This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
ON THE SCORESHEET
– Patrick Marleau put the Maple Leafs on the board at 18:02 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Marleau has four points (1-3-4) over his last three games. Tonight’s game is his sixth multi-point game of the season. Marleau’s first period goal gives him 549 goals for his career, tying Ron Francis for 28th overall (and passing Michel Goulet) on the NHL’s all-time goal register.
– Mitch Marner scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 1:09 of the second period and later had the secondary assist on Johnsson’s second goal of the second period and the primary assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Marner has five points (1-4-5) over his last three games. He has recorded 18 points (5-13-18) in 13 games against Pacific Division opponents this season. Tonight’s game is his 16th multi-assist and 23rd multi-point game of the season.
– Andreas Johnsson scored the Maple Leafs’ third goal of the game at 2:26 of the second period before adding Toronto’s fifth goal of the night on the power play at 8:09 of the second period. Johnsson has points (3-1-4) in four consecutive games. He has registered 26 (15-11-26) of his 36 points on home ice this season. Tonight’s game is his third multi-goal game and ninth multi-point game of the season.
– William Nylander scored the fourth Maple Leafs goal of the night on the power play at 4:50 of the second period and later added the secondary assist on John Tavares’ third period goal. Nylander has four points (2-2-4) over his last three games. Of Nylander’s 16 points this season, 11 (4-7-11) have come on home ice. Tonight’s game is his third multi-point performance of 2018-19.
– John Tavares notched the primary assist on Johnsson’s second goal in the second period and later recorded the sixth Toronto goal of the game on the power play at 0:25 of the third period. Tavares has points (3-2-5) in four consecutive games. He has 14 points (6-8-14) in 14 games during the month of February. Tonight’s game is his 20th multi-point game this season.
– Jake Muzzin registered the primary assist on Marleau’s first period goal. Muzzin has assists (3) in three consecutive games. He has seven points (1 goal, 6 assists) in 14 games during the month of February.
– Connor Brown collected the secondary assist on Marleau’s first period goal. Brown has assists (2) in two consecutive games. The Maple Leafs are 12-1-0 when Brown records an assist this season.
– Zach Hyman registered the primary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Hyman has registered four points (3-1-4) over his last five games. He has recorded five primary assists during the month of February.
– Ron Hainsey collected the secondary assist on Marner’s second period goal. Hainsey has 13 assists in 63 games this season. Toronto is 9-1-0 when Hainsey picks up an assist this season.
– Kasperi Kapanen recorded the primary assist on Johnsson’s first second period goal. Kapanen has points (1-3-4) in three consecutive games. In 14 games during the month of February, he has recorded 11 points (4-7-11).
– Auston Matthews picked up the secondary assist on Johnsson’s first second period goal. Matthews has points (3-3-6) in five consecutive games. Matthews has 12 points (5-7-12) in eight games against Pacific Division opponents. He has 16 points (9-7-16) in 14 games during the month of February.
– Tyler Ennis registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. Ennis has points (2-1-3) in three consecutive games. He averaged 2.11 points per 60 minutes of ice time heading into tonight’s game.
– Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots in the win to earn his 30th victory of the season. He is the second goaltender in the NHL (Marc-Andre Fleury) to reach 30 wins this season.
SHOTS ON GOAL (5-on-5 in brackets)
SHOT ATTEMPTS (5-on-5 in brackets)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
– The Maple Leafs are 20-12-1 at home this season.
– Toronto’s all-time record is 50-42-8-1 in 101 games against the Oilers and 29-17-2-0 in 48 games played at home.
– Toronto is 16-8-1 against the Western Conference this season and 10-3-0 against the Pacific Division.
– Tonight’s attendance was 19,356.
MAPLE LEAFS LEADERS
Faceoff Win Percentage
86% (Gauthier – 6 won, 1 lost)
2 (Johnsson, Marner)
Power Play TOI
5-on-5 Shot Attempt Percentage
62.1% (Dermott – 18 for, 11 against)
– The Maple Leafs were 1-for-2 on the penalty kill and were 3-for-5 on the power play tonight. Toronto is 15-8-2 when allowing one power play goal this season and 9-0-0 when scoring multiple power play goals.
– Toronto is 13-15-3 when their opponent scores the first goal of the game.
– The Maple Leafs are 10-8-1 when tied after one period and 30-0-0 when leading after two periods.
– Toronto is 3-2-0 when even in shots with their opponent.
– The Maple Leafs are 6-1-0 in Wednesday games.
– The Maple Leafs’ four goals in the second period tied the club’s season-high for goals in a period
(4 – 6x).
– Toronto scored multiple power play goals in a game for the ninth time in 2018-19.
– Travis Dermott (shoulder) left tonight’s game and did not return.
– Patrick Marleau was 4-for-4 (100%) in the faceoff circle when matched up with Edmonton centre Colby Cave.
– Jake Muzzin was on the ice for a team-high in Toronto shot attempts-for at 5-on-5 (23). Muzzin had a 5-on-5 shot attempt percentage of 54.8 percent (23 for, 19 against).
– John Tavares was 4-for-5 (80%) in the faceoff circle when taking faceoffs in the offensive zone.
