Odd and Unusual Moments in Stanley Cup History

1905: The Ottawa Silver Seven felt it necessary to see if one could kick the Cup across Ottawa’s Rideau Canal. One of them lined it up and gave it a boot, drop-kick style. It didn’t make it. The Stanley Cup landed in the canal, which, fortunately, happened to be frozen at the time. The boys went on their merry way, and the Cup stayed on the Canal until the next day when sober heads prevailed and Lord Stanley’s mug was rescued. 

1906: The Montreal Wanderers won the Cup this year, dethroning the Ottawa Silver Seven who had held the trophy since 1903. But when the Montreal players asked to see their prize, the Cup was no where to be found. Someone remembered that Ottawa’s Harry Smith had the Mug and after a quick search it was retrieved and presented to the victorious Wanderers.

1907:The Montreal Wanderers quickly forgot the valuable lesson of the previous year and left the Cup at the home of the photographer they hired to document their trophy win. A young fellow happened by and grabbed the Cup, hoping to extract a small ransom for its return. However, no one was interested, so he returned it to the photographer’s home, where an astute lady decided it would make a wonderful flower pot. It served that purpose for a few months until the the Wanderers brass remembered where it was and rescued it from its earthly grave. 

1923: After returning home from the west coast with the Stanley Cup, Frank “King” Clancy asked Ottawa Senator executives if he could bring the Cup home to show his father, a well-known amateur athlete and the original “King.” The following season, NHL president Frank Calder asked the Senators for the Cup, but they couldn’t find it. It was then that Clancy admitted it was at his home, sitting on the mantle piece. 

1924:The Montreal Canadiens wanted to celebrate their Cup win by drinking champagne from the Silver Mug. To this end they headed to owner Leo  Dandurand’s home to swill the bubbly. As fate would have it, they suffered a flat tire along the way and the boys placed Lord Stanley’s Cup on the curb while they tended to the flat. When they arrived at Dandurand’s and prepared to serve the victory wine, they discovered they’d left the trophy behind, on the streets of Montreal. Back into the car they rumbled and found the Cup where they had left it, on the sidewalk. 

1951: On Saturday, March 31, 1951, the Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs were tied 1–1 after one period of overtime when the game was halted. At that time, the city of Toronto did not allow sports to be played on Sunday, and the clock was just about to strike midnight. 

1962: An attempt to steal the Cup took place in Chicago the year after the Black Hawks had become playoff champions in 1961, ending the Montreal Canadiens’ five-year championship reign. When the Habs lost in the semifinals to the Hawks for the second year in a row in 1962, an unhappy Montreal fan went into the lobby of the Chicago Stadium where the trophy was displayed in a glass case. He broke the glass and made a beeline to freedom with his prize. However, he was quickly caught and the Mug apprehended. He explained that he couldn’t stand seeing any team but the Canadiens win the Stanley Cup. 

1970: After the Toronto Maple Leafs won the Cup in 1963, the original collar beneath the Stanley Cup bowl was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame. In January 1970, the collar was stolen. Later, an anonymous phone caller told police to check the backroom of a Toronto cleaning store for a very important piece of history. The police weren’t sure what they would find, but there, wrapped like a Christmas present was the original collar of the Stanley Cup. 

1975: One of the more unusual events in Stanley Cup history took place during the final between the Philadelphia Flyers and Buffalo Sabres. Game Three of the series was played on May 20 on a humid night in Buffalo. Fog inside the old Memorial Auditorium became so thick that the game had to be delayed. Players skated around the ice, waving towels to move the mist away. Suddenly, a bat flew down from the rafters and flew in circles just above the playing surface. The crowd cheered as all the players scattered—except Buffalo’s Jim Lorentz, who dispatched the winged creature with a swipe of his hockey stick. The Sabres went on to win the game 5-4 in overtime, but dropped the series in six. 

1977: The current Stanley Cup was almost stolen in 1977, but a keen-eyed employee of the Hockey Hall of Fame thwarted the attempt. Seven men, with a large gym bag and tools, were seen near the Cup. When spotted, they dashed outside. In their car, police found a series of photos detailing the layout of the Hall and the necessary equipment to pull off the heist. 

1984: After the Edmonton Oilers won their Stanley Cup title, owner Peter Pocklington included the name of his father, Basil Pocklington, on the trophy. As Basil had no connection with the team, the name was crossed out with a row of X’s that still remain on the Cup. The X’s do not appear on the Hockey Hall of Fame’s replica Cup. 

1987: Trailing three games to one in the Final, Philadelphia coach Mike Keenan uncrated the Cup in the Flyers dressing room as a motivational ploy before Game Five against Edmonton. The Cup’s magic worked; the Flyers won 4-3. The Cup was displayed in the dressing room before Game Six and the Flyers won again. Returning to Edmonton for Game Seven, Keenan wanted to stick with his pre-game ritual, but the Cup couldn’t be found. Apparently it had been delayed in shipping. Edmonton won the game and the series and celebrated with the trophy. It was later revealed that the Cup had been hidden by Edmonton assistant trainer Lyle Kulchisky. 

1988: Tie games used to be a part of the NHL playoffs until the practice of two-game total-goals series was abandoned for the 1936–37 postseason. Since then, only two NHL playoff games have ended before a winner was declared, and both involved the Boston Bruins. The first occurred in 1951 (see right). The second took place on May 24, 1988, when a power failure at the Boston Garden stopped a game in the Final between the Bruins and Edmonton Oilers. The game was postponed, and was never replayed as the Oilers went on to defeat the Bruins in four straight games. After winning, the Oilers took the Cup back to Edmonton to celebrate. At one stop on this local victory tour, the Cup was slightly damaged and bent in various places, so it was taken to a local autobody shop and repaired. It returned to its home at the Hall of Fame in Toronto looking a little worse for wear, but a quick trip to the silversmith returned the trophy to tip-top condition. 

Boston Bruins @ Washington Capitals Fun Facts!

SERIES NOTES

  • This marks the third time these two teams have met in the postseason.
  • These two teams last met in the 1998 Eastern Conference quarterfinals with the Capitals earning a 4-2 series win. Boston came out on top, four games to nothing, during the 1990 Wales Conference finals.
  • The Capitals trail, 45-65-21-8, in 139 regular-season meetings (21-36-9-4 on the road).
  • The Capitals went 3-1-0 against Boston during the regular season. Washington earned a 5-3 win on Jan. 24 at Verizon Center behind a Mathieu Perreault hat trick and fell 4-1 on Feb. 5 in D.C. before a 4-3 win in Boston on March 10. The Capitals concluded the season series with a 3-2 shootout win on March 29 in Boston
  • Playoff boost –Alex Ovechkin has recorded 1.31 points per game in his NHL playoff career, the fifth-highest total in NHL history (minimum 30 games played). Only Wayne Gretzky (1.84), Mario Lemieux (1.61), Barry Pederson (1.53) and Sidney Crosby (1.34) have totaled more points per game over their playoff careers than Ovechkin. Ovechkin ranks fourth in playoff goals scored per game, scoring an average of 0.64 per contest. 
  • Killing them softly –The Capitals penalty kill has killed off all six of Boston’s power plays so far in the series and 33 of its opponents’ last 35 power-play opportunities (94%) dating back to March 16 (14 games). Washington has allowed only two power-play goals in its last 14 games.
  • It’s been a while –Washington has faced Boston twice previously in the playoffs with each team winning one series. The Caps last met the Bruins during the 1997-98 Eastern Conference Quarterfinal series, resulting in a 4-2 series win for Washington.

2012 CQF SERIES vs. WASHINGTON

  • The Bruins and Capitals play game three of their Conference Quarterfinal series tonight …Game 4 (Apr. 19) will follow in Washington with Game 5 (Apr. 21) in Boston …If necessary, Game 6 (Apr. 22) will be played in Washington and Game 7 (Apr. 25) in Boston.
  • The Bruins enter tonight’s game with a 21-11 series record when a series is tied at 1-1 and with a 16-16 record in game 3s of best-of-7 series when they are even heading into that game …They are 19-6 when leading a best-of-7 series 2 games to 1 and are 8-22 in best-of-7s when trailing a series 1-2.
  • The Bruins ended the regular season with a 5-game road win streak with their last road loss a 2-1 setback in San Jose on Mar. 22…They have a 4-1 lifetime road playoff record in Washington.
  • Tim Thomas had his post-season shutout streak snapped at 161:41 in game 2 of this series …He has notched shutouts in 2 of his last 3 and 3 of his last 6 playoff games.
  • The line of Chris Kelly (1-1=2 totals), Benoit Pouliot (1-1=2) and Brian Rolston (0-2=2) has provided all of Boston’s offense in this series.
  • Washington’s Kelly Miller took an unsuccessful penalty shot against Boston’s Andy Moog in the 1990 CF series on May 3, 1990 in the CF series …It was one of just 5 playoff penalty shots faced by Boston in their history and one of just 4 taken by the Capitals in their history.
  • In each of the previous series between these clubs, the winner of the series has advanced to the Stanley Cup Final –Boston in 1990 where they fell to Edmonton and Washington in 1998 when they lost to Detroit.
  • Washington had 2 shots in the 2nd period in game 1 of this series which were the fewest allowed in a playoff period by Boston since Apr. 26, 1999 (Carolina, 2 in the 3rd).
  • Boston’s 1-0 OT win in game 1 of this series was their 1st 1-0 OT win since Dit Clapper scored vs. Toronto at 33:26 of extra play on Mar. 23, 1935.

OVERTIME STATS:

  • The Bruins have played 115 OT games in their playoff history with a 48-64-3 overall record, 27-26-1 at home and 21-38-2 on the road.
  • They have gone to multiple OTs in 19 games and they are 7-7 in 2OT games, 3-1 in 3OT games and 0-1 in the 6OT 1933 SF vs. Toronto that was the longest such game in their history.
  • Current Bruins with career OT playoff goals are Patrice Bergeron (4/9/04 vs. Mtl); Joe Corvo (5/12/07 vs Buf in 2OT w/Ott); Nathan Horton (4/23/11 vs Mtl in 2OT and 4/27/11 vs Mtl); Chris Kelly (4/12/12 vs Mtl) and David Krejci (5/2/11 vs Phi).

