Canadiens play host to Leafs

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

Frederik Andersen got the win to improve to 25-11-2 after stopping 35 of 38 shots faced in the winning effort. John Tavares set up William Nylander's tying goal with 11:25 to play in regulation before potting the victor 2:17 into the extra period. He is 5-2-1 with a 2.90 goals-against average versus the Rangers, including a 3-1-0 mark at Madison Square Garden.

"Tough one, because going into the game here I thought we all felt really inspired and excited to play", Lundqvist told the Rangers official website, referring to the ceremonies honoring the 1994 Stanley Cup-winning team. However, Toronto is playing the much better hockey of the two teams and need to rack up wins as much as possible down the stretch and have to take advantage of situations where they're the better team. Carey Price, with his first loss since January 10, made 28 saves. It wasn't the type of game that will make either coach very happy, as defence was optional through the majority of it, but it was a very entertaining showdown nonetheless. "It's great to see all these guys come in here, and you really get inspired, to see what they went through and accomplished".

Brendan Gallagher's power-play goal put the Canadiens ahead 7:24 into the third.

The teams combined for three goals in 4:42 to start the game.

Shaw made his return to the lineup after missing 15 games with a neck injury and wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. Shaw netted his 12th of the season 51 seconds into the game when he deflected Petry's wrist shot past Andersen. But then Toronto's fourth line tied it up on a goal by Andreas Johnsson at 2:20. Johnsson has now scored in three straight games. And Nikita Zaitsev, on a point shot, gave the visitors the lead at 4:42. Price was screened by Frederik Gauthier and never saw the puck. "They did a real good job, every shift they played".

Montreal scored the equalizer 1:13 into the second period when Tatar surprised Andersen glove-side with a seemingly harmless, floating shot after carrying the puck from deep in his own zone. Earlier Saturday, the Canadiens acquired forward Dale Weise and defenceman Christian Folin from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for forward Byron Froese and defenceman David Schlemko.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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