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4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET0:00 GMT8:00 5:00 PM MST7:00 PM EST4:00 UAE (+1)19:00 ET22:00 BRT, December 11, 2021
Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario  Attendance: 18,934

Maple Leafs look to get handle on turnovers vs. Blackhawks

Chicago Blackhawks at Toronto Maple Leafs

  1. The Maple Leafs beat the Blackhawks, 3-2 in overtime, in Chicago on October 27, with William Nylander scoring the deciding goal for Toronto. The Blackhawks have won four of their last five road games against the Maple Leafs, including a 6-2 win in their last game in Toronto (Jan. 18, 2020).
  2. The Blackhawks' top three goal scorers have scored 52.7% of the team's goals this season (29 of 55: Alex DeBrincat 14, Brandon Hagel 8, Patrick Kane 7). No other player has scored more than four goals for Chicago this season.
  3. Patrick Kane's next assist will be the 700th of his NHL career. Kane ranks seventh all-time in assists by U.S.-born players, behind Phil Housley (894), Mike Modano (813), Brian Leetch (781), Chris Chelios (763), Doug Weight (755) and Jeremy Roenick (703).
  4. The Maple Leafs have scored two power-play goals in each of their last four games. It's Toronto's longest streak of multiple-PPG games since a four-game run in 2017 (Jan. 3-13). The franchise record is five consecutive games with two or more power-play goals, done twice (Dec. 1981 and Jan. 1993).
  5. Ondrej Kase scored two goals in the Leafs' loss on Thursday. It was Kase's first multiple-goal game for Toronto and the sixth multi-goal game of his NHL career. Kase scored only one goal in his first 13 games this season but he has seven goals in 12 games since then.
  6. Jack Campbell allowed four goals in each of his last two games (Tuesday vs. Columbus, Thursday vs. Tampa Bay). It's the first time since Campbell was traded to the Maple Leafs in February 2020 that he has given up four goals or more in each of two consecutive games.

Reducing turnovers will be one goal for the Toronto Maple Leafs when they play the visiting Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday night.

The Maple Leafs committed 14 giveaways Thursday night in a 5-3 home loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning, three resulting in goals.

"That pretty much sums it up," Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said. "You can't make those kind of plays and spot them three goals at five-on-five. We'll give them the power-play goal, but the five-on-five goals are inexcusable, those are gifts against a team like that. ...

"I didn't think we played a terrible game by any means, our guys worked hard, we had our chances, but you just can't give that type of stuff up. So, decision-making, execution with the puck, was very poor and it cost us."

Said Toronto defenseman Justin Holl: "We gave them too many rushes for free. But we were doing really well on that win streak and know what we're capable of."

The Maple Leafs have lost three of their past four after winning 15 of their previous 17 games.

Auston Matthews had his seven-game goal streak end Thursday. He had an assist to extend his point streak to eight games (10 goals, four assists).

The Blackhawks are coming off a 2-0 road victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Thursday in which goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury earned his 500th career win.

"It meant a lot to have so many people from Quebec, being proud of me being from here and achieving this goal." said Fleury, a native of Sorel-Tracy, Quebec. "Since the beginning of my career, it's always special when I come to Montreal and play here, just because I've grown up idolizing them, right?"

The game also was notable because Jonathan Toews scored his first goal of the season.

Toews had gone 25 games and had taken 45 shots before his goal on Thursday. His previous goal was scored on Aug. 18, 2020, in a first-round playoff game against the Vegas Golden Knights.

"Just trying to get the feel and visualize, get the puck on your stick and going into the net, being patient," Toews said. "You've got to see yourself scoring goals a lot of different ways, especially when they're not going in and you're trying to get over that hump. I'll take them however I can at this point."

Toews missed the 2020-21 season with Chronic Immune Response Syndrome (CIRS).

Toronto and Chicago completed a minor league trade on Thursday. The Maple Leafs sent forward Kurtis Gabriel, 28, to the Blackhawks for defenseman Chad Krys, 23, who was a teammate of Matthews in the U.S. national junior development program.

Gabriel did not play in a regular-season game with the Maple Leafs and will likely get an opportunity for more ice time with Chicago. He is expected to join the Blackhawks in Toronto to provide some depth at forward with Jujhar Khaira (concussion) out indefinitely.

Krys helps Toronto's defensive depth -- the Toronto Marlies of the AHL are somewhat thin on defense with Kristians Rubins up with the Maple Leafs -- with Rasmus Sandin (knee) and Travis Dermott (shoulder) injured.

Blackhawks center Dylan Strome was a healthy scratch on Thursday.

"We keep pounding it in him -- the big thing with him is, he's going to have to change his game a little bit to play," Blackhawks interim coach Derek King said.

--Field Level Media

Updated December 10, 2021

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