NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto|
(Wednesday, February 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Toronto 2
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Brendan Gallagher provided the go-ahead goal
midway through the third period, as the Montreal Canadiens lit the lamp three
times in the final frame to take a 5-2 decision over the Toronto Maple Leafs
on Wednesday at Air Canada Centre.
Max Pacioretty potted a pair of goals, while Alexei Emelin and Brian Gionta
each scored once for the Canadiens, who have earned a point in nine straight
games (7-0-2) since a 6-0 setback against the Leafs on Feb. 9.
"When you get embarrassed at home, the next time you play them you put a lot
of emphasis on the game," Gallagher remarked. "They played well but I thought
we played a solid road game. We were able to play a disciplined style of
hockey and I think it frustrated them a little bit."
Carey Price posted 21 saves in the victory.
Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur each scored once, while Ben Scrivens
allowed four goals on 39 shots in the setback, Toronto's third in its last
"We were flat," Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle admitted. "It looked like at
times that we were playing in our boots and they were playing on skates."
Despite being outshot, 28-12, over the first 40 minutes, Montreal was able to
enter the third locked in a 2-2 tie thanks in large part to some stellar play
from Price between the pipes.
The Canadiens then erupted for three goals in the third, starting with
Gallagher's go-ahead marker at the 9:08 mark. David Desharnais won an
offensive zone faceoff back to Josh Gorges, who flipped a low shot on net from
the right point that Gallagher got his stick on from in front and deflected
past Scrivens for a 3-2 edge.
Pacioretty padded the lead at the 14:26 mark when he came up with a loose puck
near the Toronto blue line and skated into the right circle before ripping a
shot past the short-side of Scrivens to make it 4-2.
Gionta added an empty-netter with 2:26 left to account for the final margin.
Toronto opened the scoring at the 13:44 mark of the first when McLaren flipped
a backhand on net from in close that Price stopped, but the rebound bounced
off the body of McLaren and past Price to make it 1-0.
Montreal answered just over three minutes later on Emelin's blast from the
high slot that deflected off the leg of Toronto center Tyler Bozak and
skipped through the five-hole of Scrivens to tie the game at the 16:56 mark.
Toronto forward Mike Brown leveled Gorges from behind late in the first
period, resulting in a five-minute major and a game misconduct. Montreal
couldn't capitalize in the first, but finally took advantage of the extended
power play early in the second.
With time winding down on the man advantage, P.K. Subban broke his stick on a
shot from above the right circle that Scrivens sticked away, but the rebound
deflected off the skate of Pacioretty and found the back of the net for a 2-1
Montreal lead at the 4:17 mark of the second.
The Leafs had a prime opportunity to even things at the 11:45 mark of the
second when Mikhail Grabovski was awarded a penalty shot, but Price got his
right pad on Grabovski's forehand attempt to kept Montreal in front.
Toronto then found the equalizer at the 15:47 mark when Nazem Kadri made a
nice feed from the top of the left circle to the bottom of the right circle
for MacArthur, who stopped the puck with his skate before rifling a blast past
Price to knot the game.
Montreal improved to 5-1-2 on the road this season ... Toronto had won both
matchups against Montreal this season ... Toronto fell to 4-5-0 at home ...
Montreal finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Toronto failed on its only
chance with the man advantage.
02/28 00:15:03 ET