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TOR@MTL: Postgame

The Canadiens snapped a two-game losing streak with a victory over the Maple Leafs at the Bell Centre

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - The Canadiens registered a big 5-2 win over the Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

There was a very festive atmosphere heading into the contest. It was Halloween Night at the Bell Centre.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Le Centre Bell s���est d��guis�� pour l���Halloween. On a h��te de voir vos costumes! 🎃The Bell Centre is all dressed up tonight for Halloween. We can't wait to see your costumes!#GoHabsGo

The fans arrived sporting their best costumes.

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Even Jeff Petry's youngsters, Boyd and Barrett, took part in the Halloween festivities.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Les mini Petry sont d��guis��s 😭The Petry boys are all dressed up 😭 #GoHabsGo

And so did Carey Price's daughter, Liv.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: Liv Elsa Price ������#GoHabsGo

Once things got underway, it was Brendan Gallagher who opened the scoring at the 7:43 mark of the first period.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: GALLAGHER!TOR 0, MTL 1#GoHabsGo

Video: TOR@MTL: Gallagher buries rebound for opening goal

It was his fifth goal of the season. The assists went to Tomas Tatar and Mike Reilly. 

Reilly was playing his first game since October 10. He watched the previous six games from the press box as a healthy scratch.

Jonathan Drouin doubled the Canadiens' lead with a breakaway tally on Maple Leafs starter Michael Hutchinson at the 12:34 mark of the frame.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: DROUIN!TOR 0, MTL 2#GoHabsGo

Video: TOR@MTL: Drouin slips puck by Hutchinson on breakaway

Drouin's fourth goal of the 2019-20 campaign was assisted by Joel Armia. The Finn had the lone helper on the tally.

Shortly before the end of the period, though, Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Muzzin scored to cut Montreal's lead in half.

Muzzin's goal was scored just 16 seconds before the intermission.

Through 20 minutes of play, Claude Julien's contingent held a 19-5 advantage in the shot department.

The Maple Leafs came out flying in the second period, and it wasn't long before their hard work paid off.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: On est de retour pour la deuxi��me p��riode!Oh hey. We���re back for the 2nd!TOR 1, MTL 2#GoHabsGo

Andreas Johnsson scored the equalizer at the 5:52 mark, beating Price in close.

That was the lone goal in the middle period.

Price made 13 saves during the frame as Toronto picked up the pace.

But the Canadiens capitalized on a power play opportunity early in the third period to take a 3-2 lead.

Just seven seconds had elapsed when Armia stole the puck and beat Hutchinson on a breakaway to score his team-leading sixth goal of the season.

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: ARMIA!TOR 2, MTL 3#GoHabsGo

Video: TOR@MTL: Armia nets nifty PPG seven seconds into 3rd

It was also his third straight game with a goal for Montreal.

Drouin followed that up with his second breakaway goal of the game to put the Canadiens up 4-2 at the 7:40 mark of the period.

Like Armia's strike, the goal was unassisted.

Video: TOR@MTL: Drouin scores his second breakaway goal

Nick Suzuki gave the Bell Centre faithful another reason to celebrate when he netted his third goal of the year with 8:07 remaining in regulation time.

Video: TOR@MTL: Thompson, Suzuki connect to extend lead

Tweet from @CanadiensMTL: SUZUKI!TOR 2, MTL 5#GoHabsGo

He has Nate Thompson to thank for that perfect feed.

That's the way things finished up as the Habs picked up an important victory before heading out on a three-game road trip on Monday.

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