Game Notes/Stats: Leafs (29-28-7) vs Canadiens (25-30-10)

MAPLE LEAFS (29-28-7) at CANADIENS (25-30-10)
(Road Record: 13-16-2)      (Home Record: 12-14-8)

LAST 10: Toronto 1-8-1; Montreal 3-6-1

Season Series: Fifth of six meetings between these Northeast Division rivals. The Maple Leafs beat the Canadiens twice back in October, but Montreal has won the two subsequent matchups. Toronto did prevail 5-4 on an overtime goal by Mikhail Grabovski in the only game played at the Bell Centre.

Big Story: The Leafs will have a new face behind the bench when they take the ice at the Bell Centre. With his team in a 1-9-1 slump and five points out of eighth place, GM Brian Burke pulled the plug on Friday and fired Ron Wilson after nearly four seasons. The new face is Randy Carlyle, fired earlier in the season by Anaheim — where he and Burke led the Ducks to the Stanley Cup

Team Scope:

  • Maple Leafs: Carlyle didn’t stay unemployed long after being let go by Anaheim on Nov, 30. It’s a reunion with Burke — but the GM wasn’t thrilled about having to fire Wilson, a longtime friend, despite a 130-135-45 record in 310 games, no playoff berths and 10 losses in 11 games. Like Carlyle, Wilson and Burke go back a long way, both in the NHL and with USA Hockey. 
  • Canadiens: In typical fashion for how this season has gone in Montreal, even in snapping a five-game losing streak on Thursday night the Canadiens had to do things the hard way. Power-play goals by P.K. Subban, Lars Eller and Max Pacioretty staked the Habs to a 3-1 lead over the Wild after two periods and David Desharnais extended it to three goals by scoring midway through the third. But the visitors stormed back to tie in the final four minutes, and it took Desharnais connecting again in the shootout for the Canadiens to pull out the 5-4 victory.

Who’s Hot:

  • Joffrey Lupul has consecutive games with a goal and an assist 
  • Phil Kessel has six goals and 11 assists in his last 13 games
  • Desharnais has 3 goals and 3 assists during a three-game points streak 

Note: Carlyle, originally drated by the Leafs, is the 16th former player to serve as their coach. In all, he’s the 29th coach in franchise history — and he’ll be trying to end a playoff drought that dates to 2004, the longest in franchise history and the second-longest active absence from the postseason.

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Canadiens: 

  • Goal Streaks - DAVID DESHARNAIS (3-3-6 / 3 Games) 
  • Assist Streaks - DAVID DESHARNAIS (3-3-6 / 3 Games)
  • Point Streaks - DAVID DESHARNAIS (3-3-6 / 3 Games) 

Leafs: 

  • Goal Streaks - JOFFREY LUPUL (2-2-4 / 2 Games) ; DION PHANEUF (0-4-4 / 2 Games) ; PHIL KESSEL (1-2-3 / 2 Games) ; MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (0-2-2 / 2 Games)
  • Assist Streaks - JOFFREY LUPUL (2-2-4 / 2 Games) ; DION PHANEUF (0-4-4 / 2 Games) ; PHIL KESSEL (1-2-3 / 2 Games) ; MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (0-2-2 / 2 Games)
  • Point Streaks - JOFFREY LUPUL (2-2-4 / 2 Games) ; DION PHANEUF (0-4-4 / 2 Games) ; PHIL KESSEL (1-2-3 / 2 Games) ; MIKHAIL GRABOVSKI (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

Team Records: 

  • 1-Goal Games: Leafs: 13-10-7 ; Canadiens: 10-9-10
  • 2-Goal Games: Leafs: 6-7 ; Canadiens: 5-12
  • 3-Goal Games: Leafs: 10-11 ; Canadiens: 10-9 
  • Scoring first: Leafs: 19-10-2 ; Canadiens: 16-10-6
  • Opponent scoring first: Leafs: 10-18-5 ; Canadiens: 9-20-4
  • Leading after 1 period: Leafs: 19-4-0 ; Canadiens: 13-5-3
  • Trailing after 1 period: Leafs: 3-12-4 ; Canadiens: 4-14-1
  • Tied after 1 period: Leafs: 7-12-3 ; Canadiens: 8-11-6
  • Leading after 2 periods: Leafs: 20-0-1 ; Canadiens: 21-3-4
  • Trailing after 2 periods: Leafs: 2-26-5 ; Canadiens: 1-22-4
  • Tied after 2 periods: Leafs: 7-2-1 ; Canadiens: 3-5-2
  • OT Record - This Season: Leafs: 7-7 ; Canadiens: 6-10
  • OT Record - Franchise: Leafs: 126-126-180 ; Canadiens: 121-136-209
  • Shootout Record - This Season: Leafs: 3-3 ; Canadiens: 4-8
  • Shootout Record - Franchise: Leafs: 28-38 ; Canadiens: 34-37
  • Outshooting opponent: Leafs: 9-14-4 ; Canadiens: 8-15-3
  • Outshot by opponent: Leafs: 19-14-2 ; Canadiens: 14-15-7 

MONTH BY MONTH RECORD: 

                                 Leafs                            Canadiens 

  • October:                     7-3-1                            4-5-2
  • November:                   7-6-1                            6-6-2
  • December:                   4-6-3                             4-7-3
  • January:                      7-4-1                             5-4-2
  • February:                    4-9-1                              5-8-1
  • March:                        0-0-0                              1-0-0

GOALS BY PERIOD:

                                       Leafs                         Canadiens

  • Period 1:                           60                              51
  • Period 2:                           56                              64
  • Period 3:                           68                              48
  • OT:                                  4                                2

SHOTS BY PERIOD: 

                                      Leafs                             Canadiens

  • Period 1:                           601                                585
  • Period 2:                           635                                656
  • Period 3:                           607                                 591
  • OT:                                  26                                   31

POWER PLAY 

                                  Leafs                                  Canadiens 

  • Overall Goals:           42 (19.3% 9th)                    35 (14.4% T-26th) 
  • Home Goals:                    -                                 21 (15.1% 23rd) 
  • Road Goals:              22 (21.0% 6th)                       - 

PENALTY KILLING 

                                Leafs                                    Canadiens

  • Overall Goals:              46 (76.5% 29th)                    26 (89.5% 1st) 
  • Home Goals:                -                                      16 ( 86.7% T-4th)
  • Road Goals:                 27 (74.0% 29th)                      - 

Canadiens Notes: 

  • Scott Gomez totalled one assist in his last game.
  • Tomas Plekanec registered eight points (2-6-8), one shootout decisive goal, and 36 shots on goal in his last 12 games.
  • Petteri Nokelainen served two hits in his last outing.
  • Chris Campoli produced five points (1-4-5) in his last 11 outings.
  • Tomas Kaberle notched six points (1-5-6) in his last nine match-ups.
  • Brad Staubitz collected three hits in his last two outings.
  • Josh Gorges has 12 hits in his last four contests.
  • Rene Bourque recorded 1 goal and 11 shots in his last six games.
  • Carey Price won his last start.
  • Travis Moen delivered nine hits in his latest five outings.
  • Michael Blunden got 30 hits in his last 10 match-ups.
  • David Desharnais collected six points (3-3-6) in his last three games.
  • Mathieu Darche notched four points (2-2-4) while playing 18:35 on the penalty kill (average of 3:06 per game) in his six most recent games.
  • Ryan White delivered a total of 25 hits in his last seven games.
  • Blake Geoffrion collected three shots on goal in his last two games.
  • Raphael Diaz blocked four shots in his last two outings.
  • Max Pacioretty tallied 10 points (7-3-10) and 37 shots on goal in his latest 11 contests. 
  • Yannick Weber obtained three assists and 16 shots on goal in his last 10 games. 
  • Erik Cole displays a 3-3-6 record in his last 11 games, with 33 shots on goal and 34 hits. 
  • Alexei Emelin totals three points (1-2-3) and 57 hits in his last 13 outings. 
  • P.K. Subban produced three points (2-1-3) in his three latest match-ups.
  • Lars Eller tallied one goal in his last game
  • Erik Cole is the Canadiens’ iron man with a 163-consecutive regular season game streak (with the Hurricanes and the Canadiens) prior today’s game (last game missed: March 10, 2010)
  • Mathieu Darche (2-2-4) and Tomas Plekanec (1-3-4) rank tied for fourth in the NHL with 4 points on the penalty kill
  • Max Pacioretty is 13th in the NHL with 219 shots on goal in 62 games since the beginning of the season… P.K. Subban ranks 10th among defensemen in the NHL with 166 shots… Raphael Diaz is fourth among first-year defensemen with 61 shots on goal, while Alexei Emelin is tied for 11th with 50

CANADIENS VS TORONTO

All-Time

  • CANADIENS vs TOR:  337-279-88-8 (712 GP) 
  • Home: 209-98-43-5 (355 GP)
  • Away: 128-181-45-3 (357 GP)

Last game:

  • 5-0 W @ TOR (11/02/12)  => C. Price 0-32 | J. Reimer 4-15, J. Gustavsson 1-3 => WG: E. Cole 

TORONTO VERSUS MONTREAL: NOTABLES

  • Tim Connolly leads all Toronto players in career games played (44), goals (tie-11), assists (18) and points (29) against Montreal.
  • Phil Kessel has also registered 11 career goals against Montreal in 33 games, and has registered more career assists (15) against Montreal than against any other NHL club.
  • Mikhail Grabovski has registered more career assists (11) and penalty minutes (56) against Montreal than against any other NHL club.
  • Mike Komisarek played 361 games with Montreal over six seasons (2002-03 to 2008-09), registering 58 points (12 goals, 46 assists) with 496 penalty minutes.
  • Mikhail Grabovski played 27 games with Montreal over two seasons (2006-07 to 2007-08), registering nine points (3 goals, 6 assists) with eight penalty minutes.
  • Montreal defenceman Tomas Kaberle played 878 games with Toronto over 12 seasons (1998-99 to 2010-11), registering 520 points (83 goals, 437 assists) with 246 penalty minutes.

