MAPLE LEAFS 4, SENATORS 2 –POSTGAME NOTES: Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:11 of the first period and registered the lone assist on Mitch Marner’s third-period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 23rd multi-point performance of the season, tied for the third-most in the NHL. He has three goals and two assists in three games against Ottawa this season. In 15 career games against the Senators, he has 13 goals and nine assists. His 13 goals against Ottawa mark his highest goal total against a single NHL opponent.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (31-20-8 – 70 Points) vs.

OTTAWA SENATORS (19-28-11 – 49 Points)

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Auston Matthews opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 4:11 of the first period and later registered the lone assist on Mitch Marner’s third period goal. Matthews has goals (2) and points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his 23rd multi-point performance of the season, which is tied for the third-most in the NHL. He has three goals and two assists in three games against Ottawa this season. In 15 career games against the Senators, he has recorded 13 goals and nine assists. His 13 goals against Ottawa mark his highest goal total against a single NHL opponent.
  • Jake Muzzin scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 1:53 of the second period. He has two assists over his last five games played. He has registered 11 (3-8-11) of his 16 points against Eastern Conference opposition.
  • William Nylander scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the night at 11:48 of the second period. Nylander has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. In six games during the month of February, he has recorded five points (2-3-5). He has 27 points (14 goals, 13 assists) in 28 road games this season.
  • Mitch Marner scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game into an empty net at 18:46 of the third period. Marner has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has two goals and an assist in three games against the Senators this season. In eight games during the month of February, he has recorded nine points (2 goals, 7 assists).
  • Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Hyman has points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games. He has 11 points (3-8-11) in 11 games against Atlantic Division opposition in 2019-20.
  • Travis Dermott collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first period goal. Dermott has nine points (4-5-9) in 45 games played this season. He has recorded eight (3-5-8) of his nine points on the road in 2019-20.
  • Alex Kerfoot recorded the primary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Kerfoot has four assists over his last four games. In 15 games against Atlantic Division teams in 2019-20, he has recorded 10 points (4-6-10).
  • Timothy Liljegren had the secondary assist on Muzzin’s second period goal. Liljegren’s second period assist is his first career NHL point. He has 29 points (5 goals, 24 assists) in 38 games with the Toronto Marlies prior to being recalled by the Maple Leafs.
  • John Tavares notched the lone assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Tavares has assists (3) in three consecutive games and points (5-5-10) in seven consecutive games. He has recorded 28 points (14 goals, 14 assists) in 26 games on the road this season.
  • Jack Campbell stopped 25 shots to earn the victory.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO8 (7)8 (4)15 (12)31 (23)
OTTAWA9 (7)6 (6)12 (9)27 (22)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
TORONTO12 (9)18 (12)19 (16)49 (37)
OTTAWA27 (18)16 (16)24 (16)67 (50)

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

Record on the Road16-12-1 (29 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Ottawa56-53-3-11 (123 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Ottawa on the Road25-31-1-4 (61 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference16-12-6 (34 Games)
Record vs. Atlantic Division9-7-2 (18 Games)

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots5 (Tavares)
Shot Attempts(Five players tied)
Faceoff Wins(Matthews)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Hyman – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits5 (Clifford, Holl)
Blocked Shots(Muzzin)
Takeaways(Kapanen, Nylander)
TOI25:06 (Muzzin)
Power Play TOI1:59 (Barrie, Nylander)
Shorthanded TOI4:50 (Muzzin)
Shifts29 (Holl)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage65.2% (Tavares – 15 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first21-4-2
Lead after 115-2-1
Lead after 222-2-2
Do not score a power play goal13-11-4
Do not allow a power play goal17-7-4
Outshooting opponent16-8-3
Saturday11-3-4

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight.
  • Toronto’s line of Pierre EngvallKasperi Kapanen and Jason Spezza were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Tyson Barrie was on the ice for a team-high 17 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Barrie had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 51.5 percent (17 for, 16 against).
  • Auston Matthews won 67 percent (4 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.
  • Jake Muzzin established a new career-high for blocked shots in a game (8).

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Sunday, February 16, 7:00 p.m. at Buffalo Sabres (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 18, 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh Penguins (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Thursday, February 20, 7:00 p.m. vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (TSN4, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, February 22, 7:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet, FAN 590)
  • Tuesday, February 25, 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

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PANTHERS 8, MAPLE LEAFS 4. WHAT THE LEAFS SAID: "It was big game for us. They're the team behind us in the division and they gained — it's a four-point game and we didn't show up. It's a big learning experience for us moving forward. We've got to regroup and get ready for the next one." — ZACH HYMAN.

HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE

On what the team takes away from tonight’s game:

Yeah, it’s just you take it as what it is, which is a good slap in the face and a good reminder of how we can’t play if we have any intention at all of being a successful team. A big step backwards for us here today, defensively. I thought coming out of that Winnipeg game, while we were pretty poor offensively, I thought we did a really good job defensively against their best players, especially. We knew that was going to be the key again here today. Clearly, we just weren’t even close.

On the team allowing odd-man rushes:

I don’t think it’s been an issue. Like I said, we just finished playing a Winnipeg team that is very dynamic offensively just like these guys and we gave them nothing. So, we were hoping to build upon that, but today was a problem for us. A lot of it is rigidity in the offensive zone. The first one here we get a bad bounce and we had numbers above the puck, we were in a pretty good spot, [Kerfoot] was tracking it. It takes a kind of funny bounce on him and then we lose positioning there. Then, the others, just kind of soft turnover, soft play on the puck on one. It’s a combination of different things but I don’t think it’s necessarily been a big issue for us as a team other than today.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (8 SAVES)

On disappointment in tonight’s performance:

Yeah, I mean, I don’t think I had my best game either. I think I want to be able to make saves in big moments early on and I wasn’t good enough today either. So I think once they got the lead, we started maybe playing into their hand a little bit and maybe forced some pucks when we really didn’t need to and the game got out of hand. I think you see when we play well, I think we play with the puck a lot. So sometimes when we turn it over in the wrong places sometimes there’ll be a little bit too much room for the other teams when their skilled players come out. So this will be a good lesson for us to keep going and try to fix these things.

On if a lack of puck support led to chances for Florida tonight:

Yeah, I think a little bit. We need to be connected through all three layers of goalie, [defence] and forwards. I think that support is so huge for us to just sustain pressure and to open up the ice for them too much.

ZACH HYMAN (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)

On moving past tonight’s game:

I think that you have to take away from — it’s a big learning experience, right? This is a big game for us, it was big game for us. They’re the team behind us in the division and they gained — it’s a four-point game and we didn’t show up. It’s a big learning experience for us moving forward. We’ve got to regroup and get ready for the next one.

On what the lessons are for the team from tonight’s performance:

Well, we can’t turn the puck over like we did, especially against a team that’s got the offensive guys like they do and their ability to transition. So, that’s first and foremost, right? Then just showing up. I don’t think that we gave Freddie a chance and I don’t think we gave Hutch a chance. There were way too many grade-A opportunities that went the wrong way.

ANDREAS JOHNSSON (11:06 TOI)

On his first game back since injury:

It’s nice to feel I got the tempo to hang in the game, able to skate and do some moves out there. So, for me it felt good in that way, but to come into this game and have that start is always tough.

MITCH MARNER (2 GOALS)

On how the game got away from them early on:

Forcing stuff in the middle but, at the same time, no F3, we’ve got guys diving in, we’ve got people leaving our goalies out to dry. It’s been too many games now. It’s unfair to a guy that’s been with us for the last four years. He’s been our backbone for the whole time. We’ve got to make sure we manage the puck better but, at the same time, we’ve got to manage that we’ve got a guy high and filing our spots when the [defence] are pinching.

On if there is a common theme in the six straight losses at BB&T Center:

No idea. I mean, tonight, like I just said, we were giving up too many chances, odd man chances. They’ve got a lot of guys and seemed like every guy that had a 2-on-1 had a gun of a shot or a hell of a vision to make a play. So, like I said, we’re leaving our goalie out to dry on multiple goals tonight and it’s so unfair to them and we’ve got to be way better.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On if this is one game of 82 that they can flush and move on:

I don’t think so. I mean, that was pretty disappointing considering what was at stake today. It’s just simply not good enough. We’ve got to be a lot more consistent and having these games and giving up the chances that we’re giving up is just not going to get us to where we want to get to.

On how the team can bounce back next game against New Jersey:

You’ve got to take care of the puck. As much as we’re going to have it a lot and we’re going to be dynamic, we’ve got to realize especially against a team like this that has some players that can really hurt you and are really talented, just giving up odd man rushes is not a recipe for success.

MAPLE LEAFS 4, RED WINGS 1 POSTGAME NOTES: Hutchinson stops 29 shots to earn the win. Hyman and Matthews each has two goals and an assist.

DETROIT RED WINGS (9-25-3 – 21 Points) vs.

TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (19-14-4 – 42 Points)

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 21, 2019

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

  • Zach Hyman opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 17:10 of the second period and later scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the night at 8:51 of the third period before adding a secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ second third period goal. Tonight’s game is his second multi-goal and second multi-point performance of the season. Hyman has four points (2-2-4) over his last four games. He has three goals and an assist in five games on home ice this season. Hyman has scored six goals in nine games during the month of December. Tonight’s game ties Hyman’s single-game career-high for points with three (Previous: March 25, 2019 vs. FLA).
  • Auston Matthews scored Toronto’s second goal of the game on the power play at 2:18 of the third period and later had the lone assist on Hyman’s third period goal before adding Toronto’s fourth goal of the game at 13:39 of the third period. Matthews has points (4-3-7) in three consecutive games. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ sixth multi-goal and 13th multi-point game of the season. His six mutli-goal performances are tied for the most in the NHL this season. He has 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists) in 14 career games against Detroit, which is his highest point total against a single opponent. 
  • Morgan Rielly had the lone assist on Hyman’s second period goal. Rielly has three assists over his last four games. He has three assists in three games against Detroit this season. In 13 games against Atlantic Division opponents, Rielly has recorded 10 points (2-8-10). With his assist in the second period, Rielly tied Phil Kessel for 23rd on the Maple Leafs’ all-time assist register with 213.
  • John Tavares registered the primary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal. Tavares has four points (1-3-4) in three games against the Red Wings this season. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 10 games against Atlantic Division opposition.
  • Mitch Marner collected the secondary assist on Matthews’ first third period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ second third period goal. Marner has points (4-8-12) in seven consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-assist and ninth multi-point game of 2019-20.
  • Michael Hutchinson stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.

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

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DETROIT10 (10)13 (11)7 (4)30 (25)
TORONTO10 (8)6 (4)7 (5)23 (17)
      

SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)

 1st2nd3rdOTTOTAL
DETROIT15 (15)24 (20)13 (9)52 (44)
TORONTO25 (23)15 (13)11 (9)51 (45)

NO PLACE LIKE HOME

Record at Home9-4-4 (17 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit293-281-93-5 (672 Games)
All-Time Record vs. Detroit at Home:175-108-47-3 (333 Games)
Record vs. Eastern Conference10-9-4 (23 Games)
Record vs. Metropolitan Division7-5-1 (13 Games)
Attendance19,080

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Shots4 (Matthews)
Shot Attempts(Mikheyev)
Faceoff Wins(Tavares)
Faceoff Win Percentage100% (Engvall – 1 won, 0 lost)
Hits4 (Muzzin)
Blocked Shots(Barrie)
Takeaways(Dermott)
TOI22:49 (Rielly)
Power Play TOI2:29 (Barrie)
Shorthanded TOI2:09 (Marner)
Shifts26 (Rielly)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage69.2% (Hyman – 18 for, 8 against)
  

RECORD WHEN…

Scoring first12-3-1
Tied after 18-5-2
Lead after 214-1-2
Score one power play goal8-3-2
Allow one power play goal7-6-3
Outshooting opponent10-4-1
Saturday8-2-2

OF NOTE…

  • The Maple Leafs went 1-for-1 on the penalty kill and went 1-for-2 on the power play tonight.
  • At 17:10 of the second period, a video review was initiated to determine whether or not a Zach Hyman shot crossed Detroit’s goal line before the net came off its moorings. Video review determined that the puck completely crossed the Detroit goal line before the net came off its moorings. Result: Goal Toronto
  • Frederik Gauthier and Trevor Moore were the lone Maple Leafs to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
  • Morgan Rielly was on the ice for a team-high 23 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 tonight. Rielly finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 47.9 percent (23 for, 25 against).
  • John Tavares won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his offensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES:

  • Monday, December 23, 2:00 p.m. vs. Carolina Hurricanes (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)
  • Friday, December 27, 7:00 p.m. at New Jersey Devils (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Saturday, December 28, 7:00 p.m. vs. New York Rangers (Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The FAN)
  • Tuesday, December 31, 6:00 p.m. at Minnesota Wild (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
  • Thursday, January 2, 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg Jets (TSN4, FAN 590)

WHAT THE MAPLE LEAFS SAID POSTGAME: “Obviously, we want to play a lot better, a lot more consistent. We’ve got to keep working to find a way. At times it feels like it’s going against us and that’s just the nature of it.” –JOHN TAVARES.

HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK

On tonight’s game:

Well, I don’t like that it was 5-4. I really liked our start, I thought we had an outstanding start and played really well. The period was over, we were down 2-0. I thought we crawled our way back and had a really good second period; gave up very, very little. In the end, we gave up the goal at the end of that and then I thought in the third period we weren’t as good as we needed to be in order to have success and crawl our way back. It’s a one-goal game at the end, but the way – I would have liked it better at 3-2, to be honest with you. We’ve got to do a better job. Tonight the special teams battle is 2-0 for them and, so, you can’t win enough games losing the special teams battle so we’ve got to do a better job in that area, for sure. I really liked the start of our game, I liked our energy, I liked our execution, I liked how much time we played in the O-zone. I thought Tavares’ line played in the O-zone more than they’ve played all year, that was good for us.

On Muzzin saying weird lapses led to goals:

When you go through it, the first one we had total control of the puck, managed to turn it over twice, it goes in our net. The third one – the penalty came after a turnover – and then the third one was one of those ones that, to me, it was a simple play for us and we didn’t make it. The bottom line is we’re through 20 games now and, when you evaluate what we’ve done in 20 games, we don’t like it as a group. We think we can be better and we’ll identify the areas again here tomorrow as we go through it and grind our way out of this. We got ourselves in the spot we’re in, we’ve got to grind our way out of it.

On if the team seems frustrated through 20 games:

I don’t think that’s been the case at all. I thought we’ve had good energy and I think we’ve done lots of really good things. In saying that, tonight after the first period, after the second period, you feel you’ve played really well and should be ahead in the game. You’re not ahead in the game. Just stay the course, stay patient, take care of the puck and, if you do good things in life, good things happen.

On Hyman’s return to the lineup:

Like I said to you, I thought Tavares’ line played – I don’t know how many heavy shifts they had, but they had a lot. They spent a lot of time in the offensive zone. I didn’t – I said it yesterday, I had no idea what to expect, I really didn’t. I didn’t know he could be out that long and still come with that energy. Maybe there’s going to be a drop, I don’t know that, but I thought he did a good job in all areas of the game.

ZACH HYMAN (17:37 TOI)

On his first game back since off-season surgery:

Felt good, felt strong. I didn’t worry about my knee which was good. Thought I just went out there and tried to play my game and just kind of pick up where I left off, which was six months ago. It’s a long time but I felt good.

On how the team can improve the penalty kill:

We’ve just got to find confidence. We’ve got to string some kills together. The bounces just aren’t going our way right now. I think if we get back on track, we’ll string a run together. That’s what good PKs do, they get on a roll and they find their confidence and it feels like you don’t get scored on ever. So, we’ll get that fixed and come back strong.

JAKE MUZZIN (1 ASSIST)

On back-to-back one goal losses:

I think we have confidence in this group, in the team and in this room. We’re just having some weird lapses in the game and it’s costing us. I think we just have to be sharper throughout a full 60, shift-to-shift, more focus, better preparation I think and we’ll come out on top in these games.

On where the team can make improvements on the penalty kill:

I don’t know. I mean we’ve got to look at the stuff, I haven’t looked at it. I don’t even know how many penalties we took tonight, how many did we take tonight? [Three] So, that’s better, but we let two goals in, so that’s not good. We’ve got to look at some stuff and clean it up.

WILLIAM NYLANDER (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s performance:

I think we played a good game for the most part. We’ve just got to sharpen up on a few things to not let them score goals.

On what prevented the power play from having success:

I think the one where we had a faceoff in the D-zone and they jumped us, we’ve got to be ready there. I mean, we’ve got to be more determined like we were in the last couple of minutes of the game.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)

On going down early and not being able to finish the comeback:

It feels like when we do make a mistake it seems to really hurt us. Because I thought, especially in the first period, we had a pretty good first period until they got their first goal and then they capitalize on the power play and got the momentum. We played really well again in the second, didn’t come out the greatest in the third and, you know, they got another power play goal so special teams really hurt us today. It just seems like when we do make a mistake we’re getting burned. I think parts of this game we did a lot of good things. We tried to stay patient, stayed with it, got ourselves back in it, but just too many mistakes leading to too many against.

On where he sees the team after 20 games into the season:

Well, I just think we’re not where we want to be. Obviously, we want to play a lot better, a lot more consistent. We’ve got to keep working to find a way. At times it feels like it’s going against us and that’s just the nature of it. Sometimes it’s the way hockey goes, the way the game goes and you’ve just got to mentally stick with it and keep playing and keep trying to find a way to turn the tide and consistently up your level and up your consistency and get things snow balling in the right direction. We’ve had that for points in the year but we haven’t really been able to sustain it as long as we’ve liked. Obviously, something we need to continue to do and the results are obviously critical. We’ve done good things but we know we’ve got to get the job done.