Toronto Maple Leafs      0               @               Detroit Red Wings      1

Date: October 18, 2014

 

Henrik Zetterberg scored with 9.9 seconds left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 1-0 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night and a sweep of the teams’ home-and-home series.

Detroit’s Jonas Gustavson made 30 saves for his sixth career shutout while Jonathan Bernier stopped 31 in his third loss of the season.

The Red Wings won 4-1 a night earlier in Toronto but the Original Six rivals treated a boisterous crowd there were plenty of blue-and-white jerseys in the stands to a much more dramatic show in the rematch.

Both goalies were sharp throughout regulation but Gustavson faced tougher chances, including James Van Riemsdyk‘s breakaway in the first period and a quick series of shots late in the second.

 

Notes:

  • Detroit C Stephen Weiss took Franzen‘s spot in the lineup Saturday night. He’d been a healthy scratch in the team’s first four games.
  • Toronto RW Brandon Kozun missed the game after suffering a high ankle sprain in Friday’s loss. The Maple Leafs did not know the results of his MRI on Saturday.
  • The Red Wings recalled G Petr Mrazek from AHL Grand Rapids to back up Gustavson.

 

Quotes:

Bernier after 31-save performance: “I think I just brought my compete level higher and that’s what made a big difference.”

Bernier on being more aggressive tonight: “I was probably a foot higher [in my crease than in previous two games]“

Bernier on GWG: “It was my mistake. I didn’t see [Zetterberg] coming down the other side so I was over challenging on [Kronwall].”

JVR on plenty of Leafs fans in the crowd: “That was probably some of the best support I think we’ve gotten since I’ve been here”

JVR: “We played a lot smarter with the puck … more to our system, structure”

Lupul Post Game on playing in Detroit: “It’s fun. It’s probably better energy than we get back in Toronto. It’s nice when we’re here or in Buffalo.”

Lupul: “With our team, I don’t think we can ever get too down when the goals don’t come bc there’s going to be times when they come fast.”

Lupul on Bernier: “You just see that confidence. Sometimes when the other team gets momentum he can be a calming factor back there.”

Lupul: “We won more battles. We were a lot more physical tonight. You could notice us throwing the body around & stopping progression.”

Carlyle on Bernier: “He made some outstanding saves … saved some guys butts”

Carlyle: “We have to play every game with the desperation with which we played tonight”

Carlyle says decision to scratch Percy was influenced by fact Stuart is dealing with minor injury + he struggled last night.

Detroit Red Wings               @               Toronto Maple Leafs

Game Notes

Detroit Notes:

Last Game:
DET 4 @ TOR 1 (10/17/14) – Red Wings captain had four assists in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Friday. The line of Zetterberg, Nyquist and Franzen line produced three goals and eight points and continually kept the Maple Leafs at bay with their speed and precise passing.

Current Injuries:
Pavel Datsyuk – Shoulder (4; 10/9-present)

Man Games Lost (Season Total): 4
2013-14 Man Games Lost: 421

 

Recent Transactions:

  • October 7 – Assigned D Xavier Ouellet and G Petr Mrazek to Grand Rapids
  • October 18 – Recalled G Petr Mrazek from Grand Rapids

 

The Matchup:

  • Tonight is the 650th all-time meeting between DET and TOR
  • Tonight marks the 2nd of 5 meetings this season between DET and TOR, 1st of 2 in DET – all five meetings will be played by 12/13
  • DET’s all-time record vs. TOR: 279-273-93-4
  • DET’s all-time home record vs. TOR: 171-107-46-3
  • DET was 3-0-1 vs. TOR in 2013-14, outscoring TOR 14-11
  • DET is 1359-1259-471-21 all-time against Original Six opponents
  • Last season marked the first time DET and TOR met as division foes since 1997-98
  • Gustav Nyquist has 6 points (4-2-6) in 5 games vs. TOR
  • Henrik Zetterberg has 14 points (6-8-14) in 10 games vs. TOR
  • Darren Helm recorded his first-ever hat trick on 3/29/14 at TOR
  • Stephen Weiss has 23 points (9-14-23) in 32 games vs. TOR
  • TOR’s top scorers vs. DET: Dion Phaneuf (7-10-17 in 25 GP), Joffrey Lupul (9-6-15 in 20 GP) and Phil Kessel (4-5-9 in 11 GP)
  • Jonas Gustavsson was 39-45-15 with a 2.98 GAA and 5 SO in 107 games with TOR from 2009-12
  • TOR has three alumni of the US NTDP: David Booth (2001-02), Phil Kessel (2003-05) and James van Riemsdyk (2005-07)
  • TOR F David Booth is a Detroit native who recorded 105 points (45-60-105) in 134 games with Michigan State from 2002-06
  • TOR F Mike Santorelli skated in 121 games with Northern Michigan from 2004-07, recording 110 points (61-49-110)
  • Former Red Wing Brendan Shanahan was named TOR’s president this summer. Shanahan won 3 Stanley Cups with DET and recorded 633 points (309-324-633) in 716 games with DET from 1996-06

 

Nyquist Hits 100:
Gustav Nyquist skated in his 100th NHL game on 10/15 vs. BOS and has scored in all 4 of DET’s games this season, giving him 27 goals over his last 38 regular-season games. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, the only other players to score 35 goals in their first 100 NHL games over the past 5 seasons are CAR’s Jeff Skinner (38) and EDM’s Taylor Hall. The last Red Wing to accomplish the feat was Slava Kozlov, who scored 37 goals over 100 games from 1991-92 to 1993-94.