CARLYLE NAMED LEAFS HEAD COACH; WILSON RELIEVED OF DUTIES

  • On March 2, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Ron Wilson was relieved of his coaching duties and named Randy Carlyle as the club’s 28th head coach in franchise history.
  • Carlyle, 55, most recently spent seven seasons as the Anaheim Ducks’ head coach. He was named the seventh head coach in team history on Aug. 1, 2005, and led the Ducks to their first Stanley Cup championship (2007), Pacific Division championship (2007) and five playoff appearances (2005-09, 2011). Only one NHL coach has won more postseason games than Carlyle’s 36 since 2005-06 Active(Mike Babcock). Carlyle had the most wins and highest winning percentage in Ducks’ history, compiling a 273-182-61 record in 516 regular season contests (.588 winning percentage). Carlyle’s teams earned at least 98 points in four of his six Anaheim head coaching seasons prior to 2011-12. 
  • In the most successful season in Ducks’ history, and with Brian Burke at the helm, Carlyle guided the Ducks to their first-ever Stanley Cup championship in 2007. The Sudbury, Ontario native also led Anaheim to its first Pacific Division championship in 2006-07, compiling a regular season record of 48-20-14 for 110 points that season. 
  • Carlyle becomes the 16th individual to have both played for the Maple Leafs and then taken on the reins as the team’s coach. The former James Norris Trophy winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins played 94 games on the blueline for the Blue and White from 1976-to-1978 and had two goals and 16 assists.

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Jonas Gustavsson needs one game for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs nine games for 500 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Phil Kessel needs six goals for 100 Maple Leafs goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 13 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs four points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs eight points for 200 NHL points

Maple Leafs vs Blackhawks - Game Notes/Stats Recap

A strong first period in which the Leafs scored three goals would not be enough for them to break out of their slump, as the Chicago Blackhawks scored four straight goals to pick up a 5-4 victory, giving Toronto their tenth loss in eleven games.

  • It’s the Leafs sixth straight loss. They remains four points back of the Capitals for the eighth and final playoff spot. 
  • Tyler Bozak’s goala at just 59 seconds into the game, marked the first time in six games the Leafs registered the first goal of the game, dating back to their last victory as well on Feb. 15 against the Edmonton Oilers
  • Clarke MacArthur’s goal to make it 3-1 was his 19th goal of the season and first in four games
  • The Leafs’ three goal effort in the first period marked just the fourth time this season that they have scored three goals in the opening frame. The last time they did so was in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 7
  • Mike Brown scored a late goal with four seconds remaining in the game; his second of the season and first in 33 games dating back to Oct. 27
  • Gustavsson allowed four goals on 34 shots for his fifth loss in a row, dropping his record to 16-13-2 this season
  • The month of February was not kind to either netminders. Gustavsson went 0-3-1 with an .850 save percentage, while James Reimer posted a 4-6-0 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and .901 save percentage
  • Leafs finish with NHL’s worst record in February (4-9-1). It’s the first time they’ve held that distinction since October of 2009 (1-7-4)
  • Prior to Brown’s goal - Leafs have only scored at least one third-period goal in six consecutive games. That bring said, they have allowed just 4 goals over their last 6 third periods. They’ve held their opponents without a goal 3 times
  • Leafs have now allowed 42 goals over their last ten games - it’s the most in a ten-game span for them since October, 2009 (42). 42 goals allowed over 10 games matches the worst 10-game span in the NHL this season. (matching similar stretches by CBJ, NYI, and TB).
  • At the end of the first period last night, marked the the first time that the Leafs have been involved in a five-goal 1st period since December 28, 2010. They trailed Carolina 3-2 at end of 1st
  • Last night also marked the fourth time this season the Leafs score three 1st-period goals. First since January 7 vs. Detroit (4-3 win)
  • Kessel’s assist on Lupul’s goal last night was his 11th assist this February. It’s the most assists he’s had in one calendar month in his NHL career.
  • The goal by Tyler Bozak in the opening minute, was the Leafs fourth 1st-minute goal this season. They were 3-0-0 in previous three, most recently @ EDM on February 15th, (Lupul @ 40 seconds) 
  • Mikhail Grabovski was tied for 2nd in NHL scoring in January (16 pts). He enters tonight tied for 147th in February (6 pts)

OTHER: 
  • As I write this, its March 1 —> Mar 1, 2002 - Vancouver said they would bill Belfour for damages to the visitors locker room for February 28th. He broke 2TVs, clock, VCR & damaged walls after he was pulled 

Maple Leafs vs Blackhawks - Game Notes/Stats Recap

A strong first period in which the Leafs scored three goals would not be enough for them to break out of their slump, as the Chicago Blackhawks scored four straight goals to pick up a 5-4 victory, giving Toronto their tenth loss in eleven games.

  • It’s the Leafs sixth straight loss. They remains four points back of the Capitals for the eighth and final playoff spot. 
  • Tyler Bozak’s goal at just 59 seconds into the game, marked the first time in six games the Leafs registered the first goal of the game, dating back to their last victory as well on Feb. 15 against the Edmonton Oilers
  • Clarke MacArthur’s goal to make it 3-1 was his 19th goal of the season and first in four games
  • The Leafs’ three goal effort in the first period marked just the fourth time this season that they have scored three goals in the opening frame. The last time they did so was in a 4-3 win over the Detroit Red Wings on Jan. 7
  • Mike Brown scored a late goal with four seconds remaining in the game; his second of the season and first in 33 games dating back to Oct. 27
  • Gustavsson allowed four goals on 34 shots for his fifth loss in a row, dropping his record to 16-13-2 this season
  • The month of February was not kind to either netminders. Gustavsson went 0-3-1 with an .850 save percentage, while James Reimer posted a 4-6-0 record with a 3.19 goals-against average and .901 save percentage
  • Leafs finish with NHL’s worst record in February (4-9-1). It’s the first time they’ve held that distinction since October of 2009 (1-7-4)
  • Prior to Brown’s goal - Leafs have only scored at least one third-period goal in six consecutive games. That bring said, they have allowed just 4 goals over their last 6 third periods. They’ve held their opponents without a goal 3 times
  • Leafs have now allowed 42 goals over their last ten games - it’s the most in a ten-game span for them since October, 2009 (42). 42 goals allowed over 10 games matches the worst 10-game span in the NHL this season. (matching similar stretches by CBJ, NYI, and TB).
  • At the end of the first period last night, marked the the first time that the Leafs have been involved in a five-goal 1st period since December 28, 2010. They trailed Carolina 3-2 at end of 1st
  • Last night also marked the fourth time this season the Leafs score three 1st-period goals. First since January 7 vs. Detroit (4-3 win)
  • Kessel’s assist on Lupul’s goal last night was his 11th assist this February. It’s the most assists he’s had in one calendar month in his NHL career.
  • The goal by Tyler Bozak in the opening minute, was the Leafs fourth 1st-minute goal this season. They were 3-0-0 in previous three, most recently @ EDM on February 15th, (Lupul @ 40 seconds) 
  • Mikhail Grabovski was tied for 2nd in NHL scoring in January (16 pts). He enters tonight tied for 147th in February (6 pts)

OTHER: 
  • As I write this, its March 1 —> Mar 1, 2002 - Vancouver said they would bill Belfour for damages to the visitors locker room for February 28th. He broke 2TVs, clock, VCR & damaged walls after he was pulled 

Game Notes/Stats - MAPLE LEAFS (29-27-7) VS BLACKHAWKS (33-24-7)

Last 10: Toronto 1-8-1; Chicago 4-6-0 

Season Series: This is the lone meeting between the teams. They last faced each other on March 5, 2011, when the Blackhawks earned a 5-3 victory at the ACC. 

Big Story: Both teams are aiming to get back on track heading into Wednesday’s match. Chicago will be looking to avoid a four-game losing streak, as the Blackhawks have been outscored 10-2 over their last three contests. Meanwhile, Toronto’s 5-3 home loss Tuesday dropped them to 1-8-1 in their last 10 games. 

Team Scope:

  • Maple Leafs: Toronto allowed goals on the first two shots it faced against the Panthers on Tuesday night and never recovered. The Leafs, who haven’t qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2004, now find themselves four points behind the eighth-place Washington Capitals in the Eastern Conference race. Toronto finished its four-game homestand with a record of 0-3-1.
  • Blackhawks: Chicago hasn’t been able to get the job done without captain Jonathan Toews, who will miss his fifth straight game Wednesday night due to an apparent concussion. The Blackhawks are hoping the arrival of Johnny Oduya will ignite a spark, as the defenseman was acquired Monday from the Winnipeg Jets. Chicago has scored once in its last 42 power-play opportunities. The Blackhawks ended an 0-for-39 drought at Anaheim on Sunday.

