Toronto Maple Leafs Thrash New Jersey Devils 7-2

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GAME SUMMARY         |           EVENT SUMMARY        |           FACEOFF SUMMARY


John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 6:01 of the first period and later added the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Tavares has points (2-1-3) in two consecutive games and has three goals in his last four games. Fourteen of his 21 goals have come on the road this season.

–       Auston Matthews gave the Maple Leafs a 2-0 lead at 7:58 of the first period and picked up a secondary assist on Tavares’ opening goal. Matthews has 12 points (7 goals, 5 assists) in his past nine games since returning from injury on November 28, 2018. Tonight’s game is his 11th multi-point game of the season.

–       Patrick Marleau gave the Maple Leafs a 3-0 lead at 13:38 of the first period. Marleau is now tied with Maurice Richard for 30th all-time in goals with 544. Tonight’s goal was Marleau’s 106th game-winning goal.

–       Mitch Marner scored Toronto’s fourth goal of the game at 1:45 of the second period. Marner has three goals in his past two games and 16 points (3 goals, 13 assists) in his last 11 games.

–       Morgan Rielly registered his 11th goal of the season at 19:59 of the second period to give Toronto a 5-1 lead. Rielly has 10 points (2 goals, 8 assists) in his last 11 games.

–       Tyler Ennis collected his sixth goal of the season at 16:28 of the third period and added a second goal at 18:30. Ennis has scored five of his seven goals against Metropolitan Division opponents this season.

–       Nazem Kadri tied his single-game career high with three assists tonight for the third time in his career. Kadri has registered 10 of his 13 assists on the road this season and has five assists in his past four games. This is Kadri’s third multi-assist game of the season.

–       Travis Dermott registered the secondary assist on Marleau’s first period goal. Dermott has recorded six of his seven assists on the road this season.

–       Connor Brown tied a single-game career high with three assists tonight, previously established on March 29, 2016 at Florida. This is Brown’s second multi-assist game of the season.

–       Par Lindholm picked up a secondary assist in the third period on Ennis’ first goal.

–       Jake Gardiner registered a primary assist on Ennis’ second goal of the third period. Gardiner has 11 points (1 goal, 10 assists) in his past eight games.

–       Frederik Andersen stopped 27 shots to earn the victory. He ranks second in the NHL in wins (18).

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








11 (10)

10 (9)

10 (10)

31 (29)


8 (8)

9 (9)

12 (12)

29 (29)


SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)









25 (19)

15 (14)

16 (16)

56 (44)


13 (12)

19 (16)

18 (17)

50 (37)



–       The Maple Leafs are 13-5-1 on the road this season.

–       Toronto’s all-time record is 72-41-20-9 in 142 games against the Devils franchise and 25-24-15-5 in 69 games played on the road.

–       Toronto is 11-7-2 against the Eastern Conference this season and 7-3-0 against the Metropolitan Division.



4 (Matthews, Ennis)

Shot Attempts

5 (Nylander, Matthews, Gardiner, Ennis)

Faceoff Wins

10 (Nylander)

Faceoff Win Percentage

100% (Marleau, Brown)


3 (Marleau)

Blocked Shots

2 (Hainsey)


2 (Lindholm, Rielly, Gardiner)


21:40 (Rielly)

Power Play TOI

3:42 (Matthews)

Shorthanded TOI

4:02 (Hainsey)


27 (Hainsey)

5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage

69.5% (Tavares – 16 for, 7 against)



–          The Maple Leafs were 3-for-3 on the penalty kill and 0-for-3 on the power play tonight. Toronto is 13-4-1 when they do not allow a power play goal this season and 11-6-2 when not scoring a power play goal.

–          Toronto is 16-1-1 when scoring the first goal of the game.

–          The Maple Leafs are 14-0-0 when leading after one period and 17-0-0 when leading after two periods.

–          Toronto is 8-5-0 when outshooting their opponent.

–          The Maple Leafs are 6-0-0 in Tuesday games.



