NHL Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, October 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Maple Leafs (4-1-1) at Montreal Canadiens (1-4-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to bounce back from their
first regulation loss of the season this evening as they battle the rival
Montreal Canadiens for the second time this year and first at the Bell Centre.
The Leafs notched a 4-0-1 mark over their initial five games, but were humbled
in their first road contest of the season on Thursday in Boston. Playing for
the first time on back-to-back nights this year, Toronto was bested by a 6-2
David Steckel and Mikhail Grabovski scored the goals for the Maple Leafs, who
were outshot 43-28 and lost the opener of a four-game swing after beginning
the season with five contests in a row at home. Jonas Gustavsson made 37 saves
in the loss, while Phil Kessel was held without a point for the first time in
his last 16 regular-season games.
"We didn't give Jonas much protection in front," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson
said. "We just didn't have our legs, it's plain and simple."
James Reimer had gotten the first five starts in net, posting a 2.55 goals-
"I felt pretty good. We knew they were going to come out hard, so I was
prepared for a lot of shots," said Gustavsson. "I guess they got a couple
rebounds there to get a two-goal lead, but that's the way it is sometimes."
Reimer stopped all 32 shots faced in Toronto's season-opening 2-0 win over
Montreal at home. The victory was the Maple Leafs' sixth in their last nine
against the Habs, who are coming off a 3-1 setback to the Penguins on
Brian Gionta notched the lone goal for the Canadiens, who have lost four
straight (0-3-1) for the first time since a five-game slide two seasons ago
from Dec. 10-17, 2009.
Carey Price gave up three goals on 32 shots to remain stuck on 99 career wins
with Montreal. He let in both goals in the loss to Toronto on Oct. 6.
"We gotta get on the same page," said Price. "We have a day to correct
ourselves and then we have to get back in the saddle."
Montreal forward Scott Gomez left Thursday's loss in the first period with an
upper-body injury and did not return. He did not practice on Friday and head
coach Jacques Martin said he is doubtful for this contest.
The Canadiens will play their next three at home, where they are 0-2-1 this
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