The Habs blew a two-goal lead in the final minutes of regulation, but Mike Cammalleri and Scott Gomez scored in a shootout as the Canadiens beat the Leafs 5-4 on Saturday night.
With the Canadiens dressed in the red, white and blue-striped uniforms worn by their predecessors in 1912-13, the game was perfect for Halloween -- complete with odd bounces and strange-looking goals.
But after a scoreless overtime, Cammalleri and Gomez both beat Vesa Toskala with wrist shots over his glove, while Jaroslav Halak stopped Lee Stempniak and Kaberle.
"Our fans like OT and shootouts I guess," Cammalleri said. "We didn't want to give them those two goals.
"The fans were singing 'Na Na' (Goodbye) and were ready to go out and enjoy their Saturday night. We'd have liked to hold them off, but the big thing was to get the win."
The Leafs (1-7-4) finished a five-game trip with a 1-1-3 record, losing in overtime at
"I could throw out all the clichés, but we still have to find a way to win," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "Which cliché do you want? We never say die, blah, blah blah? We still need to win."
The usual Bell Centre sellout crowd of 21,273 spent most of the night booing former Canadien defenseman Mike Komisarek, who signed with the Leafs during the summer as a free agent. Komisarek took a pair of minor penalties and was minus-2.
"That was a rivalry game,'' said Cammalleri, a
After a scoreless first period, the Leafs did something they hadn't done all season -- get the game's first goal.
The lead lasted all of 75 seconds. Travis Moen forced a turnover in the right circle and fed Glen Metropolit, who flung the puck at the net from the goal line to the left of Toskala. The puck appeared to hit Komisarek, deflected off Toskala and went into the net at 2:27.
Guillaume Latendresse put the Canadiens ahead to stay, knocking home a rebound at 12:27, and Hal Gill beat Toskala with a slap shot at 14:52 for a two-goal lead.
Stempniak cut the deficit back to one with a power-play goal at 15:16, but the Canadiens appeared to put the game away when Roman Hamrlik, standing at the left post, accidentally deflected a shot by Scott Gomez into the net at 9:50 of the third.
But as they did the night before, when they scored in the final minute or regulation to force OT, the Leafs wouldn't go quietly. Ponikarovsky took a brilliant pass by Ian White and beat Halak to the short side from the lower left circle with 3:28 remaining.
"He's doing a great job,"
Toskala saved the Leafs in the final minute of overtime when he slid from right to left to get a piece of a one-timer from the right circle by Gomez after Latendresse set him up on a 2-on-1 break.
--John Kreiser, NHL.com
Material from wire services and team media was used in this report
|PPG - Alexei Ponikarovsky (4) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (13), Mikhail Grabovski (5)|
1 - 0 TOR
|Glen Metropolit (2) ASST: Travis Moen (3)|
1 - 1 Tie
|Guillaume Latendresse (2) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (9), Maxim Lapierre (3)|
2 - 1 MTL
|Hal Gill (1) ASST: Josh Gorges (2), Tomas Plekanec (10)|
3 - 1 MTL
|PPG - Lee Stempniak (4) ASST: Tomas Kaberle (14), Mikhail Grabovski (6)|
3 - 2 MTL
|Roman Hamrlik (4) ASST: Scott Gomez (7), Brian Gionta (4)|
4 - 2 MTL
|Alexei Ponikarovsky (5) ASST: Ian White (4), Tomas Kaberle (15)|
4 - 3 MTL
|Tomas Kaberle (2) ASST: Mikhail Grabovski (7), Jason Blake (6)|
4 - 4 Tie
|1||M. Cammalleri||L. Stempniak|
|2||S. Gomez||T. Kaberle|
|Power Play %||18.8%||24.4%|
|% on Road||10.3%||22.9%|
|% at Home||25.0%||25.5%|
|Tomas Kaberle Hooking against Scott Gomez|
|Luke Schenn Interference against Andrei Kostitsyn|
|Garnet Exelby Roughing against Mike Cammalleri|
|Mike Cammalleri Cross checking against Garnet Exelby|
|Jaroslav Spacek Holding against Niklas Hagman|
|Mike Komisarek Clipping against Gregory Stewart|
|Gregory Stewart Roughing against Mike Komisarek|
|Marc-Andre Bergeron Interference against Alexei Ponikarovsky|
|Kyle Chipchura Roughing against Mike Komisarek|
|Roman Hamrlik Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mike Cammalleri Roughing against Rickard Wallin|
|John Mitchell Holding against Josh Gorges|
|Francois Beauchemin Roughing against Mike Cammalleri|
|Josh Gorges Roughing against Francois Beauchemin|
|Hal Gill Roughing against Francois Beauchemin|
|Hal Gill Delaying Game-Puck over glass|
|Mike Komisarek Cross checking against Tomas Plekanec|