Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3: Kovalev, Price Lead Habs to Victory

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Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 3: Kovalev, Price Lead Habs to Victory


With GM John Ferguson and coach Paul Maurice under the gun in Toronto, the Maple Leafs badly needed a win against the Montreal Canadiens on Tuesday night.

Unfortunately for Leafs Nation, the evening would end in a 4-3 shootout loss to their longtime rivals.

The Leafs outshot Montreal 17-6 in the first period, but the score remained tied at 0-0.

The second period saw a goal from Leafs winger Darcy Tucker at 2:50. Montreal's Alex Kovalev responded on the power play two minutes later, and Chad Kilger and Guillaume Latendresse exchanged goals over the following 2:30.

Kovalev netted his second goal of the night on another power play early in the third period. Leafs captain Mats Sundin scored late in the period with an extra man on the ice to send the game to overtime.

The goal was Sundin’s 400th as a Leaf.

After nothing was resolved in overtime, controversy erupted before the shootout when the arena's Zamboni driver apparently forgot how to do his job.

So maybe there will be a firing in the Leafs organization after all.

Andrei Kostitsyn scored what would be the deciding goal in the shootout, and Carey Price stopped Jason Blake to clinch the win.

Price stopped 43 of 46 shots in regulation and overtime. His counterpart Vesa Toskala stopped 27 of 30.

Three Stars: 1. Alex Kovalev; 2. Carey Price; 3. Darcy Tucker
Toronto Maple Leafs

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