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Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 5:15 AM

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Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO
Montréal Canadiens 3, Toronto Maple Leafs 2

TORONTO (AP) -Michael Ryder gave his coach his first NHL victory by listening to his teammates.

Ryder scored in a shootout to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 comeback victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Sheldon Souray and Mike Johnson scored in regulation for the Canadiens, who lost their season-opener in a shootout at Buffalo on Friday night by squandering a two-goal lead with 8 minutes remaining.

Ryder tried a deke but failed to score in the shootout in Friday's loss.

He beat Toronto goalie Andrew Raycroft top corner glove side for the win.

"Last night I tried the deke and I didn't have that much success," Ryder said. "Guys were telling me to shoot and I defintely was going to shoot."

A loud cheer could be heard in Montreal's locker room after the game. Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau smiled when reminded of it in his postgame interview.

"I've waited a long time for his opportunity," Carbonneau said. "I'm just glad it didn't take a couple of weeks to get that first win."

The two Original Six rivals played the first of eight games against each other.

Montreal looked sluggish early, before rallying to tie it in the third period on former Leaf Mike Johnson's goal at 6:44 of the third.

Johnson, who is from Toronto, had 20 family and friends in the stands.

"I have fair-weather friends. They cheer who I play for," Johnson joked.

After Toronto's Mats Sundin and Montreal's Chad Higgins scored in the shootout, the Maple Leafs' next three shooters were stopped and the Canadiens' next two didn't score before Ryder got the winner.

"To get that first win for Carbo is exciting, especially here in Toronto," Ryder said. "The fans are always up for these games. It's a great win. We're going to enjoy it."

Darcy Tucker and Matt Stajan scored in regulation for the Maple Leafs, who lost in a shootout in their season opener on Wednesday night against Ottawa.

Toronto rebounded with a 6-0 victory over the Senators on Thursday.

The Maple Leafs jumped out to a 2-1 lead against Montreal and had a number of chances to run up the score, but couldn't capitalize.

"We just missed the net too many times," Toronto coach Paul Maurice said.

The Canadiens repeatedly had trouble getting the puck out of their own zone in the first two periods. However, they took the early lead on Souray's one-timer from the blue line at 5:11 of the first.

Tucker, left unchecked at the side of the net, scored on the power play at 9:28 of the first by converting Kyle Wellwood's pass. Wellwood tied a career-high with four points in Thursday's victory and Tucker scored twice in the blowout.

After Alexei Ponikarovsky and Stajan put a flurry of shots on goalie David Aebischer in the second, Stajan scored on a rebound at 4:38 of the second.

Jeff O'Neill missed a good chance to give Toronto an insurance goal early in the third as he couldn't elevate the puck after Ponikarovsky made a centering pass.

"We didn't capitalize on those chances," Toronto's Pavel Kubina said. "We had a lot of chances."

After a Toronto turnover, Johnson converted Alexander Perezhogin's centering pass at 6:44 of the third. Montreal fans cheered the tying goal as Johnson fell backward after scoring it.

Maple Leafs goalie Andrew Raycroft made a sprawling save midway through the third to prevent Radek Bonk from scoring. Raycroft also made an impressive pad save on Saku Koivu's one-timer with 5:30 left in the third.

Notes: Toronto defenseman Andy Wozniewski didn't return after suffering a shoulder injury on his first shift. Maurice called it a "significant injury" but didn't say how long he'll be out. He'll be reevaluated Sunday. Wozniewski collided with a Montreal player. ... Ponikarovsky sent Montreal's Chris Higgins to the ice with a check in the second.

scoring summary
1st Period
PPG - Sheldon Souray (1) ASST: Andrei Markov (2), Alex Kovalev (2)
1 - 0 MTL
PPG - Darcy Tucker (3) ASST: Kyle Wellwood (5), Mats Sundin (3)
1 - 1 Tie
2nd Period
Matt Stajan (1) ASST: Alexei Ponikarovsky (1), Jeff O'Neill (1)
2 - 1 TOR
3rd Period
Mike Johnson (1) ASST: Alexander Perezhogin (1)
2 - 2 Tie
OT Period
1M. SundinC. Higgins
2K. WellwoodS. Koivu
3D. TuckerA. Kovalev
4A. PonikarovskyM. Ryder
penalty summary
1st Period
Chad Kilger  Tripping against  Mathieu Dandenault
Michael Ryder  Holding
Mathieu Dandenault  Interference
Michael Peca  Interference against  Tomas Plekanec
Tomas Plekanec  Interference against  Darcy Tucker
2nd Period
Mathieu Dandenault  Tripping against  Matt Stajan
Darcy Tucker  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
3rd Period
Mike Komisarek  Slashing against  Mats Sundin
Bates Battaglia  Hooking against  Guillaume Latendresse
Mats Sundin  Hooking against  Mike Komisarek
OT Period
Sergei Samsonov  Hooking against  Bryan McCabe
Darcy Tucker  Interference on goalkeeper against  David Aebischer
goalie stats
David Aebischer
David Aebischer
SA: 38TOI: 64:58
Saves: 36EV: 20 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 14 - 15
SV%: .947SH: 2 - 2
Andrew Raycroft
Andrew Raycroft
SA: 33TOI: 64:55
Saves: 31EV: 23 - 24
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 9
SV%: .939SH: 0 - 0
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