NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto
(Tuesday, November 27th)
Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 3 (SO)
Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Andrei Kostitsyn scored in the fifth round of the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens downed the struggling Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-3, at Air Canada Centre.
In the fifth round, Kostsitsyn skated in on net and snapped a shot between the pads of Vesa Toskala.
Jason Blake had the last opportunity for the Maple Leafs, but Carey Price came up with a body save on Blake's wrist shot to seal the win.
Alexei Kovalev scored twice while Guillaume Latendresse also scored for the Canadiens, who had lost three of four coming in. Price finished the game with 43 saves and stopped four of five skaters in the shootout.
"Our plan before the game was not to open up the play," said Kovalev. "Wide open hockey is what they wanted. We were trying to limit their chances."
Mats Sundin, Chad Kilger and Darcy Tucker each lit the lamp for the Maple Leafs, who have dropped four straight and seven of their last eight games. Toskala made 27 saves in the loss.
"I thought we played well in the first," said Tucker. "We missed on a couple of chances in the shootout. I feel sorry that I let the guys down by not scoring a goal in the shootout. We have to pick ourselves up and come back to work tomorrow."
Montreal grabbed its first lead of the game 1:09 into the third on the power play. Bryan Smolinski had the puck at the left circle and slid a pass under a sliding Bryan McCabe to Kovalev, who lofted a wrist shot into the open net from the right circle for his 12th goal of the season.
The Canadiens weathered the storm as Price made several nice saves, including a low wrister from Tomas Kaberle with under two minutes to play.
However, Toronto pulled Toskala and was able to get the tying goal with 17.6 seconds left. Nik Antropov had the puck at the right point and slid it over to a streaking Blake, who took the puck to the front of the net. Price made the save, but Sundin was sitting on the doorstep and roofed the rebound under the crossbar.
Toronto owned the first period and outshot the Canadiens, 17-6, but neither team was able to get on the board.
The Maple Leafs got on the board first as John Pohl blasted a shot from the right point that was slowed down by a stick and went to Tucker, who swept the puck into the net from down low 2:50 into the second.
The Canadiens answered two minutes later. On the power play, Andrei Markov fired a pass from the left point to the right circle where Kovalev blasted a one-timer past Toskala.
Toronto again took the lead as Kilger received a pass, split the defense and flicked a shot into the right corner of the net at the 6:35 mark of the second.
Just 33 seconds later, Montreal again tied the game on a delayed penalty as Latendresse smacked the puck in from the low right side with several players in front of the net.
The Maple Leafs play in Atlanta on Thursday...Montreal next plays on Friday in New Jersey...Toskala has lost all seven shootouts he has been in...The goal for Sundin, who has 535 career goals, was his 400th goal in a Maple Leaf uniform. He is the first player to score 400 goals while playing for Toronto...Montreal went 2-for-5 on the power play while Toronto failed to score on its four opportunities.
11/28 01:11:18 ET