Toronto Maple Leafs hang on to beat Los Angeles Kings 3-2

Auston Matthews

Toronto Maple Leafs hang on to beat Los Angeles Kings 3-2.  Here is the summary for the game played on Monday, October 23, 2017




















GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


Matt Martin opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:46 of the first period. Martin is now one point away from the 100 career NHL point milestone.

Tyler Bozak scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 14:44 of the second period. Bozak has scored both of his goals on home ice this season.

Patrick Marleau notched Toronto’s third goal of the night at 2:53 of the third period. Marleau’s goal is his first at Air Canada Centre as a member of the Maple Leafs.

Roman Polak registered the primary assist on Martin’s first period goal. Polak agreed to terms with the Maple Leafs on a one-year contract on Oct. 22. Tonight’s game is his season debut.

Mitch Marner picked up the secondary assist on Martin’s first period goal and later added the secondary assist on Bozak’s second period goal. Tonight’s game is Marner’s first multi-assist and second multi-point game of the season (Oct 4 at Winnipeg).

James van Riemsdyk registered the primary assist on Bozak’s second period goal and now leads the Maple Leafs in power play points (5).

Morgan Rielly picked up the primary assist on Marleau’s third period goal. Rielly leads all Maple Leafs defencemen with eight points (1 goal, 7 assists) in nine games.

Nazem Kadri recorded the secondary assist on Marleau’s third period goal. Kadri has five points (2 goals, 3 assists) in his last five games.

Frederik Andersen stopped 36 shots to earn the win. His 36 saves are a new game-high for a Maple Leafs goaltender this season.


The Kings had a 38-34 edge in shots on goal in all situations and a 27-22 lead in shots at 5-on-5.

Los Angeles had a 64-59 lead in shot attempts in all situations and a 44-34 edge in shot attempts at 5-on-5.

William Nylander registered seven shots on goal and nine shot attempts to lead the Maple Leafs in both categories.



































The Maple Leafs are 4-1-0 at home this season.

Toronto’s all-time record is 62-63-21-2 in 148 games against the Kings and 38-26-11-1 in games played in Toronto. 

Toronto is 3-0-0 against the Western Conference this season and 1-0-0 against the Pacific Division.

Tonight’s attendance was 19,235.

The Maple Leafs continue their homestand on Thursday, Oct. 26 when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.


Faceoff Wins

8 (Bozak, Matthews)

Faceoff Win Percentage

100% (Brown, Marner)


7 (Komarov)

Blocked Shots

2 (Four players tied)


3 (Hyman)


23:22 (Zaitsev)

Power Play TOI

5:41 (Gardiner)

Shorthanded TOI

3:28 (Hainsey, Zaitsev)


31 (Rielly, Zaitsev)

5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage

62.5% (Martin – 5 for, 3 against)


The Maple Leafs were 2-for-2 on the penalty kill and 1-for-6 on the power play tonight, with one shorthanded goal allowed. Toronto is 4-1-0 when not allowing a power play goal and 5-2-0 when scoring a power play goal this season, and have a 1-1-0 record when allowing a shorthanded goal.

Toronto is 5-1-0 when scoring first.

The Maple Leafs are 4-0-0 when leading after one period and 3-0-0 when leading after two periods.

Toronto has a 4-1-0 record when trailing their opponent in shots on goal.

The Maple Leafs are 2-0-0 in Monday games.


At 5:46 of the first period in tonight’s game, Los Angeles requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Toronto’s Matt Martin interfered with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick prior to his goal. After review, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred before the puck crossed the goal line. Therefore the original call stands – good goal Toronto Maple Leafs.

At 2:28 of the third period in tonight’s game, Toronto requested a Coach’s Challenge to review the “Interference on the Goalkeeper” decision that resulted in a “no goal” call. After review, the Referee determined that Toronto’s Matt Martin interfered with Los Angeles goaltender Jonathan Quick before the puck crossed the goal line. Therefore the original call stands – no goal Toronto Maple Leafs.

At 2:54 of the third period in tonight’s game, video review supported the referee’s call on the ice that Patrick Marleau’s stick was at or below the height of the crossbar when he deflected the puck into the Los Angeles net. Good goal Toronto.

Nazem Kadri won eight of his 14 faceoffs against Los Angeles centre Anze Kopitar and was 3-for-3 on defensive zone draws against Kopitar.

Auston Matthews was 6-for-8 in the faceoff circle against Kings centre Nick Shore and won 75 percent (3 won, 1 lost) of his faceoffs against Shore in the offensive zone.


Thursday, Oct. 26 vs. Carolina Hurricanes, 7:00 p.m. (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)

Saturday, Oct. 28 vs. Philadelphia Flyers, 7:00 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)

Monday, Oct. 30 at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m. (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

Wednesday, Nov. 1 at Anaheim Ducks, 10:00 p.m. (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)

Thursday, Nov. 2 at Los Angeles Kings, 10:30 p.m. (TSN, TSN 1050)



On the play of the Martin-Moore-Marner line:

I thought Mitch was really good. I thought he had real good jump and they were a real factor for us. Obviously, I thought he had the best jump of anybody in the first – I didn’t think we were great in the first. We got a lot better as the game went on – more competitive, skated better and got going. I thought we had a real good night out of [Kadri]’s line.

