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Maple Leafs look to set franchise record for best 20-game start | Montreal Gazette

Maple Leafs look to set franchise record for best 20-game start

Maple Leafs hit with injuries as club looks to set franchise record for best 20-game start | Montreal Gazette

The Calgary Flames will spend the next week and change in Ontario, playing a grand total of five games against two teams that are measuring sticks for totally different reasons. Fresh off a pummelling from their provincial rivals in the Blowout The Calgary Flames will spend the next week and change in Ontario, playing a grand total of five games against two teams that are measuring sticks for totally different reasons. Fresh off a pummelling from their provincial rivals in the Blowout

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The Leafs’ backup goalie has returned to practice after a leg injury, but isn’t quite ready for game action as the Calgary Flames hit town for two sta...The Leafs’ backup goalie has returned to practice after a leg injury, but isn’t quite ready for game action as the Calgary Flames hit town for two sta...

After the first 19 games of their season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in first place with an impressive 14-3-2 record for 30 points. After the first 19 games of their season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are in first place of both the North Division and the NHL. They currently have an impress...

Can the Toronto Maple Leafs Maintain Their Lead All Season Long?

One thing about watching Auston Matthews: he rarely keeps you in suspense very long after

Leafs sniper Matthews has thirst for first | Ottawa Citizen

Leafs sniper Matthews has thirst for first | Ottawa Citizen

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New Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk might never have predicted a career trajectory that went from high first-round draft choice to landing with six different teams in the last three years. Kristen Shilton has more his decision to not focus on his rocky past when there is still a potentially hopeful future ahead.

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The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated Montreal 5-3 on Saturday, bookmarking a week that had a little bit of everything in Toronto.The Toronto Maple Leafs won their third straight game Saturday night, rebounding perfectly from Monday night's debacle. Remember when Leafs land was all in...

Toronto Maple Leafs end week on high note with win over Canadiens

Toronto Maple Leafs end week on high note with win over Canadiens

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Before the Maple Leafs determined they wanted to take a run at Joe Thornton, they came up with a plan of how they thought they could best utilize the future Hall of Fame player. GM Kyle Dubas and his handpicked coach, Sheldon Keefe, met numerous Before the Maple Leafs determined they wanted to take a run at Joe Thornton, they came up with a plan of how they thought they could best utilize the future Hall of Fame player. GM Kyle Dubas and his handpicked coach, Sheldon Keefe, met numerous

SIMMONS: Leafs plan for Jumbo Joe working out better than expected | Sports | Cape Breton Post

In the third period of the Canadiens’ 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre, former Habs forward Dale Weise sent out the following tweet: There’s still a long way to go, but after a 7-1-2 start to this season for In the third period of the Canadiens’ 5-3 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday night at the Bell Centre, former Habs forward Dale Weise sent out the following tweet: There’s still a long way to go, but after a 7-1-2 start to this season for

Canadiens Game Day: Shine has worn off Habs after great start to season | Hockey | Sports | The Telegram

TORONTO (AP) David Rittich made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career as the Calgary Flames beat NHL-leading Toronto 3-0 onTORONTO (AP) David Rittich made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season and fourth of his career as the Calgary Flames beat NHL-leading Toronto 3-0 on

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Calgary Flames (8-9-1, fifth in the North Division) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-3-2, first in the North Division)Calgary Flames (8-9-1, fifth in the North Division) vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (14-3-2, first in the North Division)

EditorsNote: Reworded 2nd graf; Added time of goal at end of 7th graf; Added goalies' save totals Auston Matthews scored two goals and tallied two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the host Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Saturday. It was Matthews'EditorsNote: Reworded 2nd graf; Added time of goal at end of 7th graf; Added goalies' save totals Auston Matthews scored two goals and tallied two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the host Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Saturday. It was Matthews'

Auston Matthews powers Leafs to win over Habs | Hockey | Sports | The Guardian

The Montreal Canadiens' concerns extend beyond having lost three of four games heading into Sunday's road clash with the Ottawa Senators.The Montreal Canadiens' concerns extend beyond having lost three of four games heading into Sunday's road clash with the Ottawa Senators.