 

Kronwall On The Move:
With 2 points in his first 4 games of the season, Niklas Kronwall is moving up the ranks for DET’s all-time highest scoring defensemen

Player Years Games Played Points
Nicklas Lidstrom 1991-12 1564 1142
Reed Larson 1976-86 708 570
Red Kelly 1947-60 846 472
Gary Bergman 1964-75 706 303
Marcel Pronovost 1950-65 983 297
Niklas Kronwall 2003-present 598 297

 

Recent/Upcoming Milestones:

  • Stephen Weiss is 2 points shy of 400
  • Niklas Kronwall is 3 points away from 300 and 2 games shy of 600
  • Justin Abdelkader is 8 points away from 100

 

A Winning Tradition In Hockeytown:
Since the start of the 1997-98 season, the Red Wings have won more games (863) than any other team in the NHL. Detroit’s 749 regular season victories and 114 playoff wins are both tops in the NHL over that span.

 

Sellout Streak Continues At The Joe:
Detroit’s home sellout streak improved to 147 games after Wednesday’s game vs. BOS. The current streak began on December 19, 2010 when Detroit hosted the Dallas Stars at Joe Louis Arena.

Toronto’s Notes:

Last Game:
TORONTO, ONTARIO (Detroit 4, Toronto 1) – Led by two goals from Johan Franzen, the Detroit Red Wings handed the Toronto Maple Leafs their third loss of the season on Friday night at Air Canada Centre. Mike Santorelli had the lone Toronto goal while James Reimer made 31 saves in the loss.

 

Worth Noting:

  • Dating back to the start of last season, the Maple Leafs have successfully killed off 17 straight Detroit powerplays
  • Mike Santorelli tallied his first goal as a Maple Leaf on Friday night against Detroit
  • Toronto had two players log over 20 minutes of ice time on Friday night, Jake Gardiner (22:12) and Dion Phaneuf (21:02)
  • Leo Komarov had a team-high 4 hits on Friday against the Red Wings
  • Phil Kessel holds the NHL’s sixth longest active games played streak, having skated in 369 consecutive games. Kessel has never missed a game in his time with the Maple Leafs dating back to November 3, 2009

 

Injury Report:

  • David Booth – Sustained broken right foot in preseason game against Buffalo, September 28 and placed on injured reserve (expected out four or more weeks)
  • Brandon Kozun – Sustained a lower body injury during game against Detroit, October 17 (will be re-evaluated on October 18)

2014-15 Total Regular Season Man Games Lost: 6
2013-14 Total Regular Season Man Games Lost: 231

 

Recent Transactions:

  • September 30 – Assigned Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • October 6 – Assigned William Nylander to Modo (SHL)
  • October 7 – Assigned Korbinian Holzer, Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr to the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned Viktor Loov to the Toronto Marlies. Recalled Troy Bodie from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • October 9 – Claimed forward Richard Panik off waivers from Tampa Bay. Assigned Josh Leivo and Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

 

Toronto Notables vs Detroit:

  • Dion Phaneuf (1 goal, 3 assists) and Joffrey Lupul (2 goals, 2 assists) led the Maple Leafs with 4 points each last season against the Red Wings
  • Stephane Robidas recorded his first NHL point (assist) against Detroit on November 1, 2000 with Montreal
  • Peter Holland played his first NHL game against the Red Wings on November 5, 2011 with Anaheim
  • Three of the four games Toronto and Detroit played last season were decided by one goal
  • Dion Phaneuf leads the Maple Leafs with 17 career points (7 goals, 10 assists) against the Red Wings
  • Tonight marks the second of five meetings between Detroit and Toronto this season
  • The last time the Maple Leafs and Red Wings played one another in back-to-back games was during the 2000-01 season (February 8, 10)

 

Moving Up The List:
Phil Kessel currently ranks 27th on the Maple Leafs all-time scoring list with 338 points in 369 games. Kessel needs 2 points to move past Dick Duff for 26th all-time.

 

2014 Records By Day:

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
1-0-0 0-0-0 1-0-0 0-1-0 0-0-0 0-1-0 0-1-0

 

Upcoming Player Milestones:
Games Played

  • Daniel Winnik needs 5 games to reach 500 career NHL games played
  • David Clarkson needs 9 games to reach 500 career NHL games played
  • Phil Kessel needs 9 games to reach 600 career NHL games played
  • Stephane Robidas needs 10 games to reach 900 career NHL games played
  • Dion Phaneuf needs 15 games to reach 700 career NHL games played

Goals

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 3 goals to reach 100 career NHL goals scored
  • Joffrey Lupul needs 14 goals to reach 200 career NHL goals scored

Assist

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 2 assists to reach 100 career NHL assists
  • Stephane Robidas needs 4 assists to reach 200 career NHL assists

Points

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 4 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points
  • James van Riemsdyk needs 5 points to reach 200 career NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs 11 points to reach 200 career NHL and 200 Maple Leaf points
  • Mike Santorelli needs 11 points to reach 100 career NHL points
  • Joffrey Lupul needs 12 points to reach 400 career NHL points
  • Cody Franson needs 15 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points

 

2014-15 Player Highs:

Dion Phaneuf

  • Leads team in average ice time through five regular season games (22:28)

 

Cody Franson

  •  Made season debut collecting two points (1 goal, 1 assist) October 12 at New York

 

Stephane Robidas

  • Made his Maple Leafs debut on October 8 vs. Montreal. Registered first point (assist) as a Maple Leaf October 12 at New York.

 

Richard Panik

  • Claimed on waivers by the Toronto Maple Leafs from Tampa Bay on October 9. Made his debut with Toronto on October 11 against Pittsburgh.

 

Joffrey Lupul

  • Registered his first goal of the season October 11 against Pittsburgh. Led the Maple Leafs with 6 hits on October 14 against Colorado.

 

James van Riemsdyk

  • Leads all Maple Leaf forwards in ice time through five games (19:01).

 

Mike Santorelli

  • Registered first point (assist) as a Maple Leaf on October 8 against Montreal. Registered first goal as a Maple Leaf on October 17 against Detroit.