Who’s Hot: 

Leafs: 

  • Phil Kessel - 6G’s  & 10A’s in last 12 games (16 PTS)
  • Nikolai Kulemin 2 pts in last 2 gp
  • Joffrey Lupul 12 pts in last 12 gp 
  • Dion Phaneuf 3 pts in in last 2 gp 

Blackhawks: 

  • Marian Hossa 7 pts in last 8 gp

Starting Goalies: 

  • Leafs: Jonas Gustavsson - has never faced the Blackhawks.
  • Blackhawaks: Corey Crawford - won his only career start against the Leafs, stopping 30 of 33 shots faced

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Team Records

  • Blackhawks Home record/streak: 21-7-4 / Lost 1
  • Leafs Road record/streak: 13-15-2 / Lost 1
  • 1-Goal Games: Leafs: 13-9-7 ; Blackhawks: 13-6-7
  • 2-Goal Games: Leafs: 6-7 ; Blackhawks: 5-6
  • 3-Goal Games: Leafs: 10-11 ; Blackhawks: 15-12 
  • Scoring first: Leafs: 19-9-2 ; Blackhawks: 18-7-2
  • Opponent scoring first: Leafs: 10-18-5 ; Blackhawks: 15-17-5
  • Leading after 1 period: Leafs: 19-3-0 ; Blackhawks: 17-2-2
  • Trailing after 1 period: Leafs: 3-12-4 ; Blackhaws: 6-10-3
  • Tied after 1 period: Leafs: 7-12-3 ; Blackhawks: 10-12-2
  • Leading after 2 periods: Leafs: 20-0-1 ; Blackhawks: 23-1-2
  • Trailing after 2 periods: Leafs: 2-25-5 ; Blackhawks: 5-21-2
  • Tied after 2 periods: Leafs: 7-2-1 ; Blackhawks: 5-2-3
  • OT Record - This Season:Leafs: 7-7 ; Blackhawks: 7-7
  • OT Record – Franchise: Leafs: 126-126-180 ; Blackhawks: 115-126-220 
  • Shootout Record - This Season: Leafs: 3-3 ; Blackhawks: 4-3
  • Shootout Record – Franchise: Leafs: 28-38 ; Blackhawks: 36-38 
  • Outshooting opponent: Leafs: 9-14-4 ; Blackhawks: 18-16-4
  • Outshot by opponent: Leafs: 19-13-2 ; Blackhawks: 13-7-2

Month by Month Record

                                    Leafs                                      Blackhawks

  • October:                      7-3-1                                      7-2-2
  • November:                    7-6-1                                      7-6-1
  • December:                    4-6-3                                     10-2-1
  • January:                      7-4-1                                      5-5-3
  • February:                     4-8-1                                      4-9-0

Goals by Period

                              Leafs                                     Blackhawks

  • Period 1:                  57                                          50
  • Period 2:                  56                                          72
  • Period 3:                  67                                          64
  • OT:                         4                                            3

Shots by Period

                           Leafs                                       Blackhawks

  • Period 1:               591                                           604
  • Period 2:               628                                           718
  • Period 3:               590                                           653
  • OT:                      26                                             36

Power Play

                         Leafs                                         Blackhawks 

  • Overall Goals:       41 (19.1% T-9th)                        34 (15.9% 22nd)
  • Home Goals:            -                                         18 (15.5% T-21st)
  • Road Goals:          21 (20.6% 7th)                            -

Note: Leafs: 3 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED ; Blackhawks: 2 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED

Penalty Killing 

                     Leafs                                        Blackhawks

  • Overall Goals:       46 (76.3% 29th)                       43 (77.8% 27th)
  • Home Goals:           -                                          21 (77.4% 28th)
  • Road Goals:          27 (73.5% 29th)                         -  

Notes: Leafs: 4 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED ; Blackhawks: 7 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED 

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  • Chicago and Toronto have not met multiple times in the same season since the 2001-02 campaign. As recently as 1992 the two clubs faced off eight times per year as members of the Norris Division, more times than they’ve seen one another total over the last nine years (7)
  • Twelve different Blackhawks recorded points for the visiting team on March 5 en route to a 5-3 victory over the Maple Leafs in their only meeting last season. MARIAN HOSSA led the club with two points (G, A) in the matchup. MICHAEL FROLIK, JONATHAN TOEWS, VIKTOR STALBERG and BRYAN BICKELL also dented the net. COREY CRAWFORD turned aside 30-of-33 shots for the win.
  • HOSSA paces the team with 38 points (15G, 23A) in 42 career games against Toronto.
  • Newly acquired JOHNNY ODUYA is the only Blackhawk to have faced the Maple Leafs this season, registering two assists in four games against Toronto as a member of the Winnipeg Jets. 
  • CRAWFORD posted 30 saves and a 3.00 GAA last season in his only career appearance against Toronto.
  • RAY EMERY is 4-3-2 with a 3.18 GAA in 11 career appearances against the Maple Leafs.
  • The Blackhawks have compiled a 258-284-96 record in 638 all-time meetings with the Maple Leafs, which includes a 185-120-42 record in Chicago
  • The Blackhawks last dropped a game to Toronto on Feb. 12, 2003, a 3-1 loss in Chicago. Tonight marks the first time the Blackhawks will host the Maple Leafs since Nov. 13, 2009, a 3-2 victory for the home team.

ORIGINAL SIX SHOWDOWN:

  • Tonight’s  matchup is the eighth of eleven contests against Original Six opponents on the 2011-12 schedule. This season all five of Chicago’s Original Six rivals will visit the United Center. The Blackhawks have notched a point in each of the previous seven matchups this season, compiling a 4-0-3 record. MARIAN HOSSA paces Chicago in assists (5) and points (7) against Original Six teams this year.  BRENT SEABROOK (G, 4A) and PATRICK SHARP (3G, 2A) share second on the club with five points in the seven tilts

HOME SWEET HOME:

  • The Blackhawks have won seven of their last nine home games (7-2-0) and have posted a 21-7-4 record at the United Center this year overall. 
  • MARIAN HOSSA paces the team with 23 assists, 33 points and a +21 rating in 31 home games this season. 
  • DAVE BOLLAND has potted 13 goals in 30 games this season at the United Center.
  • PATRICK KANE ranks second on the club with 27 home points (8G, 19A) and is third with a +14 plus/minus rating.
TORONTO VERSUS CHICAGO: NOTABLES: 
  • The Maple Leafs will wear their third (alternate) sweater tonight for the 12th of 14 games this season.
  • John-Michael Liles leads all Toronto players in career games played (27), assists (12) and points (14) against Chicago.
  • Joffrey Lupul leads all Toronto players in career goals (8) in 15 games against Chicago.
  • Chicago forward Jamal Mayers played 115 games with Toronto over two seasons (2008-09 to 2009-10), registering 24 points (9 goals, 15 assists) with 160 penalty minutes.
  • Chicago forward Viktor Stalberg played 40 games with Toronto in 2009-10, registering 14 points (9 goals, 5 assists) with 30 penalty minutes.
LEAP YEAR GAMES:

Prior to tonight’s game, the Maple Leafs have played in 10 leap year games, posting an all-time record of 8-1-0-1 on February 29. The Leafs have played the Blackhawks in three leap year games, all in Toronto, winning all of them.

  • 2008 - @ TBL - 2-3 L (OT)
  • 2000 - @ ATL - 4-0 W
  • 1992 - vs. CHI - 6-5 W (OT)
  • 1984 - vs. NYR - 3-1 W
  • 1968 - @ BOS - 1-4 L
  • 1964 - vs. CHI - 4-1 W
  • 1956 - vs. MTL - 4-1 W
  • 1944 - @ BOS - 7-3 W
  • 1940 - vs. DET - 3-1 W
  • 1936 - vs. CHI - 4-2 W

UPCOMING MILESTONES:

  • Jonas Gustavsson needs two games for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs nine games for 500 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Phil Kessel needs six goals for 100 Maple Leafs goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 13 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs five points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs nine points for 200 NHL points

RECORD BY DAYS OF THE WEEK:

  • Monday: 3-1-2
  • Tuesday: 5-6-4
  • Wednesday: 4-1-0 
  • Thursday: 7-4-1
  • Friday: 2-3-0
  • Saturday: 7-10-0
  • Sunday: 1-2-0 

OTHER: 

  • CHI has gone 5-0-0 vs TOR since the lockout, 2-0-0 at home, last met in CHI in Nov 2009
  • Just TOR’s third game in CHI in over 10 years, won Feb 2003, lost Dec 2006, lost Nov 2009
  • CHI has lost 3 straight games, scoring 2G 
  • CHI has gone 2-2-0 over their past 4 at home, scoring 7G
  • CHI has gone 1/40 on the PP over their past 14 games (4-9-1)
  • Hossa (3G, 7A) has a PT in 9 of the past 10 home games
  • TOR has gone 0-4-1 over their past 5 games, trailed 2-0 in each
  • TOR has gone 1-4-0 over their past 5 on the road, outscored 20-11
  • Since TOR had back to back shutouts at the start of the month they are 30th in sv% .871
  • Kessel has 2G, 7A during a 6 game PT streak 

PreGame Notes & Stats => PANTHERS(29-20-12) vs MAPLE LEAFS (29-26-7)

Last 10: Florida 5-4-1; Toronto 2-7-1

Season series: The Panthers have won the previous two meetings between the clubs, including a 5-3 decision on Dec. 27 in Sunrise. In that most recent triumph, Brian Campbell had 3 assists and Jose Theodore made 29 saves

Big story: The Panthers, winners of two straight, continue jockeying for top honors in the Southeast Division with the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals. A victory on Sunday enabled the Panthers to regain first place in the division with 70 points with three games in hand on second-place Winnipeg. Now the team needs to continue its winning ways if it has any intention of taking the third seed in the Eastern Conference and earning home ice for at least one round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Team Scope:

  • Panthers: Stephen Weiss, the franchise’s leader in games played, scored a pair of goals and added an assist in a 4-2 win victory the Montreal Canadiens at the BankAtlantic Center on Sunday. After losing three straight games against Montreal to end last season, the Panthers have won three games against the Canadiens this season. Sean Bergenheim and Brian Campbell also scored for Florida and Scott Clemmensen made 18 saves. Prior to the opening faceoff, Weiss was honored in a pregame ceremony for breaking the Panthers’ record for games played (614) on Thursday. His parents, Karl and Linda, and brother, Jeff, were in attendance.
  • Maple Leafs: Now that the trade deadline has come and gone, perhaps the struggling Leafs can focus on the matters at hand by snapping out of their recent slide in order to qualify for the playoffs. Toronto is 1-7-1 in its last nine contests. The Maple Leafs dropped a 4-2 decision to the Washington Capitals on Saturday and meet Florida in the finale of a four-game homestand. The club has fallen behind 2-0 in the past four games — all losses. 

