted his 11th assist of the season.
    Lyubushkin tied a single-game career-high with two points (1G, 1A).
  • Ilya Mikheyev scored for Toronto at 14:44 of the second period and at 1:27 of the third period.
    Mikheyev has posted 17 goals this season. Mikheyev tied a single-game career-high with two
    goals which he has marked on one other occasion during his NHL career (Jan. 1, 2022 vs. OTT).
  • Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game. Marner posted his
    60th assist of the season. Marner reached the 60-assist mark for the second occasion of his NHL
    career. Marner has recorded 29 points (8G, 21A) through his last 15 games.
  • Auston Matthews posted the secondary assist on Bunting’s first goal of the game and the
    primary assist on Mikheyev’s first goal of the game. With his assist on Bunting’s goal, Matthews
    registered his 100th point of the season, reaching the 100-point mark for the first time in his NHL
    career. Matthews recorded his ninth multi-assist game of the season.
  • Pierre Engvall recorded the primary assist on Nylander’s first goal of the game and the primary
    assist on Bunting’s second goal of the game. Engvall has registered 17 assists this season.
  • Jake Muzzin recorded the secondary assist on Nylander’s first goal of the game. Muzzin posted
    his 11th assist of the season.
  • Morgan Rielly posted the primary assist on Lyubushkin’s goal and the primary assist on
    Nylander’s second goal of the game. Rielly has recorded 55 assists this season. With his primary
    assist on Lyubushkin’s goal, Rielly posted the 300th assist of his NHL career.
  • John Tavares recorded the secondary assist on Lyubushkin’s goal, the secondary assist on
    Mikheyev’s first goal of the game and the secondary assist on Mikheyev’s second goal of the
    game. Tavares has posted 46 assists this season. With his secondary assist on Mikheyev’s first
    goal of the game, Tavares recorded the 500th assist of his NHL career. Tavares registered a
    single-game season-high three assists.
    GOALTENDER NOTES
  • Jack Campbell stopped 22 of 25 shots in tonight’s win.
    SPECIAL TEAMS NOTES
  • The Maple Leafs were 0-for-5 on the power play and 4-for-4 on the penalty kill tonight.
    OF NOTE…
  • Tonight’s win earned the Maple Leafs their 102nd point of the season, the third-best point total in
    franchise history.
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews (58-42—100 in 69 GP) became the third player in Maple Leafs
    history to hit 100 points in a season and the first in 28 years. He joined Doug Gilmour (127 in 1992-93
    & 111 in 1993-94) and Darryl Sittler (117 in 1977-78 & 100 in 1975-76).
  • Per NHL Stats, Auston Matthews (69 GP) became the third U.S.-born player in NHL history to reach 100 points in a season in 69 games or fewer, joining Pat LaFontaine (55 GP in 1992-93 w/ BUF) and
    Kevin Stevens (63 GP in 1992-93 & 66 GP in 1991-92 w/ PIT).
  • During tonight’s win, William Nylander (2G), Ilya Mikheyev (2G) and Michael Bunting (2G) all recorded a multi-goal game. Per NHL Stats, the last time the Maple Leafs had three players with a multi-goal outing was Jan. 7, 2011 (Clarke MacArthur, Mikhail Gabrovski & Nikolay Kulemin).
  • Michael Bunting skated in his 100th career NHL game.
  • Mark Giordano was on the ice for a team-high 19 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5.
  • Jake Muzzin finished the game with a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 84.62 percent
    (11 for, 2 against).
    SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    WASHINGTON 4 (2) 10 (3) 11 (11) 25 (16)
    TORONTO 11 (7) 15 (8) 6 (5) 32 (20)
    SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
    1st 2nd 3rd TOTAL
    WASHINGTON 8 (4) 19 (7) 20 (19) 47 (30)
    TORONTO 25 (20) 25 (14) 13 (9) 63 (43)
    ON HOME ICE
  • The Maple Leafs are 27-8-2 at home this season.