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Brendan Gallagher said earlier this month he "really couldn't care less" what the Maple Leafs are doing. And that could very well be true. It's also hard for the gritty Montreal Canadiens winger to ignore the impressive offensive numbers Toronto's dynamic 1-2 punch has put up so far this season. Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 16 goals in 17 games, including an astounding 15 over his last 13 contests, while linemate Mitch Marner is third in the overall scoring race — behind only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl — with 27 points. "Those guys work really well together," Gallagher said as the Canadiens prepared to host the Leafs on Saturday night. "If you do a good job against those two, you obviously increase your chances of winning. "And vice versa, if they do a lot of damage on you, it's going to hurt." Montreal should be well-rested when the teams meet at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens are coming off their bye following last Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 victory in Toronto, while the Leafs played a trio of games this week against the lowly Ottawa Senators, picking up five of a possible six points. Toronto sits first in the league's overall standings, owns the second-best winning percentage, and leads Montreal by eight points atop the North Division, although the Canadiens do have three games in hand. "You understand teams are going to make moves," Gallagher said. "I've watched a lot of the games, but we know if we take care of our own business we'll be there at the end. "We got off to a pretty decent start, but there's a lot of hockey to be played." That's going to be coming quick for the Canadiens, who have 41 games in 77 nights on the docket. "There's no letting off the gas," Montreal defenceman Ben Chiarot said. "It's every other day for two months." Saturday marks the fourth of 10 meetings between the Leafs (13-3-2) and Canadiens (9-4-2) in this 56-game season truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto won 5-4 in overtime at home on opening night and 4-2 in Montreal four weeks later before that 2-1 loss last Saturday at Scotiabank Arena. Apart from recharging their batteries, Gallagher, who capped the Canadiens' third-period rally in their victory against the Leafs, said his team spent the week fine-tuning systems with so little practice time on the horizon. "When bad habits leak into your game, it's really hard to get them out," he said. "You've got to catch them early." Also on a 15-game point streak, Matthews has yet to score against Montreal this season, but has an assist in all three games, including last weekend when he stripped Phillip Danault behind the Canadiens' net to feed Marner for a 1-0 lead early in the first period. "Those games are usually tight scoring, tight defensively," said Matthews, who sits fifth in NHL scoring with 25 points. "You've really got to earn your offence and earn your chances. "They're very well-structured. They have a lot of speed and a lot of skill. They don't make it easy." Danault recovered from that early gaffe to play a strong game against Matthews and Marner, who along with Joe Thornton, combined to put up 11 points against Ottawa in Thursday's 7-3 victory. "We've been playing against top lines every night," said Danault, flanked by Gallagher and Tyler Toffoli on Montreal's No. 1 trio. "It's not much of a different challenge. They're really good. They get one chance, they score. "We've got to eliminate their chances and be in their face — aggressive in our zone, not be too passive. We've got to build on what we did the last two periods against Toronto. We were in their face and we were playing our game." The Leafs could have had three or four goals in that opening 20 minutes, but Carey Price held the fort long enough for his teammates to find their legs after losing two straight, and three of their last four, in regulation. "It's been great to recover," Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said of the break. "We've got to pick up where we left off. "That's easier said than done when you've been off for a week." Montreal will also be hoping that time away from game action has helped its offensive touch. The Canadiens scored 44 goals in starting the season 7-1-2, but have put the puck in the net just eight times in their last five contests. "We were pretty much scoring at will," Chiarot said. "If we needed one, we could press and get one. Everything just seemed to be going in. You get to the top of the standings and all of a sudden you're seeing teams' top games. "They come out a little harder, they play you tighter defensively." Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, meanwhile, described his team's game as a "mess" following that dominant first against Montreal the last time the Original Six rivals met. Toronto then blew a 5-1 lead before losing 6-5 in overtime to the last-place Senators, but rebounded with consecutive victories Wednesday and Thursday. "It's a challenge when they're not rested," Keefe said of Montreal. "They are now and have had a week of practice to prepare for us, along with some time off. It's a strange situation. "We're expecting them to be real good." Gallagher said it's tough to know how a team will respond out of the gate after a long stretch on the sidelines. "It's just a matter of us starting the game on time," he said. "Hopefully we're sharp ... and we can use the fact we're the more rested team." The Canadiens would be well-advised to put that advantage to good use while their legs are fresh, because there won't be much down time between now and May. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press Note to readers: A previous version had incorrect point totals for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.Brendan Gallagher said earlier this month he "really couldn't care less" what the Maple Leafs are doing. And that could very well be true. It's also hard for the gritty Montreal Canadiens winger to ignore the impressive offensive numbers Toronto's dynamic 1-2 punch has put up so far this season. Auston Matthews leads the NHL with 16 goals in 17 games, including an astounding 15 over his last 13 contests, while linemate Mitch Marner is third in the overall scoring race — behind only Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl — with 27 points. "Those guys work really well together," Gallagher said as the Canadiens prepared to host the Leafs on Saturday night. "If you do a good job against those two, you obviously increase your chances of winning. "And vice versa, if they do a lot of damage on you, it's going to hurt." Montreal should be well-rested when the teams meet at the Bell Centre. The Canadiens are coming off their bye following last Saturday's hard-fought 2-1 victory in Toronto, while the Leafs played a trio of games this week against the lowly Ottawa Senators, picking up five of a possible six points. Toronto sits first in the league's overall standings, owns the second-best winning percentage, and leads Montreal by eight points atop the North Division, although the Canadiens do have three games in hand. "You understand teams are going to make moves," Gallagher said. "I've watched a lot of the games, but we know if we take care of our own business we'll be there at the end. "We got off to a pretty decent start, but there's a lot of hockey to be played." That's going to be coming quick for the Canadiens, who have 41 games in 77 nights on the docket. "There's no letting off the gas," Montreal defenceman Ben Chiarot said. "It's every other day for two months." Saturday marks the fourth of 10 meetings between the Leafs (13-3-2) and Canadiens (9-4-2) in this 56-game season truncated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Toronto won 5-4 in overtime at home on opening night and 4-2 in Montreal four weeks later before that 2-1 loss last Saturday at Scotiabank Arena. Apart from recharging their batteries, Gallagher, who capped the Canadiens' third-period rally in their victory against the Leafs, said his team spent the week fine-tuning systems with so little practice time on the horizon. "When bad habits leak into your game, it's really hard to get them out," he said. "You've got to catch them early." Also on a 15-game point streak, Matthews has yet to score against Montreal this season, but has an assist in all three games, including last weekend when he stripped Phillip Danault behind the Canadiens' net to feed Marner for a 1-0 lead early in the first period. "Those games are usually tight scoring, tight defensively," said Matthews, who sits fifth in NHL scoring with 25 points. "You've really got to earn your offence and earn your chances. "They're very well-structured. They have a lot of speed and a lot of skill. They don't make it easy." Danault recovered from that early gaffe to play a strong game against Matthews and Marner, who along with Joe Thornton, combined to put up 11 points against Ottawa in Thursday's 7-3 victory. "We've been playing against top lines every night," said Danault, flanked by Gallagher and Tyler Toffoli on Montreal's No. 1 trio. "It's not much of a different challenge. They're really good. They get one chance, they score. "We've got to eliminate their chances and be in their face — aggressive in our zone, not be too passive. We've got to build on what we did the last two periods against Toronto. We were in their face and we were playing our game." The Leafs could have had three or four goals in that opening 20 minutes, but Carey Price held the fort long enough for his teammates to find their legs after losing two straight, and three of their last four, in regulation. "It's been great to recover," Canadiens head coach Claude Julien said of the break. "We've got to pick up where we left off. "That's easier said than done when you've been off for a week." Montreal will also be hoping that time away from game action has helped its offensive touch. The Canadiens scored 44 goals in starting the season 7-1-2, but have put the puck in the net just eight times in their last five contests. "We were pretty much scoring at will," Chiarot said. "If we needed one, we could press and get one. Everything just seemed to be going in. You get to the top of the standings and all of a sudden you're seeing teams' top games. "They come out a little harder, they play you tighter defensively." Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe, meanwhile, described his team's game as a "mess" following that dominant first against Montreal the last time the Original Six rivals met. Toronto then blew a 5-1 lead before losing 6-5 in overtime to the last-place Senators, but rebounded with consecutive victories Wednesday and Thursday. "It's a challenge when they're not rested," Keefe said of Montreal. "They are now and have had a week of practice to prepare for us, along with some time off. It's a strange situation. "We're expecting them to be real good." Gallagher said it's tough to know how a team will respond out of the gate after a long stretch on the sidelines. "It's just a matter of us starting the game on time," he said. "Hopefully we're sharp ... and we can use the fact we're the more rested team." The Canadiens would be well-advised to put that advantage to good use while their legs are fresh, because there won't be much down time between now and May. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 19, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press Note to readers: A previous version had incorrect point totals for Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner.

