Preseason Game 32 – Canadiens 7, Maple Leafs 6 (OT)

Preseason Game 32
Canadiens 7, Maple Leafs 6 (OT)
Saturday, September 23, 1995
Forum de Montréal, Montréal, Québec

It was a game, though only an exhibition, that acted as a reminder of how entertaining, and intense, the Maple Leafs and Canadiens’ rivalry can be.

That was the upside.

For a Toronto perspective, it was also an ugly souvenir of how much work lies ahead if these new look Leafs are to contend in a stronger Western Conference this season.

In a thriller reminiscent of pond hockey between two feuding families, the Leafs battled back from a 5-1 second period deficit, only to blow a 6-5 third period lead.

Ex-Leaf Vincent Damphousse, with his third goal of the night, potted the winner in the first minute of overtime to give Montréal a wild 7-6 win.

The Leafs were two men short when Damphousse scored the winner.

The Forum crackled with energy – it was Toronto’s first visit here since October 1993 – from the opening faceoff, as the play careened from end to end.

“That was a game that no one deserved to win. We were awful at the start,” said Pat Burns, the Toronto bench boss, “but we did fight back. Give us credit for that. We showed some pride.”

Pride isn’t enough. Before the season opens October 7, the Leafs’ work won’t only be on the ice adapting the blueline corps to new rule interpretations.

Burns, club president Cliff Fletcher, and the rest of the Toronto brass must also sit down and evaluate who will remain with the 1995 squad.

Thursday at 2 p.m., each club must submit its protected list – 18 skaters and two goalies – for the October 2 waiver draft. If that list were to go in this morning, Toronto would have to expose one goalie and four skaters. Throwing a wrench into the works is the recent solid play of winger Todd Warriner and defenceman Jamie Heward. They both stood out again last night.

Enforcer Warren Rychel made a desperate case for himself last night with his fists. He sought out Mike Keane after the Montréal captain high sticked Mats Sundin for nine stitches in his ear. He didn’t return because of a mild concussion.

On his next shift, Rychel tossed a few punches at Keane.

“This wasn’t about fighting for a job,” said Rychel. “We’re a team on the ice and no one is going to touch our star players.”

Toronto winger Dave Andreychuk was reunited with centre Doug Gilmour for this game on a line with Sergio Momesso on the right side. They combined for seven points with Momesso picking up two goals, his first exhibition markers in a Leaf uniform.

Montréal’s big line was bigger, though. Damphousse, Pierre Turgeon and Mark Recchi finished with 10 points. Turgeon led the way with two goals and two assists.

It was the second night in a row Toronto scored six goals on Montréal netminders. An average-looking Patrick Roy played the whole game last night. Friday, the Leafs embarrassed two rookie goalies in a 6-0 whitewash.

Story originally published in The Toronto Star, September 24, 1995

1st Period
MTL PEN – 04:18 – Keane
MTL GOAL – 08:04 – Koivu (Brunet, Roy)
TOR GOAL – 08:29 – Andreychuk (Gartner, Gilmour)
TOR PEN – 09:39 – Rychel
MTL PP GOAL – 09:54 – Damphousse (Turgeon, Malakhov)
TOR PEN – 10:23 – Hendrickson
MTL PEN – 12:27 – Stevenson
MTL GOAL – 17:02 – Turgeon (Fitzpatrick, Recchi)
TOR PEN – 18:26 – Gartner

2nd Period
TOR PEN – 00:56 – Gartner
MTL PEN – 00:56 – Recchi
MTL GOAL – 06:32 – Bureau (Bure, Malakhov)
TOR PEN – 07:36 – Yushkevich
MTL PEN – 07:36 – Brunet
TOR PEN – 10:51 – Yushkevich
MTL PP GOAL – 11:26 – Turgeon (Recchi)
MTL PEN – 11:02 – Damphousse
MTL PEN – 11:42 – Odelein
TOR PP2 GOAL – 12:05 – Gill (Gilmour)
TOR GOAL – 15:53 – Macoun (Rychel)
TOR GOAL – 18:00 – Momesso (Gilmour)
TOR PEN – 18:04 – Rychel, major
MTL PEN – 18:04 – Keane, major
TOR GOAL – 18:31 – DiPietro (Gill, Gartner)

3rd Period
MTL PEN – 00:58 – Damphousse
TOR PP GOAL – 02:34 – Momesso (Gill, Andreychuk)
TOR PEN – 03:49 – Martin
TOR PEN – 07:08 – Domi, major
MTL PEN – 07:08 – Brashear, major
MTL PEN – 07:29 – Stevenson
TOR PEN – 08:19 – Warriner, minor + major
MTL PEN – 08:19 – Malakhov, major
MTL PP GOAL – 09:50 – Damphousse (Turgeon, Stevenson)
TOR PEN – 11:39 – Rychel
MTL PEN – 11:39 – Stevenson
MTL PEN – 17:01 – Kiprusoff
TOR PEN – 18:10 – Warriner
TOR PEN – 19:00 – Yushkevich
TOR PEN – 19:58 – Macoun

MTL PP2 GOAL – 00:27 – Damphousse (Kiprusoff, Recchi)

MTL – Roy (W, 24-30)
TOR – Rhodes (18-22), Cousineau (L, 15-18)

MTL – 16+12+11+1 = 40
TOR – 9+8+13+0 = 30