  • Toronto’s all-time record is 65-71-10-5 in 151 games against the Washington Capitals and 39-27-6-2
    in 74 games played in Toronto.
  • Toronto is 28-11-3 against the Eastern Conference this season and 15-4-2 against the Metropolitan
    Division this season.
    RECORD WHEN…
  • Toronto is 33-6-2 when scoring the first goal of the game.
  • The Maple Leafs are 28-3-2 when leading after one period and 36-1-3 when leading after two periods.
  • Toronto is 30-13-4 when outshooting their opponent.
  • The Maple Leafs are 8-3-1 in Thursday games.
    MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
    Shots 4 (Nylander)
    Shot Attempts 9 (Nylander)
    Face-off Wins 13 (Tavares)
    Face-off Win Percentage 68% (Tavares – 13 won, 6 lost)
    Hits 6 (Simmonds)
    Blocked Shots 3 (Matthews)
    Takeaways 3 (Engvall, Kämpf)
    TOI 21:17 (Giordano)
    Power Play TOI 5:56 (Nylander)
    Shorthanded TOI 4:17 (Brodie)
    Shifts 27 (Liljegren, Brodie)
    5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage 84.62% (Muzzin – 11 for, 2 against)
    UPCOMING GAMES:
    April 16 Leafs at Ottawa Canadian Tire Centre 7:00 pm ET
    April 17 Leafs vs. NY Islanders Scotiabank Arena 7:30 pm ET
    April 19 Leafs vs. Philadelphia Scotiabank Arena 7:00 pm ET
    April 21 Leafs at Tampa Bay Amalie Arena 8:00 pm ET
    April 23 Leafs at Florida FLA Live Arena 7:00 pm ET
    April 24 Leafs at Washington Capital One Arena 7:00 pm ET
    Stats reflect official NHL stats at the time of distribution. Please consult official NHL game sheets (links
    above) to confirm no statistical changes were made.
    For Maple Leafs notes, transcripts, audio clips and media guides, please visit MapleLeafs.com/pressbox.
    POSTGAME QUOTES:
    HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE
    On if this was the bounce back game he was looking for:
    “The guys were good tonight. It was more like we’ve been playing. Right from the start it was clear to me
    we were more engaged here today, more engaged physically, way more pace, way more speed to our
    game and then everything falls into place from there.”
    AUSTON MATTHEWS
    On tonight’s effort:
    “Yeah absolutely. Just a full team effort, all four lines, three pairs of defence, Soupy. I just thought it was a
    really complete game from everybody.”
    On Bunting breaking is scoreless streak:
    “It was great to see. Obviously, it’s not fun being snake bitten and he’s had a lot of opportunities over the
    last couple weeks and it feels good to see that puck go in. I think it’s just going to boost his confidence
    level and kind of gives you a little bit of an extra step when you breakthrough like that so it’s huge for him
    and in that moment it was a big goal too.”
    MICHAEL BUNTING
    On if his scoreless streak was weighing on him:
    “I think if anyone says it isn’t, they are probably lying. Obviously, that was in my mind a little bit but we
    were winning and my line was producing and we were going really well so I couldn’t let that get in the way
    of playing my game. That being said it felt good to get one tonight.”
    On how he didn’t change the rest of his game despite not scoring for a period of time:
    “I’ve got to stay true to myself and keep doing what has gotten me here and what kept me in the lineup
    and what kept me producing throughout the year so I can’t shy away from that part of my game. I know I
    can bring that side every single night, even when I’m not scoring so that’s part of my game and that’s who
    I am.”
    JACK CAMPBELL
    On tonight’s game:
    “It was a great game, the boys played great. We got a big two points and we’re back at it Saturday.”
    On the collision with Tom Wilson:
    “I just reached for the puck and it’s a hockey play. I met him at the All-Star game and he’s a nice guy so I
    don’t think any harm was done by it and I love a little contact here and there so it’s fine.