 

Daniel Winnik

  • Made his Maple Leafs regular season debut on October 8 vs. Montreal. Registered his first point (assist) as a Maple Leaf October 12 at New York.

 

Tyler Bozak

  • Started the season with a point in each of his first four games for the first time in his career. Leads the Leafs with 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in five games. Played his 300th NHL game October 14 vs Colorado.

 

Nazem Kadri

  • Scored first goal of the season on October 8 against Montreal

 

Morgan Rielly

  • Scored first goal of the season on opening night against Montreal.

 

Roman Polak

  • Made his Maple Leafs debut on October 8 vs Montreal. Ranks 4th on the Maple Leafs in average TOI/game through five games (20:12).

 

Leo Komarov

  • Registered first multi-point game (2 assists) of his NHL career on October 12 at New York.

 

Stuart Percy

  • Registered first NHL point (assist) in first career NHL game on October 8 vs Montreal. Ranks second among NHL rookie defencemen in points with 3 (3 assists) through 5 games. Only rookie defenceman in Maple Leafs history to record a point in each of his first three games. Ranks 3rd on the Maple Leafs in average TOI/game (20:47).

 

Jake Gardiner

  • Collected an assist and led the Maple Leafs in ice time (23:04) October 11 against Pittsburgh. Ranks second among Leaf skaters in TOI/game (21:34) through first five games.

 

Brandon Kozun

  • Registered an assist in first career NHL game October 8 vs Montreal. Left midway through the game October 17 against Detroit as result of a lower body injury.

 

David Clarkson

  •  Collected his first goal of the season October 12 at New York.

 

Phil Kessel

  • Has collected 5 points (2 goals, 3 assists) over his last three games.

 

Detroit Red Wings      4               @               Toronto Maple Leafs      1

 

 

Date: October 17, 2014

 

Henrik Zetterberg  had four assists in a 4-1 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre on Friday.

Penalties and turnovers turned to a cascade boos as the Toronto Maple Leafs turned in an uninspired performance against the Detroit Red Wings. One fan even threw his blue and white jersey on the ice in protest [ Again :( ].

James Reimer wasn’t at his best in allowing four goals on 35 shots. Mike Santorelli scored the Leafs’ only goal.

Detroit got on the board with their third shot exactly midway through the first. Roman Polak gave the puck away to Zetterberg behind the net and he made a slick cross-crease pass to Franzen for his first of the season.

The Leafs took two more penalties the remainder of the period, but Reimer and the PK units got the job done. Winger Brandon Kozun even cut the final kill short by drawing one of his own.

Wings made it 2-0 at the 5:42 mark of the second thanks in part to a badly-timed change by Morgan Rielly that left defensive partner Jake Gardiner exposed. Zetterberg skated by Gardiner in front of the net and waited out Reimer until the goaltender went down and he found Franzen for his second of the night.

A few minutes later, the Leafs lost Kozun to a scary left leg injury. Checked by Kyle Quincey, Kozun‘s left leg hit awkwardly against the end boards, and he spent several minutes down on the ice before leaving with some help. Kozun, the biggest surprise of training camp and one of the team’s better penalty killers early in the season, put no weight on his left leg as he went down the tunnel. Will have an MRI Tomorrow once swelling goes down.

Wings padded their lead on another heads-up play by Zetterberg at 18:16 of the second. Zetterberg beat Polak to the puck after Jakub Kindl flipped it in and fed it to a streaking Nyquist, who shot it under Reimer’s left pad to make it 3-0.

It was Nyquist‘s fourth goal in four games this season. He had 28 goals in 57 games last season in leading the Red Wings to the playoffs.

The crowd of 19,054 showered the Leafs with boos as they left the ice at the second intermission. Some of the biggest cheers of the night came during the intermission when an usher was shown on the video boards dancing to Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.”

 

Notes:

  • This was the first of eight Friday night games for the Leafs this season and first of three at Air Canada Centre. In the past nine seasons dating to the 2004-05 lockout, Toronto hosted a total of three Friday night games.
  • Several new Canadian citizens were sworn in at a ceremony at centre ice earlier in the day, and they helped anthem singer Doug Tranquada sing “O Canada.”
  • Howard finished with 23 saves on 24 shots.

 

 

 

 

Colorado Avalanche               @               Toronto Maple Leafs

Pregame Notes 

Toronto Maple Leafs Notes:

Last Game:

  • Toronto 6, New York 3 – Led by the play of their top line, who combined for seven points, Toronto spoiled New York’s home opener on Sunday night at Madison Square Garden. The Maple Leafs offence erupted for five second-period goals (in a span of 9:54), including a powerplay, even strength and shorthanded marker in less than five minutes. Phil Kessel led the way with three points (1 goal, 2 assists) while James Reimer made 24 saves to earn his first victory of the season.

 

Worth Nothing:

  • Sunday night’s game against the Rangers marked the first time the Maple Leafs have scored five goals in a period since January 7, 2011 (9-3 win at Atlanta)
  • With an assist on Sunday night against New York, Stuart Percy became the first rookie defenceman in Maple Leafs history to record a point in each of his first three games
  • The last time Toronto scored six goals in their road opener was October 5, 2006 at Ottawa (6-0 W)

 

Injury Report:

  • David Booth – Sustained broken right foot in preseason game against Buffalo, September 28 and placed on injured reserve (expected out four or more weeks)
  • Cody Franson – Sustained knee injury in preseason game against Buffalo, September 28 (missed one regular season game; removed from IR October 11)

2014-15 Total Regular Season Man Games Lost: 4
2013-14 Total Regular Season Man Games Lost: 231

 

Recent Transactions:

