Toronto
Maple Leafs
35-37-10
Montréal
Canadiens
31-35-16

42 SOG
22 SOG
1st2nd3rdT
TOR
MTL
game recap

Maple Leafs 3, Canadiens 1

Saturday, 03.03.2012 / 10:12 PM

Associated Press

Three Stars of the Game
Mikhail Grabovski
1st
Mikhail Grabovski
C
G: 2Shots: 4
A: 1Hits: 0
PTS: 3PIM: 0
+/-: 1TOI: 19:28
Erik Cole
2nd
Erik Cole
LW
G: 1Shots: 4
A: 0Hits: 2
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 1TOI: 22:55
Carey Price
3rd
SA: 42TOI: 59:35
GA: 3EV: 34-36
PIM: 0PP: 5-6
SV%: .929SH: 0-0

MONTREAL (AP) - Mikhail Grabovski broke a long goal drought to give Randy Carlyle a victory in his first game behind Toronto's bench.

After failing to score in 14 games, Grabovski had two goals in the third period to help the Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 3-1 on Saturday night.

The Maple Leafs fired Ron Wilson on Friday night and hired Carlyle, the former Toronto defenseman who was fired by Anaheim in December.

"I was a little nervous, a little butterflies, but I didn't make too many mistakes, I thought," Carlyle said. "It's different when you haven't been behind a bench for three months and it's a new team, but we got through it. The assistants did a great job."

Matt Frattin also scored and Jonas Gustavsson made 21 saves to help Toronto end a six-game winless streak and win for only the second time in 12 games.

"It's obviously a nice way to start," Carlyle said. "I thought our team put out an effort. It's impressive when you can go into the other team's building and hold them to under 25 shots and score two big goals in the third to eke out a win. I asked them to skate and not worry about anything but what our focus was, which was to win the game. We stayed with our game plan. We played hard, we got some breaks and our key guys scored some goals."

Erik Cole scored for Montreal.

Grabovski made it 2-1 midway through the third period after the Maple Leafs caught Montreal on a line change. Clarke McArthur slid a pass to Grabovski, and the Belarusian center used Alexei Emelin as a screen to beat Carey Price with a high shot from the slot.

"It was one of those games that could have gone either way," Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges said. "Unfortunately, we made a mistake on their second goal. We left a defenseman (Yannick Weber) out to dry and the next thing, it's in the back of your net."

Grabovski added his 20th goal on a power play with 53 seconds left.

"We still have a chance to make the playoffs, we're trying to get points," Grabovski said.

Carlyle had said when he took over that the Leafs seemed tense, and nerves showed as Montreal controlled the early play and opened the scoring when David Desharnais fed Cole for an open shot 7:16 into the first.

Frattin tied it in the second period.

Notes: Scott Gomez and Aaron Palushaj both sustained eye injuries against Minnesota on Thursday night, forcing the Canadiens to call up Louis Leblanc and Andreas Engqvist from Hamilton of the AHL. ... Colby Armstrong sat out for Toronto. ... A fan fell from the middle tier of seats into the lower bowl before the game. A Canadiens spokesman said that while he - and the fan he landed on - were taken to a hospital, neither of the fans' injuries appeared to be life-threatening.

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scoring summary
1st Period
07:16
MTL
Erik Cole (23) Wrist shot - ASST: David Desharnais (37), Max Pacioretty (23)
1 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
06:30
TOR
Matt Frattin (6) Wrist shot - ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (25)
1 - 1 Tie
3rd Period
11:45
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski (19) Snap shot - ASST: Clarke MacArthur (16), Carl Gunnarsson (15)
2 - 1 TOR
19:07
TOR
PPG - Mikhail Grabovski (20) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Frattin (6), Dion Phaneuf (30)
3 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
10:23
MTL
Brad Staubitz  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
10:23
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Brad Staubitz
2nd Period
15:43
TOR
Luke Schenn  Tripping against  Max Pacioretty
19:40
MTL
Louis Leblanc  Holding against  Carl Gunnarsson
3rd Period
07:20
MTL
Max Pacioretty  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jonas Gustavsson
19:01
MTL
Erik Cole  Interference against  Dion Phaneuf
20:00
MTL
P.K. Subban  Roughing against  Tim Connolly
20:00
TOR
Tim Connolly  Slashing against  P.K. Subban
20:00
TOR
Tim Connolly  Roughing against  P.K. Subban
goalie stats
Jonas Gustavsson
Jonas Gustavsson
17-13-2
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 18 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 2 - 2
SV%: .955SH: 1 - 1
Carey Price
SA: 42TOI: 59:35
Saves: 39EV: 34 - 36
PIM: 0PP: 5 - 6
SV%: .929SH: 0 - 0