Toronto Maple Leafs 5, Montreal Canadiens 6
Though it was brief, the undefeated run to start the season for the Toronto Maple Leafs came to a screeching halt in one of the most exhilarating and most entertaining matchups that we’ll likely see all season.
The Leafs coughed up a 4-1 lead during the third period with the Montreal Canadiens in town on Saturday night. The Leafs scored a late equalizer through Auston Matthews, before falling 6-5 in a shootout.
Speaking after the defeat, Mike Babcock spoke to reporters. He said: “I didn’t think we skated very good all night, to be honest with you — right from the start to the finish. I thought we were obviously in a good spot.
“We weren’t really crisp. Just the way I look at it is we had three games in four nights and we knew going in she was going to be a grind. We got five out of six points.”
Paul Byron scored in the shootout as the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5.
Mitch Marner, John Tavares and Auston Matthews all failed to beat Carey Price in the shootout.
Brendan Gallagher had a goal and two assists for Montreal. Meanwhile, Phillip Danault and Max Domi added a goal and an assist each while Jeff Petry and Jonathan Drouin also scored. Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens in the victory. Also, Shea Weber had two assists.
Matthews scored twice for the Maple Leafs. These were his fourth and fifth goals of the season. Meanwhile, Alexander Kerfoot had a goal and two assists for his first three points with Toronto.
Meanwhile, Trevor Moore added a goal and an assist. William Nylander had the other goal for the Leafs. Michael Hutchinson made 37 saves in the defeat. Tyson Barrie had two assists.
Next, the Leafs host the defending Stanley Cup champions- St. Louis Blues on Monday night.