NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Montreal
(Tuesday, December 1st)
Final Score: Toronto 3, Montreal 0
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald combined to stop all 26 shots they faced as Toronto downed Montreal, 3-0, at Bell Centre.
Gustavsson started, but was taken to the hospital following the first period with an elevated heart rate. He stopped all eight shots the Habs sent his way and was credited with his sixth win of the season. MacDonald played the final 40 minutes and was a perfect 18-for-18.
"He's going to spend the night at the hospital as a precaution," said Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson. "He had that same sensation that he had at training camp where his heart started to race. Obviously, any situation with your heart could turn out to be serious. So he'll spend the night in the hospital here and then back to Toronto to have our cardiologist look at him again."
Colton Orr, Jeff Finger and Matt Stajan tallied for the Maple Leafs, who have won four of their last six games. Phil Kessel added two assists for Toronto, which has recorded five of its seven wins this season on the road.
Carey Price made 28 stops in the loss for the Canadiens, who slid to their third straight defeat and fourth in five contests.
"I'm not going to make excuses for why we had a poor game tonight. I don't think we were very good professionals. We were missing a lot of the elements to win hockey games," said Canadiens forward Mike Cammalleri.
The Leafs got on the board prior to the midway point of the first period, as Orr tapped in a cross-crease pass from Tomas Kaberle. Finger's put-back of a Kessel shot then made it 2-0 at 12:51.
It was 3-0 for the visitors when Stajan corralled a bouncing pass from Kessel, broke in alone and beat Price to the glove side less than seven minutes into the second period.
MacDonald made the lead hold up with nine stops, then finished the final 20 minutes with another nine saves to lock up the win.
"For a guy to come in cold like that, he did a good job," Wilson said of MacDonald. "We limited the chances he faced. That's as good as a game defensively that we played all year."
Toronto had dropped the previous three games against Montreal, including the first two this season...Prior to the game, the Canadiens announced the finalization of the sale of the team from George Gillett, Jr. to members of the Molson Brewing family...Before the opening faceoff, the crowd gave a standing ovation to the Grey Cup champion Montreal Alouettes.
12/01 23:07:21 ET