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Schenn scores first NHL goal as Maple Leafs down Canadiens 5-2 @NHLdotcom

MONTREAL - Rookie Luke Schenn scored his first NHL goal and Vesa Toskala made 31 saves as the Toronto Maple Leafs downed the slumping Montreal Canadiens 5-2 on Saturday night.

Nikolai Kulemin, Jeff Finger and Jason Blake, with two in the third period, also scored for Toronto (20-24-9), which rebounded from a 5-0 loss in Buffalo this week.

Matt D'Agostini and Tom Kostopoulos scored for Montreal (29-18-6), which has lost seven of its last nine games.

It was the first time in six games that Toronto did not allow at least four goals and Toskala was under pressure after he was challenged publicly to play better this week by general manager Brian Burke and coach Ron Wilson. He responded with a solid effort.

The build-up all week of a showdown between Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski and Montreal's Sergei Kostitsyn, who have feuded the last two times they met, never materialized as the coaches didn't put them out at the same time, except for briefly during a second-period Leafs power play.

Toronto lost defenceman Mike Van Ryn at 2:47 of the second when he was nudged into the end boards by rookie Max Pacioretty, who was called for charging. The team said he had a lower body injury.

Wilson wanted his team to come out strong in the first because Montreal was weary from playing Friday night in Buffalo and they did, outshooting the Canadiens 18-5 and taking a 1-0 lead.

Video replay had just disallowed a Kulemin goal that was scored with a high stick when Schenn got the puck beside the right boards and threaded a low shot through traffic and between Carey Price's pads at 14:37, on Toronto's 16th shot of the period.

Montreal was on a two-man advantage when D'Agostini took a diagonal pass from Andrei Markov and shot into an open side 25 seconds into the second frame.

But Kulemin finally got his goal at 2:37, taking a pass in the slot from Lee Stempniak and scoring on a wrist shot to take the lead even though Montreal turned the tables by outshooting the Leafs 15-5.

Blake then scored his 18th and 19th of the season, the first at 3:07 on a rush down the left side when he picked the far corner and the second at 9:13 when he broke in on the right side and lifted a shot over Price from in close.

Max Lapierre and Sergei Kostitsyn had whacks at a puck in Toskala's crease before Kostopoulos put it in at 11:02.

With 1:04 left to play, Price whiffed with his glove at Finger's high, weak shot.

The Leafs continue a run of four straight road games Tuesday in Florida and Thursday in Tampa.

Montreal now heads on a six-game road trip that begins Monday in Calgary. The Canadiens have lost five in a row away from home.

Notes - Back-up Jaroslav Halak was scheduled to start in goal for Montreal but turned up sick, so Price played an eighth straight game. . . Mathieu Dandenault has been cleared to play since Friday but continues to sit. He has now missed 26 games with a broken left arm. Defenceman Patrice Brisebois missed a fourth game with a lower body injury. . . Jeremy Williams and Ryan Hollweg sat out for Toronto.

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