NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto
(Saturday, November 11th)
Final Score: Toronto 5, Montreal 1
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Bryan McCabe posted two power-play goals and an assist in his 800th NHL game, as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the Montreal Canadiens, 5-1, at Air Canada Centre.
Tomas Kaberle notched a goal and a pair of assists to extend his career-high point streak to eight games for the Maple Leafs, who have won their last four games. Nik Antropov and Matt Stajan scored the other two goals in the victory, while Kyle Wellwood notched three assists.
"We're trying to keep things simple and not make too many passes," Kaberle said. "We've got guys going to the front of the net trying to get the rebound."
Jean-Sebastien Aubin blocked 25 shots for Toronto, which has won its last two games without captain Mats Sundin (torn elbow ligament) and netminder Andrew Raycroft (strained groin).
Saku Koivu scored for the Canadiens, who have lost two of their last three. Guillaume Latendresse and Craig Rivet assisted on the goal. David Aebischer blocked 24-of-28 shots before being lifted for Cristobal Huet, who stopped 13 shots in defeat.
Toronto capitalized on a two-man advantage midway through the first period, as Kaberle dished it across the slot to McCabe, who sailed a slap shot top-shelf glove-side for a 1-0 lead 11:21 into the first period.
Montreal tied the score about three minutes later. Latendresse fed the puck to Koivu, who fired a slap shot from the edge of the crease just inside the left post for his fourth goal.
The Maple Leafs broke the tie 9:27 into the second, as Stajan gathered a rebound on the edge of the crease and slid a shot just inside the left post stick-side.
Toronto bolstered its lead to 3-1 about four minutes later on the power play, when Kaberle fired a slap shot from the left circle through the five-hole.
The Maple Leafs continued to control the game through the second period. Antropov beat Aebischer stick-side on a 35-foot wrist shot with 2:27 left, prompting Huet to take over in goal.
Toronto padded its lead in the third when McCabe took a pass across the slot from Wellwood and fired a one-timer from the right circle for the final margin.
The Leafs tied their season high with three power-play goals on a season-high eight opportunities. Montreal finished 0-for-3 on the man-advantage.
Toronto's Michael Peca was hit in the face by a puck in the second period and is listed as day-to-day...The Habs and Leafs had split a pair of meetings this year already, and both times the games were decided in shootouts.
11/11 22:35:52 ET