The lead changed hands twice in the third period. Philip Danault scored on a backhander off a rebound with 4:40 to play Saturday night to put the Canadiens ahead 5-4, but Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game at 18:55 to force overtime. It was Matthews’ fifth goal of the season and his 12th in as many games against the Canadiens.
The Canadiens rallied from a 4-1 deficit in the third period with defenceman Jeff Petry tying the game on a penalty shot at 13:02.
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Montreal was on a power play when Kasperi Kapanen broke his stick while blocking Petry’s shot from the blue line. Petry was awarded the penalty shot after Kapenen threw the broken shaft in Petry’s direction.
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Petry’s goal followed third-period goals by Jonathan Drouin and Brendan Gallagher, which brought the Canadiens to within a goal at 4-3.
The first period provided an example of what the Canadiens need to do to produce and two examples of why they’re called rookie mistakes.
Montreal opened the scoring with a quick strike as Gallagher banked a pass off the boards and sent the Canadiens on a 2-on-1 break that ended with Max Domi going to the net and redirecting a pass from Artturi Lehkonen.
The home side grabbed the lead at 15:54 when Moore stripped Canadiens rookie winger Nick Suzuki behind Prices goal and fed Kerfoot, who snapped his first in blue and white after coming over with Barrie from the Colorado Avalanche in the Nazem Kadri trade this summer.
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Toronto backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson looked shaky in the early going, but the Canadiens were unable to capitalize on a couple of goalmouth scrambles and the Leafs took advantage of two rookie mistakes to take a 2-1 lead before the period was over.
Hutchinson, who starts tonight against Montreal, played well in the pre-season, but ultimately only claimed Torontos back-up job by default when Michal Neuvirth couldnt stay healthy and was released from his pro tryout. So, Hutchinson still has a lot to prove and October will be crucial. Unlike last season when Garret Sparks started twice in the opening month, Toronto has four back-to-back sets in the first four weeks this year.
A failure to clear the puck proved costly on the first Toronto goal as Cale Fleury failed to tie up Morgan Reilly behind the Montreal net. The puck came out to Matthews, who beat Carey Price with a one-timer from inside the blue line.
The Leafs, ideally, would like to rest workhorse Frederik Andersen more after he started 66, 66 and 60 games in his first three seasons in Toronto, but the plan only works if the No. 2 guy can hold his own. And the leash could be short for Hutchinson. Back in the 2016-17 season, Jhonas Enroth only got four starts before being jettisoned. One thing Hutchinson has going for him is hes fitting in well with goalie coach Steve Briere and the team off the ice.
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Toronto took the lead at 15:54 after Nick Suzuki was slow clearing the puck from behind the net. Trevor Moore wrestled the puck away from him and set up Adam Kerfoot, who was alone in the slot.
The Leafs want to rest Frederik Andersen more this season, but cant do it unless the No. 2 option is steady. So, tonight is a big chance for Michael Hutchinson to make a statement. He became a dad for the first time during the playoffs last April and says thats made him more calm and centred. He has a tattoo on his wrist of his daughters hand print, which hell often look at to put him at ease. Mark Masters has more.
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The Leafs took a 3-1 lead early in the second period when the Canadiens were caught on a bad change. Petry was nowhere to be seen as Moore and Kerfoot came bearing down on Brett Kulak on a 2-on-1 break. Moore kept the puck and beat Price with a shot high on the blocker side.
14h ago Hutchinson has a lot to prove as Leafs backup goalie Michael Hutchinson, who starts tonight against Montreal, played well in the pre-season, but ultimately only claimed Torontos back-up job by default when Michal Neuvirth couldnt stay healthy and was released from his pro tryout. So, Hutchinson still has a lot to prove and October will be crucial, Mark Masters writes. By Mark Masters
For the second game in a row, the Canadiens gave up far too many breakaways. Price got a break in the opening minutes when Kerfoot and Matthews both had chances, but missed the net.
There were limited opportunities for the new and improved Montreal power play to prove the 1-for-3 performance on opening night in Carolina wasn’t a fluke. Montreal had only two power plays in regulation and the first ended prematurely when the Canadiens were called for having too many men on the ice. That’s the second time in two games the Canadiens have had trouble counting to five. Montreal had a 4-on-3 power play in the overtime, but failed to score after repeatedly loading it up for Shea Weber’s slap shot.
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Montreal took too many penalties and the high-powered Leafs power play went 1-for-5 when William Nylander scored in the third period to put Toronto up 4-1.
Defenceman Victor Mete played a solid game but, for the 122nd consecutive game, he failed to score a goal. That established a team record for futility as he moved past Mike Komisarek, who scored his first NHL goal in his 122nd game.