  • September 30 – Assigned Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • October 6 – Assigned William Nylander to Modo (SHL)
  • October 7 – Assigned Korbinian Holzer, Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr to the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned Viktor Loov to the Toronto Marlies. Recalled Troy Bodie from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)
  • October 9 – Claimed forward Richard Panik off waivers from Tampa Bay. Assigned Josh Leivo and Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

 

Notes of The Night:

  • Phil Kessel holds the NHL’s sixth longest active games played streak, having skated in 367 consecutive games dating back to his time with Boston. Kessel has never missed a game in his time with the Maple Leafs
  • Through three games Toronto ranks 5th in NHL powerplay percentage (41.7%)
  • The Maple Leafs currently rank 2nd (tie) in the NHL with 11 goals scored in three games
  • Tyler Bozak is currently riding a 3-game goal streak (3 goals), the longest of his NHL career. Bozak is set to play the 300th game of his NHL career
  • Stuart Percy is currently riding a 3-game point streak (3 assists), the longest of his NHL career
  • Leo Komarov registered the first multi-point game (2 assists) of his NHL career on Sunday against New York

 

Tonight’s Matchup: Colorado Avalanche vs Toronto Maple Leafs:

  • 2013-14 Series: 1-1-0 (0-1-0 at Toronto)
  • All-Time Record: 26-36-9-1 (16-18-4-1 at Toronto)
  • Last Game: January 21, 2014 at Colorado (Toronto 5, Colorado 2)
  • Next Game: Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Colorado
  • Current Streak: 1 win (Toronto)

 

Toronto Notables vs Colorado:

  • Dion Phaneuf leads all Maple Leaf skaters with 20 career points (6 goals, 14 assists) in 38 games against Colorado. Phaneuf’s first NHL point (1 goal, 1 assist) came on October 10, 2005 against the Avalanche
  • Joffrey Lupul had 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) in 2 games to lead the Maple Leafs against the Avalanche last season
  • Carter Ashton collected his first career NHL point (assist) on October 8, 2013 against Colorado
  • Tyler Bozak played his first NHL game and recorded his first point (assist) against Colorado on October 13, 2009
  • Stephane Robidas played his first NHL game against the Avalanche on October 20, 1999

 

Moving Up The List:
With three points on Sunday night against the Rangers, Phil Kessel moved past Bill Derlago into 27th spot on the Maple Leafs all-time scoring list with 336 points in 366 games. Kessel needs 4 points to move past Dick Duff for 26th all-time.

 

Upcoming Player Milestones:
Games Played

  • Tyler Bozak‘s next game will be his 300th career NHL and 300th Maple Leaf game
  • Daniel Winnik needs 7 games to reach 500 career NHL games played
  • David Clarkson needs 11 games to reach 500 career NHL games played
  • Phil Kessel needs 11 games to reach 600 career NHL games played
  • Stephane Robidas needs 12 games to reach 900 career NHL games played
  • Dion Phaneuf needs 17 games to reach 700 career NHL games played

Goals

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 4 goals to reach 100 career NHL goals scored
  • Joffrey Lupul needs 15 goals to reach 200 career NHL goals scored

Assists

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 2 assists to reach 100 career NHL assists
  • Stephane Robidas needs 4 assists to reach 200 career NHL assists

Points

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 5 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points
  • James van Riemsdyk needs 6 points to reach 200 career NHL points
  • Mike Santorelli needs 12 points to reach 100 career NHL points
  • Joffrey Lupul needs 13 points to reach 400 career NHL points
  • Tyler Bozak needs 13 points to reach 200 career NHL and 200 Maple Leaf points
  • Cody Franson needs 15 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points

Colorado Avalanche Notes:

Last Game:
Colorado 2 at Boston 1 – Daniel Briere scored his 300th NHL goal with less than a second left in regulation to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory over the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Jamie McGinn also scored for the Avs and Reto Berra stopped 27-of-28 shots in his first start of the season. The win was Colorado’s seventh straight victory at Boston, as the Avs haven’t lost in Beantown since March 30, 1998.

 

Current Injuries:

  • Patrick Bordeleau (back).
  • John Mitchell (head).
  • Jesse Winchester (head).

 

Recent Transactions:

  • None

 

Avs Continue Four-Game Trip Tonight In Toronto:
The Colorado Avalanche continues their four-game road trip tonight in Toronto against the Maple Leafs. The Avs opened the trip with a 2-1 victory in Boston yesterday afternoon. The Avalanche will play at Ottawa on Thursday before wrapping up the trip on Saturday night in Montreal.

 

Avs & Maple Leafs:
Tonight is the first of two meetings between the Avalanche and Maple Leafs this season. Toronto will visit Denver on November 6. The Avs have won their last four visits here to the Air Canada Centre. Colorado’s last loss in this building was March 20, 2004.

  • All-time Record vs. Toronto: 37-26-9
  • Home Record: 18-10-5
  • Road Record: 19-16-4
  • Record Since Moving To Denver: 14-10-2
  • 2013-14 Record: 1-1-0 (1-0 on the road)

 

Briere Tallies 300th In Dramatic Fashion:
Daniel Briere scored his 300th NHL goal yesterday afternoon in Boston, lighting the lamp with under a second left in regulation to give the Avalanche a 2-1 victory. Briere is the first Avalanche player to ever score a game-winning goal with one second left in regulation.

 

Back-To-Back:
The Avs are playing their first of 12 back-to-back games, as they take on the Maple Leafs tonight after beating the Bruins 2-1 yesterday afternoon in Boston. The Avalanche played 10 back-to-back games last season, going 7-2-1 in the first game and 4-4-2 in the second.

 

East Side Story:
The Avs are 1-0 vs Eastern Conference teams this season after beating the Bruins 2-1 yesterday afternoon. Colorado finished 21-9-2 against Eastern Conference teams last year, 10-4-2 at home and 11-5-0 on the road. After yesterday’s victory in Boston, Colorado is now 35-13-3 against the East since the start of the 2011-12 season, 55-23-9 since 2009-10 and 83-43-9 since 2005-06.