MAPLE LEAFS-CAPITALS PREGAME NOTES




2021-22 Matchups vs. Washington: First of Three
Toronto Season Record: 34-14-4
Toronto Road Record: 15-9-3
TV: Sportsnet RADIO: Sportsnet 590

RECENT TRANSACTIONS
February 25, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Nick Robertson from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).
February 24, 2022
The Maple Leafs have recalled forward Kyle Clifford from the Toronto
Marlies (AHL).

LAST GAME
Score: Toronto 10 at Detroit 7
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
TOR Goals: Nylander, Bunting, Kämpf, Marner (4x), Matthews, Mikheyev, Kaše
DET Goals: Raymond (2x), Gagner, Hronek, Rowney, Veleno, Rasmussen
TOR Goaltender: Campbell, 20/25 .800 SV% – Mrazek, 6/8, .750 SV%
DET Goaltender: Nedeljkovic, 19/25, .760 SV%, Greiss, 10/14, .714 SV%
TOR Power Play: –
TOR Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
Team Notes:

  • Mitch Marner posted his first career NHL hat trick and added another
    goal for a single-game NHL career-high of four goals. Marner also
    recorded a single-game NHL career-high with six points (4G, 2A).
  • Michael Bunting posted a single-game NHL career-high in assists with
    four. Bunting also posted a single-game NHL career-high in points with five
    (1G, 4A).
  • Auston Matthews posted a single-game NHL career-high four points
    during Thursday’s game (1G, 3A). He has recorded a four-point game on
    10 occasions during his NHL career. With his 37th goal of the season,
    Matthews leads the league in goals.
  • Ondrej Kaše posted the second shorthanded goal of his NHL career.
    With Kaše’s shorthanded goal, the Maple Leafs are tied for second in the
    league among shorthanded goal leaders only trailing the Vegas Golden
    Knights (9). The Maple Leafs are also the only team in the NHL to have not
    allowed a shorthanded goal against.
  • With three assists on Thursday, Justin Holl posted a single-game NHL
    career-high in both assists and points.
  • With his ninth goal of the season posted on Thursday, Ilya Mikheyev
    recorded an NHL career season-high in goals.
  • With his eighth goal of the season posted on Thursday, David Kämpf
    tied an NHL career season-high in goals.
    NEXT GAME

    Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2022
    Opponent: vs. Buffalo Sabres
    Time: 7:30 pm ET
    Broadcast Information: Sportsnet (TV), Sportsnet 590 (Radio)
  • INJURY REPORT
    Jake Muzzin Concussion
  • ALL-TIME VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS:
    First Matchup between Clubs: October 27, 1974 (Toronto 4 at Washington 3)
    All-Time Record: 63-71-10-5 (149 Games)
    All-Time Record at Home: 38-27-6-2 (73 Games)
    All-Time Record on the Road: 25-44-4-3 (76 Games)
    Last Road Win vs. Opponent: October 13, 2018 (Toronto 4 at Washington 2)
    Record in Last Five Games: 2-2-1
    Record in Last 10 Games: 3-5-2
  • ACTIVE LEADERS VS. WASHINGTON CAPITALS:
    Games Played: Jason Spezza (41), Wayne Simmonds (38), John Tavares (38)
    Goals: John Tavares (17), Jason Spezza (14), Wayne Simmonds (11)
    Assists:
    Jason Spezza (24), John Tavares (16), Wayne Simmonds (11), Morgan
    Rielly (11)
    Points: Jason Spezza (38), John Tavares (33), Wayne Simmonds (22)
    Penalty Minutes: Wayne Simmonds (40), Kyle Clifford (20), Jason Spezza (16)
  • 2021-22 AVERAGES AND RANKINGS
    Points % GF/Game GA/Game PP% PK% SF/G SA/G FO%
    Toronto .692 3.65 2.85 30.0% 85.0% 34.8 30.7 56.3%
    Washington .602 3.17 2.76 16.1% 79.6% 31.3 28.8 46.9%
  • THE MAN ADVANTAGE IN 2021-22
    Power Play: 42/140 (30.0%)
    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: 125/147 (85.0%)
    Shorthanded Goal Leader: 2 – Kämpf, Marner, Mikheyev
    Shorthanded Point Leader: 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A)
    2020-21 Penalty Kill: 113/144 (78.5%)
    FAST FACTS