Who’s hot: Florida goalie Jose Theodore has allowed two goals or less in his last six appearances, including five starts, since missing four games with a knee injury to begin the month of February. Despite a 2-2-1 record over that span, he’s posted a .939 save percentage those games. … Maple Leafs forward Phil Kessel has recorded at least one point in nine of 12 games in the month of February, including 5 goals and 14 points.

Stat pack: The Panthers are 10-2-2 against Canadian opponents this season. … Toronto was charged with 16 giveaways in its loss to the Caps on Saturday and is second in the League with 735 giveaways.

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Leafs: 

  • Goal Streaks: No active streaks 
  • Assist Streaks: No active streaks 
  • Point Streaks: No active streaks
    Note:  Phil Kessel - 14 pts in last 11 GP ; Nikolai Kulemin - 3 pts in last 4 GP

Panthers: 

  • Goal Streaks: No active streaks 
  • Assist Streaks: Keaton Ellerby (2 / 2 Games) 
  • Point Streaks: Keaton Ellerby (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

Team Records

  • Leafs Home record/streak: 16-11-5 / Lost 2
  • Panthers Road record/streak: 14-12-4 / Win 3 / Undef 3
  • 1-Goal Games: Panthers: 14-5-12 ; Leafs: 13-9-7
  • 2-Goal Games: Panthers: 10-3 ; Leafs: 6-6
  • 3-Goal Games: Panthers: 5-12 ; Leafs: 10-11 
  • Scoring first: Panthers:  18-2-7 ; Leafs: 19-9-2
  • Opponent scoring first: Panthers: 11-18-5 ; Leafs: 10-17-5
  • Leading after 1 period: Panthers: 10-2-3 ; Leafs: 19-3-0
  • Trailing after 1 period: Panthers: 6-12-6 ; Leafs: 3-11-4
  • Tied after 1 period: Panthers: 13-6-3 ; Leafs: 7-12-3
  • Leading after 2 periods: Panthers: 17-1-4 ; Leafs: 20-0-1
  • Trailing after 2 periods: Panthers: 3-17-2 ; Leafs: 2-24-5
  • Tied after 2 periods: Panthers: 9-2-6 ; Leafs: 7-2-1 
  • OT Record - This Season: Panthers: 5-12 ; Leafs: 7-7
  • OT Record - Franchise: Panthers: 79-137-142 ; Leafs: 126-126-180
  • Shootout Record - This Season: Panthers: 4-7 ; Leafs: 3-3
  • Shootout Record - Franchise: Panthers: 28-51 ; Leafs: 28-38 
  • Outshooting opponent: Panthers: 14-7-7 ; Leafs: 9-13-4
  • Outshot by opponent: Panthers: 14-13-5 ; Leafs: 19-13-2 

Month by Month Record 

                                   Panthers                      Leafs

  • October:                      6-4-1                          7-3-1
  • November:                    7-3-3                          7-6-1
  • December:                    7-5-3                          4-6-3
  • January:                       2-3-4                          7-4-1
  • February:                      7-5-1                          4-7-1

Goals by Period

Panthers:                                            Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 42                                 Period 1: 57 
  • Period 2: 55                                 Period 2: 55 
  • Period 3: 51                                 Period 3: 65
  • OT: 1                                         OT: 4 
Shots by Period
Panthers:                                            Leafs: 
  • Period 1: 578                                       Period 1: 582
  • Period 2: 650                                       Period 2: 621
  • Period 4: 559                                       Period 3: 575
  • OT: 40                                               OT: 26
Power Play
Panthers:                                                Leafs: 
  • Overall Goals: 41 (18.6% T-11th)     Overall Goals: 39 (18.6% T-11th)
  • Road Goals: 20 (18.2% 14th)           Home Goals:  18 (16.7% T-17th)
Note:
Panthers: 6 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED 
Leafs: 3 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED
Penalty Killing
Panthers:                                                  Leafs: 
  • Overall Goals: 36 (80.4% 23rd)             Overall Goals: 44 (76.8% 29th)
  • Road Goals: 20 (77.0% 26th)               Home Goals: 27 (73.5% 29th) 
Note: 
Panthers: 4 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED 
Leafs: 4 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED 
TORONTO VERSUS FLORIDA: NOTABLES
  • Tim Connolly leads all Toronto players in career games played (32), assists (11) and points (15) against Florida
  • Phil Kessel leads all Toronto players in career goals (8) in 21 games against Florida
  • Clarke MacArthur has registered more career penalty minutes (28) against Florida than against any other NHL club
  • Florida forward Kris Versteeg played 53 games with Toronto last season, registering 35 points (14 goals, 21 assists) with 29 penalty minutes
  • Florida goaltender Scott Clemmensen played three games with Toronto during the 2007-08 season, posting a 1-1-0 record with a 3.90 goals against average and a .839 save percentage

WILSON TO TIE QUINN IN ALL-TIME GAMES COACHED

  • Ron Wilson will coach his 1,400th NHL game tonight, tying Pat Quinn for fourth in all-time NHL games coached. On January 31 at Pittsburgh, Ron Wilson coached his 1,387th game in the NHL, surpassing Mike Keenan (1,386 games coached) for fifth in all-time NHL games coached

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mike Komisarek needs one game for 500 NHL games played
  • Jonas Gustavsson needs two games for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs 10 games for 500 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Phil Kessel needs seven goals for 100 Maple Leafs goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 13 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs five points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs 10 points for 200 NHL points

LEAFS RECORD BY DAYS OF THE WEEK

  • Monday: 3-1-2
  • Tuesday: 5-5-4
  • Wednesday: 4-1-0 
  • Thursday: 7-4-1
  • Friday: 2-3-0
  • Saturday: 7-10-0 
  • Sunday: 1-2-0 

OTHER: 

  • FLA is 2-0-0 vs TOR this season, scoring 10G
  • FLA has gone 4-0-1 over their past 5 games vs TOR, 1-0-1 in TOR
  • TOR/FLA are the only teams who haven’t made playoffs since the lockout
  • TOR has gone 0-3-1 over their past 4 games, allowing 16G, going 0/8 on the PP
  • TOR has gone 8 straight at home without a PPG 0/20 (3-4-1)
  • In TOR’s current home stand (0-2-1) they’ve trailed 2-0 in each game
  • Grabovski has 2G vs FLA this season
  • FLA has gone 2-0-1 over their past 3 games, going 2/10 on the PP
  • FLA has won 3 straight on the road, allowing 4G
  • Since Dion Phaneuf joined the Leafs, the team’s record is 74-62-18 when in lineup


Random Stats Sunday!

Here are some random stats from last nights game (Capitals vs Leafs) plus a few bonus ones! 

  • Leafs record post deadline last year? => 10-7-2 in 19 games after the deadline last season
  • 3 points in 9 games would match the worst 9-game span for the Leafs since the start of 2008-09. Since 2008-09. (It matches the worst 9-game span under Ron Wilson). They had 3 pts over a 9-game span in Oct of 2009 
  • Leafs have scored 4+ third-period goals once over the last 3 years (since 2/25/09). They scored 4 @ SJ on 1/11/11
  • The last time the Leafs came back from three goals down to win a game? 12/6/2010 against…Washington (5-4 shootout win after trailing 4-1) - How about 4-0? 2/5/04 @ Ottawa (5-4 in overtime)
  • When scoring an opening minute goal this season, NHL teams are 33-10-6 (.735)
  • Through the first four months of the season the Leafs allowed 2+ first-period goals 5x. It’s happened to them five more times this month
  • Last night marked the 4th straight game that the Leafs fall behind 2-0. It’s their worst such streak since a 7-gamer in October of 2009
  • James Reimer on Saturdays this season: 3-4-0, 3.54 GAA, .896 SV%. In all other games this season: 8-5-4, 2.73 GAA, .907 SV%

  • Capitals came into the game last night 2-6-1 this season when playing on the second of back-to-back days
  • Leafs are 11 games above .500 when Jake Gardiner registers a point. They are 6 games below when he does not
  • Last Saskatchewan-born player to score a hat trick in Toronto? Wendel Clark, for Toronto vs. Edmonton at Maple Leaf Gardens on 11/9/96
  • Leafs have allowed 9 1st-period goals over their last 6 games

PreGame Notes/Stats: Capitals (30-26-5) vs Leafs (29-25-7)

Last 10: Washington 3-6-1; Toronto 3-6-1

Season Series: Third of four meetings. Each team has won once on its home ice. Joffrey Lupul scored a goal and set up three others in a 7-1 rout by the Maple Leafs on Nov. 19, while Dennis Wideman connected twice on the power play as the Capitals responded with a 4-2 victory on Dec. 9.

Big Story: Both teams are in the midst of stretches that could put a dagger in their postseason hopes if they don’t snap out of them soon. Toronto has lost three in a row, including the first two games of their current homestand, while Washington just snapped a three-game skid Friday night with a win at home over Montreal.

Who’s Hot: Mathieu Perreault has goals in consecutive games for the Capitals. … Phil Kessel has 1 goal and 4 assists during a five-game points streak for the Maple Leafs. Kessel has 5 goals and 9 assists over his last 10 games. Gardiner has 2 goals in the last four games, doubling his output over the first 50 games of his rookie season.

