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Whitewashed In Montreal

Saturday, 02.12.2011 / 11:27 PM ET / Features
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Whitewashed In Montreal
Matt Iaboni
February 12, 2011
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After a scoreless first period, the Canadiens were first on the board when David Desharnais found Benoit Pouliot wide open in front of the Leafs' net and he roofed his 12th goal of the season.

The night got worse for the Leafs just 1:40 later when Luke Schenn turned over the puck deep in the Leafs' zone and Max Pacioretty centred to Brian Gionta who was all alone to put home his 21st of the season.

2 Times the Leafs have been shut out by Montreal this season, the first time since 1967-68.
58 Shots on net for Phil Kessel during his goalless drought.
3-11-3 Leafs' record this season without Colby Armstrong in the lineup.
3 Penalties for Darryl Boyce in the third period.
0 Goals for the Leafs on 16 power-play chances against Montreal this season.
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David Desharnais
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Carey Price
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Benoit Pouliot
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Diminutive centre David Desharnais continued his torrid scoring as he was a huge factor in the Canadiens snapping their three-game losing streak. He had two points giviing him six in his last three games.

Desharnais was leading the AHL in scoring when he was recalled. He has 11 points in 18 games this season. He not only set up the first goal which was the winner, he finished off the scoring in the third period with his fifth goal of the season. His 16:13 of ice-time was a season high.

Although he took the loss, J.S. Giguere was by far the best Maple Leaf on the ice Saturday in Montreal. It was Giguere's first loss to the Canadiens since March 2004.

If it wasn't for the Leafs netminder, the score could've been much worse. He made numerous big saves in the first period and in the second he stopped Tomas Plekanec on a shorthanded breakaway. He finished the night with 36 saves and lost for the first time in three starts.

With the loss to Montreal, the Maple Leafs' road record dropped to 10-16-1 which is the fourth worst mark in the NHL. In their past seven road games, the Leafs have gone 1-6-0.

As one of the youngest teams in the NHL, there is no doubt that plays some part in the struggles away from Air Canada Centre. The Leafs will need to find some answers as with just 26 games left in the 2010-11 season, 14 are on the road starting with a back-to-back next week.

Ron Wilson on the disappointment in his team's effort considering it was a Leafs versus Canadiens game:

“We expected more. Saturday night. Montreal. Hockey Night In Canada. All the things you dream about as a kid. We didn’t seem to have it.”

Tuesday, February 15 @ Boston Bruins
7 PM ET (Sportsnet, AM640)

Game Notes:
The Leafs play the first of a road back-to-back when they face the Northeast Division leading Boston Bruins.

Since the All-Star break, the Bruins have gone 3-2 prior to their game Sunday in Detroit. This is the fourth meeting between the two teams with Boston winning two of the first three inlcuding the last meeting on January 3rd.

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