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Slow Start Stings Leafs In Montreal

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:47 AM

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Slow Start Stings Leafs In Montreal
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montréal Canadiens 6
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MONTREAL (CP)
-The Montreal Canadiens got the start they needed.

Andrei Kostitsyn had a goal and two assists, and Jaroslav Halak made 30 saves in Montreal's 6-2 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night.

Patrice Brisebois assisted on each of the Canadiens' three first-period goals - by Sergei Kostitsyn, Maxim Lapierre and Guillaume Latendresse.

"We needed a great start," Lapierre said. "We played last night and we knew they were going to be ready so we just kept it simple, put the puck at the net and that's what happened, we got the two points."

Alex Kovalev scored his 11th goal 6:20 into the second to put the Canadiens up by three, and Andrei Kostitsyn scored his 12th at 18:53 to make it 5-1 just moments after Toronto's Dominic Moore shot wide of a wide open net on a short-handed opportunity.

Max Pacioretty scored Montreal's sixth goal in the third against Curtis Joseph, who replaced Vesa Toskala to begin the period.

Halak made his fourth straight start in place of Carey Price, sidelined by a lower-body injury.

"Everyone played so well and Jaro made the big saves," Brisebois said. "It's a huge two points and it's fun. We're playing great hockey right now."

The Canadiens, fresh from a 6-2 road win over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night, extended their winning streak to three. Montreal is 8-1-1 since a season-high three-game losing streak.

"We're playing well right now," Latendresse said. "Everybody's confident, we're playing hard and we knew that if we started well we would have control of the game."

Tomas Kaberle and Matt Stajan scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost six of eight after a season-best 5-1-0 run.

"They're a good hockey team and we knew they were going to come out hard from the drop of the puck," forward Jason Blake said. "We just have to find a way inside this room to make sure that we're ready for the hockey game when warmups come and the drop of the puck comes."

Toronto's Mikhail Grabovski pushed away linesman Scott Cherrey and kicked his helmet after the official fell on top of Grabovski while separating him from Sergei Kostitsyn during a skirmish late in the third.

Grabovski, who acknowledged that his actions might bring league sanctions, raised his arms to the jeering Bell Centre crowd as he left the ice.

"Five seconds in my head - I don't know what happened," said Grabovski, who was traded by Montreal to Toronto on July 3.

Brad May, acquired in a trade with Anaheim on Wednesday, made his Maple Leafs debut and fought with Montreal defenseman Francis Bouillon 11:13 into the second. That bout came 2 seconds after Toronto's Jamal Mayers squared off with Tom Kostopoulos.

Toskala stopped 16 of 21 shots overall in the first and second. Joseph made seven saves in the third.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored the first of Montreal's two power-play goals in the game when he put a rebound of Brisebois' shot into a wide open net 2:35 in.

Lapierre made it a 2-0 lead with his eighth goal at 4:59, but Kaberle drove a slap shot from the right point past Halak on a power play at 7:55 to draw the Maple Leafs within 2-1.

Latendresse scored his seventh at 19:03 to restore the Canadiens' two-goal lead.

Notes: Jean Beliveau, recently taken to hospital after a drop in blood pressure, drew a standing ovation when he was introduced during a pregame ceremony honoring the Toronto-Montreal rivalry. Johnny Bower, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark and Felix Potvin represented the Maple Leafs along with former Canadiens Phil Goyette, Guy Lapointe, Peter Mahovlich, Steve Shutt and Vincent Damphousse. ... Canadiens D Yannick Weber made his NHL debut as a forward on Montreal's fourth line. He also played the right point on the power play.

scoring summary
1st Period
02:35
MTL
PPG - Sergei Kostitsyn (7) ASST: Andrei Kostitsyn (10), Patrice Brisebois (6)
1 - 0 MTL
04:59
MTL
Maxim Lapierre (8) ASST: Roman Hamrlik (13), Patrice Brisebois (7)
2 - 0 MTL
07:55
TOR
PPG - Tomas Kaberle (3) ASST: Dominic Moore (13)
2 - 1 MTL
19:03
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (7) ASST: Tom Kostopoulos (8), Patrice Brisebois (8)
3 - 1 MTL
2nd Period
06:20
MTL
Alex Kovalev (11) ASST: Andrei Kostitsyn (11), Maxim Lapierre (5)
4 - 1 MTL
18:53
MTL
PPG - Andrei Kostitsyn (12) ASST: Robert Lang (16), Andrei Markov (24)
5 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
12:08
MTL
Max Pacioretty (2) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (11), Alex Kovalev (20)
6 - 1 MTL
18:30
TOR
Matt Stajan (10) ASST: Nik Antropov (19), Luke Schenn (3)
6 - 2 MTL
penalty summary
1st Period
01:08
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Hooking against  Max Pacioretty
02:51
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Interference against  Matt Stajan
07:51
MTL
Yannick Weber  Slashing against  Pavel Kubina
13:04
TOR
Lee Stempniak  Interference against  Sergei Kostitsyn
14:11
MTL
Andrei Markov  Interference against  Niklas Hagman
16:53
TOR
Brad May  Charging against  Maxim Lapierre
17:40
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Roughing against  Luke Schenn
17:40
TOR
Luke Schenn  Roughing against  Tomas Plekanec
20:00
MTL
Mike Komisarek  Roughing against  Andre Deveaux
20:00
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
20:00
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
20:00
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Misconduct (10 min)
20:00
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Misconduct (10 min)
2nd Period
07:05
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Tripping against  Jason Blake
08:53
TOR
Jeff Finger  Roughing against  Maxim Lapierre
09:48
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Misconduct (10 min) against  Ian White
09:48
TOR
Ian White  Misconduct (10 min) against  Tomas Plekanec
10:15
MTL
Sergei Kostitsyn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Jason Blake
10:15
TOR
Jason Blake  Misconduct (10 min) against  Sergei Kostitsyn
11:11
MTL
Matt D'Agostini  Abuse of officials - bench
11:11
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
11:11
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
11:13
MTL
Francis Bouillon  Fighting (maj) against  Brad May
11:13
TOR
Brad May  Fighting (maj) against  Francis Bouillon
11:40
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hi-sticking against  Alex Kovalev
18:10
TOR
Lee Stempniak  Too many men/ice - bench
19:20
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse  Hooking against  Niklas Hagman
3rd Period
13:15
TOR
John Mitchell  Slashing against  Matt D'Agostini
18:07
TOR
Andre Deveaux  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Maxim Lapierre
18:07
MTL
Sergei Kostitsyn  Misconduct (10 min) against  Mikhail Grabovski
18:07
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Misconduct (10 min) against  Sergei Kostitsyn
18:07
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Game misconduct
18:07
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Andre Deveaux
goalie stats
Curtis Joseph
SA: 8TOI: 20:00
Saves: 7EV: 6 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 0 - 0
SV%: .875SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 21TOI: 40:00
Saves: 16EV: 10 - 13
PIM: 0PP: 6 - 8
SV%: .762SH: 0 - 0
Jaroslav Halak
Jaroslav Halak
8-6-1
SA: 32TOI: 60:00
Saves: 30EV: 21 - 22
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .938SH: 5 - 5
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