NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto|
(Tuesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the fifth round of
the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens downed the struggling Toronto Maple
Leafs, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.
In the fifth round, Kostsitsyn skated in on net and snapped a shot between the
pads of Vesa Toskala.
Jason Blake had the last opportunity for the Maple Leafs, but Carey Price came
up with a body save on Blake's wrist shot to seal the win.
Alexei Kovalev scored twice while Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the
Canadiens, who had lost three of four coming in. Price finished the game with
43 saves and stopped four of five skaters in the shootout.
"Our plan before the game was not to open up the play," said Kovalev. "Wide
open hockey is what they wanted. We were trying to limit their chances."
Mats Sundin, Chad Kilger and Darcy Tucker each lit the lamp for the Maple
Leafs, who have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight games.
Toskala made 27 saves in the loss.
"I thought we played well in the first," said Tucker. "We missed on a couple
of chances in the shootout. I feel sorry that I let the guys down by not
scoring a goal in the shootout. We have to pick ourselves up and come back to
Montreal grabbed its first lead of the game 1:09 into the third on the power
play. Bryan Smolinski had the puck at the left circle and slid a pass under a
sliding Bryan McCabe to Kovalev, who lofted a wrist shot into the open net
from the right circle for his 12th goal of the season.
The Canadiens weathered the storm as Price made several nice saves, including
a low wrister from Tomas Kaberle with under two minutes to play.
However, Toronto pulled Toskala and was able to get the tying goal with 17.6
seconds left. Nik Antropov had the puck at the right point and slid it over to
a streaking Blake, who took the puck to the front of the net. Price made
the save, but Sundin was sitting on the doorstep and roofed the rebound under
Toronto owned the first period and outshot the Canadiens, 17-6, but neither
team was able to get on the board.
The Maple Leafs got on the board first as John Pohl blasted a shot from the
right point that was slowed down by a stick and went to Tucker, who swept the
puck into the net from down low 2:50 into the second.
The Canadiens answered two minutes later. On the power play, Andrei Markov
fired a pass from the left point to the right circle where Kovalev blasted a
one-timer past Toskala.
Toronto again took the lead as Kilger received a pass, split the defense and
flicked a shot into the right corner of the net at the 6:35 mark of the
Just 33 seconds later, Montreal again tied the game on a delayed penalty as
Latendresse smacked the puck in from the low right side with several players
in front of the net.
The Maple Leafs play in Atlanta on Thursday...Montreal next plays on Friday in
New Jersey...Toskala has lost all seven shootouts he has been in...The goal
for Sundin, who has 535 career goals, was his 400th goal in a Maple Leaf
uniform. He is the first player to score 400 goals while playing for
Toronto...Montreal went 2-for-5 on the power play while Toronto failed to
score on its four opportunities.
11/28 01:11:18 ET