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Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montréal Canadiens 4 FINAL

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

Associated Press

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Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montréal Canadiens 4 FINAL
Toronto Maple Leafs 3, Montréal Canadiens 4

MONTREAL (AP) _ Yanic Perreault and the Montreal Canadiens got the upper hand in the latest renewal of the NHL's oldest rivalry.

Perreault scored midway through the third period to lift the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Michael Ryder scored late in the second to draw Montreal even for the second time in the period at 3-3.

Richard Zednik, who scored his 25th of the season to tie it at 2, set up the go-ahead goal to the delight of the majority in the sellout crowd of 21,273.

Zednik rushed down the left side before passing to Perreault, who drove the net and lifted a shot over Ed Belfour for his 14th goal at 9:33.

``There was a lot of intensity, a lot of emotion going on,'' Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. ``When you're able to come from behind and win the game with the atmosphere like we had tonight, it is a great night. And for our confidence, winning against a team that's ahead of us is a good thing.''

Jose Theodore made 22 saves, and Mike Ribeiro also scored for Montreal, which has points in 10 of 11 games (9-1-0-1).

Matt Stajan, Joe Nieuwendyk and Drake Berehowsky scored for Toronto, which was unbeaten in seven games in Montreal.

Newly acquired Maple Leafs center Ron Francis was impressed by the atmosphere in the Bell Centre, which included plenty of support for the visitors.

``It was awesome,'' said Francis, who assisted on Stajan's goal for his first point in two games with the Maple Leafs. ``It reminded me of an English soccer match with everything going on in the stands. It was a great atmosphere. It's just too bad we didn't come away with a win.''

The Maple Leafs, losers of three of four, have 88 points and trail Boston for the Northeast Division lead by three.

``I don't like how we're playing right now,'' Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. ``Our big line didn't have a sniff all night. They played against their checking line and got nothing because they didn't work for it.''

The Canadiens, who have missed the playoffs four of the last five seasons, tied New Jersey for sixth in the Eastern Conference with 85 points.

``The intensity was really high,'' Perreault said. ``We're trying to improve our ranking. The Leafs are one of the top teams in the league and it was a big challenge for us. To be able to show that we can play.''

Ribeiro opened the scoring with his 19th goal 6:38 in when he swept across the goal mouth to beat Belfour.

Newly acquired Maple Leafs center Ron Francis set up Stajan's 14th at 10:21 for his first Toronto point.

Nieuwendyk scored his 17th just 1:13 into the second to put Toronto up 2-1 before Zednik tied it again with his 25th at 9:28.

Berehowsky finished off a two-on-one with Alex Mogilny at 12:19 to put the Maple Leafs ahead again.

Ryder got his 21st at 17:43 when he scored on a second-effort shot, wristing the puck past Belfour inside the right post.

scoring summary
1st Period
06:38
MTL
Mike Ribeiro (19) ASST: Michael Ryder (34), Mike Komisarek (3)
1 - 0 MTL
10:21
TOR
Matt Stajan (14) ASST: Ron Francis (21), Owen Nolan (27)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
01:13
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk (17) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (15), Nik Antropov (16)
2 - 1 TOR
09:28
MTL
Richard Zednik (25) ASST: Saku Koivu (39), Yanic Perreault (14)
2 - 2 Tie
12:19
TOR
Drake Berehowsky (6) ASST: Alexander Mogilny (15), Joe Nieuwendyk (24)
3 - 2 TOR
17:43
MTL
Michael Ryder (21) ASST: Mike Ribeiro (40), Francis Bouillon (13)
3 - 3 Tie
3rd Period
09:33
MTL
Yanic Perreault (14) ASST: Richard Zednik (23), Mike Komisarek (4)
4 - 3 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
08:15
MTL
Darren Langdon  Fighting (maj) against  Tie Domi
08:15
TOR
Tie Domi  Fighting (maj) against  Darren Langdon
11:32
MTL
Patrice Brisebois  Roughing against  Wade Belak
11:32
TOR
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Patrice Brisebois
15:56
TOR
Matt Stajan  Holding the stick against  Richard Zednik
18:31
MTL
Stephane Quintal  Interference against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
05:03
TOR
Brian Leetch  Hi-sticking against  Yanic Perreault
10:12
MTL
Darren Langdon  Roughing against  Wade Belak
10:12
TOR
Wade Belak  Roughing against  Darren Langdon
13:02
TOR
Bryan Marchment  Interference on goalkeeper against  Jose Theodore
3rd Period
16:33
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Roughing against  Joe Nieuwendyk
16:33
TOR
Joe Nieuwendyk  Roughing against  Francis Bouillon
20:00
TOR
Brian Leetch  Hi-sticking against  Richard Zednik
goalie stats
Ed Belfour
SA: 29TOI: 59:08
Saves: 25EV: 22 - 26
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: .862SH: 0 - 0
Jose Theodore
Jose Theodore
SA: 25TOI: 60:00
Saves: 22EV: 21 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 1 - 1
SV%: .880SH: 0 - 0
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