Well-rested Canadiens set to host first-place Maple Leafs

The Habs were looking to make it two straight Saturday night victories over the Maple Leafs but Toronto’s top line continued its hot streak as the visitors walked away with a 5-3 victory.

Leafs get revenge on Habs in a high scoring affair – HabsWorld.net

The Ottawa Senators will hit the 20-game mark Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre . With only four wins and an overtime loss in the first 19 games, they’re not sitting anywhere close to where they expected coming into this shortened 56-game The Ottawa Senators will hit the 20-game mark Sunday night at the Canadian Tire Centre . With only four wins and an overtime loss in the first 19 games, they’re not sitting anywhere close to where they expected coming into this shortened 56-game

GARRIOCH: Injuries to Chabot and Hogberg make the task even more difficult for the Ottawa Senators | Hockey | Sports | The Journal Pioneer

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Toronto Maple Leafs (13-3-2) at Montreal Canadiens (9-4-2)

GAME NIGHT: Breaking down Maple Leafs at Canadiens on Saturday night | London Free Press

GAME NIGHT: Breaking down Maple Leafs at Canadiens on Saturday night | London Free Press

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After a weeklong break, the Montreal Canadiens will renew their rivalry against Toronto Maple Leafs tonight at 7 p.m. at the Bell Centre.

Liveblog replay: Leafs defeat Habs 5-3 on Saturday night | Brantford Expositor

MONTREAL — Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping tear.Letting his play speak for itself is working out just fine.The Maple Leafs star scored twice to. . .MONTREAL — Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping tear.Letting his play speak for itself is working out just fine.The Maple Leafs star scored twice to. . .

Matthews scores two more as part of another four-point night, Leafs down Habs 5-3 | Flin Flon Reminder

Fall 10 points out of first place in North Division with 5-3 loss to red-hot Toronto Maple Leafs and are now 2-4-0 in their last six games.

Canadiens Game Day: Shine has worn off Habs after great start to season | Hanover Post

EditorsNote: Update 2: Moved graf and added detail on Matthews' point streak Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists, Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists, Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated theEditorsNote: Update 2: Moved graf and added detail on Matthews' point streak Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists, Mitchell Marner had a goal and three assists, Joe Thornton had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the

Auston Matthews leads Maple Leafs past Sens | Hockey | Sports | The Chronicle Herald

