Matt Iaboni November 20, 2010
The Leafs have had trouble this season when trailing after two periods and Saturday night was no different.
Down 1-0 and with John Mitchell in the penalty box, Mike Komisarek had a chance to clear the puck but he blindly threw it in front of his net where Mike Cammalleri was the only player there. He whistled the puck past Jonas Gustavsson.
Games as an NHL general manager for Brian Burke.
Per cent on faceoffs for the Leafs Saturday.
Shutouts this season for Canadiens goalie Carey Price.
Penalty for the Leafs.
Leafs record on Saturdays.
Jonas Gustavsson continued his tremendous start to the season despite suffering his fourth loss in eight games. Gustavsson was spectacular throughout the game as he stopped 37 of 39 shots. Both the 37 saves and 39 shots were season highs.
The two goals that he did allow weren't his fault. One was off a deflection, the other off a terrible giveaway in front of his net. While Carey Price had the shutout, Gustavsson kept the Leafs in the game.
Phil Kessel was one of the few Leafs to have some offensive flair on Saturday. Although his three-game point streak ended, Kessel had several chances to get on the board.
Kessel was able to use his speed to keep Montreal's defence on its toes. The Canadiens had the hulking Hal Gill out on most shifts and a few times Kessel couldn't get past Gill's long reach. The Leafs' forward had four shots to lead the team in his 19:40 of ice-time.
In four of Jonas Gustavsson's eight starts this season, the Leafs have scored two or fewer goals. It has to be frustrating for the netminder knowing that he has to be perfect to get the win. You could see his frustration after the second goal Saturday realizing it sealed the game.
In two of those starts he has lost 2-0 both against Original Six teams (Boston and Montreal). He and his teammates will get a chance to get back on track Monday against Dallas.
Ron Wilson on Gustavsson and the Canadiens' power-play goal:
"He played well, especially in the first period and he gave us a chance to win. I wouldn't say that they had a very good power play. We got the puck and then gave it right back to them."
Monday, November 22 vs. Dallas
7:00 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)
The Leafs return home to take on the Dallas Stars for the lone meeting of the 2010-11 season.
The Stars are coming off a shootout loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Saturday. This is the first of two road games for the Stars as they face the Senators on Wednesday.