Montreal (8-1-2) at Toronto (5-5-4) 7:00 p.m. EST
TORONTO (Ticker) — After a rare loss, the Montreal Canadiens
look to get back in the win column Saturday when they take on
the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Montreal had captured three straight one-goal victories, but
came off a five-day break and fell to Columbus in a shootout
Columbus used a pair of goals in less than a minute during the
third period to take the lead, but needed the shootout to earn
the win after Sergei Kostitsyn’s goal with under a minute to
play in regulation tied it, 3-3.
Alex Tanguay scored his team-leading seventh goal while Jaroslav
Halak took the loss in net after posting victories in his two
Toronto is winless (0-2-1) over its last three games, thanks
mostly to a porous defense that has allowed 16 goals during the
Curtis Joseph allowed five goals in his last start Sunday and
Vesa Toskala surrendered nine goals over the last two games,
after winning four of his previous five appearances.
Montreal roughed up Toronto, 6-1, on October 11 to start a
stretch of eight wins in nine games, catapulting it toward the
top of the Eastern Conference standings.