 

Iginla Climbing The All-Time Lists:
Jarome Iginla has 1,167 career points—including 560 goals—in 1,313 career regular season games. His 560 goals are tied with Guy Lafleur for 24th place on the NHL’s all-time list, while his 1,167 career points rank 50th on the all-time scoring list. His next goal will not only move him past Lafleur but also tie him with Mike Modano (561) for 23rd all-time. Iginla needs three points to tie Bobby Hull (1170) for 49th all-time. Only Jaromir Jagr (705) has more goals among active players and only Jagr (1757) and Joe Thornton (1195) have more points. Iginla has twice finished runner-up for the Hart Trophy (2002, 2004), which included finishing second in the closest voting ever in 2001-02. He won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer in both 2002 and 2004 and captured the 2002 Art Ross Trophy as the league’s scoring leader. Iginla was named to the NHL’s First All-Star Team in 2001-02, 2007-08 and 2008-09, and the NHL’s Second All-Star Team in 2003-04. He was selected to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 1996-97. Jarome has won the 2004 NHL Foundation Player Award (community service), 2004 King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian contribution in his community) and the 2009 Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award.

 

Player Milestones:

  • Brad Stuart needs just 12 games to reach 1,000 career regular season games in the NHL. Alex Tanguay can also reach the 1,000-game mark this season, as he has appeared in 941 contests, 59 shy of 1,000.
  • Jan Hejda needs one assist to reach 100 NHL assists.
  • Semyon Varlamov has appeared in 153 games as a member of the Avalanche, tying Ron Tugnutt for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time list for games played by a goaltender. Varlamov’s 78 wins with Colorado rank seventh in franchise history, one behind Mario Gosselin (79) for sixth.
  • Alex Tanguay needs one goal to tie Dale Hunter (142) for ninth place on the franchise’s all-time goal-scoring list.

 

  • Cody McLeod needs 15 penalty minutes to reach 1,000 career PIM. He will become the first player in Avalanche history and sixth in franchise history to surpass 1,000 PIM.
  • Ryan O’Reilly needs nine points to reach 200 career points.
  • Maxime Talbot needs 12 games to reach 600 career contests and five assists to reach 100 career helpers.

 

Central Division Champs:
The Avalanche tied their franchise record with 52 wins and posted their-second highest point total ever (112) en route to winning the Central Division title in 2013-14. Colorado finished 52-22-8, exactly 26-11-4 at home (56 points) and 26-11-4 on the road (56 points). The Avs set a franchise mark for road wins on their way to finishing with the best road record in the NHL.

 

Ninth Division Crown; First Since 2002-03:
The Avs last season won their ninth division championship since moving to Denver, their first since 2002-03. It marked Colorado/Quebec’s 11th division title in franchise history, which includes an NHL-record streak of nine consecutive division crowns from 1995 to 2003. The Avalanche/Nordiques have now won the Central Division (2013-14), five Northwest Division titles (1998-99 to 2002-03), three Pacific Division crowns (1995-98), a Northeast Division title (1994-95) and an Adams Division banner (1985-86).

 

Road, Sweet Road:
The Avalanche last year set a franchise record for road wins in a season with 26. The Avs led the NHL in road wins, points (56) and winning percentage (683%). The Avalanche began the year a league-best 6-0 away from home, matching their longest road winning streak to begin a season in franchise history, and finished the year 15-5-2 in their last 22 road contests.

 

Central Success:
Colorado finished 19-6-3 against Central Division opponents last season, 9-3-2 at home and 10-3-1 on the road. The Avs were 4-1-0 vs. Chicago, 4-1-0 vs. Dallas, 4-0-1 vs. Minnesota, 3-1-0 vs. Nashville, 1-3-0 vs. St. Louis and 3-0-2 vs. Winnipeg. The Central ended up being the only division to produce five playoff teams in 2013-14.

 

Award-Winning Season:
The Avalanche took home three individual trophies at the 2014 NHL Awards Show in Las Vegas on June 24. Nathan MacKinnon won the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie, Ryan O’Reilly won the Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct, while Patrick Roy won the Jack Adams Award as the coach of the year. The Avs and Boston Bruins were the only teams to produce three winners. Semyon Varlamov was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy, making Colorado one of only two teams with four awards finalists (Tampa Bay was the other).

 

The Power Of One:
The Avs were 28-4-8 in one-goal games last year, the best winning percentage in the NHL (.700%). Colorado’s 28 one-goal wins were also a league high.

 

Working Overtime:
The Avs finished 15-8 in games that went beyond regulation last season, 10-4 in overtime and 5-4 in shootouts. The Avalanche’s 10 overtime wins and 15 combined OT/shootout wins led all NHL teams. Colorado was 7-2 in road overtime games, setting a franchise record for road OT wins in a single season.

 

Getting Offensive:
Colorado finished fourth in the NHL in scoring last season, averaging 2.99 goals-per-game (245 total). It was the club’s most goals and highest average since 2006-07 (267 total, 3.26 per). Colorado had five different 20-goal scorers and five different 50-point producers, the first time the Avs have accomplished either feat since 2006-07. Boston, Chicago, Pittsburgh and St. Louis were the only other teams to have five different players reach both scoring plateaus. Colorado’s defensemen combined for 48 goals and 173 points, their highest totals since 2005-06 (52 and 204).

 

Specialty Teams:
The Avalanche finished tied for fifth in power-play percentage last season at 19.8% (50-for-252), the club’s highest ranking since placing fourth in 2006-07. Colorado finished 24th in penalty killing at 80.7% (201/249). The Avalanche allowed only one short-handed goal, setting a franchise record for the fewest SHG allowed in a single season. Only the Predators, who did not allow a single short-handed goal, gave up fewer SHG in 2013-14.

