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Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1
Montréal Canadiens 1, Toronto Maple Leafs 3

TORONTO (AP) - Toronto defenseman Tomas Kaberle's first goal in 35 games stood up as the game-winner in the Maple Leafs' 3-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Maple Leafs have struggled in first periods recently, prompting coach Ron Wilson to stress the importance of good starts. He finally got one as Toronto scored twice in the opening 20 minutes for the first time since Nov. 13.

It came against the tired Canadiens, who lost 4-2 in Detroit on Friday. They were flat early in a game that was played with an edge. Toronto's Clarke MacArthur won an early one-sided fight against Jaroslav Spacek, who was knocked out of the game.

Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg also scored for the Maple Leafs (11-14-4).

Mike Cammalleri had the lone goal for Montreal (18-10-2).

Because the Canadiens were playing on back-to-back nights, goalie Alex Auld made a rare start in place of usual starter Carey Price. He gave Montreal a chance to win by not allowing a goal in the final 2 1/2 periods.

Montreal pushed hard for the tying goal in the closing minutes, but Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere stood tall. The boos that rained down during Thursday's loss to Philadelphia were replaced by chants of "Go Leafs Go!"

Kessel wasted little time in putting an end to his seven-game goal drought. He charged hard to the net and knocked a loose puck behind Auld at 7:38 of the first period.

It was just the 11th time in 29 games that the Maple Leafs led 1-0.

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Toronto seized some momentum and went ahead 2-0 when Kaberle scored his first goal since March at 10:35.

Montreal seemed to find its legs in the second.

After being held to four shots in the opening 20 minutes, the Canadiens came out with a little more urgency. Cammalleri made it 2-1 at 14:38 with his 10th of the season, beating Giguere high with a shot the goalie appeared to have trouble seeing.

Notes: Scott Gomez missed his second straight game for Montreal because of a lower body injury. ... Montreal recalled C David Desharnais from AHL Hamilton, but he didn't play. ... The announced attendance was 19,656, the largest crowd at Air Canada Centre this season.


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scoring summary
1st Period
07:38
TOR
Phil Kessel (11) ASST: Tyler Bozak (6), Tomas Kaberle (16)
1 - 0 TOR
10:35
TOR
Tomas Kaberle (1) ASST: Fredrik Sjostrom (2), Tim Brent (2)
2 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
14:38
MTL
Mike Cammalleri (10) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (17), Andrei Kostitsyn (11)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
19:22
TOR
EN - Kris Versteeg (9) ASST: Fredrik Sjostrom (3)
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:59
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Jaroslav Spacek
10:59
TOR
Clarke MacArthur  Roughing against  Jaroslav Spacek
10:59
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
10:59
MTL
Jaroslav Spacek  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
16:26
MTL
Jeff Halpern  Interference against  Nazem Kadri
18:30
MTL
Jeff Halpern  Interference against  Carl Gunnarsson
2nd Period
NONE
3rd Period
00:23
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Roughing against  Clarke MacArthur
07:11
TOR
Tyler Bozak  Hooking against  Yannick Weber
goalie stats
Alex Auld
SA: 23TOI: 59:44
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 16
PIM: 0PP: 7 - 7
SV%: .913SH: 0 - 0
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
Jean-Sebastien Giguere
7-6-2
SA: 23TOI: 59:57
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .957SH: 0 - 0