Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 2
Monday, April 12, 2021
Centre Bell, Montréal, Québec
The Montréal Canadiens ended Jack Campbell’s NHL-record streak of 11 consecutive wins to start a season with a 4-2 victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre on Monday.
Campbell made 21 saves after setting the record in a 6-5 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. It was his first loss since March 6, 2020.
“I just think I wanted it all too bad, and sometimes that doesn’t all work in your favour,” Campbell said. “Just let the game come to me, and when I do that, everything works out.”
Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who missed his fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury, set the record when he started the 2016-17 season with 10 straight wins.
“There will come a time when I can look back at it, but right now I just want to move on from this one and be ready to go next time,” Campbell said.
Tomas Tatar scored twice, and Jake Allen made 23 saves in his fourth straight start for Montréal (18-12-9), which ended a three-game losing streak.
“It’s something to build off, that’s all it is,” Allen said. “You can’t get too high on one win. You’ve just got to keep building and find a way to get better every day. And I think there’s room for that.”
Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal for Toronto (28-11-3), which had a six-game winning streak and 10-game point streak end (9-0-1).
“We just weren’t ready to go today, and that’s my job,” Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe said. “The coach’s job is to get the team ready to play. We weren’t ready to play, so that one falls on me.”
Josh Anderson gave Montréal a 3-2 lead at 16:22 of the second period, scoring on a wrist shot from the right side after Toronto scored twice earlier in the period to tie it.
Tatar made it 4-2 with a backhand into an empty net at 17:35 of the third period after Campbell was pulled for an extra attacker.
“It was important for us as a team to bounce back,” Canadiens forward Phillip Danault said. “We knew we had a little slump and we showed a lot of character tonight. We were a bit hesitant in the second period, but we recovered and started winning battles again, so it was a big character win. And you have to give Jake credit too. He made big saves and gave us a chance to win.”
Matthews, who scored his third NHL hat trick Saturday, redirected Mitchell Marner’s pass for his eighth goal of a five-game goal streak to get Toronto within 2-1 at 9:28 of the second.
John Tavares scored on a backhand off a goalmouth scramble at 14:57 to tie it 2-2.
“We were sloppy, they got off to a two-goal lead, but then I thought we battled back,” Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman said. “But we put ourselves in a hole early.”
Tatar scored at 1:17 of the first period to put the Canadiens up 1-0. He redirected the puck into the net from the left edge of the crease after it caromed to him off the skate of Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk.
Nick Suzuki made it 2-0 with a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 7:53.
“We really wanted to come out tonight and set the pace and start off the period the right way,” Anderson said. “And I thought we did that for the most part. Obviously they made a good push in the second, but I thought we did a lot of good things tonight.”
NOTES: Matthews has 11 goals scoring in eight of his past nine games. His goal streak is his fourth of at least five games, tied with Dave Andreychuk for the third in Maple Leafs history. Babe Dye and Rick Vaive each had seven goal streaks of at least five games…Maple Leafs forward Nicholas Robertson had one shot and two hits in 8:11 in his first NHL game since January 16…Campbell made his fourth straight start, his ninth in 11 games since Frederik Andersen has been out with a lower-body injury. Toronto acquired goalie David Rittich in a trade with the Calgary Flames on Monday. Keefe declined to say who would start against Calgary on Tuesday…Canadiens coach Dominique Ducharme said Price will go on the ice Wednesday for the first time since April 5, when he aggravated a lower-body injury during a 3-2 overtime win against the Edmonton Oilers…The Maple Leafs also acquired defenceman Ben Hutton in a trade with the Anaheim Ducks on Monday after acquiring forwards Nick Foligno in a trade with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and Stefan Noesen in a trade with the San Jose Sharks on Sunday…Montréal acquired defenceman Erik Gustafsson in a trade with the Philadelphia Flyers on Monday after trading with the Detroit Red Wings to acquire defenceman Jon Merrill on Sunday. Each player moving from a United States team to a Scotia North Division team will be subject to a seven-day quarantine upon arriving in Canada.
MTL GOAL – 01:17 – Tatar (Byron, Danault)
TOR PEN – 06:33 – Bogosian, high sticking
MTL PP GOAL – 07:53 – Suzuki (Weber, Drouin)
TOR PEN – 09:58 – team, too many men on the ice
TOR GOAL – 09:28 – Matthews (Marner, Rielly)
MTL PEN – 12:04 – Danault, tripping
TOR GOAL – 14:57 – Tavares (Mikheyev, Hyman)
MTL GOAL – 16:22 – Anderson (Kulak)
MTL PEN – 07:21 – Drouin, tripping
MTL EN GOAL – 17:35 – Tatar (Byron, Petry)
MTL – Allen (W, 23-25)
TOR – Campbell (L, 21-24)
SHOTS ON GOAL
MTL – 11+7+7 = 25
TOR – 3+13+9 = 25
MTL – Goaltenders: Jake Allen, Cayden Primeau. Defence: Joel Edmundson, Brett Kulak, Xavier Ouellet, Jeff Petry (A), Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber (C). Forwards: Josh Anderson, Paul Byron (A), Phillip Danault, Jonathan Drouin, Jake Evans, Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Artturi Lehkonen, Corey Perry, Eric Staal, Nick Suzuki, Tomas Tatar, Tyler Toffoli.
TOR – Goaltenders: Jack Campbell, Michael Hutchinson. Defence: Zach Bogosian, T.J. Brodie, Travis Dermott, Justin Holl, Jake Muzzin, Morgan Rielly (A). Forwards: Pierre Engvall, Alex Galchenyuk, Zach Hyman, Alexander Kerfoot, Mitchell Marner (A), Auston Matthews, Ilya Mikheyev, Nicholas Robertson, Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, John Tavares (C), Joe Thornton.
MTL – 18-12-9 (.577)
TOR – 28-11-3 (.702)
⭐ Josh Anderson (MTL)
⭐⭐ Paul Byron (MTL)
⭐⭐⭐ Tomas Tatar (MTL)