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Edmonton Oilers Vs. Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday, November 1, 2016
GAME SUMMARY | EVENT SUMMARY | FACEOFF SUMMARY
ON THE SCORESHEET
Nazem Kadri opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 1:29 of the first period. Kadri’s goal is the fastest opening goal of the season for the Maple Leafs.
With his overtime goal at 0:12, Nazem Kadri recorded his first game-winning goal of the season and the eighth game-winning goal of his career.
Ben Smith scored his first goal of the season at 3:14 of the second period. Smith had 2 goals in 16 games with the Maple Leafs in 2015-16.
Matt Martin earned his first point as a Maple Leaf with an assist on Smith’s goal.
Nikita Soshnikov recorded his first point of the season in the second period. Soshnikov was recalled by the Maple Leafs from the Toronto Marlies earlier today.
Connor Brown registered his first assist of the season in the first period. He has 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) in 4 home games this season.
Roman Polak recorded an assist in the first period. It’s his first assist of the season.
Morgan Rielly recorded an assist on Kadri’s goal in overtime. He is now three points from 100 career NHL points.
The Maple Leafs were outshot by Edmonton in tonight’s game by a 46-31 margin.
Edmonton had a 40-31 edge in shots on goal at even-strength.
Auston Matthews led the Maple Leafs in shots on goal (6) and shot-attempts (9).
The Maple Leafs are now 3-1-0 at home this season.
Toronto is 27-17-2-0 all-time in 46 home games against the Oilers.
Tonight’s attendance is 19,687.
Toronto had two assists registered by rookies (Brown, Soshnikov) in tonight’s game. Maple Leafs’ rookies have now combined for 36 points (12 goals, 24 assists) in 10 games this season.
By going 2-for-2 on the penalty kill tonight, the Maple Leafs have killed off their last 4 penalties.
Frederik Andersen established a new season-high for saves (44).
Tyler Bozak won 78 percent of his faceoffs tonight.
Martin Marincin led the Maple Leafs in shorthanded TOI (3:14).
Matt Martin and Nikita Zaitsev tied for the Maple Leafs lead in hits (5).
Morgan Rielly led the Maple Leafs in shifts (36).
Nikita Zaitsev led the Maple Leafs in TOI (21:58).
Thursday, Nov. 3 at Buffalo Sabres, 7:00 p.m. (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)
Saturday, Nov. 5 vs. Vancouver Canucks, 7:00 p.m. (HNIC, FAN 590)
Tuesday, Nov. 8 vs. Los Angeles Kings, 7:30 p.m. (TSN 4, TSN 1050)
Friday, Nov. 11 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m. (TSN 4, FAN 590)
Saturday, Nov. 12 at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:00 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)
MIKE BABCOCK POSTGAME: NOVEMBER 1, 2016
On Kadri’s performance as a boost for him:
Well I think for him – it doesn’t matter for me as much – but real good for Naz. Naz did a real good job, his line did a good job. McDavid played 8:15 in the first period so that helped us too because that’s a lot of minutes, I don’t care who you are going out. That helped us because Naz had only played five – he didn’t penalty kill. He was allowed to be fresher. I thought Naz had a good game tonight.
On if he thought fatigue was a concern for McDavid:
You jam a guy out there every shift and three in a row, stuff like that, hard to have the same pop.
On Soshnikov’s play:
I thought he was great. He was greasy, he pisses people off, he winds our team up a little bit. I thought he was real good.
On Frederik Andersen:
Freddy had one of those nights, he played real well. They just threw a lot of pucks from the outside tonight. I thought he did a real good job with that. Then you give up the ugly one and then even the one at the end, it’s a flash or cross in front for our guy that he’d like to have. In saying that, I thought Freddy was real solid for us. He’s now kind of found his confidence and in doing so he’s giving us confidence.
On if he expected to work the matchups as much as he did:
I never expected the guy to play that much. It’s a little bit — he’s a good player and all that but so is Nugent-Hopkins.
On facing Todd McLellan:
I never went up against Todd – the Oilers played against us tonight. Just like everyone talked about McDavid and Matthews, it’s the Oilers and the Leafs. We feel fortunate, we needed the points way worse than they did and got the points. Now we’re staying alive. We need to stay alive as long as we can to allow our young guys to grow.
On if he was worried about the team faltering after the 2-2 goal:
Not really, I thought we were playing good and I thought we were playing hard. You don’t know, you’re hoping to score a goal. I thought Matthews and Nylander in the third with Hyman, I didn’t think they were great through two, I thought they dominated the third and had good looks.
On putting the Kadri line out over the Matthews line before the opening goal:
What we thought there is partly how much a guy has been out there too. He’s been out there enough. You just go back and forth. All you’re trying to do is get them caught in a bad spot and we got a break there and scored a goal.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN POSTGAME: NOVEMBER 1, 2016
On his play tonight:
I felt good. They like to shoot the puck and I felt pretty engaged in the game. They threw everything on net and we were good at clearing it if I gave up a rebound or something. It felt good to be in the game.
On if he likes to face more shots:
I think most goalies like the happy medium – feeling like you can see the puck a little bit. Today I got to see quite a bit.
On the volume of shots against:
I think they just like to throw everything at the net. They didn’t make that many plays, they tried to see if there are some rebounds to jam in but I think we were good at boxing them out and clearing the trash out front.
On where he ranks that start in his Leaf career:
It’s probably up there – not that many good games so far. I’m starting to feel really good in net and the last few games have been pretty good.
NAZEM KADRI POSTGAME: NOVEMBER 1, 2016
On the team’s play tonight:
There are a lot of people coming in here thinking it’s easy to play the Leafs. That’s part of the identity we’re trying to create here – hard to play against. Coming into Toronto, it’s going to be a tough building to play against. Like I said, we did a pretty good job and were able to find a way to get two points.
On the importance of playing McDavid physically:
Very important. You don’t want him to walk all over you. Certainly he’s a player capable of doing that. He can embarrass you when he gets time and space so I just tried to limit that from him and stay on top of him as much as I could there.
On if he used pregame storylines as motivation:
I don’t know what people were talking about before the game. I was just focused on my matchup and my assignment and doing whatever I can to help the team win.
AUSTON MATTHEWS POSTGAME: NOVEMBER 1, 2016
On tonight’s win:
It feels great, it’s awesome to get the win here in front of the home crowd. I thought we played a really good game, a full 60 minutes. We had a couple of breakdowns but we didn’t stop playing the whole game until that final goal.
On Nazem Kadri’s performance:
He was awesome out there. He was definitely probably our best player out there. He was creating havoc, making it tough on that big line. A lot of credit has to go him and Leo and [Connor Brown].
On the play of his line:
I think as a line this was one of our best games of the year. We were definitely in possession of the puck a lot, creating a lot of opportunities. They just didn’t go in tonight, but I think it’s really positive here heading into our next game.
On playing Connor McDavid:
Everybody knows who he is, he’s a dangerous player. We were obviously very aware when he was out there so, like you guys said, a lot of credit goes to Naz and his line who did a great job limiting their chances and making it hard on them.