Maple Leafs defeat Canadiens on Tavares goal in OT
John Tavares scored 2:17 into overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs their fourth straight win, 4-3 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday.
Tavares took a pass from Mitchell Marner and put a backhand over goalie Carey Price’s left arm to give Toronto (34-17-3) its fifth win in six games (5-0-1).
Price’s personal seven-game winning streak ended in his 600th NHL game, all for Montreal (31-18-7), which lost for the first time in four games and is 8-1-2 in its past 11. He made 28 saves.
William Nylander scored for the Maple Leafs to tie the game 3-3 at 8:35 of the third period. He scored his second goal in three games, after scoring once in his first 23 games, with a wrist shot inside the left post from the right side.
Brendan Gallagher gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead with a power-play goal at 7:24 of the third. Max Domi got his second assist of the game on the goal.
Andrew Shaw, who played for the first time since Dec. 31 after missing 15 games because of a neck injury, deflected Jeff Petry’s shot from the point to to give Montreal a 1-0 lead 51 seconds into the game.
Andreas Johnsson tied it 1-1 at 2:20 when he shot into an open left side after Zach Hyman’s backhand on a wraparound bounced off Price’s pads.
Nikita Zaitsev scored on a shot through traffic at 4:42 to give Toronto a 2-1 lead.
Tomas Tatar tied it 2-2 at 1:13 of the second period. Price got the secondary assist for his first point of the season when Tatar’s wrist shot from the left side of the high slot floated into the right corner of the net.
Toronto goalie Frederik Andersen made 35 saves.
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