– Thursday, February 28, 7:00 p.m. at New York Islanders (TSN4, TSN 1050)
– Saturday, March 2, 7:00 p.m. vs. Buffalo Sabres (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)
– Monday, March 4, 9:00 p.m. at Calgary Flames (TSN4, FAN 590)
– Wednesday, March 6, 9:00 p.m. at Vancouver Canucks (Sportsnet, TSN 1050)
– Saturday, March 9, 7:00 p.m. at Edmonton Oilers (Hockey Night in Canada, TSN 1050)
HEAD COACH MIKE BABCOCK
On the plan for the defence:
We’re going to call someone up. We’ll call up Marincin just because [Ozhiganov] hasn’t played any games here lately and going back-to-back probably isn’t a good idea. [Marincin] and Holl are in tomorrow. We’ll just work out our rotation as time goes on here because we’ll need a D for a while. Rosen is not available, he hurt his foot, so those are the guys we have.
On viewing the injuries as an opportunity for others:
What else are you going to do? The bottom line is someone is going to get a chance, we’ll find a player, maybe a good player or maybe a better pair than we had playing and go from there. Our forwards are going to have to do a better job now of making sure we spend less time in our zone.
On the offensive performance:
Obviously, I liked the track-transition goals because that means you’re working and you’re competing hard in that way. Obviously, it’s good to have the power play going. I didn’t like our start as much as I’d like to, I thought we could have been better at the start. We didn’t give up a ton, but we still gave up too much and we just thought we could be better in that area. We’ve got to be better tomorrow night in that area.
On the hit that knocked Dermott out of the game:
You know what? I haven’t looked at it, so I don’t know. I thought it was going to be a penalty, but it’s not like I reviewed it or anything.
On Tavares returning to Long Island tomorrow:
I think it’s something he needs to put to bed and get on with it. The great thing about fans is they pay their money and get to say whatever they want. He’s a good man, he was good for their franchise, he’s great for our franchise, he made a decision to come home. I don’t know if anyone can fault you for that.
On if he’s concerned for Tavares’ safety:
No, Lou [Lamoriello] is in charge of that organization and he’ll have it buttoned down and there will be none of that. I’m not concerned about that one bit. I’m not on social media 24/7 so I don’t know what everyone is saying or much care, to be honest with you. We’re going to go and play and there’s a game and there’s two points on the line.
On if Nassau Coliseum is a more challenging building to deal with the crowd:
I couldn’t tell you. I’m not one of those people – somebody tells me, ‘Oh, I’m sitting right behind you at the game,’ or, ‘Gee, the crowd was great tonight’ or ‘The music was really good.’ I don’t know any of that stuff, I couldn’t tell you. I know there’s a game going on and what happened.
On advice for returning to face an old team:
It’s way easier to go back when they fire you. It’s the fact. Or if they kick you out of town and no one holds any kind of hard feelings. But, that’s life. You make decisions and they get to say what they want. What I’ve always said in my family is if your knees don’t hit the kitchen table, your opinion probably doesn’t matter.
On Andersen’s play of late:
He’s been good for us, for sure. We think Freddie is an elite goaltender, we always want more, to tell you the truth, from where I’m at. Anybody knows that in the playoffs, if you’re going to have success at playoff time, your goalie has to be good. He’s got to be mentally strong and he’s got to bring it every night – when you don’t have it, when you do have it. He’s just got to be good and that’s what we expect.
ANDREAS JOHNSSON (2 GOALS)
On what is leading to his line’s success:
I think on our line we talk a lot and are trying to support each other and take the empty spots out there on the ice. I know the puck has been going in on those few shots I had, of course it feels nice, but obviously it’s not going to continue at the same rate. I’m going to keep working and try to score more goals.
On his level of concern when Dermott went off the ice:
A lot, he’s a good friend. I don’t want to see him out for a long time, he’s a good player and we need him, he’s quick there. Hopefully, it’s not too bad.
MITCH MARNER (1 GOAL, 2 ASSISTS)
On the team’s ability to bounce back after a slow start:
It’s happened a couple games now where we haven’t been happy with the start we’ve had, but our goalie has done a great job of keeping us in every game. We regroup in here, we know how much better we can play. Our goal is start every period fast and I think the second and third we’ve done that. It’s just now making sure we start the first the exact same way.
On the importance of Marleau’s first period goal:
It was great, that’s a big goal for our team that starts everything. That’s a great play by him in front of the net. I think he kicked it up to his stick so that’s a hard play to do, especially with two D-men on you. That’s a skillful play and a big goal for us.
JOHN TAVARES (1 GOAL, 1 ASSIST)
On limiting McDavid and Draisaitl’s time and space:
Yeah, obviously [McDavid] and [Draisaitl] are two really tough guys to handle, even when you pay extra attention to them they are so good at making so much out of nothing. It’s really a group effort, everyone just did a really good job of just being above them and make them have to go through all five of us and obviously a pretty good goaltender in net with Freddie. Just make it hard on them and play in the offensive zone and capitalize on our chances.
On the team’s offence spread out throughout the lineup:
It’s always a good sign. I think we’ve had it the last few nights. The way every line is playing, making things happen, being hard to play against. It makes us tough to match up against. You can really feel that momentum go from line to line. Guys want to feed off that and feed off each other so good to see it.