NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 13th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 3 (OT)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Michael Komisarek's game-winning goal 35 seconds into overtime propelled the Canadiens past the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.
The teams began the overtime session skating 3-on-3 after offsetting minor penalties were called near the end of regulation. Bryan McCabe had his head down and did not see Komisarek, who intercepted McCabe's intended pass to Nik Antropov and broke in alone on Andrew Raycroft. Komisarek made the deke and slid the puck through Raycroft's five-hole to win the game for Montreal.
Alexei Kovalev had a goal and three points for Montreal, which has won three of four. Tomas Plekanec chipped in a pair of assists and Carey Price allowed three goals on 40 shots. Price, in only his sixth appearance of the season, improved to 4-1-1.
"They kept coming at us," said Price. "I let in a couple of tough goals. We hung in there. We capitalized on their mistake in overtime and Komisarek got us the winner."
Kyle Wellwood scored two goals and Ian White collected two assists for the Maple Leafs, who are 1-1-2 in their last four contests. Raycroft made 21 saves in the loss.
"I'm starting to feel comfortable out there," said Wellwood, who missed the first 15 games of the season with a sports hernia. "It's all coming back. Price is tough. He's big and covers a lot of the area around the net. He covers the post real good and it's hard to sneak the puck past him from behind the net."
Toronto regained the lead, 3-2, near the midway point of the third when Boyd Deveraux reached out and redirected White's shot from the right-point behind a surprised Price.
Plekanec used his incredible speed to set up Kovalev's game-tying goal with 6:02 left. He skated from end-to-end, appeared to be circling the net before throwing the puck out front to Kovalev, who wristed it from the left circle past Raycroft.
The Canadiens were on a two-man advantage and Andrei Markov blasted the puck from the high slot, beating Raycroft on the stick side. Saku Koivu did an excellent job of obscuring the goalie's view as Montreal grabbed a 1-0 lead with 6:17 remaining in the opening period.
Wellwood lit the lamp twice in the second to put Toronto ahead, 2-1. On his first tally, Wellwood drove to the net and one-timed a centering feed from Jiri Tlusty at the 2:01 mark.
Later in the stanza, while on the power-play, Mats Sundin's heavy shot could not be corralled by Price and Wellwood scooped up the rebound near the crease and lifted it over Price with 1:34 remaining.
Andrei Kostitsyn tied the score 43 seconds later after Toronto's Hal Gill failed to clear the puck. Montreal began to cycle and Kovalev found Kostitsyn in the slot.
All three meetings this season have been decided by one goal...Toronto is 10-4-5 against Montreal since the lockout...Sundin has recorded one assist in three consecutive games...Montreal entered the game with the top-ranked power play unit at 29.5 percent (23-of-78)...Montreal had its four-game losing streak in Toronto broken.
11/13 23:29:03 ET