EditorsNote: Changes to “boarding” penalty in graf 11; other minor edits
Joel Armia scored a power-play goal in the opening seconds of the third period to snap a tie as the Montreal Canadiens went on to defeat the visiting Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 Saturday night.
Jonathan Drouin had two goals on a pair of breakaways for the Canadiens, and Brendan Gallagher and Nick Suzuki added a goal each. Armia also had an assist.
Carey Price made 29 saves for the Canadiens, who had lost their two previous games.
Jake Muzzin and Andreas Johnsson scored for the Maple Leafs.
Toronto’s backup goaltender Michael Hutchinson made 33 stops.
Montreal led 2-1 after the first period after having a 19-5 advantage in shots on goal.
Gallagher scored his fifth goal this season at 7:43 of the first when he jammed in his own rebound.
Drouin scored at 12:34 on a breakaway from the Toronto blue line, shifting from his forehand to his backhand before stuffing the puck behind Hutchinson. Armia made the saucer pass that put Drouin in the clear. Armia had lost the puck near the Toronto blue line then retrieved it from Ilya Mikheyev.
Muzzin scored his third goal at 19:44 of the first on a one-timer after moving into the left circle to accept a pass from Mitch Marner.
The Maple Leafs had a 15-9 edge in shots in the second period and tied the game at 2-2. Johnsson slid home a backhand from a goalmouth scramble for his third goal this season at 5:52. The play started with a turnover by Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen.
Armia stole the puck from Muzzin to score his sixth goal of the season just seven seconds into the third period. Toronto’s Alex Kerfoot was serving a boarding penalty that carried over from the second period.
Drouin took the puck from Toronto’s Tyson Barrie in the neutral zone and skated in alone to notch his fifth goal of the season at 7:40 of the third.
Montreal took advantage of Toronto’s pinching defense and Suzuki completed a 2-on-1 break with his third goal at 11:53.
—Field Level Media