New Jersey Devils at Toronto Maple Leafs January 14 2020 Gallery
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John Tavares opened the scoring for the Maple Leafs at 5:18 of the first period before picking up the secondary assist on Nylander’s second period goal and later adding the secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ second period goal. Tonight’s game is his fourth multi-assist and 13th multi-point game of the season. He has 37 points (19 goals, 18 assists) in 42 career games against the Devils. Tavares has goals (2) and points (2-2-4) in two consecutive games. He has two goals and four assists against New Jersey in 2019-20. In 11 games against Metropolitan Division teams he has recorded 5 goals and 8 assists.
Frederik Gauthier scored the second Toronto goal of the night at 9:10 of the first period. He has two goals over his last four games. He has recorded seven (5-2-7) of his 10 points on home ice this season.
Zach Hyman scored the third Maple Leafs goal of the game on the power play at 19:56 of the first period and later had the secondary assist on Auston Matthews’ third period goal. Hyman has goals (2), assists (3) and points (2-3-5) in two consecutive games. Tonight’s game is his fifth multi-point performance of the season. He has 11 points (5 goals, 6 assists) in 11 games on home ice this season.
William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later scored the fourth Toronto goal of the night at 2:12 of the second period. Nylander has assists (2) and points (1-2-3) in two consecutive games. He two goals and three assists in two games against New Jersey this season. Tonight’s game is Nylander’s 10th multi-point performance of 2019-20. His second period goal is his 20th goal of the season — the third time he has reached the 20-goal mark in his career.
Auston Matthews scored the Maple Leafs fifth goal of the game on the power play at 10:39 of the second period and later added Toronto’s sixth goal of the night at 3:58 of the third period before scoring the Maple Leafs’ seventh goal of the night into an empty net at 18:40 of the third period. Tonight’s game is Matthews’ ninth multi-goal game of 2019-20, which leads the NHL, and his second career hat trick (Previous: October 12, 2016 at Ottawa). He has registered multi-points in a game on 19 occasions this season. He has seven goals over his last five games played. In 23 games on home ice, he has recorded 39 points (27 goals, 12 assists).
Rasmus Sandin registered the primary assist on Tavares’ first period goal and later had the primary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. This game is Sandin’s first career multi-assist and multi-point game. He was recalled from the Toronto Marlies (AHL) on January 13. He has four assists in seven games with the Maple Leafs this season. He has 15 points (2-13-15) in 21 games with the Marlies in 2019-20, while collecting 10 points (3-7-10) in seven games at the 2020 World Juniors.
William Nylander collected the secondary assist on Tavares’ first period goal. Nylander has assists (2) in two consecutive games. He recorded a goal and two assists on December 27 at New Jersey. He has 16 points (8-8-16) in 15 games against Metropolitan Division teams.
Jason Spezza had the secondary assist on Hyman’s first period goal. Spezza has two points (1-1-2) in his last four games. Tonight’s game is his 1,100th career NHL game, making him the 196th player in League history to reach the milestone. He has recorded 933 career NHL points (338 goals, 595 assists).
Pierre Engvall registered the primary assist on Nylander’s second period goal. He has recorded five points (3 goals, 2 assists) in six games during the month of January. In 10 games on home ice, he has collected six points (4-2-6).
Mitch Marner recorded the primary assist on Matthews’ second period goal and later had the primary assist on Matthews’ third period goal. Marner has points (3-8-11) in eight consecutive games. His 21 primary assists are the ninth-most in the NHL. He has recorded 25 of his 33 assists in 21 games on home ice this season. In six games during the month of January, he has registered nine points (4-5-9).
Frederik Andersen stopped 24 shots to earn his 22nd win of the season.
HEAD COACH SHELDON KEEFE On effort: “I liked it. I thought our first period was really good, liked a lot about that. Of course, I liked that we were able to score goals again here today. I didn’t like our second period at all. To me, this has happened to us before where the third period is where the puck ends up in our net, but I actually liked a lot about our third period. The second period, to me, with the puck offensively was one of the worst periods that we’ve had since I’ve been here. I thought we cleaned that up a lot in the third period with how we handled the puck and how we maintained the puck. We just had some breakdowns again where guys got in behind us. We don’t like to see that, but we’d much rather see it in a game like this where we can continue to nail down on it and teach on it rather than whether it’s 0-0 or whatever the case may be where it’s going to really hurt us. Today I think it helps our cause because it’s something defensively to nail down”
Photos by Joe Mastromatteo – In Play! magazine