8h ago Kapanens mistake one of many that cost Leafs in loss When Kasperi Kapanen tossed his broken stick away in frustration, he had no idea how much damage it would do. Toronto had led Montreal 4-1 less than six minutes into the final frame, and Kapanens ill-timed miscue was one maddening nail in the coffin of the Leafs eventual 6-5 shootout loss, Kristen Shilton writes. By Kristen Shilton
Even though he was never given a chance in the NHL, he didnt let that phase him. Dating back to his time in Los Angeles, he knew that a chance in the NHL wouldnt come easy. I kind of found out that it wasnt really going to be handed to me, and it was a tough road. Ive kind of just tried to make a point of trying to put in my hard work over the years and it just becomes an everyday thing.
TORONTO – When Kasperi Kapanen tossed his broken stick away in frustration, he had no idea how much damage it would do.
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The Maple Leafs winger was killing a penalty midway through the third period against Montreal on Saturday when a blocked shot snapped his stick in half, and reflexively discarding the pieces back towards Jeff Petry earned the Habs defenceman a penalty shot that he scored on to tie the game 4-4.
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Toronto had led Montreal 4-1 less than six minutes into the final frame, and Kapanens ill-timed miscue was one maddening nail in the coffin of the Leafs eventual 6-5 shootout loss.
Everybody knows its a big mistake on my part, a deflated Kapanen said after the defeat. If I knew that rule existed, or if I thought I was actually going to hit his stick, I wouldnt have done that. I take full responsibility.
I have to say, I hate being wrong, but I hope I am wrong about Cody Ceci. What a great game the guy had last night. I don’t want to get too crazy, but he might just be the best partner Morgan Rielly has ever had at the NHL level. I can’t wait to see how this goes.
Their first loss of the season was a collective effort by Toronto, with Kapanens mistake one of many that cost the Leafs an extra point. But that didnt lessen the burden Kapanen felt for putting his team in such a compromising position.
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I was out there for a bit and I was pretty tired, he explained. I honestly didnt think [the pieces were] going to even hit him, but I threw my stick that way and I hit him. I was…a little aggravated and I broke my stick, which isnt going to help us on the PK so I just kind of threw it that way. Thats my fault. I take full responsibility for my actions. I feel bad about it.
Leafs head coach Mike Babcock said hed never seen [that penalty taken] by anybody and knew immediately it would be a cautionary tale for his whole team moving ahead.
Im sure he feels bad and would like to have it back. Cant get it back, so we all have to learn from it, Babcock said. Ill talk to him, but Im not talking to him now. Hes going to have enough people talking to him. Hell get the message.
In the wake of blowing a three-goal, third period lead, there was more than enough messaging to go around. Toronto started the game in an early deficit, when Max Domi capitalized on sloppy defensive zone play to score 1:08 into the first.
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Auston Matthews responded with an equalizer to tie the game 1-1, and Alexander Kerfoots first of the season, and first as a Leaf, gave Toronto a 2-1 lead going into the second. Trevor Moore added another goal, his second of the season, in the middle frame, and by the time William Nylanders first of the year got past Carey Price on a third period power play, the Leafs felt confident they had the game well in hand.
Thats when the trouble really started. Just 11 seconds after Nylanders goal, Jonathan Drouin beat Michael Hutchinson to cut the Leafs lead by two, and 62 seconds after that, Brendan Gallaghers score had Montreal within a goal.
Playing on the second night of a back-to-back, and for the third time in four nights, against a rested Canadiens team, the Leafs suddenly looked alarmingly fatigued and ineffective. And Montreal kept coming, with Petrys penalty shot, and Phillip Danaults go-ahead goal two minutes later, to put Toronto on the ropes.
Its no secret were going to be [tired] but we cant let that [force us] into boneheaded mistakes and costing us opportunities at the other end that theyre capitalizing on, Matthews said.
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We can put a lot of pressure on the opposition. I dont think we did that tonight, added Babcock. I dont think we had the same kind of juice, for whatever reason. And in the end, it showed.
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Matthews second goal of the game with 1:15 left in the regulation secured Toronto a point on the night, but that was the last bit of offence the Leafs could muster. They spent nearly 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 winner on Hutchinson.
Torontos back-up goalie made his season debut with 37 saves on 42 shots, and Babcock said Hutchinson deserved better than the outcome he got.
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I felt bad for Hutch, because in the end we hung him out to dry, Babcock said. I thought Hutch had done a good enough job, when we were up early he had made some real good saves. They were skating by us, and he made some good saves. Its unfortunate.
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Add it to the list of things Toronto would like to change about Saturday night, starting with how quickly they went from being on top to being buried under.
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Thats a game we have to put away for sure. Its disappointing; its going to leave a sour taste, Tavares said. Have to re-group here. Its been a lot of hockey this week. We fought back, got the point, should have had two, we had our opportunities but well learn from it and be ready for next week.