TORONTO — Auston Matthews could sense his line was getting close. Joe Thornton had a goal waved off late in Wednesday's first period before another early one in the second was also called back. Moments later, Matthews made sure Toronto's third shot to cross the line counted. The star centre blasted home his NHL-best 14th goal of the season, Alexander Kerfoot scored the winner, and the Maple Leafs rebounded from an embarrassing collapse 48 hours earlier against Ottawa, grinding out a 2-1 victory over the last-place Senators. Thornton's first effort Wednesday was denied after it was ruled he pushed the puck and Matt Murray's pad into the net, while the other was cancelled out for a high stick. But just nine seconds later, Leafs defenceman Justin Holl fed Matthews for a one-timer and a 1-0 lead. "There's nothing you can really do about those (disallowed goals)," Matthews said. "Once we scored there right after the high stick, the boys were saying, 'The puck don't lie.'" Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto (12-3-2), keeping his team in it early with some timely stops, while Jake Muzzin chipped in with two assists. The Senators roared back from a 5-1 deficit in Monday's opener of this three-game series against the Leafs before securing a stunning 6-5 overtime decision — the first time in franchise history Ottawa won a game after trailing by four goals. Despite sitting atop the North Division standings and possessing one of the NHL's best winning percentages in the league's pandemic-shortened 56-game season, the Toronto market was a tinder box after that collapse, with one of the city's newspapers calling out Leafs winger William Nylander on its front page. "We've got to block that out," Kerfoot said of the noise. "We're playing good hockey for the most part. That's what great about playing in Toronto — lots of people care about the team, they're passionate, and they voice their opinions at times." Brady Tkachuk replied for Ottawa (4-13-1), while Murray made 26 stops for the rebuilding Senators, who wrap up this three-game set against the Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday. "We were right there," Tkachuk said. "It's a good sign we can hang right there with them." Tied 1-1 through 40 minutes, the Leafs got their third power play midway through the final period when Nikita Zaitsev went off for hooking. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded up the first unit with Matthews, Nylander, John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly, but they weren't able to generate much. Not long after the penalty expired, however, Kerfoot fished a puck out of a forest of legs — including Thornton's — in front of Murray following Muzzin's initial shot to deposit his third goal of the season at 10:46. "That goal only happens because he's in there battling," Kerfoot said of his 41-year-old teammate. "It's physical in there," added Thornton, who played his second game after missing 10 with a fractured rib. "Just be strong ... Kerf made a great play and just finished that off." Andersen stopped Colin White in tight at the tail end of an Ottawa man advantage later in the third before denying Josh Norris with under four minutes on the clock as the Leafs held on and could finally exhale. Toronto met as a team Tuesday — on a scheduled day off — in the wake of Monday's demoralizing setback. "I was happy the way we came back and answered," Andersen said. "Tried to clean up some things ... I thought we looked good." Thornton said the Leafs talked about what it will take for them to get to their ultimate goal. "We've got to play good defence," he said. "The offence is always going to be there, but if we look after Freddie ... Freddie's one of the best in the league. "Defensively we were a lot better." Following a tentative first, Toronto opened the scoring at 4:32 of the second when Matthews buried an eye-popping 13th goal in his last 12 games off that pass from Holl, who scored on a bomb of his own against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price last week. "I was really hoping Holler was going to pass that," Matthews said. "I really thought he was going to let one rip again, but a really nice play by him." Thornton, meanwhile, continues to be wowed by Matthews, adding there are probably two or three players he's lined up with in his Hall of Fame career in the same ballpark. "But he's on a different level," Thornton said. "He just competes so hard." The Senators got their equalizer with 1:22 left in the second on a sequence that began when Holl heeled a shot in the offensive zone. The visitors broke the other way with Norris, who hit the post early in the period, and Chris Tierney setting up Tkachuk off the rush for his fifth of the campaign and the 100th point of his NHL career. "We did a lot of great things," Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith said. "They beat us 2-1, but it could have gone either way." The Leafs looked timid early, perhaps wary of making any mistakes after Monday, with the Senators carrying a 21-6 lead in shot attempts after the first. Andersen faced at least three-odd man rushes through the opening 20 minutes, while Tim Stutzle whistled a shot just wide on another chance. Murray made his two best saves late in the period, one with the glove on Tavares in alone and another on Thornton in the dying moments after the Senators couldn't get the puck out. After watching Marcus Hogberg pick up Ottawa's first back-to-back wins since in almost a year while recovering from an upper-body injury suffered last week, Murray stayed with Thornton's initial move down low. The winger then pushed the puck and the goalie's right pad over the line on the follow-up, but the play was immediately waved off. But the Leafs would rebound from that — and another disallowed goal — before securing a much-needed result. "This was a huge win for us bouncing back from a tough loss," Kerfoot said. "It's really big in a shortened season like this to stop that negative momentum. "You don't want that creeping into minds or into your game." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 15, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian PressTORONTO — Auston Matthews could sense his line was getting close. Joe Thornton had a goal waved off late in Wednesday's first period before another early one in the second was also called back. Moments later, Matthews made sure Toronto's third shot to cross the line counted. The star centre blasted home his NHL-best 14th goal of the season, Alexander Kerfoot scored the winner, and the Maple Leafs rebounded from an embarrassing collapse 48 hours earlier against Ottawa, grinding out a 2-1 victory over the last-place Senators. Thornton's first effort Wednesday was denied after it was ruled he pushed the puck and Matt Murray's pad into the net, while the other was cancelled out for a high stick. But just nine seconds later, Leafs defenceman Justin Holl fed Matthews for a one-timer and a 1-0 lead. "There's nothing you can really do about those (disallowed goals)," Matthews said. "Once we scored there right after the high stick, the boys were saying, 'The puck don't lie.'" Frederik Andersen made 27 saves for Toronto (12-3-2), keeping his team in it early with some timely stops, while Jake Muzzin chipped in with two assists. The Senators roared back from a 5-1 deficit in Monday's opener of this three-game series against the Leafs before securing a stunning 6-5 overtime decision — the first time in franchise history Ottawa won a game after trailing by four goals. Despite sitting atop the North Division standings and possessing one of the NHL's best winning percentages in the league's pandemic-shortened 56-game season, the Toronto market was a tinder box after that collapse, with one of the city's newspapers calling out Leafs winger William Nylander on its front page. "We've got to block that out," Kerfoot said of the noise. "We're playing good hockey for the most part. That's what great about playing in Toronto — lots of people care about the team, they're passionate, and they voice their opinions at times." Brady Tkachuk replied for Ottawa (4-13-1), while Murray made 26 stops for the rebuilding Senators, who wrap up this three-game set against the Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Thursday. "We were right there," Tkachuk said. "It's a good sign we can hang right there with them." Tied 1-1 through 40 minutes, the Leafs got their third power play midway through the final period when Nikita Zaitsev went off for hooking. Toronto head coach Sheldon Keefe loaded up the first unit with Matthews, Nylander, John Tavares, Mitch Marner and Morgan Rielly, but they weren't able to generate much. Not long after the penalty expired, however, Kerfoot fished a puck out of a forest of legs — including Thornton's — in front of Murray following Muzzin's initial shot to deposit his third goal of the season at 10:46. "That goal only happens because he's in there battling," Kerfoot said of his 41-year-old teammate. "It's physical in there," added Thornton, who played his second game after missing 10 with a fractured rib. "Just be strong ... Kerf made a great play and just finished that off." Andersen stopped Colin White in tight at the tail end of an Ottawa man advantage later in the third before denying Josh Norris with under four minutes on the clock as the Leafs held on and could finally exhale. Toronto met as a team Tuesday — on a scheduled day off — in the wake of Monday's demoralizing setback. "I was happy the way we came back and answered," Andersen said. "Tried to clean up some things ... I thought we looked good." Thornton said the Leafs talked about what it will take for them to get to their ultimate goal. "We've got to play good defence," he said. "The offence is always going to be there, but if we look after Freddie ... Freddie's one of the best in the league. "Defensively we were a lot better." Following a tentative first, Toronto opened the scoring at 4:32 of the second when Matthews buried an eye-popping 13th goal in his last 12 games off that pass from Holl, who scored on a bomb of his own against Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price last week. "I was really hoping Holler was going to pass that," Matthews said. "I really thought he was going to let one rip again, but a really nice play by him." Thornton, meanwhile, continues to be wowed by Matthews, adding there are probably two or three players he's lined up with in his Hall of Fame career in the same ballpark. "But he's on a different level," Thornton said. "He just competes so hard." The Senators got their equalizer with 1:22 left in the second on a sequence that began when Holl heeled a shot in the offensive zone. The visitors broke the other way with Norris, who hit the post early in the period, and Chris Tierney setting up Tkachuk off the rush for his fifth of the campaign and the 100th point of his NHL career. "We did a lot of great things," Ottawa head coach D.J. Smith said. "They beat us 2-1, but it could have gone either way." The Leafs looked timid early, perhaps wary of making any mistakes after Monday, with the Senators carrying a 21-6 lead in shot attempts after the first. Andersen faced at least three-odd man rushes through the opening 20 minutes, while Tim Stutzle whistled a shot just wide on another chance. Murray made his two best saves late in the period, one with the glove on Tavares in alone and another on Thornton in the dying moments after the Senators couldn't get the puck out. After watching Marcus Hogberg pick up Ottawa's first back-to-back wins since in almost a year while recovering from an upper-body injury suffered last week, Murray stayed with Thornton's initial move down low. The winger then pushed the puck and the goalie's right pad over the line on the follow-up, but the play was immediately waved off. But the Leafs would rebound from that — and another disallowed goal — before securing a much-needed result. "This was a huge win for us bouncing back from a tough loss," Kerfoot said. "It's really big in a shortened season like this to stop that negative momentum. "You don't want that creeping into minds or into your game." This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 15, 2021. ___ Follow @JClipperton_CP on Twitter Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