    Monday games 8th of 10 (3 home, 7 road)
    Back-to-Backs played 8 of 13
    Record in first game of back-to-back 4-3-1
    Record in second game of back-to-back 3-4-1
    February games 12th of 12 (4 home, 8 road)
  • UPCOMING MILESTONES
    TJ Brodie Six points away from 300 career NHL points
    Mitch Marner Two games away from 400 career NHL games played
    Jake Muzzin Nine points away from 300 career NHL points
  • 2021-22 MILESTONES
    Wayne Simmonds Three games away from 1,000 career NHL games played
    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

2021-22 TEAM LEADERS

CATEGORY LEADER CATEGORY LEADER
GOALS 37 – Matthews HITS 87 – Simmonds
ASSISTS 37 – Rielly BLOCKED SHOTS 71 – Brodie
POINTS 68 – Matthews (37G, 31A) TAKEAWAYS 59 – Matthews
POWER PLAY POINTS 22 – Matthews (12G, 10A) TOI PER GAME 24:13 – Rielly
SHORTHANDED POINTS 4 – Kämpf (2G, 2A) PP TOI PER GAME 2:58 – Marner
PIMs 47 – Simmonds SH TOI PER GAME 2:41 – Muzzin
SHOTS 221 – Matthews WINS 23 – Campbell
FACEOFF% 61.5% – Tavares GOALS-AGAINST AVERAGE 2.55 – Campbell
SHOT ATTEMPTS% 60.00% – Robertson SAVE PERCENTAGE .917 – Campbell

WASHINGTON CAPITALS

LAST GAME
Washington 1, Philadelphia 2
February 26, 2022 Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia, PA
Shots: WSH: 28; PHI: 22
Power Plays: WSH: 1/3; PHI: 0/2
Three Stars: 1. Atkinson (PHI), 2. Giroux (PHI), 3. Oshie (WSH)
RECENT TRANSACTIONS
Re-assigned Vitek Vanecek and Pheonix Copley to AHL Hershey, 2/27
Re-assigned Brett Leason to AHL Hershey, 2/24
CAPITALS MILESTONES WITHIN REACH
Alex Ovechkin – Three game-winning goals shy of passing Gordie Howe (121) for the second most in NHL history, five goals shy of passing Jaromir Jagr
(766g) for the third most goals in NHL history, one game shy of passing Sergei Fedorov (1,248) for third among Russian players
Nicklas Backstrom – Five points shy of 1,000 career points, two assists shy of passing Bernie Nicholis (734a) for the 47th most assists in NHL history
Ovechkin and Backstrom – Four games shy of playing 1,000 career games together
Justin Schultz – One assist shy of 200 career assists
Carl Hagelin – Four points shy of 300 career points
Conor Sheary – Five points shy of 200 career points, two assists shy of 100 career assists, three goals shy of 100 career goals
CAPITALS MILESTONES RECENTLY ACHIEVED
Nicklas Backstrom – Passed Rod Brind’Amour (732) for the 48th most assists in NHL history, 2/26 at PHI
CURRENT INJURIES/ILLNESSES
Anthony Mantha: 11/6-2/26 (44 games)
Vitek Vanecek: 12/29-1/8, 2/2-2/26 (13 games)
Justin Schultz: 11/26-11/30, 2/17, 2/26 (5 games)
Man Games Lost: 203
(For a full season injury report, please check the Supplemental Stats package available in Caps Today)
UPCOMING SCHEDULE
March 3, 7 p.m. (ET) vs. Carolina (ESPN+, Hulu, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 5, 7 p.m. (ET) vs. Seattle (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 8, 9 p.m. (ET) at Calgary (NBCSW, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 9, 8 p.m. (ET) at Edmonton (TNT, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
March 11, 10 p.m. (ET) at Vancouver (NBCSW+, 106.7 The Fan/Caps Radio 24/7)
Tonight’s Game
The Capitals face the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena for the first time this season. This marks the first time the Capitals have played the
Maple Leafs since Oct. 29, 2019, a 4-3 overtime win at Scotiabank Arena. Washington has won three straight games against Toronto, a streak that
began on Feb. 21, 2019, and each of the last three games have been one-goal games. Among active players in the NHL, Alex Ovechkin ranks first in
goals (41g) and points (73) against the Maple Leafs, despite never playing in the same division as Toronto. Ovechkin’s 0.82 goals per game rate against
the Maple Leafs is the highest rate he has against any Eastern Conference team.
Washington Capitals: Media Notes
HOME vs. TORONTO
Record Goals For Goals Against Current Streak
47-23-4-2 272 207
1 WSH win
(10/16/19)
IN THE ZONE
Evgeny Kuznetsov – Two game point streak (2a), two game assist streak (2a)
John Carlson – Points in five of his last seven games (1g, 5a)
Carl Hagelin – Seven points (1g, 6a) in his last nine games
CAPS AMONG LEAGUE LEADERS (through games played Feb. 26)