Leafs

  • Goal Streaks: No active streaks      
  • Assist Streaks: No active streaks   
  • Point Streaks: PHIL KESSEL (1-4-5 / 5 Games)

Capitals: 

  • Goal Streaks: MATHIEU PERREAULT (2 / 2 Games) 
  • Assist Streaks: ALEXANDER SEMIN (3 / 2 Games) ; JASON CHIMERA (2 / 2 Games)
  • Point Streaks: JASON CHIMERA (1-2-3 / 2 Games) ; ALEXANDER SEMIN (0-3-3 / 2 Games) ; MATHIEU PERREAULT (2-0-2 / 2 Games) ; JOHN CARLSON (1-1-2 / 2 Games)
  • Leafs Home record/streak:  16 - 10 - 5 / Lost 1 
  • Capitals Road record/streak: 10 - 18 - 3 / Lost 3
  • 1-Goal Games: Capitals: 13-7-5 ; Leafs: 13-9-7 
  • 2-Goal Games: Capitals: 7-5 ; Leafs: 6-5
  • 3-Goal Games: Capitals: 10-14 ; Leafs: 10-11 
  • Scoring first: Capitals: 19-6-3 ; Leafs: 19-9-2
  • Opponent scoring first: Capitals: 11-20-2 ; Leafs: 10-16-5 
  • Leading after 1 period: Capitals: 15-1-1 ; Leafs: 19-3-0
  • Trailing after 1 period: Capitals: 7-18-1 ; Leafs: 3-10-4
  • Tied after 1 period: Capitals: 8-7-3 ; Leafs: 7-12-3
  • Leading after 2 periods: Capitals: 18-0-0 ; Leafs: 20-0-1
  • Trailing after 2 periods: Capitals: 4-20-2 ; Leafs: 2-23-5
  • Tied after 2 periods: Capitals: 8-6-3 ; Leafs: 7-2-1 
  • OT Record - This Season: Capitals: 6-5 ; Leafs: 7-7
  • OT Record - Franchise: Capitals: 127-119-185 ; Leafs: 126-126-180
  • Shootout Record - This Season: Capitals: 1-3 ; Leafs: 3-3
  • Shootout Record - Franchise: Capitals: 27-41 ; Leafs: 28-38 
  • Outshooting opponent: Capitals: 13-9-1 ; Leafs: 9-13-4
  • Outshot by opponent: Capitals: 17-17-4 ; Leafs: 19-12-2 

Goals by Period

Capitals:                                        Leafs:

  • Period 1: 40                           Period 1: 57                           
  • Period 2: 51                           Period 2: 55 
  • Period 3: 68                           Period 3: 63 
  • OT: 5                                   OT: 4

Shots by Period

Capitals:                                       Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 540                         Period 1: 573
  • Period 2: 571                         Period 2: 611
  • Period 3: 566                         Period 3: 564
  • OT: 15                                  OT: 26 

Power Play

Capitals: 

  • Overall: 34 Goals (17.1% T-15th)  ; Road: 12 Goals (11.8% 28th) 
    Note:  8 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED

Leafs: 

  • Overall: 39 Goals (18.9% 11th) ; Home: 18 Goals (17.3% 17th) 
    Note:  3 SHORT HANDED GOALS ALLOWED

Penalty Killing

Capitals: 

  • Overall: 42 Goals (80.5% 23rd NHL) ;  Road: 26 Goals (77.8% 25th) 
    Note: 2 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED

Leafs:  

  • Overall: 44 Goals (76.7% 29th) ; Home: 17 Goals (80.5% T-22nd)
    Note:  4 SHORT HANDED GOALS SCORED

TORONTO VERSUS WASHINGTON: NOTABLES

  • Tim Connolly leads all Toronto players in career games played (36), goals (7), assists (17) and points (24) against Washington
  • Joffrey Lupul has registered 18 career points (6 goals, 12 assists) in 12 games against Washington. Lupul leads all Toronto players in assists (4), points (5) and plus/minus (+4) in two games against Washington this season
  • David Steckel played 291 games with Washington over six seasons (2005-06 to 2010-11), registering 58 points (23 goals, 35 assists) with 113 penalty minutes

 LEAFS TRIO HAVING CAREER SEASONS

  • Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Joffrey Lupul have each set career highs in points this season. Kessel registered his 65th point of the season with an assist on February 23 versus San Jose. Bozak scored two goals and notched his 33rd point of the season (on first goal) On February 9 at Philadelphia. Joffrey Lupul picked up two assists and his 53rd and 54th points of the season on February 4 at Ottawa. Previous career highs for each player: Kessel - 64 points, Toronto (2010-11) / Bozak - 32 points, Toronto (2010-11) / Lupul - 53 points, Anaheim (2005-06)

PENALTY-FREE GAME

  • On February 6, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Edmonton Oilers played a penalty-free game in the Leafs’ 6-3 win at Air Canada Centre. The last NHL game to have no penalties called for either team was Chicago at New Jersey on April 2, 2010. The last time Toronto played in penalty-free game was March 28, 2001 versus Boston 

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mike Komisarek needs one game for 500 NHL games played
  • Jonas Gustavsson needs two games for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs 11 games for 500 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Phil Kessel needs seven goals for 100 Maple Leafs goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 14 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs five points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs 10 points for 200 NHL points

OTHER: 

  • Teams have split two games this season, TOR winning at home 
  • TOR has gone 4-1-1 over their past 6 at home vs WSH 
  • TOR has gone 1-6-1 over their past 8 games, going 2/21 on the PP 
  • TOR has gone 0-2-1 over their past 3 at home, outscored 11-4 
  • WSH has gone 1-3-0 over their past 4 games, going 1/15 on the PP 
  • WSH has lost 3 straight on the road, outscored 12-3 
  • Ovechkin has 1G, 1A over his past 5 road games, he has 14G, 4A in 13 career games in TOR

Pregame Game Notes/Stats: SHARKS (31-20-7) vs LEAFS (29-24-7)

Last 10: San Jose 3-6-1; Toronto 4-5-1

Season Series: This is the only meeting of the season between the Sharks and Leafs. A four-goal third period led Toronto to a 4-2 victory in San Jose in the most recent matchup on Jan. 11, 2011. Carl Gunnarsson scored the game-winning goal. Patrick Marleau had a pair in defeat

Who’s Hot: Couture has 4 goals in as many games for the Sharks. Over his last 14 games, he has 9 goals and 10 assists. Thornton has 5 goals and 10 assists over his last 11 games. … Kessel has 1 goal and 3 assists during a four-game points streak for the Maple Leafs. Tim Connolly has 2 goals in his last three games.

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Game Notes/Stats: 

Leafs:

  • Goal Streaks - No active streaks
  • Assist Streaks - No active streaks
  • Point Streaks - PHIL KESSEL (1-3-4 / 4 Games) ; CLARKE MACARTHUR (1-2-3 / 3 Games) ; NIKOLAI KULEMIN (1-1-2 / 2 Games)

Sharks: 

  • Goal Streaks - LOGAN COUTURE (3 / 2 Games)
  • Assist Streaks - JOE PAVELSKI (2 / 2 Games)
  • Point Streaks - LOGAN COUTURE (3-0-3 / 2 Games) ; JOE THORNTON (1-1-2 / 2 Games) ; JOE PAVELSKI (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

Team Records: 

  • Overall record/streak: Sharks: 31-20-7 / Lost 3  ;  Leafs: 29-24-7 / OTL 1
  • Home record/streak: Leafs: 16-9-5 / OTL 1
  • Road record/streak: Sharks: 13-11-5 / Lost 3
  • 1-Goal Games: Sharks: 13-11-7 ; Leafs: 13-8-7
  • 2-Goal Games: Sharks: 9-4 ; Leafs: 6-5
  • 3-Goal Games: Sharks: 9-5 ; Leafs: 10-11 
  • Scoring first: Sharks: 20-4-2 ; Leafs: 19-9-2
  • Opponent scoring first: Sharks: 11-16-5 ; Leafs: 10-15-5
  • Leading after 1 period: Sharks: 11-1-1 ; Leafs: 19-3-0
  • Trailing after 1 period: Sharls: 6-13-3 ; Leafs: 3-10-4
  • Tied after 1 period: Sharks: 14-6-3 ; Leafs: 7-11-3
  • Leading after 2 periods: Sharks: 22-1-4 ; Leafs: 20-0-1
  • Trailing after 2 periods: Sharks: 3-18-2 ; Leafs: 2-22-5
  • Tied after 2 periods: Sharks: 6-1-1 ; Leafs: 7-2-1
  • OT Record - This Season: Sharks: 7-7 ; Leafs: 7-7
  • OT Record - Franchise: Sharks: 87-106-121 ; Leafs: 126-126-180
  • Shootout Record - This Season: Sharks: 6-3 ; Leafs: 3-3
  • Shootout Record - Franchise: Sharks: 33-34 ; Leafs: 28-38
  • Outshooting opponent: Sharks: 23-14-6 ; Leafs: 9-12-4
  • Outshot by opponent: Sharks: 8-5-1 ; Leafs: 19-12-2 

Goals by Period: 

Sharks:                                                Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 38                                  Period 1: 57
  • Period 2: 73                                  Period 2: 55
  • Period 3: 52                                  Period 3: 62
  • OT: 1                                          OT: 4

Shots by Period

Sharks:                                                 Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 606                                 Period 1: 568
  • Period 2: 736                                 Period 2: 602 
  • Period 3: 649                                 Period 3: 548 
  • OT: 32                                         OT: 26 

Power Play

Sharks:                                                      Leafs: 

  • Overall: 42G (21.2% 3rd NHL)                  Overall: 39 (18.9% 10th NHL)
  • Road: 18G (18.6% 11th NHL)                   Home: 18 (17.3% 17th NHL) 
    * Note: Both the Sharks and the Leafs have allowed 3 short handed goals each this season

Penalty Killing

Sharks:                                                    Leafs: 

  • Overall: 38G (77.5% 28th NHL)             Overall: 43G (18.9% 10th NHL)
  • Road: 16G (82.2% 14th NHL)                Home: 16G (20.6% T-7th NHL)
    * Note: The Sharks have scored 3 short handed goes this season. Leafs have scored 4

TORONTO VERSUS SAN JOSE: NOTABLES

  • John-Michael Liles leads all Toronto players in career games played (27), goals (8) and points (17) against San Jose. Liles has registered more career goals (tie-8) against San Jose than against any other NHL club
  • Dion Phaneuf leads all Toronto players in career assists (10) in 20 games against San Jose 
  • San Jose forward Dominic Moore played 101 games with Toronto over two seasons (2007-08 to 2008-09), registering 55 points (16 goals, 39 assists) with 83 penalty minutes

UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mike Komisarek needs one game for 500 NHL games played
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs one game for 300 NHL games played
  • Jonas Gustavsson needs two games for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs 12 games for 500 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 14 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs five points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs 10 points for 200 NHL points

OTHER NOTES: 

  • SJ has gone 2-0-0 in TOR since the lockout, last meeting in TOR in Feb 2010
  • TOR has gone 1-5-1 over their past 7 games, outscored 29-14, 2/21 on the PP
  • TOR has gone 3-1-1 over their past 5 at home, going 0/13 on the PP
  • TOR is 2-0-2 vs Pacific Division this season
  • Reimer has gone 1-3-0 over his past 4 starts with a .856sv%
  • SJ has gone 1-4-1 on their current road trip, allowing 24G, 0-4-1 past 5 games
  • SJ has gone 2-7-2 over their past 11 on the road, scoring 18G at even strength
  • SJ is 2-1-0 vs NE Division this season
  • Niemi has gone 0-2-1 over his past 4 road starts with a 4.25GAA, .846sv%
  • Thornton has 5G, 10A over the past 11 games

After 60 Games: Cody Franson vs Mike Komisarek

60 games into the season, Lets take a look at how Cody Franson and Mike Komisarek are doing with season highs, milestones and other notable mentions!

