Montreal Canadiens Three Standout Performances vs Toronto Maple Leafs

Ruben Hill
October 7, 2019

Hours later, he found himself in just that scenario - and under unusual circumstances.

Toronto Maple Leafs forward Kasperi Kapanen made a mistake when he chose to throw his stick in the third period of the team's game against the Montreal Canadiens. When the game was on the line - in the overtime and in the shootout - Price was spectacular. I was...a little aggravated and I broke my stick, which isn't going to help us on the PK so I just kind of threw it that way. "I went out there and I knew I was going to shoot". I mean, it's only been two games, but they're now on pace to go 82-0. At first, they said any player could take the shot, and then they said any player who was on the ice, and then they said it was me. "I remember coming in here (last season) and they came back after we had a 3-0 lead, so it was good to get them back".

However, let's revisit the freakish decision by Kasperi Kapanen to throw his broken stick at Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry, who had the puck at the time and was awarded a penalty shot.

"Everybody knows it's a big mistake on my part", a deflated Kapanen said after the defeat.

Kapanen said fatigue played a factor in his brain cramp. I wouldn't be shocked if Kapanen drops down the lineup. The others were rookie Ilya Mikheyev, who notched one goal and one assist for two points and Tyson Barrie, who had two assists. Shea Weber added two assists.

Matthews scored twice for Toronto - his fourth and fifth goals of the season - and Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists for his first three points with Toronto. Trevor Moore added a goal and an assist.

After that wild third period that saw Toronto blow that 4-1 lead before tying the game 5-5 late, Price robbed Marner on a breakaway in overtime before the Canadiens came close at the other end on a scramble that resulted in a slashing penalty to John Tavares.

Domi then hit the crossbar on a 2-on-1 rush and Price denied Tavares again late to cap a frantic extra session. Honestly, I don't think it is.

Toronto's back-up goalie made his season debut with 37 saves on 42 shots, and Babcock said Hutchinson deserved better than the outcome he got. They spent almost half of the five-minute overtime killing a slashing penalty to John Tavares, and not one skater got a shot past Price in the shootout, while Paul Byron potted the Habs' shootout victor on Hutchinson.

Toronto appeared to have the game in hand when Nylander made it 4-1 at 5:16 of the third on a power play, but Montreal scored 11 seconds later when Drouin's pass in front went in off Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly.

Gallagher then made it 4-3 at 6:29 after an icing, banging home a Weber rebound to get Montreal within one.

How would he know that, by rule, the Canadiens would be awarded a penalty shot and the chance to tie a game that they had trailed by three only eight minutes earlier?

While killing a penalty, the 23-year-old had his stick broken in two by Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry's slapshot.

On Wednesday on opening night, the Maple Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators 5-3 at Scotiabank Arena.

Montreal has played just one game this season and it resulted in a shootout loss to the Hurricanes in Carolina.

Montreal got on the board just 68 seconds into the first when Domi took a feed from Artturi Lehkonen on a 2-on-1 and beat Hutchinson.

The Maple Leafs coach suggested depth is the most important thing for a hockey team - which is, not simply having the best player - and mentioned a conversation he once had with NHL legend Scotty Bowman, who told him that every team should strive to have seven top-six forwards, 10 top-nine forwards, eight capable blue liners, and so on down the line.

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