Maple Leafs rebound after embarrassing collapse, grind out 2-1 victory over Senators

Matthews added two more goals to his 2021 total on Saturday night.Matthews added two more goals to his 2021 total on Saturday night.

Maple Leafs' Auston Matthews is a goal-scoring, point-getting machine | Sporting News Canada

MONTREAL — Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping tear.Letting his play speak for itself is working out just fine.The Maple Leafs star scored twice to. . .MONTREAL — Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping tear.Letting his play speak for itself is working out just fine.The Maple Leafs star scored twice to. . .

Matthews scores two more as part of another four-point night, Leafs down Habs 5-3 | Alaska Highway News

Something spectacular happens every time Auston Matthews touches the puck this season as he blossoms into the NHL's premier sniper.Something spectacular happens every time Auston Matthews touches the puck this season as he blossoms into the NHL's premier sniper.

Auston Matthews is toying with the NHL right now

MONTREAL (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.“The recipe for our success has been us competing and working hard,” Matthews said. “We’ve been focused on that, it’s been working. We’re winning games right now, which is the most important thing. As long as we’re winning, I’m happy, we’re all happy. We just want to continue that.”Mitch Marner had a goal and two assists, Travis Boyd and Alexander Kerfoot also scored and Frederik Andersen stopped 30 saves. Morgan Rielly added two assists to help the NHL-leading Maple Leafs improve to 14-3-2.“Get thFEB 20, 2021 - MONTREAL (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens...

Matthews scores 2 more, NHL-leading Leafs beat Canadiens

FEB 20, 2021 - MONTREAL (AP) — Auston Matthews scored twice to increase his NHL-leading goals total to 18 and added two assists in the Toronto Maple Leafs' 5-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens...

Matthews scores 2 more, NHL-leading Leafs beat Canadiens

After being dealt to Carolina from Ottawa on Saturday, veteran forward Alex Galchenyuk was shipped to Toronto on Monday night for forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky.After being dealt to Carolina from Ottawa on Saturday, veteran forward Alex Galchenyuk was shipped to Toronto on Monday night for forward Egor Korshkov and defenseman David Warsofsky.

Toronto Maple Leafs add depth up front, acquire Alex Galchenyuk from Carolina Hurricanes

MONTREAL - Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping t...MONTREAL - Auston Matthews is trying not to think or talk about his headline-grabbing, eye-popping tear.Letting his play speak for itself is working out just fine.

Matthews scores two more, Leafs down Habs - Winnipeg Free Press

Auston Matthews scored two goals and tallied two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the host Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Saturday.Auston Matthews scored two goals and tallied two assists to lead the Toronto Maple Leafs past the host Montreal Canadiens 5-3 Saturday.

Matthews powers Leafs to 5-3 win over Habs