 

 

 

Not much to report from practice today:

Phaneuf peged Kessel in the skate with a hard shot/pass. Kessel angrily returns the favour and hits Phaneuf with one. Some words exchanged but they come away laughing – all good.

Reimer starts tonight vs Avs. Good call by Carlyle. It’s to Leafs benefit to have both goalies rolling.

Percy surprised to stick in lineup over older players? “Maybe I didn’t expect it, but definitely strived for it.” Best advice Percy received?: “Keep your foot on the gas & don’t let up”; Steve Staios told him that right before 1st NHL game. Says most memorable moment of his young NHL career so far was national anthem (sung by ACC fans) in season opener.

Gardiner: “That’s just how it goes: If someone’s playing really well or you’re not playing your game then you’re not going to play.” Gardiner has reviewed film. What stands out? 1. Needs to do a better job containing players in D zone. 2. Must move the puck quicker. “Been playing a little too loose defensively and I think I can definitely sharpen up in that area.”

Carlyle on Gardiner: “We feel that we have a quality hockey player that can play to a higher level and he agrees with that…end of story.”
Carlyle said Robidas gets more leeway to work thru issues bc he’s a veteran coming off serious injury only playing once in pre-season: “Not easy doing what he’s doing, we know that and it’s not like we’re hiding him in our lineup. He’s playing big mins.”

Robidas: “I’m not where I want to be. I know I can be better. It’s little things [I must improve]: timing & play without the puck. I can make a good first pass & that’s where I got to get back to, make good plays with the puck & be very strong defensively.” Robidas recalls being healthy scratch 20 times in 2nd season: “Sometimes it’s good, a little bit of adversity sometimes can be good”

Carlyle on scratching players: “Everything you do is for the betterment of the team and that’s the only way a coach can present it.”

Reimer: “Right now we’re starting a playoff push.” A little early for playoff talk? Reimer: “I know, I know, but all the pts are important! On a number of occasions [Sunday] I was kind of looking for the puck & just before the guy shot one of our d-men boxed out [a NYR] It’s not a secret: defence wins and I thought we did a great job in NY. We worked the hardest I’ve seen us work this year.” Reimer’s 2nd straight start; sign of open competition? James: “It’s pretty early, I don’t think you can read into anything here really.”

 

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Toronto Maple Leafs      6               @               New York Rangers      3

Date: October 12, 2014

Maybe the Toronto Maple Leafs just needed to get out of Toronto to get their game in order. The Maple Leafs beat the New York Rangers 6-3 at Madison Square Garden tonight because they played with speed and with the puck, dominated on special teams and got a solid performance from James Reimer. Basically, they beat the Rangers for their first win of the season because they did everything they didn’t do well enough in losses to the Montreal Canadiens and Pittsburgh Penguins at Air Canada Centre.

Leafs were even good enough to chase Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist from the game late in the second period. Lundqvist allowed six goals on 24 shots before he was replaced by Cam Talbot with 4:47 to play in the period. Toronto scored five goals on Lundqvist in a span of 9:54 in the second period to take a 6-2 lead.

Reimer, making his first start of the season made 24 saves before leaving with 13:17 to play in the third period. He was hit in the head by Rangers center Dominic Moore while reaching for the puck at the side of the net. Bernier replaced Reimer, who still picked up his first win since April 3 — which was after Toronto lost eight in a row to fall out of the Stanley Cup Playoff race in the Eastern Conference.

Reimer said he’s fine and that he didn’t want to come out of the game, but he had to. “We have protocols to come out; err on the side of caution, I guess. I was feeling good and I felt like I was stopping pucks, but our trainer’s job is to ensure the safety of the players and enforce the protocols in place.”

Toronto’s first-line wings van Riemsdyk and Kessel, without a point in the first two games, each scored a goal and combined for five points. Kessel’s goal came on the power play. van Riemsdyk scored his on a shorthanded breakaway.

Defenseman Cody Franson, who didn’t play in the first two games because of a knee injury, got Toronto started with a power-play goal at 7:45 in the first period. He added an assist.

Carlyle: “Franson’s goal was a big goal that got us going, it was nice to see him come back and make a contribution and you win. All of those things are positives.”

Toronto was 2-for-4 on the power play and 2-for-2 on the penalty kill, along with van Riemsdyk’s shorthanded goal. The Leafs were 3-for-8 on the power play in their first two games, but they allowed three power-play goals to the Penguins in a 5-2 loss Saturday.

Toronto also got goals from Tyler Bozak, Nazem Kadri and David Clarkson, who scored his first of the season.

In building a 6-2 lead through two periods, Toronto had a 30-23 advantage in shots on goal and 46-42 edge in total shot attempts. The Leafs were outshot 41-25 and out-attempted 71-52 by Pittsburgh. They were outshot 32-27 by the Canadiens in a 4-3 loss this past Wednesday.

Other Notables: 

  • Leafs scored five goals in one period for the first time since January 7, 2011, when they found the back of the net six times in the second period of a 9-3 win at ATL.
  • The Leafs also recorded six goals in a road game for the first time since February 9, 2013, when they posted a 6-0 victory at MTL.
  • The line of Kessel (1-2—3), Bozak (1-1—2) and JvR (1-1—2) combined for 3-4—7, including the game-winning goal (by JvR).
  • Kessel now has 8-11—19 in 28 career games versus the Rangers, including 6-8—14 in 16 contests at Madison Square Garden.
  • Bozak found the back of the net for the third consecutive game and now leads the Maple Leafs with 3-1—4 this season. His three-game goal streak is the first such run of his NHL career (299 GP).
  • JvR scored his third career shorthanded goal and 18th career game-winner. His other two shorthanded tallies came last season: October 30 at CGY and March 1 at MTL.
  • Rookie defenseman Stuart Percy picked up an assist for the third consecutive game.
  • Cody Franson added 1-1—2 in his season debut.
  • Leo Komarov (0-2—2) posted his first career multi-assist/point game.

