NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto
(Saturday, October 7th)
Final Score: Montreal 3, Toronto 2 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Michael Ryder scored the game winning goal in the shootout as Montreal defeated Toronto 3-2 at the Air Canada Centre, giving Guy Carbonneau his first win as an NHL coach.
Matt Sundin was the first to face Canadiens' goaltender David Aebischer and he put the puck over the goaltender's shoulder glove side. Christopher Higgins then tied things up 1-1 when he beat Toronto's Andrew Raycroft.
Toronto's next three shooters, Kyle Wellwood, Darcy Tucker and Alexei Ponikarovsky were all turned away, as were the Canadians' Saku Koivu and Alex Kovalev. Three of those five shots hit the posts, keeping the game tied.
Ryder finally sealed the win as he beat Raycroft glove side.
Sheldon Souray and Mike Johnson added a goal each for the Canadiens, who were coming off a shootout loss to Buffalo on Friday. Aebischer made 36 saves.
"There's a lot of satisfaction to come back to Toronto and score a goal," said Johnson. "It's my first goal of the year and it also comes in front of family and friends. To come in this building with all the excitement and electricity makes it fun."
Darcy Tucker and Matt Stajan scored goals and Raycroft made 31 saves for the Maple Leafs, who have lost two of three to start the season.
The Habs and Leafs split eight games last season, but Montreal has won the last encounters. Tonight's game marked the 675th meeting between these teams.
Montreal got on the board first. With the clock at 5:11 in the first period, Souray got a one-timer from the blue line past Raycroft. Kovalev and Andrei Markov were credited with the assists.
Toronto answered just over four minutes later. With Mathieu Dandenault in the box for interference, Tucker collected his third goal of the season for the Maple Leafs, converting Wellwood's pass and tipping the puck past Aebischer to tie it at 1-1.
The Leafs got the only goal of the second period to go up 2-1, with Stajan collecting his first goal of the season.
Montreal tied things in the third when Johnson scored his first goal as a Canadien at 6:44.
Both teams then put the pressure on in the extra session. The Canadiens had a two-on-one at the start, but Kovalev and Thomas Plakanec failed to put the puck in the net.
Both teams also had power plays in the sudden death period, but were unable to capitalize, sending the game into a shootout.
"It's disappointing. I felt we played good as a team," said Stajan. "We put lots of pucks at the net. Their goalie made big saves but our guy Razor (Raycroft) made some big saves too. We just have to work hard and get right back at it on Monday night."
Toronto signed unrestricted free agent Boyd Devereaux prior to the game and assigned him to their AHL franchise...Sundin now has points in all three games this season but is still three goals shy of 500 for his career...Leafs defenseman Andrew Wozniewski suffered a shoulder injury during the first shift of the game. He did not return...Both teams were 1-for-6 on the power play.
10/07 23:00:23 ET