#4: Cody Franson (D)

  • Last Goal: FEB 4, 2012 @ OTTAWA (7)
  • Last Assist: FEB 15, 2012 @ EDMONTON (1)
  • Career Shootouts: 1/4 (25%), 1 GDG

                GP                 G-A-P              +/-        PIM

Season      44                4-14-18            -3          18

Career       185              18-50-68          +22        64 

Season Highs: 

G: 1 (4x)    A: 2 (2x)   P: 2 (4x)  PIM: 2 (9x)  TOI: 21:36 (2/6 vs EDM)   SHOTS: 5 (12/19 vs LAK)   HITS: 6 (12/22 vs BUF)    +/-: +2 (4x)

Other Mentions: 

  • Collected two assists and was named first star Feb. 15 at EDM
  • Registered a goal and an assist Feb. 4 at OTT
  • Collected an assist and a plus-two (+2) rating Jan. 23 vs. NYI
  • Collected two assists Dec. 27 at FLA
  • Posted a four-game point streak (Dec. 5-13) with four points (2 goals, 2 assists) in that span
  • Scored first Maple Leafs goal and added an assist Nov. 19 vs. WSH
  • Made Maple Leafs debut and registered an assist Oct. 15 vs. CGY
  • Has been a healthy scratch 15 times this season
  • One of nine NHL defencemen to have at least 20 points and a double-digit plus rating in each of the last two seasons

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#8: Mike Komisarek (D)

  • Last Goal: NOV 15, 2011 vs PHOENIX (12)
  • Last Assist: NOV 2, 2011 @ NEW JERSEY (18)
  • Career Shootouts: 0/0 (0%), 0 GDG

              GP           G-A-P                  +/-          PIM 

Season    29            1-3-4                  -2             30

Career     499          14-62-76              -6            652

Season Highs: 

G: 1 (11/15 vs PHX)    A: 1 (3x)    P: 1 (4x)    PIM: 10 (11/5 vs BOS)  TOI: 22:28 11/2 vs NJD   SHOTS: 5 (11/15 vs PHX)   HITS: 6 (10/6 vs MTL)   +/-: +3 (2x)

Other Mentions: 

  • Komisarek’s next game will be the 500th of his NHL career
  • Missed 21 games (Nov. 19-Jan. 5) due to upper-body injury; Returned to the lineup Jan. 7 vs. DET
  • Scored a goal Nov. 15 vs. PHX
  • Registered a plus-three (+3) rating in back-to-back games (Nov. 2, 3)
  • Collected an assist and a plus-three (+3) rating Nov. 2 at NJD
  • Collected an assist in back-to-back games (Oct. 27, 29)
  • Has been a healthy scratch nine times this season - First time ever scratched as a Leaf was on Oct. 20 vs BOS 

Nikolai Kulemin 2010-11 vs Nikolai Kulemin 2011-12 

Nikolai Kulemin 2010-11 season: 

  • 82 Games Played  
  • G: 30
  • A: 27
  • +/-: +7  
  • PIM: 26 

* Kulemin had 21 goals; 21 assists for 42 points in 60 games 

NHL SINGLE GAME MILESTONES

  • Hat Tricks: None  
  • Most Goals: 2(5) – Mar. 24, 2011 at COL
  • Most Assists: 2(11) – Mar. 22, 2011 at MIN
  • Most Points: 4(1) – Jan. 7, 2011 at ATL (2G,2A)

LONGEST NHL STREAKS

  • Points: 6 – Feb. 1 – 10, 2011 (5G,3A)
  • Goals: 4 – Feb. 5 – 10, 2011 (4G)
  • Assists: 3 – Mar. 9 – 13, 2010 (3A)

REGULAR SEASON OT GOALS 

  • Mar. 9, 2010 vs. Boston ( Thomas)
  • Mar. 27, 2010 vs. NY Rangers (Lundqvist)

REGULAR SEASON SHOOTOUT ATTEMPTS

  • 2008-09: Scored 3 goals in 9 attempts
  • 2009-10: Scored 3 goals in 4 attempts
  • 2010-11: Did not score in 4 attempts
  • CAREER: Scored 6 goals in 17 attempts

REGULAR SEASON PENALTY SHOTS

  • None

* Now, lets fastforward to 60 games into the 2011-12 season 

  • Last Goal: FEB 18, 2012 @ VANCOUVER
  • Last Assist: FEB 1, 2012 vs PITTSBURGH (8)
  • Career Shootouts: 6/18 (33%), 2 GDG
  • GP: 59 
  • G-A-P: 6-18-24 
  • +/-: +3 
  • PIM: 6 

Season Highs: 

  • G: 1 (6x) 
  • A: 2 (3x) 
  • P: 2 (4x) 
  • PIM: 2 (3x) 
  • TOI: 19:39 on 11/25 vs DAL 
  • SHOTS: 6 on 11/8 vs FLA 
  • HITS: 4 (3x) 
  • +/-: +2 (5x) 

Other Mentions: 

  • Scored a goal Feb. 18 at VAN
  • Collected at least one assist in three-straight games (Jan. 24-Feb. 1)
  • Registered a goal and an assist and was named second star Jan. 10 vs. BUF
  • Scored on a penalty shot Dec. 16 at BUF (Ryan Miller). (First Leaf since John Pohl Dec. 26/06 vs. MIN (Manny Fernandez) to score on a penalty shot.)
  • Collected an assist in three-straight games (Nov. 22-27)
  • Collected two assists Oct. 30 at OTT

After 60 Games: Luke Schenn vs Dion Phaneuf

60 games into the season, Lets take a look at how Luke Schenn and Dion Phaneuf are doing with season highs, milestones and other notable mentions! 

#2: Luke Schenn (D)

  • Last Goal: FEB 4, 2012 @ OTTAWA (6)
  • Last Assist: FEB 18, 2012 @ VANCOUVER
  • Career Shootouts: 0/0 (0%), 0 GDG

                GP          G-A-P            +/-          PIM

Season      57          2-16-18          +7            39

Career       288        14-57-71         -10           194 

Season Highs: 

  • G: 1 (2x)          A: 2 (2x)          P: 2 (3x)          PIM: 7 (2x)
  • TOI: 27:00 (11/25 vs DAL)          SHOTS: 5 (12/16 vs BUF)
  • HITS: 10 (12/6 vs NJD)          +/-: +3 (4x)    

OTHER:

  • Ranks first among NHL defencemen in hits (189)
  • Ranks first on Toronto in plus/minus (tie +7) and hits, and third in blocked shots (89)
  • Scored a goal Feb. 4 at OTT
  • Posted a plus-three (+3) rating Jan. 24 at NYI
  • Collected an assist and a plus-three (+3) rating Dec. 22 vs. BUF
  • Registered an assist and 10 hits Dec. 6 vs. NJD
  • Collected two assists and was named third star Nov. 30 vs. BOS
  • Registered a goal, an assist and a plus-three (+3) rating Nov. 27 at ANA
  • Logged a season-high 27:00 of ice time Nov. 25 at DAL
  • Has been a healthy scratch twice this season

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#3: Dion Phaneuf (D)

  • Last Goal: FEB 18, 2012 @ VANCOUVER
  • Last Assist: FEB 9, 2012 @ PHILADELPHIA (4)
  • Career Shootouts: 0/6 (0%), 0 GDG

                    GP          G-A-P             +/-          PIM

Season          59          9-25-34          -4            61

Career           529        94-208-302 

Season Highs: 

  • G: 1 (9x)          A: 2(5X)           P: 2 (9x)          PIM: 15 (12/16 vs BUF) 
  • TOI: 30:35 (124 vs NYI)          SHOTS: 9 (1/3 vs TBL          HITS: 7 (3x)  
  • +/-: +3 (10/15 vs CGY 

OTHER: 

  • Ranks first on Toronto in average ice-time per game (25:25), penalty minutes (61) and powerplay goals (tie-6), is second in hits (141) and blocked shots (101), and third in assists (25) and shots (156)
  • Since joining the Leafs, the team’s record is 74-60-17 when in lineup.
  • Collected two assists, including 300th NHL point, and posted seven hits and seven blocked shots Feb. 6 vs. EDM
  • Logged a season-high 30:35 of ice-time Jan. 24 at NYI
  • Posted a four-game point streak (Dec. 31-Jan. 7) with six points (2g, 4a)
  • On Jan. 5, named to the 2012 NHL All-Star Game in Ottawa. (First Leaf to be voted in by fans since Sundin/Joseph in 2000.)
  • Registered a goal, an assist and tied a career high with nine shots Jan. 3 vs. TBL
  • Registered 200th NHL assist Dec. 23 at NYI
  • Played in 500th NHL game Dec. 13 vs. CAR
  • Posted a four-game point streak (Nov. 19-25) with six points (1g, 5a)
  • Played in 100th Maple Leafs game Oct. 24 at PHI

After 60 Games: James Reimer vs Jonas Gustavsson

60 games into the season, we take a look at how James Reiemr and Jonas Gustavsson are doing with season highs, milestones and other notable mentions! 