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Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Rangers

Game Notes

New York Rangers Notes:
The Rangers play their 2014-15 home opener tonight against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Madison Square Garden (7:00 p.m.). New York is concluding its first back-to-back set of the season tonight, as well as starting a four-game homestand. The Rangers enter tonight’s contest with a 1-1-0 record (0-0-0 at home, 1-1-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss against the Columbus Blue Jackets last night at Nationwide Arena.

Rangers vs Maple Leafs:

  • All-Time: 224-273-95-7 (130-111-56-4 at home, 94-162-39-3 on the road)

  • 2014-15: Tonight is the first of three contests this season between the Rangers and Maple Leafs, and the only matchup at MSG. Following tonight’s game, the Rangers and Maple Leafs will face off again on the following dates: November 8 (at Toronto), February 10 (at Toronto).

  • Last Season: The Rangers posted a 2-0-1 record (1-0-1 at home, 1-0-0 on the road) against Toronto last season. Two of the three contests were decided in overtime or a shootout, and the Rangers allowed one goal in two of the three games. New York was 7-for-7 on the penalty kill during the season series. Dominic Moore led all skaters with three goals, four points, and a plus-four rating, while Ryan McDonagh led all Rangers defensemen with two points (one goal, one assist) and a plus-three rating in the three contests. Cam Talbot posted a 2-0-0 record with a 0.96 GAA and a .962 SV% (50 saves on 52 shots) in two appearances against the Maple Leafs.

  • The Rangers have registered a point in 19 of their last 23 games against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 6-1 victory against Toronto on December 29, 2007 (14-4-5 over the span). New York has also earned at least one point in seven of its last eight contests against the Maple Leafs, dating back to a 3-0 win on January 14, 2012 (6-1-1 over the span).

  • The Blueshirts have earned a point in 10 of their last 12 games against Toronto at MSG, dating back to a 1-0 shootout victory on October 17, 2008 (7-2-3 record over the span)

  • New York lists three former Maple Leafs on its roster: Michael Kostka (2012-13), Dominic Moore (2007-08 – 2008-09), Lee Stempniak (2008-09 – 2009-10)

  • Toronto lists no former Rangers on its roster

 

Individual Career Leaders vs Maple Leafs:

  • Henrik Lundqvist – 24 GP, 12-7-5, 2.66 GAA, .905 SV%

  • Martin St. Louis – 52 GP, 18-33-51 – St. Louis has tallied a point in 33 of 52 career games against Toronto. He has registered a point in 16 of his last 21 contests against the Maple Leafs, tallying 26 points (10 goals, 16 assists) over the span. St. Louis made his Rangers debut on March 5, 2014 against Toronto at MSG.

  • Rick Nash – 14 GP, 4-6-10 – Nash has recorded four points (two goals, two assists) in six games against the Maple Leafs since joining the Rangers prior to the 2012-13 season.

  • Dominic Moore – 23 GP, 5-5-10 – Moore has registered a point in six of his last nine games against Toronto, recording eight points (five goals, three assists) over the span. He has tallied four points (two goals, two assists) and posted a plus-four rating in his last two games against the Maple Leafs.

  • Dan Girardi – 28 GP, 4-5-9 – Girardi’s nine points against Toronto are tied for the most he has against an Atlantic Division opponent (also has nine against Montreal).

 

Welcome Home:
The Rangers have posted a 36-35-14-2 record in 87 home openers in franchise history. New York is opening its home schedule against Toronto for the third time in the last five seasons, and the eighth time overall. Starting with tonight’s game, the Rangers will play 14 of the next 19 contests at MSG.

 

Back-To-Back:
The Rangers conclude the first of 13 back-to-back sets this season with tonight’s contest. Last season, the Blueshirts posted a 14-9-1 record in 24 games that were part of back-to-back matchups, including a 9-4-0 record in the second half of back-to-back games. Since the start of the 2010-11 season, the Rangers have posted a 33-15-2 record in the second half of back-to-back contests.

Toronto Maple Leafs Notes:
Toronto enters tonight’s game with a 0-2-0 record (0-2-0 at home, 0-0-0 on the road), following a 5-2 loss against the Pittsburgh Penguins last night in Toronto. The Penguins opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period, scoring once at even strength and twice on the powerplay. Joffrey Lupul and Tyler Bozak notched Toronto’s only goals with both tallies coming on a man advantage. Jonathan Bernier made 36 saves in the loss while Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 23 of 25 shots.

 

Maple Leafs vs. New York Rangers:

  • 2013-14 Series: 1-1-1 (1-0-1 at New York)

  • All-Time Record: 280-216-95-8 (115-125-56-5 at New York)

  • Last Game: March 5, 2014 (Toronto 3, New York 2 OT)

  • Current Streak: 1 (Toronto)

 

Individual vs Rangers:

  • Phil Kessel leads the Maple Leafs with 16 points (7 goals, 9 assists) in 27 career games against the Rangers

  • David Clarkson has played more games (36) and collected more penalty minutes (79) against New York than any other current Maple Leaf

  • On March 5, 2014 at New York, Tyler Bozak became the 3rd NHL player to score a penalty shot goal and game winning goal in overtime during the same game. Bozak also led all Toronto players with 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in 2 games against New York last season

  • Captain Dion Phaneuf scored his first goal as a Maple Leaf against the Rangers on April 7, 2010 (Henrik Lundqvist)

 

Moving Up The List:
Phil Kessel currently ranks 28th on the Maple Leafs all-time scoring list with 333 points in 365 games. Kessel is just one point shy of former Leaf forward Bill Derlago for 27th all-time. If Kessel were to produce the same 80 points that he did during 2013-14, he would jump nine spots to 19th on the all-time scoring list.

