Toronto Maple Leafs Score Early To Beat Carolina Hurricanes 4-1

(Photo by Kevin Sousa/Icon Sportswire)


















GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


–       Tyler Ennis opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 8:35 of the first period. Ennis has scored three of his five goals against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. He has two goals over his last five games.

–       Morgan Rielly scored the second Toronto goal of the game at 13:51 of the second period. Rielly has points (1-5-6) in six consecutive games. The goal is his 10th of the season, which establishes a new career-high for goals in a season, surpassing his previous single-season high of nine set in 2015-16.

–       Patrick Marleau scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the night at 5:49 of the third period. Marleau has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has three points over his last four games.

–       John Tavares scored the fourth Toronto goal of the game at 8:29 of the third period. Tavares has three points (2 goals, 1 assist) over his last four games. In 16 road games this season, Tavares has 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists). Tonight’s game is his 700th career NHL game.

–       Frederik Gauthier registered the primary assist on Ennis’ first period goal. Gauthier has four assists in 24 games this season.

–       Travis Dermott picked up the secondary assist on Ennis’ first period goal. Dermott has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games. He has recorded five of his six assists on the road this season.

–       Auston Matthews picked up the primary assist on Rielly’s second period goal. Matthews has assists (4) in four consecutive games and points (6-5-11) in six consecutive games. He has 17 points (11 goals, 6 assists) in nine road games this season.

–       William Nylander had the secondary assist on Rielly’s second period goal before adding the primary assist on Marleau’s third period goal. Nylander’s pair of assists gives him two points in three games. Last season, Nylander had 41 assists in 82 games played.

–       Nazem Kadri notched the secondary assist on Marleau’s third period goal. Kadri has recorded six of his nine assists on the road this season.

–       Mitch Marner registered the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Marner has five assists in five games during the month of December. He has 19 assists in 16 road games this season.

–       Jake Gardiner picked up the secondary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Gardiner assists (7) and points (1-7-8) in five consecutive games.

–       Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots to earn the victory.

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








15 (14)

7 (6)

7 (5)

29 (25)


8 (6)

10 (7)

12 (6)

30 (19)


SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)









27 (26)

19 (15)

16 (11)

62 (52)


23 (16)

19 (14)

26 (18)

68 (48)



–       The Maple Leafs are 12-4-0 on the road this season.

–       Toronto’s all-time record is 46-57-11-7 in 121 games against the Hurricanes franchise and 24-27-5-5 in 61 games played on the road.

–       Toronto is 10-6-1 against the Eastern Conference this season and 6-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division.



5 (Kadri)

Shot Attempts

8 (Kadri)

Faceoff Wins

7 (Tavares)

Faceoff Win Percentage

100% (Marleau – 1 won, 0 lost)


3 (Kapanen, Ozhiganov, Zaitsev)

Blocked Shots

5 (Zaitsev)


2 (Rielly)


23:00 (Rielly)

Power Play TOI

3:18 (Matthews)

Shorthanded TOI

5:41 (Zaitsev)


30 (Rielly)

5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage

65.2% (Ozhiganov – 15 for, 8 against)




–          The Maple Leafs were 4-for-5 on the penalty kill and 0-for-4 on the power play tonight. Toronto is 8-4-0 when allowing one power play goal this season and 10-5-1 when not scoring a power play goal.

–          Toronto is 15-0-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.

–          The Maple Leafs are 13-0-0 when leading after one period and 16-0-0 when leading after two periods.

–          Toronto has a 14-3-1 record when outshot by their opponent.

–          The Maple Leafs are 5-0-0 in Tuesday games.


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

–          Jake Gardiner was on the ice for a team-high 24 Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5. Gardiner finished the game with a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 57.1 percent (24 for, 18 against).

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


–       Thursday, December 13, 7:30 p.m., at Tampa Bay Lightning (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

–       Saturday, December 15, 7:00 p.m., at Florida Panthers (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)

–       Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 p.m., at New Jersey Devils (TSN4, FAN 590)

–       Thursday, December 20, 7:00 p.m., vs. Florida Panthers (Sportsnet Ontario, TSN 1050)

–       Saturday, December 22, 7:00 p.m., vs. New York Rangers (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)​ 




On tonight’s performance:

I thought we started real good. Obviously, we came out and played. A big goal for Ennis from [Gauthier] there. I thought that was a good start for us. I thought we had a real good penalty kill here tonight. I didn’t like the way we finished as much just because we gave up some chances we didn’t need to, but a good win for our team. Like I said earlier today, the moms are all [in Toronto] watching them so that was good too. They got to see that and they come on the trip here.

On Nylander picking up two assists as a confidence builder:

For sure. It’s going to take him time, though. Let’s not get carried away. They’re all fine as long as the ice is open, but as soon as it’s in contact and you’ve got to keep your legs going, you get stuck out on a shift. He took a penalty the one time he got stuck out on a shift. It’s hard for you. It’s going to take some time. We’ll be patient, he has to be.

On if they’re experimenting with his power play role:

Not really. What we’re doing is we’ll just – once he gets up to speed we’re going to worry about it more, I guess. In the meantime, though, we want our power play to be deadly. It wasn’t that way tonight, but we’re going to need it to be like that if we’re going to have success.

 On the importance of the four-minute penalty kill in the first period:

Obviously, you’re in a good situation and you get a four-minute [penalty] there, [Nylander]’s stick got caught. You need the kill. We gave up one tonight when we didn’t need to. Our kill has got to become a dominant, dominant kill. We thought we got off to a real good start on the kill, it hasn’t been as good lately. We need it back.

On if Nylander is progressing the way he thought he would:

We knew it was going to take some time, for sure. I actually spent time Jeremy [Bettle] the Sports Science guy tonight trying to figure out just in training camp, when you’ve trained all summer and you come back, how many days it takes you to get your heart and all that level. So, we were working on that tonight to figure that out. It’s not as quick as you’d like to think… We did it today, when everyone is through, it’s 12 days before it levels out at training camp. You think about that, you’re in shape, you’ve trained, you’re ready to go, you’ve been with the team for a month, basically. Some time.


On what the team did well in front of him tonight:

Yeah, like you said, we did a good job today. I think we knew their game plan a little bit, they wanted to throw everything at the net and we were prepared for that and we came ready to block some shots and be in the lanes for that. I thought we did a really great job of that today. Made it a lot easier for me.

On his own performance tonight after a tough loss in Boston on Saturday:

You turn the page and move on. We had a good practice yesterday and that’s what you do. You play a lot of games and just another one where you try to do your best and obviously had a good game today.


On picking up his first points of the season: 

It gets you feeling good. playing well and creating chances is important and I can build off of this.

 On how his conditioning felt and the two penalties he took:

I mean the legs felt pretty good just got caught out there a little long on a few shifts. Other than that, it felt pretty good.

On the team’s performance tonight:

Yeah, I think we played well from the D-zone to the O-zone. We tried to limit our turnovers and keep heavy shifts down there and I think it worked pretty well.


On the team’s performance tonight compared to earlier this season in Carolina:

We feel okay about what happened. We definitely wanted to be better this time around than we were last time. I think we came out and we worked hard in the first. We’re happy with our effort and it’s important that we move on and get ready for a good team in a few days.

On the four-minute penalty kill:

That’s big, it’s big. That’s a big part of our team game and we take a lot of pride in that and I think when we take a double minor like that we want to be good, we want to be strong for a long period of time. I thought we did that. I thought the power play was good too, we didn’t get one but we did some good things.

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