Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 1
Saturday, October 29, 2016
Centre Bell, Montréal, Québec
Goaltender Carey Price’s return to full health and the additions of defenceman Shea Weber and forward Alexander Radulov continue to fuel the Montréal Canadiens’ fiery start to the season.
Weber scored on a 4-on-3 power play at 7:24 of the third period and Montréal extended its winning streak to seven with a 2-1 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Price, who missed most of last season because of a knee injury, made 37 saves to improve to 5-0-0 since missing the first three games of the season because of the flu.
“I’m definitely not surprised, I know how good he is,” Weber said. “He’s one of the best in the world. He’s just so consistent every night and gives us a chance to win. Tonight, when we weren’t at our best early on, he kept us in it and we found a way to get our legs under us.”
Weber one-timed a slap shot from the slot for his fourth goal on a return pass from Radulov 31 seconds after rookie Toronto defenceman Connor Carrick was penalized for hooking.
Weber’s third game-winning goal gave the Canadiens (8-0-1) their longest winning streak since they won their first nine games last season.
“He’s playing excellent hockey,” Montréal coach Michel Therrien said. “He’s scoring big goals, making big plays at the right times. He’s acting like a real leader. A leader to me is based on your actions, and he’s had a very positive impact on our team.”
Radulov also assisted on Alex Galchenyuk’s third goal, which gave the Canadiens a 1-0 lead at 6:11 of the second period.
Toronto centre Nazem Kadri tied it at 1-1 with his third goal on a power play at 4:18 of the third. Weber was unable to prevent Kadri from deflecting William Nylander’s pass from the slot past Price.
“Willy did a great job finding me,” Kadri said. “We worked the puck around and the middle was open and I just had my stick on the ice and was able to beat him far side.”
Frederik Andersen made 29 saves for the Maple Leafs (2-3-3).
Galchenyuk scored for a second straight game when he drove to the net to take a pass from Radulov, who remained on Montréal’s top line against Toronto after moving to left wing in the third period of the Canadiens’ 3-1 win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday.
NOTES: Rookie Maple Leafs centre Auston Matthews failed to record a point for the first time in five road games. He has five goals and three assists on the road…Babcock confirmed that goaltender Jhonas Enroth with start at the New York Islanders on Sunday…Weber has scored three of his four goals on the power play. Former Canadiens defenceman P.K. Subban, who was traded to the Nashville Predators for Weber on June 29, had two power-play goals for Montréal last season.
MTL PEN – 07:20 – Petry, tripping
MTL PEN – 15:38 – Emelin, hooking
TOR PEN – 02:06 – Hyman, hooking
MTL GOAL – 06:11 – Galchenyuk (Radulov, Beaulieu)
TOR PEN – 08:14 – Martin, roughing
MTL PEN – 08:14 – Pacioretty, roughing
TOR PEN – 19:17 – Polak, boarding
MTL PEN – 04:05 – Radulov, hooking
TOR PP GOAL – 04:18 – Kadri (Nylander, Gardiner)
MTL PEN – 05:58 – Mitchell, slashing
TOR PEN – 05:58 – Kadri, slashing
TOR PEN – 06:53 – Carrick, hooking
MTL PP GOAL – 07:24 – Weber (Radulov, Galchenyuk)
MTL PEN – 08:58 – Emelin, holding
MTL – Price (W, 37-38)
TOR – Andersen (L, 29-31)
SHOTS ON GOAL
MTL – 10+6+15 = 31
TOR – 11+10+17 = 38
MTL – Goaltenders: Al Montoya, Carey Price. Defence: Nathan Beaulieu, Alexei Emelin, Andrei Markov, Greg Pateryn, Jeff Petry, Shea Weber (A). Forwards: Paul Byron, Phillip Danault, David Desharnais, Brian Flynn, Alex Galchenyuk, Brendan Gallagher, Artturi Lehkonen, Torrey Mitchell, Max Pacioretty (C), Tomas Plekanec (A), Alexander Radulov, Andrew Shaw.
TOR – Goaltenders: Frederik Andersen, Jhonas Enroth. Defence: Connor Carrick, Jake Gardiner, Martin Marincin, Roman Polak, Morgan Rielly (A), Nikita Zaitsev. Forwards: Tyler Bozak (A), Connor Brown, Seth Griffith, Zach Hyman, Nazem Kadri, Leo Komarov (A), Mitchell Marner, Matt Martin, Auston Matthews, William Nylander, Ben Smith, James van Riemsdyk.
MTL – 8-0-1 (.944)
TOR – 2-3-3 (.438)
⭐ Carey Price (MTL)
⭐⭐ Alex Galchenyuk (MTL)
⭐⭐⭐ Shea Weber (MTL)