MONTREAL – Jonas Gustavsson was good, but Carey Price was perfect.
The Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender was beat twice on 39 shots and the Montreal Canadiens got a 2-0 win at the Bell Centre on Saturday night.
“He played well (Gustavsson), especially in the first period and he gave us a chance to win,”said Toronto’s coach Ron Wilson.
The Canadiens outshot the Leafs 17-10 during the opening frame, however, the action was something the Gustavsson welcomed with open arms.
“It was pretty good, I got a lot of shots early and that always helps,”said Gustavsson.
At the other end, Price turned aside 30 shots for his fourth shutout of the season.
Gustavsson didn’t have much of a chance to stop the two that got by him. Montreal opened the scoring at 9:17 of the first period when Jeff Halpern deflected a Jaroslav Spacek point shot during a penalty kill.
Meanwhile, it was a tough night for former Montreal Canadiens. Mikhail Grabovski lost a faceoff to Halpern that lead to the goal. He finished the night minus one during 19:37 of ice time.
Mike Komisarek had a blunder on the second Montreal goal. He tried to pass the puck through the slot and was picked off by Mike Cammalleri who beat Gustavsson up high for a power play goal the padded Montreal’s lead.
“I wouldn’t say that they had a very good power play,”said Wilson.“We got the puck and then gave it right back to them.”
Nazem Kadri was one of the stronger players for the Leafs. He came close to scoring in the third period on a scramble in front of the net. Kadri’s been searching for his first NHL goal since being called up from the Toronto Marlies over a week ago.
“I honestly thought I was all alone and I ended up being tied up pretty good,”said Kadri.“It hopped over my stick and it was like, ‘geez that was close.’
“We’re getting our chances, just not finding the back of the net.”
The loss snapped a two game win streak for Toronto who heading into their game had won four of their last five at the Bell Centre.