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game recap

Montréal Canadiens 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 5 FINAL

Tuesday, 08.16.2011 / 5:54 AM

Associated Press

TORONTO (AP) _ Mikael Tellqvist is doing his best to stick with the Toronto Maple Leafs when injured starter Ed Belfour returns.

Tellqvist remained undefeated, and Matt Stajan and Tom Fitzgerald scored and added assists in Toronto's 5-4 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Tellqvist made 27 saves to improve to 5-0-2 this season. The 24-year-old rookie is making a strong case to remain the backup when Belfour returns from the back injury that has forced him to miss eight of the last nine games.

Regular backup Trevor Kidd is 1-3-1 while allowing 22 goals in his last five starts. Tellqvist looked strong in the first two periods, but struggled in the third. Toronto nearly blew a 4-0 second-period lead.

``The other night was probably my best performance,'' said Tellqvist, who made 34 saves in a victory over Carolina on Thursday night. ``It's hard to rate this performance. I felt comfortable the first two periods, then I let a bad goal in and after that they got on a roll.''

Tellqvist said it's too early to tell whether he's won the job.

``It's hard to say whether I've earned it or not. Of course, I want to be here. It's everybody's dream to play at this level,'' he said.

Nik Antropov, Joe Nieuwendyk and Mats Sundin also scored for the Maple Leafs.

Pierre Dagenais, Steve Begin, Francis Bouillon and Michael Ryder scored for the Canadiens, who have lost five of six.

``We just didn't come to play for 20 minutes and we lost the game in that 20 minutes,'' Montreal's Craig Rivet said.

Bouillon's slap shot from the boards cut Toronto's lead to 4-3 midway through the third, but Sundin scored on a two-on-one with Alexander Mogilny with 2:46 left.

Ryder cut it to 5-4 with 50 seconds remaining, but the Canadiens couldn't score with an extra attacker in the dying seconds.

Jose Theodore replaced Mathieu Garon in net after Garon allowed three goals on 11 shots. Garon had won his previous four starts while Theodore had lost four straight.

Toronto's Alexei Ponikarovsky stole the puck from defenseman Michael Komisarek before passing the puck to Antropov, who put his own rebound past Garon at 5:19 of the first.

Montreal couldn't get the puck out of their zone before Stajan made a behind the net pass to Fitzgerald, whose one-timer gave Toronto a 2-0 at 10:56 of the first.

Theodore replaced Garon after Stajan scored on a breakaway by putting the puck between Garon's pads at 17:37 of the second.

Theodore replaced Garon, but Nieuwendyk scored on a power play to give Toronto a 4-0 lead at 11:40 of the second.

Dagenais scored on a one-timer in the second.

Tellqvist allowed a weak goal in the third when Begin scored on a slap shot from the blue line, cutting the lead to 4-2 at 3:07.

``That was a bad goal. You can call it that,'' Tellqvist said. ``Nine times out of 10 I make the save.

scoring summary
1st Period
05:19
TOR
Nik Antropov (8) Backhand shot - ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (13)
1 - 0 TOR
10:56
TOR
Thomas Fitzgerald (7) Snap shot - ASST: Matt Stajan (12), Tomas Kaberle (21)
2 - 0 TOR
17:37
TOR
Matt Stajan (12) Snap shot - ASST: Thomas Fitzgerald (8)
3 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
11:40
TOR
PPG - Joe Nieuwendyk (13) Wrist shot - ASST: Mats Sundin (37), Bryan McCabe (26)
4 - 0 TOR
15:20
MTL
Pierre Dagenais (13) Snap shot - ASST: Saku Koivu (28), Jan Bulis (12)
4 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
03:07
MTL
Steve Begin (6) Slapshot - ASST: Niklas Sundstrom (11), Mike Komisarek (1)
4 - 2 TOR
10:42
MTL
Francis Bouillon (1) Slapshot - ASST: Jan Bulis (13), Mike Ribeiro (34)
4 - 3 TOR
17:14
TOR
Mats Sundin (22) Snap shot - ASST: Alexander Mogilny (8), Mikael Renberg (11)
5 - 3 TOR
19:10
MTL
Michael Ryder (16) Wrist shot - ASST: Mike Ribeiro (35), Patrice Brisebois (18)
5 - 4 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:54
MTL
Richard Zednik  Hooking against  Darcy Tucker
2nd Period
02:31
MTL
Craig Rivet  Roughing against  Bryan Marchment
02:31
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Roughing against  Craig Rivet
04:37
MTL
Craig Rivet  Fighting (maj) against  Bryan Marchment
04:37
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Fighting (maj) against  Craig Rivet
05:35
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Slashing against  Jason Ward
11:21
MTL
Patrice Brisebois  Interference against  Alexander Mogilny
12:44
MTL
Pierre Dagenais  Too many men/ice - bench
3rd Period
07:33
MTL
Patrice Brisebois  Slashing against  Owen Nolan
08:30
TOR
Bryan McCabe  Holding the stick against  Andreas Dackell
goalie stats
Mathieu Garon
SA: 11TOI: 17:37
Saves: 8EV: 7 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .727SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
SA: 14TOI: 41:19
Saves: 12EV: 9 - 10
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 4
SV%: .857SH: 0 - 0
Mikael Tellqvist
SA: 31TOI: 60:00
Saves: 27EV: 26 - 30
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .871SH: 0 - 0