MONTREAL – Cole Caufield scored at 4:43 of time beyond regulation because the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in a possible North Division playoff preview Monday.
The rookie sniper took a move from Jeff Petry and wired residence his second NHL aim — and second OT winner in as many video games.
Tyler Toffoli and Philip Danault scored in regulation for Montreal (24-18-9). Jake Allen made 27 stops for the Canadiens, who entered having gained two a in row, together with Saturday’s dramatic 2-1 time beyond regulation triumph on the Bell Centre towards the Ottawa Senators when Caufield was additionally the hero. Petry and Nick Suzuki added three assists every.
Auston Matthews, together with his league-leading thirty ninth aim of the season, and Morgan Rielly replied for Toronto (33-13-6), which bought 20 saves from Jack Campbell.
The primary-place Leafs fell to 5-3-0 towards the Canadiens, who’re chasing the Winnipeg Jets for third within the division.
Toronto misplaced veteran ahead Nick Foligno to a lower-body damage proper earlier than Matthews scored late within the second interval.
The Leafs and Canadiens will play twice extra this week — Thursday and Saturday in Toronto — though Montreal additionally has a date with the Senators in Ottawa on Wednesday.
The Canadiens have been as soon as once more minus injured No. 1 goalie Carey Worth, captain Shea Weber, in addition to forwards Tomas Tatar, Paul Byron and Brendan Gallagher, whereas winger Jonathan Drouin stays out for private causes.
Leafs defenceman Justin Holl didn’t gown after taking a puck within the face Saturday, which opened the door for Timothy Liljegren to attract in on the second blue-line pair with Jake Muzzin. Zach Hyman and Zach Bogosian additionally stay sidelined with accidents.
Down 2-1 late within the third interval, Danaut jammed his fifth residence with 51.8 seconds left in regulation after beating Matthews on an offensive zone faceoff.
Toffoli missed the online on a breakaway in additional time in search of his second aim of the night time earlier than Matthews and Mitch Marner couldn’t join on a 2-on-0. John Tavares then hit the publish for Toronto.
Matthews snapped a 1-1 tie with 2:39 left within the second, tipping Muzzin’s level shot previous Allen as he battled in entrance with Canadiens defenceman Joel Edmundson.
The aim was Matthews’ sixth in as many contests, 18th in his final 18 video games, and 18th in 22 profession outings versus the Canadiens.
Toffoli bought Montreal on the board earlier within the interval on an influence play when he took a move from Suzuki and beat Campbell for his twenty eighth at 1:55 on Toronto’s third penalty of the night time.
The guests bought their first man benefit not lengthy after, however Campbell needed to make an enormous cease off Artturi Lehkonen on a 2-on-1 with Jake Evans following a Rasmus Sandin turnover.
Allen stopped William Nylander on a breakaway later within the interval, however Matthews wouldn’t be denied on his deflection.
Montreal appeared to push within the third, with Campbell denying Ben Chiarot on a delayed penalty earlier than stopping Josh Anderson together with his internet earlier than Danault pressured OT late.
Rielly opened the scoring at 4:07 of the primary on some extent shot by way of a display for his fifth aim of the season, and first in 13 video games. The sequence was arrange by Alex Galchenyuk, who registered his first-ever level towards Montreal in his tenth recreation towards the staff that drafted No. 3 general in 2012.
Montreal got here near getting on the board later within the interval when Caufield rang a shot off Campbell’s crossbar on the ability play. Toronto virtually made it 2-0 seconds later when Marner stole the puck from Alexander Romanov, however Allen bought a chunk of the breakaway likelihood.
Campbell then robbed Jesperi Kotkaniemi together with his glove on one other man benefit earlier than additionally denying Eric Staal.
This report by The Canadian Press was first printed Might 3, 2021.
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