#34: James Reimer (G)

  • Last Win: FEB 15, 2012 @ EDMONTON (1)
  • Last SO: FEB 4, 2012 @ OTTAWA (5)
  • Career Shootouts: 12/16 (.750), 2-4

            GP:                 W-L-OT:            SO:            GAA:            SV%

Season:  24                   11-8-3               3              2.98          .903 

Career:   62                  31-18-9              9              2.75          .914 

Season Highs:

  • Shots 49 -> February 4th vs. OTT
  • Saves: 49 -> February 4th, vs. OTT

Other: 

  • Named NHL’s Third Star of the Week (Feb. 6), posting back-to-back shutouts (Feb. 1, 4) with 54 saves in that span
  • Made a career high 49 saves, registered a shutout and was named first star Feb. 4 at OTT. (Most saves by a Leaf goalie in a shutout since Mike Palmateer on Mar. 12/77 - 47 saves.)
  • Posted a 25-save shutout and was named first star Feb. 1 vs. PIT
  • Stopped 40-of-42 shots and was named second star Dec. 22 vs. BUF
  • Made 18 saves on 19 shots and was named third star Dec. 13 vs. CAR
  • Missed 18 games (Oct. 24-Nov. 30) due to injury
  • Made 30 saves on 32 shots and was named second star Oct. 15 vs. CGY
  • Began the season with a 101:41 shutout streak (Oct. 6-8), the third longest streak to start a season in Maple Leafs franchise history. It was also the second longest shutout streak of his career. (102:49 - Feb. 16-22/11)
  • Registered a 32-save shutout and was named first star Oct. 6 vs. MTL

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#50: Jonas Gustavsson (G)

  • Last Win: JAN 24, 2012 @ NY ISLANDERS (5)
  • Last SO: JAN 23, 2012 vs NY ISLANDERS (6)
  • Career Shootouts: 15/23 (.652), 5-3

               GP:                W-L-OT:           SO:            GAA:           SV%

Season:    32                  16-12-1             3               2.85          .906

Career:     97                  38-40-12           4               2.96          .901

Season Highs:

  • Shots: 43 -> October 20th vs. BOS
  • Saves: 40 -> November 19th -> vs. WSH

Other: 

  • Posted a 25-save shutout and was named first star Jan. 23 vs. NYI
  • Registered a win in four-straight starts (Jan. 3-10), stopping 114-of-120 shots (.950 save percentage) in that span
  • Registered a 32-save shutout and was named first star Jan. 10 vs. BUF
  • Made 37 saves on 40 shots Jan. 7 vs. DET
  • Registered a 24-save shutout and was named first star Jan. 5 vs. WPG
  • Registered a win in four-straight starts (Nov. 19-27), stopping 119-of-126 shots (.944 save percentage)
  • Made 40 saves on 41 shots and was named second star Nov. 19 vs. WSH
  • Appeared in seven-straight games (Oct. 20-Nov. 2) and made five consecutive starts (Oct. 24-Nov. 2)
  • Stopped 34-of-37 shots, earned the win and was named third star Oct. 29 vs. PIT
  • Replaced Reimer (injured) and made 15 saves on 18 shots to earn the win Oct. 22 at MTL

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Game Notes: New Jersey Devils (34-20-4) VS Toronto Maple Leafs (29-24-6)

The Devils enter tonight’s game vs Leafs following a 3-1 win Sunday at Montreal to improve to 8-1-1 since the All-Star break.  New Jersey is undefeated in a season-high six straight road games, the league’s longest current stretch, and is 11-2-1 on the road since December 6. 

Tonight’s game between the Devils and Maple Leafs is the third of four meetings between the two teams this season, and the second/final to be played at Air Canada Centre. 

David Clarkson leads the Devils with three goals, while Joffrey Lupul has 3g-1a-4pts to lead the Leafs. Martin Brodeur (1-1-0, .870 save % &3.47 GAA) has started both games for New Jersey, while Jonas Gustavsson (1-0-0, .864 save % & 3.00 GAA) and James Reimer (0-0-1, .885 save % & 2.87 GAA)  have each started a game for Toronto.

The all-time series is tied 37-37-15, but the Maple Leafs hold a 23-16-6 edge in the previous 45 games played in Toronto. 

The fourth and final game of the series will be played Mar. 23 in New Jersey.

Other Notes: 

  • Phil Kessel leads all Toronto players in career assists (14) and points (19) in 21 games against New Jersey.
  • Joffrey Lupul leads all Toronto players in career goals (7) in 19 games against New Jersey. Lupul posted a hat trick on November 2 in the first meeting between the two clubs this season.
  • David Steckel played 18 games with New Jersey last season (2010-11), registering one goal and two penalty minutes

Leafs Goal Streaks: 

  • No active streaks 

Leafs Assist Streaks:

  • Phil Kessel (3 / 3 Games) 
  • Clarke MacArthur (2 / 2 Games) 

Leafs Point Streaks:

  • Phil Kessel (0-3-3 / 3 Games) 
  • Clarke MacArthur (0-2-2 / 2 Games) 

Devils Assist Streaks:

  • Ilya Kovalchuk (3 / 3 Games) 
  • Dainius Zubrus (2 / 2 Games)

Devils Point Streaks: 

  • Ilya Kovalchuk (3-3-6 / 3 Games)
  • Adam Henrique (1-3-4 / 3 Games)
  • Zach Parise (1-2-3 / 3 Games)
  • Matt Taormina (1-1-2 / 2 Games)
  • Dainius Zubrus (0-2-2 / 2 Games)

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Overall record/streak:

  • Devils: 34-20-4 / Win 3 / Undef 3
  • LeafS: 29-24-6 / Lost 1

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  • Home record/streak - Leafs: 16-9-4 / Lost 1
  • Road record/streak - Devils: 18-10-1 / Win 6 / Undef 6

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1-Goal Games:

  • Devils: 18-4-4
  • Leafs: 13-8-6

2-Goal Games:  

  • Devils: 10-8
  • Leafs: 6-5

3-Goal Games:

  • Devils: 6-8
  • Leafs: 10-11 

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Scoring first:

  • Devils: 22-8-3
  • Leafs: 19-9-2

Opponent scoring first:

  • Devils: 12-12-1
  • Leafs: 10-15-4 

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Leading after 1 period:

  • Devils: 12-4-1
  • Leafs: 19-3-0 

Trailing after 1 period:

  • Devils: 9-10-1
  • Leafs: 3-10-3

Tied after 1 period:

  • Devils: 13-6-2
  • Leafs: 7-11-3

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Leading after 2 periods

  • Devils: 20-2-2
  • Leafs: 20-0-1

Trailing after 2 periods:

  • Devils: 5-13-0
  • Leafs: 2-22-4

Tied after 2 periods:

  • Devils: 9-5-2
  • Leafs: 7-2-1

OT Record - This Season:

  • Devils: 13-4
  • Leafs: 7-6

OT Record - Franchise:

  • Devils: 154-105-205
  • Leafs: 126-125-180

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Shootout Record - This Season:

  • Devils: 10-3
  • Leafs: 3-3

Shootout Record - Franchise:

  • Devils: 52-28
  • Leafs: 28-38

Outshooting opponent:

  • Devils: 17-11-2
  • Leafs: 9-12-4

Outshot by opponent:

  • Devils: 14-8-2
  • Leafs: 19-12-2

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Goals By Period: 

Devils: 

  • Period 1: 39 
  • Period 2: 66
  • Period 3: 46 
  • OT: 3

Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 56 
  • Period 2: 54 
  • Period 3: 61 
  • OT: 4 

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Shots By Period: 

Devils: 

  • Period 1: 550 
  • Period 2: 553 
  • Period 3: 453 
  • OT: 42 

Leafs: 

  • Period 1: 559 
  • Period 2: 589 
  • Period 3: 538 
  • OT: 26 

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Power Play: 

Devils: 

  • Overall Goals: 33 (16.9% T-16th)
  • Road Goals: 21  (20.6% T-7th) 

Note: Devils have allowed 13 shorthanded goals this season 

Leafs: 

  • Overall Goals: 39 (19.1% 9th)
  • Home Goals: 18 (17.6% 16th) 

Note: Leafs have allowed 3 shorthanded goals this season 

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Penalty Killing:  

Devils: 

  • Overall Goals: 23 (88.4% T-2nd)
  • Road Goals: 12 (88.5% T-2nd) 

Note: Devils have scored 13 short handed goals 

Leafs: 

  • Overall Goals: 43 (76.6% 29th)
  • Home Goals: 16 (80.5% 23rd) 

Note: Leafs have scored 4 short handed goals 

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TEAM NOTES:

TORONTO VERSUS NEW JERSEY: HEAD TO HEAD

  • 2011-12 SERIES:  1-0-1  (0-0-1 at Toronto)
  • 2010-11 SERIES:  2-1-1  (1-0-1 at Toronto)
  • ALL-TIME RECORD:  59-35-20-6  (38-15-5-3 at Toronto)
  • LAST GAME:  December 6, 2011 at Toronto  [Maple Leafs 2, Devils 3 (OT)]
  • NEXT GAME:  March 23, 2012 at New Jersey
  • CURRENT STREAKS:  New Jersey  (one win)

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UPCOMING MILESTONES

  • Mike Komisarek needs one game for 500 NHL games played
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs two games for 300 NHL games played
  • Jonas Gustavsson needs three games for 100 NHL games played
  • Matthew Lombardi needs four goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Dion Phaneuf needs six goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Colby Armstrong needs 14 goals for 100 NHL goals
  • Tim Connolly needs five assists for 300 career NHL assists
  • John-Michael Liles needs three points for 300 NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs six points for 100 NHL points
  • Mikhail Grabovski needs 11 points for 200 NHL points