About Last Night…
John Tavares recorded his eleventh goal on the road (in the first period) to boost his overall totals to 14-12—26 this season. He became the fifth different player in Maple Leafs history – and first in the modern era (1943-44) – to score 11 or more road goals through the team’s first 11 such games.
Tavares spoke after the game on where Kasperi Kapanen has grown this season: “I just knew Kappy from a distance and his game playing against him. You see the confidence and seeing how deadly or how effective his tools are – his shot, his skating ability – the confidence that’s growing in that and the impact he can make and how hard he can be to defend.”
Kapanen scored Toronto’s second goal of the night at 11:57 of the third period. He has scored six of his nine goals on the road this season, which is tied for the third-most road goals scored by a Maple Leaf.
Freddie Andersen on facing 29 shots in the first period: “Yeah, I mean, they threw everything on net and they’ve been shooting a lot so far this season. They definitely came and put everything on net. I thought we came back in the second, played a really good period there and just couldn’t get it in.”
And finally a quote from former Leafs goaltender Curtis McElhinney, who got the win: “It feels good. It was a tough way to leave Toronto with the situation. I certainly understand what the circumstances were. It’s a huge win for us considering where they are in the standings.”
The Leafs next action is Friday evening, in Columbus, with a 7:00pm start.
Ultimate Leafs Fan…
We’ve mentioned Mike Wilson’s trek to see all Leafs games this season live… Damn I’m jealous of his pursuit… Here’s a good read he put together in The Toronto Sun: @ULeafsFan
Is The Leafs Start Sustainable???
I enjoyed this James Mirtle read in The Athletic. He points out that the current pace, before yesterday’s game, was for the Leafs to end up with 117 points. That’s 12 more than last year’s franchise record. I won’t spoil the article, but I will point out Mirtle goes at it from an analytical approach. Grab a subscription and then read: @mirtle
— James Mirtle (@mirtle) November 21, 2018
Born on This Day…
My TMLfans partner Rob Del Mundo reminded me of this one: Cassie Campbell-Pascall, born November 22, 1973, celebrates her birthday today. She’s the first woman ever to be appointed to the Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee and a two-time Olympic gold medallist. Enjoy your day Cassie! @Rob_DelMundo @CassieCampbell
And with a birthday yesterday was Foster Hewitt. His birthday being November 21, 1902. Such a pioneer!
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