Canadiens recover, top Maple Leafs in shootout
The Montreal Canadiens rallied with four goals in the third period before recovering for a 6-5 shootout win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Saturday.
The Canadiens scored four times in 9:53 to take a 5-4 lead before Auston Matthews tied it 5-5 with 1:15 remaining in regulation and Michael Hutchinson pulled for the extra skater.
Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists, Max Domi and Phillip Danault each had a goal and an assist, and Carey Price made 32 saves for the Canadiens (1-0-1).
Matthews scored two goals, Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists, Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist, and Hutchinson made 37 saves for the Maple Leafs (2-0-1).
After William Nylander scored on the power play at 5:16 of the third period to give Toronto a 4-1 lead, Jonathan Drouin scored 11 seconds later when his centering attempt went off Morgan Rielly’s skate to cut it 4-2.
Gallagher scored at 6:29 on a rebound in front to make it 4-3.
Jeff Petry scored on a penalty shot at 13:02 to tie it 4-4. He was awarded the penalty shot after Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen threw his broken stick at Petry, who had the puck at the point.
Danault put in a loose puck during a scramble in front of the net at 15:20 to give Montreal a 5-4 lead.
Paul Byron scored the only goal in the shootout.
Domi made it 1-0 at 1:08 of the first period on a 2-on-1 with Artturi Lehkonen.
Matthews tied it 1-1 at 5:57 with a one-timer off a pass from Rielly, and Kerfoot made it 2-1 at 15:54 when he one-timed a pass in the slot from Trevor Moore, who stole the puck from Nick Suzuki behind the net.
Moore extended the lead to 3-1 at 1:29 of the second period when he took a pass from Ilya Mikheyev on a 2-on-1.