  • Alex Ovechkin is tied for eighth in the NHL in points (63) and fourth in goals (32)
  • John Carlson is tied for ninth among defensemen in points (40)
    NOTE OF THE NIGHT
    Osh Babe
  • T.J. Oshie returned to the lineup on Feb. 24 against the New York Rangers after missing the previous 14 games due to injury and has a goal in his last
    two games.
  • With Oshie in the lineup this season, the Capitals are 12-4-4 this season, good for a .800 points percentage, which equates to 131-points over an 82-
    game season. Additionally, the Capitals hold a record of 6-2-2 when Oshie records a point.
  • With 14 points (6g, 8a) in 20 games, Oshie is averaging 0.70 points per game. Should he maintain that pace, it will mark the fourth consecutive season
    with Washington Oshie has recorded a points per game rate of 0.70 or higher.
  • Oshie is scoring at a 24-goal pace over an 82-game season.
  • Oshie has additionally scored on 18.2% of the shots he’s taken this season (six goals on 33 shots). Over the last four seasons, Oshie ranks third in the
    NHL in shooting percentage (19.0%) among players with 150 games played, only behind Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (20.1%) and Tampa Bay’s Brayden
    Point (19.1%).
    TOP CAPS FACTS
    Celebrating Black History
  • The Capitals will celebrate Black History Night Monday night when they host the Toronto Maple Leafs at Capital One Arena. The evening will honor the
    organization’s history, celebrate Black achievement in hockey and highlight how the Capitals are working to further grow the game in the region.
  • Capitals alumnus Bill Riley and his granddaughter Kryshanda Green will participate in a ceremonial puck drop. Riley made his NHL debut with the
    Capitals in 1974, becoming the first Black Nova Scotian to play in the NHL and the third Black player to play in the League. In 125 games with the
    Capitals, Riley recorded 28 goals and 28 assists.
  • Green is the former and first Black captain of the Ryerson University Rams women’s hockey team. While at Ryerson, Green broke the all-time points
    and assists records, graduating from Ryerson with a B.A. in politics and governance and currently serves on the NHL’s Youth Hockey Inclusion Council.
  • During warmups, Capitals players will wear special black warmup jerseys with a Fort Dupont Ice Hockey Club shoulder patch in honor of the Fort
    Dupont Cannons. The jerseys will be signed and auctioned off along with signed pucks commemorating Black History Month and other items to benefit
    the Capital Impact Fund.
  • Additionally, during the game, players will wear special helmet decals featuring Neal Henderson’s likeness in honor of his contributions to hockey. In
    2019, Henderson became the first Black individual to be inducted into the US Hockey Hall of Fame.
    Great 8
  • Alex Ovechkin ranks fourth in the NHL with 32 goals this season and tied for eighth in points (63).
  • Ovechkin’s most recent goal on Feb. 24 against the New York Rangers pulled him within four goals of matching Jaromir Jagr (766g) for third place on
    the NHL’s all-time goals list.
  • With his game on Saturday against the Flyers, Ovechkin passed Sergei Fedorov (1,248) for the third-most games played by a Russian player in NHL
    history. Next on the list is Sergei Gonchar with 1,301 games played.
  • The Capitals hold a record of 17-3-4 when Ovechkin scores a goal this season and a 23-8-6 record when he records a point.
  • Ovechkin is on pace to record 48 goals this season. If he’s able to reach the 50-goal mark, he will tie Mike Bossy and Wayne Gretzky for the most such
    instances in NHL history (9x). Ovechkin would additionally tie Gretzky for the most 40-goal seasons in NHL history (12).
    CAPITALS vs. MAPLE LEAFS ALL-TIME (CAREER TOTALS)
    Games Goals Assists Points
    Ovechkin (50) Ovechkin (41) Backstrom (36) Ovechkin (73)
    Backstrom (41) Backstrom (9) Ovechkin (32) Backstrom (45)
    Eller (39) Eller (7) Carlson (19) Carlson (24)
    Nice and Kuzy
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov has recorded an assist in two-straight games and leads the Capitals with 35 assists.
  • This could mark the third time in his career Kuznetsov has led the Capitals in assists in a season (also 2015-16 and 2017-18).
  • Kuznetsov is on pace for 53 assists this year, which would be the third-most in a season in his career, the most since his 56 in 2017-18 and the fourth
    time in his career he’d reach the 50-assist mark.
  • Since his first time reaching the mark in 2015-16 (career high 57 assists), Kuznetsov’s 292 assists in that span rank 16th among forwards.
  • Kuznetsov is one of just 14 players in the NHL with three 50-assists seasons since 2015-16.