On Andersen’s performance in the first period:

I didn’t think they had quality chances, I thought they had lots of point shots and we should have done a better job of getting into lanes, but, I thought Freddie made the saves he needed to and I thought he was steady. They broke out too easy in the first, we weren’t on them enough. Then, as the game got on, we got there.

On Marner’s performance:

We need him to be a star, we think he’s a star. The NHL is a hard league when it doesn’t go your way and the other thing about the League is when someone gets in your spot and they play real good, that makes it hard for you. I thought he was excellent tonight, I thought that line was good, I thought Matt Martin was a good player for us.

On the return of Polak:

I thought it was interesting – Roman is back tonight and Borgman had his best game. It really goes together, having someone to talk to and help you out too. I thought that was positive. Obviously, [Polak] hasn’t played so it’s going to take him a bit here. We were comfortable. We had him out there one shift against Kopitar – just the way it worked out – and they were fine against him. I thought that was a good night for those guys.

On the importance of picking up a win over a team like Los Angeles:

I just think that it’s important to win some big games. When you drop the ball like we did the other night in Ottawa – and I’m not taking anything away from Ottawa – but we were no good. When you do that, you want to be able to respond. I thought we responded tonight. I also thought it was important – [Los Angeles] hadn’t lost and they’re playing well and Kopitar is playing real good. I thought it was a good matchup for us tonight, I thought it was an important game to find a way to play right in.

On Marner handling his line change well:

I think that’s an important thing and we talked to him about that too. It’s interesting – no one needs Mitch to be a star more than me. I think that’s important. The other thing is you’ve got to earn your right to be a star and you’ve got to be what you’re capable of. He knows we’re all pulling for him too and he wants to be great. He expects himself to be really good. Obviously, the better he plays the better team we are. It was great to see him be excited and be loose again and feel good about himself.


On the bounce back game:

I think we were good at keeping it to the outside. I was able to see most of the shots, battle and get out to the top of the crease and make the save so that makes it a little easier for me. I thought we got better and better as the game went on, especially in the third. The second was good but the third we were good at keeping them away, obviously a tough bounce on their goal but besides that I don’t think we really gave them any shot at coming back.

On Ron Hainsey:

Something you notice is he talks a lot – definitely good at communicating with me and Mo and obviously the forwards. But small plays, little chips and getting the puck out of his hands quick to the forwards is something he’s really good at.

On split save on Tanner Pearson:

Yeah, I kind of pushed over, had to stretch out a little bit. It didn’t seem like he had a lot on it but it was one of those – stretch out and get a toe on it.

On Polak’s return and Martin’s goal:

It was good, he did a really good job with [Borgman] and good to see him back. Good shot on the goal there, hell of a game by [Martin] going to the net. Not just the goal but he had some really good shifts in the second period with his group.


On the team’s effort tonight:

We got back to the way we want to play, I think. We played a solid defensive game. I think that’s what we’ve got to be happy with here. You know, obviously, they scored their goals but Frederik was big for us once again and we tried to play big for him outside that.

On what made his line so effective tonight:

Just letting [Martin] be himself. Everyone is scared of him when that guy’s coming full speed at you on the forecheck. We kind of talked about that before the game, just let him be the animal he is in deep. It worked out. He made some great plays out there to get me the puck and it went our way.

On how he felt tonight:

I think I just calmed down. I realized that throwing away the puck and not kind of playing like, I think, when I came to training camp my very first year. I kind of realized that I’ve just got to have more calmness with the puck. (Martin) said that – obviously, the plan we talked about – he said he was just going to give me the puck and go to the net and he opens up space for you when you’re out there.


On his line’s performance:

I think we had a pretty good game. Obviously, [Mitch Marner] was Mitchy and created so many chances with his speed through the neutral zone carrying the puck. We just wanted to get it to him as much as possible and let him work. It was good to contribute. Obviously, it was a tough one in Ottawa for our whole team and us as a line as well. It was a good bounce back game for us against a really good team.

On his line’s ability to generate in the offensive zone:

A couple of games together now, you really start to understand where Mitch is looking and what he’s trying to do. Like I said, you want to get him the puck as quick as possible and try to find some space because he’s so good at making plays. He’s one of the elite playmakers in the League so it’s a good opportunity for me and [Moore] right now to try and get some offence. We’ll ride this as long as we can.

On his goaltender interference call that led to a disallowed goal:

I got tangled up with the D and slid into him. We thought Quick got up and set, the ref didn’t see it that way. I think it could go either way, I don’t really have an issue with it other than it would have been nice for Mitch to get one. I thought it could go either way, but obviously it didn’t go our way. A good goal by [Patrick Marleau] right after that to really set the tone for us after.

On video reviews as a byproduct of his involvement in each shift:

Like I said, it was a big game. That’s one of the top teams in the League. I think there are a handful of teams that are considered contenders every single year over the last six or seven years and they’re one of them with Chicago. It was a big challenge for us, especially – I think they wiped us clean here last year. They beat us by a touchdown or something so that’s not very good. They’re a big, strong team that can push teams around. I don’t think we wanted to let that happen again tonight and we obviously want this to be a tough building to play in.

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