NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Montreal
(Saturday, November 12th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Montreal 4 (OT)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Jeff O'Neill scored the game-winning goal 4:13 into overtime, as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 in a duel at the Bell Centre.
Bryan McCabe had a goal and two assists for the Leafs, who have won two of their last three. Jason Allison was credited with the game-tying goal, and also had an assist, for Toronto.
Goaltender Ed Belfour was dazzling at times, and wound up with 31 saves in 35 chances in the win.
Alex Kovalev netted a goal and added an assist for the Canadiens, who have dropped two in a row since winning five straight. Jose Theodore stopped 19- of-24 shots in the loss.
With 47 seconds remaining in the extra session and the Leafs on a power play, O'Neill took a one-timer from the left circle to give Toronto the come-from- behind win.
The Canadiens erased a one-goal deficit and assumed a 4-3 lead with back-to- back third-period tallies.
Radek Bonk took the puck behind the net and fed it in front to Steve Begin, who flipped it past Belfour at the 7:22 mark. Just 1:15 later, Kovalev unleashed a one-timer from between the circles that put Montreal ahead.
An odd goal with 2:28 remaining, however, knotted the game at 4-4. A scrum behind the net forced the puck to flip up in the air. It travelled over the net, bounced off of Theodore's shoulder, and then crossed the goal line. Allison got credit for the goal, which sent the game into overtime.
The floodgates opened after a scoreless first period, as Montreal and Toronto combined for five goals in the second.
The Leafs got things started on the power play at the 4:27 mark, as McCabe one-timed a Tomas Kaberle feed from between the circles that found its way into the back of the net.
Alexei Ponikarovsky scored on a short-handed breakaway several minutes later to put Toronto up 2-0. The left winger corralled the puck along the boards, swooped in on goal, and fired a wrister that glanced off of Theodore before going in.
The Canadiens scored twice in just over four minutes to tie the game midway through the frame.
Belfour, who was stellar in the first period, allowed a shaky goal at the 11:11 mark to put Montreal on the board. Andrei Markov released a seemingly harmless shot from just inside the blue line, which fluttered through Belfour's five-hole to make it 2-1. Michael Ryder then tied it with a power- play goal from the left circle that beat Belfour high and right.
The Leafs, however, would regain the lead in the final minute of the second period. Kyle Wellwood broke in with speed on goal, dished a quick pass to Nik Antropov, then deflected the return feed past Theodore with 48 ticks remaining.
Montreal Hall of Famers Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer, both of whom wore No. 12 during their playing days for Montreal, had their jerseys retired side-by- side in a ceremony Saturday...Allison's goal was his first even-strength tally of the season...Toronto was 2-for-6 on the power play while the Habs scored once in eight tries with the extra skater.
11/12 22:32:06 ET