Sweet Nicky

  • Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist on Saturday against the Philadelphia Flyers, marking his 15th point of the season (4g, 11a) and the 995th of his
    career (262g, 733a).
  • Backstrom is now five points shy of becoming the second player in franchise history to reach the 1,000 point mark, where he would join Alex Ovechkin
    (1,383).
  • Since his NHL debut on Oct. 5, 2007, Backstrom would become the fifth player to record 1,000 points during that span, where he will join Ovechkin,
    Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane and Evgeni Malkin.
  • With 733 career assists, Backstrom will have the sixth-most assists by any player who reached the 1,000 point mark in NHL history and will be the only
    active player with at least 733 assists at the milestone.

Super Carly

  • John Carlson has recorded points in five of his last seven games (1g, 5a) and is currently tied for ninth in the NHL in points (40) among defensemen.
  • Carlson’s five game assist streak came to an end on Thursday against the New York Rangers. He is one of 17 defensemen this season with an assist
    streak of at least five games.
  • Among active defensemen, Carlson’s 562 career points are the 11th most. Additionally, his 0.66 points per game rate is tied for fourth among the top20 defensemen in points, only trailing Erik Karlsson (0.79), Kris Letang (0.69), Roman Josi (0.68) and tied with Victor Hedman (0.66).
    Did you Know?
  • The Capitals have allowed 28.8 shots per game this season, the third-lowest per game total in the NHL (Los Angeles: 28.3 shots against per game;
    Carolina: 28.7).
    Real Time Leaders
    Goals: Alex Ovechkin, 32
    Assists: Evgeny Kuznetsov, 35
    Points: Alex Ovechkin, 63
    Shots: Alex Ovechkin, 232
    Hits: Garnet Hathaway, 165
    Blocked Shots: Trevor van Riemsdyk,

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