Toronto Maple Leafs vs Vegas Golden Knights – 15/2/2019 – Game Recap

Toronto Maple Leafs (35-18-3 73 points)v, Vegas Golden Knights ( 31-23-4 66 points)

Lineups:

Toronto:

Patrick Marleau  – Auston Matthews – Kasperi Kapanen

Mitch Marner – John Tavares – Zach Hyman

Connor Brown – Nazem Kadri – William Nylander

Andreas Johnsson – Pars Lindholm – Frederik Gauthier

 

Morgan Rielly  – Jake Muzzin

Jake Gardiner – Nikita Zaitsev

Travis Dermott – Ron Hainsey

 

Frederik Andersen

Garrett Sparks

 

Scratched: Justin Holl & Tyler Ennis

Injuries: Nathan Horton (Back)

Suspension: None

 

Vegas:

Jonathan Marchessault – William Karlsson – Rielly Smith

Max Pacioretty – Paul Stastny  – Alex Tuch

Brandon Pirri – Cody Eakin – Valentin Zykov

William Carrier – Pierre-Edouard Bellemore – Ryan Reaves

 

Brayden McNabb – Nate Schmid

Deryk Engelland – Shea Theodore

Jon Merrill – Colin Miller

 

Marc-Andre Fleury

Maxime Legace

 

Scratched: None

Injuries: Erik Haula, Malcolm Subban, Ryan Carpenter

Suspension: None

 

Gameday:

First Period:

Vegas Penalty – 11:23 – Shea Theodore, 2 minutes for Cross-Checking

Toronto PP Goal – 13:14 – Andreas Johnsson (15) assisted by Jake Gardiner (26) and William Nylander (9)

Vegas Penalty – 14:39 – Colin Miller, 2 minutes for Tripping

Vegas Penalty – 17:33 – Jon Merrill, 2 minutes for Cross-Checking

 

End of 1st – TOR –1        VGK – 0

Shots              14                   11

Faceoffs     10/22              12/22

Hits               6                    12

PP                 1/3                  0/0

 

Analysis

Leafs came to play today and seem to have all their weapons clicking including their powerplay. Johnsson scored at the 13-minute mark to make it a 1-0 Toronto lead which would be carried into the 2nd period.

 

Need to Do:

Keep controlling the pace and playing your game.

Second Period:

Vegas Penalty – 01:28 –Brayden McNabb, 2 mins for Kneeing

Vegas SH Goal–2:46 – Paul Stastny (7), assisted by Reilly Smith (22)

Toronto Penalty –04:49 – Travis Dermott, 2 mins for Interference

Vegas Goal–07:22 – Oscar Lindberg (3), assisted by Cody Eakin (15) and Shea Theodore (17)

Toronto Goal–08:52 – Patrick Marleau (13), assisted by, Auston Matthews (26) and Kasperi Kapanen (17)

Vegas Penalty –12:28 – Oscar Lindberg, 2 mins for High-Sticking

Toronto PP Goal–13:25 – Auston Matthews (26), assisted by, Morgan Rielly (42) and Nazem Kadri (20)

 

End of 2nd – TOR– 3          VGK – 2

Shots              28                   22

Faceoffs       20/44              24/44

Hits              6                        24

PP                2/5                    0/1

 

Analysis:

Leafs struggle in the first 8 minutes of the 2nd but then come right back with 2 goals to take back the lead from the Golden Knights.

 

Need to Do:

Tighten up in the defensive end

Third Period:

Vegas Penalty – 01:28 – Paul Stastny, 2 minutes for Slashing

Vegas Goal– 04:12 – William Karlsson (18) assisted by Jon Merrill (7) and Jonathan Marchessault (21)

Toronto Penalty – 06:41 – Jake Muzzin, 2 minutes for Holding

Toronto Goal – 10:01 – Morgan Rielly (15) assisted by Mitch Marner (48) and John Tavares (30)

Toronto Goal – 10:56 – Auston Matthews (27) assisted by Kasperi Kapanen (18) and Jake Muzzin (20)

Toronto Penalty – 15:12 – Bench, 2 minutes for Too Many Men

Toronto SH Goal – 16:33 – Mitch Marner (21) assisted by Connor Brown (15) and Jake Muzzin (21)

 

End of 3rd – TOR – 6      VGK – 3

Shots             43                      33

Faceoffs     32/68                36/68

Hits               18                       38

PP                2/6                    0/3

 

Analysis:

Leafs give up one in third but fight back with 3 goals to seal the win in Vegas.

Next Up:

Toronto (36-18-3 75pts) vs Arizona (25-27-5 55pts)

Nashville (34-21-5 73pts) at Vegas (31-21-4 66pts)

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