NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto |
(Saturday, October 8th)
Final Score: Montreal 5, Toronto 4
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Mike Ribeiro scored the winning goal with 4:27
left in the game to lift the Montreal Canadiens over the Toronto Maple Leafs,
5-4, at Air Canada Centre.
Steve Begin and Niklas Sundstrom added goals for Montreal, which started a
season 3-0-0 for the first time since the 1978-79 season.
Alexei Kovalev and Saku Koivu both added a pair of assists as the Canadiens
went 2-for-4 on the power play.
Nik Antropov and Matthew Stajan had third-period goals for Toronto, which
remained winless this season at 0-1-1.
With the game tied at 4-4, Andrei Markov fired a pass from the top of the left
circle to a wide open Ribeiro, who flipped the puck into the net from the
right side for the game winner.
The Canadians had tied the game at the 13:04 mark. Koivu had control of the
puck in the right circle and he skated around the net and fired a shot from
the left circle. Ed Belfour made the save but Begin was there to lift the
rebound over Belfour for the goal.
"There are guys who used to get away with the sticks up and cross checking and
putting their arms up in the face for years," said Maple Leafs coach Pat
Quinn. "At least here, we have guys that have some size and are mobile but we
were getting beat and losing battles especially one on one. The last two goals
were tip-ins and nobody was covering them. This just can't happen."
Down 3-2, Toronto scored two straight goals for a late lead. Eric Lindros
carried the puck into the zone early in the third period and dropped a pass
back to Stajan, who fired the puck from the left circle past Jose Theodore's
glove side for a power-play goal and a tie game.
Toronto then took the lead at the 10:38 mark. Antropov chased the puck behind
Montreal's net and fired it up the right boards to Lindros, who then gave the
puck back to Antropov on the right side of the net. Antropov then skated in
front and jammed the puck into the net.
Theodore finished the night with 16 saves, while Belfour made 20 saves in the
Alexander Perezhogin got the scoring started with his power-play goal at the
8:57 mark in the second period, giving the Canadiens a 1-0 lead.
The Leafs tied the game on Alexander Steen's breakaway goal in the second
period as he fired it in from right circle. It was Steen's first career goal.
Tie Domi's goal with 7:21 left in the second put Toronto ahead 2-1. It was
Domi's 100th career goal.
Sundstrom tied the game at the 13:16 mark and Sheldon Souray's power-play goal
with 5:10 left in the second period staked Montreal to a 3-2 lead.
"The first period, it seems we were feeling each other out. Then guys started
taking penalties and it really got wide open in the second period," said
Souray. "The refs are calling it tighter. You can't hold on to a stick or grab
a guy. You just can't do it no more."
Toronto finished 4-2 against Montreal during the 2003-04 season...Koivu
recorded his 400th career point with an assist in the first period...Montreal
won its first three road games for the first time since the 1997-98
season...Toronto's Kyle Wellwood and Montreal's Mark Streit both recorded
their first career points...Kovalev has recorded points in the Canadiens'
first three games. He has four assists so far.
10/08 22:35:55 ET