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Toronto Maple Leafs beat Chicago Blackhawks 3-2 in OT. Here is the summary for the game played on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
ON THE SCORESHEET
Mitch Marner put the Maple Leafs on the board at 16:37 of the first period. Marner has scored six of his seven goals on the road this season.
Nazem Kadri scored the second Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 4:58 of the third period. Kadri has scored five goals on the power play this season, which ranks second on the Maple Leafs.
William Nylander scored the overtime winning goal for the Maple Leafs on a penalty shot at 0:06 of overtime. Nylander’s goal is his first career penalty shot goal on his first career penalty shot attempt. His goal ties the Maple Leafs record for the fastest goal to start overtime.
Jake Gardiner recorded the primary assist on Marner’s first period goal. Gardiner has assists (6) in four consecutive games, which ties his career-long assist streak (Last: 4 assists; March 28-April 3, 2017).
Ron Hainsey picked up the secondary assist on Marner’s first period goal. Hainsey has registered 16 of his 18 points at even-strength this season (2-14-16).
Tyler Bozak registered the primary assist on Kadri’s third period goal. The Maple Leafs are 9-2-1 when Bozak records an assist this season. Bozak’s point is the 347th of his NHL career, which moves him past Tod Sloan for 26th on the Maple Leafs all-time point register.
James van Riemsdyk had the secondary assist on Kadri’s third period goal. The assist is van Riemsdyk’s 13th power play point of the season, which leads the Maple Leafs.
Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots to earn the victory. Andersen’s win is his 24th of the season, which places him in a tie for third-most goaltender wins in the NHL.
The Maple Leafs and Blackhawks each registered 36 shots on goal in all situations and 30 shots on goal at 5-on-5.
Both teams had 68 shot attempts in all situations. Chicago had a 57-54 lead in shot attempts at 5-on-5.
Mitch Marner led the Maple Leafs with seven shots on goal and 11 shot attempts.
SHOTS ON GOAL
ON THE ROAD AGAIN
The Maple Leafs are 14-10-3 on the road this season.
Toronto’s all-time record is 288-262-96-3 in 649 games against the Blackhawks franchise and 121-162-42-1 in games played in Toronto.
The Maple Leafs’ win is the franchise’s first win in Chicago since Feb. 12, 2003.
Toronto is 14-8-2 against the Western Conference this season and 4-3-2 against the Central Division.
The Maple Leafs are 8-1-0 in the first leg of back-to-backs.
Toronto is 5-4 in overtime this season.
The Maple Leafs wrap up the back-to-back tomorrow night, Thursday, Jan. 25, when they take on the Stars in Dallas at 8:30 p.m.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Faceoff Win Percentage
100% (Marleau, Nylander)
2 (van Riemsdyk)
Power Play TOI
3:58 (Hainsey, Polak)
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage
58.5% (Kadri – 24 for, 17 against)
The Maple Leafs were 2-for-4 on the penalty kill and 1-for-4 on the power play tonight. Toronto is 2-2-0 when allowing multiple power play goals this season and 12-4-1 when scoring one power play goal.
Toronto is 6-13-2 when their opponent scores the first goal of the game.
The Maple Leafs are 11-3-5 when tied after one period and 9-2-2 when tied after two periods.
Toronto has a 4-1-0 record when even in shots with their opponent.
The Maple Leafs are 6-3-1 in Wednesday games.
At 7:55 of the third period in tonight;s game, Toronto requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Artem Anisimov interfered with Frederik Andersen prior to Nick Schmaltz’s goal. After review, the Referee confirmed no goaltender interference infractions occurred. Therefore the original call stands – good goal Chicago Blackhawks. Since the Coach’s Challenge did not result in the original call being overturned, the Maple Leafs forfeited their time-out.
Tyler Bozak won 71 percent (5 won, 2 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs tonight and was 4-for-4 in the faceoff circle in all situations when matched up with Chicago centre Artem Anisimov.
Patrick Marleau was on the ice for a team-high 26 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5. Marleau finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.8 percent (26 for, 19 against).
Dominic Moore was the lone Maple Leaf to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.
Thursday, Jan. 25 at Dallas Stars, 8:30 p.m. (TSN4, TSN 1050)
Wednesday, Jan. 31 vs. New York Islanders, 7:30 p.m. (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
Thursday, Feb. 1 at New York Rangers, 7:00 p.m. (TSN4, FAN 590)
Saturday, Feb. 3 at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m. (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)
Monday, Feb. 5 vs. Anaheim Ducks, 7:00 p.m. (TSN4, FAN 590)
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On battling back after a slow start:
That’s a nice way of putting it. They were fast, we were slow in the first. They skated us into the ground and it looked like Toews and Kane thought they should be the best players and we were just learning how to play. Then I thought we dug in and got playing better and, obviously, a big win for our hockey club. I don’t think it was pretty, but we found a way to get it done.