 

Notes Of The Night:

  • Stuart Percy collected the second point of his NHL career (assist) in just his second game on Saturday night against Pittsburgh

  • Through two games five Maple Leafs have averaged over 20 minutes of ice time per game: Dion Phaneuf (21:35) Jake Gardiner (21:16), Morgan Rielly (20:28), Stuart Percy (20:21) and James van Riemsdyk (20:04)

  • Tonight’s game closes out the first of 18 sets of back-to-back games for the Maple Leafs this season. In 16 sets of back-to-back games last season Toronto posted a record of 13-18-1

 

Injury Report:

  • David Booth – Sustained broken right foot in preseason game against Buffalo, September 28 (expected out four or more weeks)

  • Cody Franson – Sustained knee injury in preseason game against Buffalo, September 28 (Removed from IR on October 11)

 

Recent Transactions:

  • September 30 – Assigned Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

  • October 6 – Assigned William Nylander to Modo (SHL)

  • October 7 – Assigned Korbinian Holzer, Frazer McLaren and Colton Orr to the Toronto Marlies (AHL). Loaned Viktor Loov to the Toronto Marlies. Recalled Troy Bodie from the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

  • October 9 – Claimed forward Richard Panik off waivers from Tampa Bay. Assigned Josh Leivo and Troy Bodie to the Toronto Marlies (AHL)

 

Upcoming Milestones:
Games Played

  • Tyler Bozak needs 2 games to reach 300 career NHL and 300 Maple Leaf games played

  • Daniel Winnik needs 8 games to reach 500 career NHL games played

  • David Clarkson needs 12 games to reach 500 career NHL games played

  • Phil Kessel needs 12 games to reach 600 career NHL games played

  • Stephane Robidas needs 13 games to reach 900 career NHL games played

  • Dion Phaneuf needs 18 games to reach 700 career NHL games played

Goals

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 5 goals to reach 100 career NHL goals scored

  • Joffrey Lupul needs 15 goals to reach 200 career NHL goals scored

Assists

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 3 assists to reach 100 career NHL assists

  • Stephane Robidas needs 5 assists to reach 200 career NHL assists

Points

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 7 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points

  • James van Riemsdyk needs 8 points to reach 200 career NHL points

  • Mike Santorelli needs 12 points to reach 100 career NHL points

  • Joffrey Lupul needs 13 points to reach 400 career NHL points

  • Tyler Bozak needs 15 points to reach 200 career NHL and 200 Maple Leaf points

  • Cody Franson needs 17 points to reach 100 Maple Leaf points

 

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has agreed to a 1-year contact with Cody Franson worth $3.3 million dollars.

Franson played 79 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14, collecting 33 points (five goals, 28 assists) with 30 penalty minutes. He ranked second in NHL hits (282) and was third on the Leafs in blocked shots (111). He established single-season career highs in assists and points last season.

Franson has struggled defensively under former Leafs coach Ron Wilson and again under Randy Carlyle this past season in an increased role.  This isn’t the first time that the Leafs and Franson have been at odds with contract negotiations; Franson held out of training camp this past season and instead started camp with Ryerson University.

The native of Sicamous, British Columbia has played 322 career NHL games with Toronto and the Nashville Predators, posting 28 goals, 105 assists, 133 points, 106 minutes in penalties and a plus-eight rating. Franson was acquired by the Maple Leafs along with Matthew Lombardi from the Predators on July 3, 2011 in exchange for Brett Lebda and Robert Slaney. He was originally selected by Nashville in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.

 

Franson on conference call with reporters:

Asked about what might have been, about the speculation that swirled around him for the three months between his last game and his new deal:
“I heard the rumours and stuff, but for me, it’s all rumours until my phone rings. “Toronto is obviously where I want to be. I’m always hopeful there wasn’t a ton of truth to all those rumours. But it’s business.” 

On who he will be paired with this season:
“Obviously, I want to play in the top four and I’m going to have to have a good camp to make sure that happens.” has no idea who he plays with this year, especially with new right – left shot combos coming into defence picture.

 

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has agree to a two-year contract with Peter Holland, worth $1.55 million.

Holland played 39 games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 collecting 10 points (five goals, five assists) and 16 penalty minutes. He recorded a career best two goals and three points December 14 against Chicago. The forward also played 14 regular season games for the AHL’s Toronto Marlies this past season during which he registered five goals and five assists with 10 penalty minutes. In 11 Calder Cup playoff games he led the Marlies in both goals (7) and points (15), while earning a (+6) plus/minus rating. The new contract means Holland is waiver prone, so there will be no bouncing up and down this season or else the Leafs would lose him.

The Maple Leafs acquired Holland on November 16, 2013 from the Anaheim Ducks along with Brad Staubitz in exchange for Jesse Blacker, Toronto’s second round pick and Anaheim’s seventh round pick (previously acquired) in the 2014 Entry Draft.

Holland has played 68 career NHL games for Toronto and Anaheim and has registered 17 points (10 goals, seven assists) and 24 penalty minutes. He was originally Anaheim’s first choice, selected 15th overall, in the 2009 Entry Draft.

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced today that the club has signed forward Jamie Devane to a 2-year contract.

Devane played two games for the Maple Leafs in 2013-14 going scoreless. The forward made his NHL debut October 5 vs. Ottawa Senators.

Devane also played 55 games for the Toronto Marlies (AHL) last season, collecting eight points (four goals, four assists) and leading the team with 146 penalty minutes.

Devane was selected by Toronto in the third round, 68th overall, at the 2009 Entry Draft.