Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals February 21 2019
WASHINGTON CAPITALS (34-20-7 – 75 Points) vs. TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS (36-20-4 – 76 Points)
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2019. Scotiabank Arena. Toronto, Ontario.
- Andreas Johnsson put the Maple Leafs on the board at 4:23 of the third period. Johnsson has 10 points (6-4-10) in 10 games during the month of February. Johnsson’s nine shots on goal in tonight’s game gives him a new single-game career-high for shots on goal in a game (Previous: 7, March 17, 2018 vs. Montreal).
- John Tavares scored the second Maple Leafs goal of the night at 19:28 of the third period. Tavares has four points (1-3-4) over his last five games. In 18 games against Metropolitan Division opponents this season, he has 19 points (12 goals, 7 assists).
- Auston Matthews registered the lone assist on Johnsson’s third period goal. Matthews has points (1-1-2) in two consecutive games and eight points (4-4-8) over his last five games. He has 12 points (7-5-12) in 11 games during the month of February.
- Morgan Rielly recorded the lone assist on Tavares’ third period goal. Rielly has three points (1-2-3) over his last four games. He has recorded four assists in three games against Washington this season.
- Frederik Andersen stopped 25 shots in the loss. Tonight’s game was Andersen’s 300th career NHL game.
I thought the second goal was a gift, we had no one in front of the net and so that was a freebie. Even, to be honest with you, the shorthanded goal I thought we could have sorted that out. So, you’d like to have those back. You can’t outscore your defensive mistakes, you’ve got to be good defensively. We had lots of great looks, as you saw, lots of good opportunity here, no question about it. We actually skated probably better than I thought after coming back off the trip. The bottom line is you’ve got to get points and we’ve suddenly got one of them in three games. You’ve got to get yourself energized tomorrow and back at it and find a way to win a hockey game. – Head Coach Mike Babcock
Photos by Luke Durda – In Play! magazine