NHL Game Summary - Toronto at Montreal
(Saturday, December 2nd)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Sheldon Souray scored the game-winner in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens came from behind to defeat the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, at the Bell Centre.
After Saku Koivu stuffed a forehand shot by the outstretched right pad of Andrew Raycroft for a 1-0 Montreal lead in the shootout, Mats Sundin tied the game for Toronto when he roofed a backhander over the right pad of Cristobal Huet.
Souray, though, skated in, faked a slap shot and from the left side of the net wristed it past a sprawled out Raycroft. Kyle Wellwood had the last chance for Toronto, but his wrist shot went off the crossbar.
"What a move he made on Raycroft, it was pretty exciting to watch," said Koivu about Souray's goal.
Koivu had two goals in regulation and Alexander Perezhogin scored the other goal for the Canadiens, who have won two of their last three. Huet finished with 36 saves.
Ian White, Sundin and Kyle Wellwood each scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, who have lost four straight and five of their last six games. Raycroft finished the game with 19 saves.
"That's the way things have been going for us," said Raycroft. "Now we have to fight through it and get out of it and try and take the positives cause we played well tonight. It's not much fun to leave with the lead with nine minutes left and not be able to come up with a win."
Montreal was trailing, 3-1, after Wellwood scored early in the third period, but the Habs came storming back to send the game to overtime.
After a faceoff win at the right circle, Koivu grabbed the puck down low, cut back out front and stuffed it into the net to make it a 3-2 game with 8:43 left in the third.
White got called for delay of game when he tried to clear the puck, but it went over the glass and the Montreal power play went to work. Alex Kovalev had the puck along the right boards and flicked a pass to the low slot where Koivu deflected in into the net as he was being knocked down to tie the game with 4:36 to play.
"I thought the first period was not too good for us and we were lucky to be down by only two goals," said Koivu. "Second period we got back in the game. I thought we kept it going in the third period and that's when it paid off."
Toronto scored twice in the opening period to assume a 2-0 lead.
Bates Battaglia had the puck at the left boards and sent it to the low slot, where Michael Peca misplayed it, but grabbed the puck at the left side of the net and fired a pass to White, who was cutting in from the point and fired a one-timer from the slot that went into the right side of the net 9:56 in.
A little over two minutes later, Nik Antropov snapped a pass from center ice to Sundin, who skated into the zone, got behind Craig Rivet and cut to the front of the net where he snapped a wrister by Huet for his 10th goal of the season.
Montreal only managed five shots on net, all of which were stopped by Raycroft.
The Habs got on the scoreboard in the second period when Guillaume Latendresse flicked a pass from the right circle to the high slot and Perezhogin snapped a one-timer into the left corner of the net to make it a 2-1 game 9:19 in.
Wellwood's sixth goal of the year came on the power play just 2:21 into the third to give the Maple Leafs a 3-1 lead.
Montreal hosts the Bruins on Monday...Toronto returns home to face the Thrashers on Tuesday...The teams have split four games this season with three of them being decided in the shootout...Rivet left the game in the third period after a shot hit off his arm...Toronto went 1-for-6 on the power play while Montreal scored on one of its four power plays.
12/02 23:08:18 ET