Toronto Maple Leafs easily beat Winnipeg Jets 4-2

Auston Matthews

 

1

2

3

OT

FINAL

TORONTO

1

2

1

4

WINNIPEG

0

0

2

2

 

GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


ON THE SCORESHEET

–       Kasperi Kapanen opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs with a goal at 14:38 of the first period. Kapanen has scored four goals over his last five games. Seven (3-4-7) of his nine points have come on the road this season.

–       Tyler Ennis scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 2:25 of the second period. Ennis’ goal is his first goal as a Maple Leaf. He has two points (1 goal, 1 assist) in seven games this season.

–       Nazem Kadri scored the third Maple Leaf goal of the night at 11:43 of the second period. Kadri’s goal is his first of the season. He has seven goals in 15 career games against the Jets and four goals in his last three games in Winnipeg.

–       John Tavares scored Toronto’s fourth goal of the game at 8:28 of the third period. Tavares has two goals in his last four games and has scored six goals in five road games this season.

–       Josh Leivo picked up the lone assist on Ennis’ second period goal. Leivo has three points (1 goal, 2 assists) over his last five games. The assist is his first even-strength point of the season.

–       Connor Brown registered the primary assist on Kadri’s second period goal. All five of Brown’s points (1 goal, 4 assists) have come on the road this season.

–       Nikita Zaitsev had the secondary assist on Kadri’s second period goal. Zaitsev has three assists in five career games against the Jets.

–       Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Marner has picked up the primary assist on five of Tavares’ seven goals this season and ranks second among NHL skaters in primary assists (8).

–       Par Lindholm recorded the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. All three of Lindholm’s points (1 goal, 2 assists) have come on the road this season.

–       Frederik Andersen stopped 38 of the 40 shots he faced to earn his fifth win of the season.

SHOTS FIRED

–       The Jets had a 40-39 lead in shots on goal in all situations, while the Maple Leafs had a 34-32 edge in shots on goal at 5-on-5.

–       Winnipeg had a 79-68 lead in shot attempts in all situations and a 60-59 lead in shot attempts at 5-on-5.

–       The Maple Leafs’ 18 shots on goal in the first period are the most shots on goal registered by Toronto in a single period this season.

–       Winnipeg’s 21 shots on goal in the third period of tonight’s game are the most shots on goal registered by a Maple Leafs opponent in a single period this season.

–       Nazem Kadri recorded a team-high six shots on goal

–       Nazem Kadri and Morgan Rielly had a team-high eight shot attempts.

SHOTS ON GOAL

 

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

TOTAL

TORONTO

18

10

11

39

WINNIPEG

14

4

22

40

 

SHOT ATTEMPTS

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

OT

TOTAL

TORONTO

34

17

17

68

WINNIPEG

25

17

37

79

ON THE ROAD AGAIN

 

–       The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 on the road this season.

–       Toronto’s all-time record is 32-19-1-8 in 60 games against the Jets franchise and 16-10-0-5 in 31 games played on the road.

–       Toronto is 4-1-0 against the Western Conference this season and 3-1-0 against the Central Division.

MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS

Faceoff Wins

10 (Kadri)

Faceoff Win Percentage

100% (Hyman, Marleau)

Hits

1 (Eight players tied)

Blocked Shots

3 (Tavares)

Takeaways

2 (Marleau, Marner)

TOI

25:07 (Zaitsev)

Power Play TOI

1:20 (Gardiner)

Shorthanded TOI

3:11 (Hyman)

Shifts

32 (Zaitsev)

5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage

63.6% (Marleau – 21 for, 12 against)

 

 

RECORD WHEN…

–          The Maple Leafs were 2-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-1 on the power play tonight. Toronto is 4-1-0 when allowing one power play goal this season and 1-2-0 when not scoring a power play goal.

–          Toronto is 3-0-0 when scoring the first goal of the game.

–          The Maple Leafs are 3-0-0 when leading after one period and 5-0-0 when leading after two periods.

–          Toronto has a 4-2-0 record when outshot by their opponent.

–          The Maple Leafs are 2-0-0 in Wednesday games.

 

OF NOTE…

–          Toronto’s line of Tyler Ennis, Frederik Gauthier and Josh Leivo were the lone Maple Leafs skaters to not start a 5-on-5 shift in the offensive zone.

–          Jake Gardiner was on the ice for a team-high 31 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5. Gardiner had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 62 percent (31 for, 19 against).