On the end of the game:
Winning? I like winning.
On what he saw from tonight’s new lines:
Let’s see, who did I like? I thought Kapanen had good speed, I thought Leo and him together were fine. I thought Naz’s group had some – Patty Marleau really skated – I thought that line was good for us. I didn’t think we were hitting on all cylinders by any means, but in saying that, you’ve got to find ways to win games and we did today.
On playing in multiple one-goal games recently:
I think that’s the way it is every night and we’ve got to get used to it, but I still think we can play way better. I think we can play way harder and from the start of the game until the end. We’re playing a real good Dallas team tomorrow and it’s going to take a big effort to win, but we need that from everybody.
On Travis Dermott’s play:
I thought he had a tough period on the back end to start, to say the least, and couldn’t handle them. At home, when we’ve had the matchups, him and Carrick have got to play with Matthews and they get to stand on the offensive blueline and shoot pucks and we talk about how great it is. Here tonight you had to handle people on the cycle and they’re going all over the place and you didn’t know where your guy was and it looked like that early for our young guys. They got their game together, grabbed their nerves and played better.
On why the defensive pairs were shuffled at times:
Someone to talk to someone and settle everyone down. We were just chasing around our zone.
On Chicago trying to fit young players into a veteran lineup:
I think it’s not just clicking, it’s learning how to play and learning how to compete. Jonathan Toews played against Matthews, Jonathan Toews had the puck the whole time in the first 30 minutes. Obviously, he’s a veteran player, and Matthews is a good player, but Toews knows how to play. It takes you a while to learn how to play in this League – to play right and face the puck and get used to playing against good players. [Joel Quenneville] does a real good here, obviously, to get the most out of the group. It’s no different for our group, we’ve just got to keep getting better.
On of McElhinney will play tomorrow:
Mac’s in net.
FREDERIK ANDERSEN (34 SAVES)
On the start of the game:
They came pretty hard. I think they were working to get a lot of pucks on net and we were able to get out of the period 1-1, so that was good. Then I thought we started playing better and better and got ahead there.
On if he expected the second Chicago goal to be overturned on the review:
Yeah, I mean, I don’t know. You never know. We got the two points and that’s really all I have to say about it.
On William Nylander in a penalty shot situations:
He’s got silky hands, silky smooth, and he can pull a move off. It’s really about what he feels like doing. Today it was a good backhand.
On the play of Travis Dermott:
I’ve been impressed by him. He’s not afraid of taking the puck up the ice and with me he’s been great at talking with me and communicating to play the puck and stuff like that. I think we’ve been fortunate for him to be playing this well.
NAZEM KADRI (1 GOAL)
On the overtime:
Good awareness by the guys we had out there. They had three guys up and we were able to take advantage of an odd-man rush.
On what enabled the team to hang in after a tough first period:
I think just staying with it, being patient. I think in the second period, sometimes on the road, you’ve got to wait it out a little bit and weather the storm. They’re a good Chicago team in a pretty electric building to start so road wins are never pretty but a win’s a win.
On the mood on the bench after Chicago’s second goal was upheld:
I wasn’t quite sure about that one. You try to compare plays and obviously every single one is unique. It’s more of a referee’s discretion and obviously he thought there was no contact there and it was no goal.
On his goal:
On mine, it was just a bit of a scramble play. Mitch tried to go for that shot-tip early on, we were able to retrieve the puck, go behind the net and then just try to kind of get open in front of [Bozak]. I knew he was going to throw it to me, I just had to find a soft spot, and he made a great pass and I was able to put it in.
On ending a dry spell with his goal:
It’s nice. Like I said, you’ve just got to stay patient. Getting frustrated isn’t going to do much for you and when you’re playing with great players you’re going to get good looks each and every single game. I’m not the type of player to be totally useless out there if I’m not scoring. I can contribute in other ways and I feel like my all-around game has been there and hopefully this generates a spark.
WILLIAM NYLANDER (OVERTIME WINNER)
On what led to his penalty shot in overtime:
I just think we saw they lined up three across the red line so we were able to get some offence right off the bat off the faceoff. I think that was one of the main factors of us getting a penalty shot.
On if that was a set play they had worked on previously:
No, it depends how they line up. If they line up with a D back there you’re not probably going to go forward with the faceoff. It worked out.
On what he was thinking during his penalty shot:
I just thought I needed to throw a little harder fake on him so he’d bite on that one and then I went to the backhand, I think, on the two previous breakaways I had. I don’t know actually why I went to the backhand but the third time’s the lucky charm.
On his thought process for the penalty shot:
Just do what you usually do. You have a few moves that you try to stick. I mean, I think that was one of the moves that I thought would work there.
On the feeling of scoring the overtime winner:
It’s pretty nice. I’ve had a couple breakaways in the previous games too where I haven’t been able to score so it’s pretty nice to put one in on a breakaway.