–          At 7:58 of the first period in the Maple Leafs/Devils game, New Jersey requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Toronto’s Auston Matthews interfered with goaltender Keith Kinkaid prior to his goal. After review, the Situation Room confirmed that Matthews’ contact with Damon Severson did not by itself impact Kinkaid’s ability to make the save and therefore no goaltender interference infractions occurred. Good goal Toronto.

–          Patrick Marleau tied Maurice Richard for 30th all-time in goals with 544 and recorded his 104th game-winning goal.

William Nylander was 10-for-13 (77%) in the faceoff circle tonight.

–          Jake Gardiner was on the ice for a team-high in Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 (21). Gardiner had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 52.5 (21 for, 19 against).

–          John Tavares had a team-high 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 69.5% (16 for, 7 against)



–       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)

–       Sunday, December 23, 7:30 p.m., vs. Detroit Red Wings (Sportsnet, FAN 590)

–       Friday, December 28, 7:00 p.m., at Columbus Blue Jackets (Sportsnet Ontario, FAN 590)

–       Saturday, December 29, 7:00 p.m., vs. New York Islanders (Hockey Night in Canada, FAN 590)




 On tonight’s win:

I thought we started good tonight. I don’t know if we maintained it for the full 60 but we really started good. We came out, we cycled, we scored some big goals, we were at the net for the first three. So that’s a good win for our team and now we’ve got to get better.

On Patrick Marleau tying Maurice Richard with his 544th career goal:
It’s incredible, actually, just to even think about it. Other things about tonight I thought were positive were [Connor Brown] getting three assists and [Tyler Ennis] getting a couple of goals. All those things for confidence are great for people.

On if Brown can have a bigger impact on the scoresheet going forward:

I just think that for him it’s just feeling good about himself. We were able to get those guys on the ice more here tonight and they were able to make a better contribution.

On the team’s success on the road success this season:

I just think we have good team depth, so if we play right we give ourselves an opportunity on most nights so we feel fortunate about that.

On Matthew’s goal:

I thought with the first one he drove the net too, I don’t even know if he got a point on that one – yeah, I think he got an assist, but he drove the guy back and then on Marleau’s goal too he was physical on the forecheck and then physical net front so that’s why I said I really liked our start.

On Rielly’s growth:

Well he’s got way better. His stick and his feet in the D-zone and defensive awareness have got way better. I think getting Ron Hainsey has really helped him that way. Obviously, he’s got good growth, we all knew he was good offensively but the defensive part it’s been a huge difference.

He’s doing a good job, he’s a good player. He skates really well which would be his greatest asset, he’s competitive and got lots of energy. 


On tonight’s win:
We came out well. You could tell early that we had good legs. Obviously, to get a couple (goals) early was a good feeling and then it built up a little bit. The PK was good, our goalie played outstanding as he always does. Just a good win for us.

On the balanced scoring:
It’s great. It’s great. Obviously, there’s a lot of talent up front with our forwards and it’s always nice to have more than one guy contribute, or two guys contribute, so that’s important for us going forward.

 On his goal with 0.8 seconds left in the second period:
I knew it was getting down to it, so I just tried to get it on net. The fact that it went in before the end of the period was a little lucky. A nice break, I guess.


On most of Toronto’s goals coming from in front of the net:
I think we were getting bodies to the net. All of our goals weren’t really pretty there. Just guys going to the net, getting second opportunities and that’s something we’ve got to do more of. That’s something we’ve got to be better at.

On the team’s work ethic:
I think the last couple of games, other than Tampa, we haven’t been working as hard as we need to be and tonight we came out ready to play. This is a hard building to play in. We know they have a good team over there that clogs it up pretty well so we knew coming in here it was going to be a hard match. We came in here, we got the puck behind them, we got to do what we needed to do and that’s why we were successful.


On tonight’s win:
For us, I think we haven’t been getting the results we’ve wanted to get over the last week, week-and-a-half. It was about time for us to step up and we responded well.

On if something was different about tonight’s start:

Not really, obviously the first goal is always important and a bit uplifting, especially on the road. Then if you score a couple in the first you know it’s going to be a good night. For us, I think we just controlled the puck well and played a pretty solid road game and came out with a victory.

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