–          John Tavares won 63 percent (5 won, 3 lost) of his defensive zone faceoffs.

UPCOMING GAMES: 

–       Saturday, October 27, 7:00 p.m., vs. Winnipeg Jets (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)

–       Monday, October 29, 7:00 p.m., vs. Calgary Flames (Sportsnet, FAN 590)

–       Thursday, November 1, 7:00 p.m., vs. Dallas Stars, (TSN4, TSN 1050)

–       Saturday, November 3, 7:00 p.m., at Pittsburgh Penguins (Hockey Night in Canada, FAN 590)

–       Tuesday, November 6, 7:00 p.m., vs. Vegas Golden Knights (TSN4, FAN 590)

 

POSTGAME QUOTES:

HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK

On tonight’s win:

I think it’s real simple for us – if you want to play right and you want to play hard, suddenly you look fast again. We looked real slow the last two games coming out of our own zone. Tonight, we looked fast. In the third period – we’ve still got to learn how to win. There’s no reason to play in your own zone, play in the offensive zone and keep your foot on the gas. That’ll come with time. A big win for our team here tonight, we’ll get a day off tomorrow, get a good practice in and get Winnipeg again. It’s nice to play the same good team twice in a row.

On responding with a goal after two Jets goals as part of learning how to win:

That was a huge goal for us by Johnny [Tavares], but it’s winning faceoffs, it’s stopping in the right spots, it’s staying composed so you keep attacking instead of backing up. Those are all things you learn how to do and when you’ve got a lot of kids, often it takes you a little bit of time. You learn over time. I liked our effort tonight, I thought we competed, I thought we skated, I thought we worked. We hadn’t seen that in a couple of games so it was good to see that back again. It’s good for the guys to leave the rink feeling good.

FREDERIK ANDERSEN (38 SAVES)

On what set the team up for a win:

I thought we worked really hard. I thought we were really good at tracking and playing fast. I think that helped everyone a lot. Obviously, we got on the board and got a good lead. It seemed to calm us down.

On getting Tavares’ goal immediately after heavy pressure from Winnipeg:

Those situations are usually big momentum swings and I think we came out great there. We got one right after their power play goal and, obviously, got the two-goal lead again and that kind of slowed them down again and restored the lead. It was good.

NAZEM KADRI (1 GOAL)

On what he saw in the build up to his goal:

I felt like I had an opportunity there in the first period and it felt like maybe a little glove side was open. I was able to come off the wing, [Connor Brown] made a great play moving in transition and I was able to get a little bit of room and find the corner.

On scoring his first goal of the season:

It was [about time]. Just trying to stay positive, the whole mentality. I’ve been around long enough to try to not get frustrated, but that’s always nice finding the back of the net and contributing to help your team win. Hopefully they come in bunches.

On how they kept Winnipeg under control defensively:

Our structure was good, we didn’t give them too much time. We were able to be in the right places at the right times, especially breaking through the neutral zone. On the defensive side of things, we were able to stay above guys and not give them too much momentum to generate speed entering the offensive zone. I think that was really a difference tonight.

MITCH MARNER (1 ASSIST)

On playing with John Tavares:

He moves the puck very well. He gets open. I think when he’s down low he can really control the puck as well. He can get guys on him and spin off them pretty easily. For me, it’s just about trying to get open for him down low and, in our own zone, just talking to each other and making sure we’re on the same track.

JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL)

On tonight’s win:

I thought we just did a really good job of recovering a lot of pucks and when we had to retrieve it we worked hard to put pressure on them, getting above them, causing some turnovers and making them have to rush a lot of plays coming up the ice and in their own zone. That gave us some time and space to get it, make some plays and get some puts on net. We had some really good looks. Definitely nice to get rewarded and it definitely gives us a good feeling. Obviously, we want to build on it but definitely a lot of good things from us tonight.

On the play that led to his goal:

We just had a good possession entry. We were able to carry it in with some speed and I saw Mitch [Marner] get behind their ‘D’ and had some space so that’s a good opportunity to get it to him. Obviously, he’s coming in with a lot of speed and he can sell the shot so well. It’s just so hard for the defenceman to be able to handle him when he’s skating like that. Hell of a move, and knowing him and his hockey sense, I just tried to go to the back post to see if there’s any trash or something coming back from him. Beneficiary of a great play from him. 

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