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Montreal at Toronto

Price makes 32 saves, Habs beat Leafs

CBSSports.com wire reports
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TORONTO -- The Montreal Canadiens finally had a good bounce go their way. And the faint light that represents their playoff hopes got a little bit brighter as a result.

Rene Bourque opened the scoring after having the puck unexpectedly carom off the end boards Saturday night and the Canadiens rode the good vibes to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs.

"That was probably the best bounce we've had all season," goalie Carey Price said. "It was nice to be able to feel like we had luck on our side tonight."

Positive signs have been few and far between during a tumultuous season in Montreal. But there was a good feeling in the dressing room after the team completed a tough weekend by earning three of four points in the standings.

The 11th-place Canadiens remain well back in the Eastern Conference playoff race -- they trail eighth-place Washington by seven points -- but aren't ready to concede the season just yet.

"There's still a light at the end there," forward Lars Eller said. "There are more than 30 games to go and we still have a lot of faith in this locker room. We'll play one game at a time and see what happens."

Price finished with 32 saves, and Eller and Rafael Diaz added third-period goals for Montreal, which looked good despite losing a shootout in Pittsburgh a night earlier.

Matthew Lombardi replied for the Maple Leafs.

There was no sugarcoating the loss for a Toronto team that vowed to play desperate but couldn't quite match the effort of a tired opponent. The game was still up for grabs early in the third period when a problem with the glass brought on a lengthy delay. Montreal immediately seized momentum afterward as Diaz put them ahead 2-1 with a long shot through traffic.

"It's almost like that delay put us half to sleep," Leafs coach Ron Wilson said. "I thought we started the period pretty well. And we had that 10-minute delay and the next shift we ended up getting scored on."

Toronto missed a chance to leapfrog the Capitals for the final playoffs spot in the conference. It remains one point behind in ninth place.

"We know it's a big one," Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf said. "We talked a lot about how big this game was. We're definitely disappointed with the outcome."

Notes

  • Montreal is 5-9-2 since interim coach Randy Cunneyworth took over last month.
  • Gustavsson is 10-5-0 in his last 14 starts.
  • Keith Aulie, Jay Rosehill and Darryl Boyce sat out for Toronto.
  • The Canadiens scratched Petteri Nokelainen and Yannick Weber.
  • Tampa Bay general manager Steve Yzerman watched the game from the press box.
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Carey Price has a pretty busy night, stopping 32 shots to help Montreal get back on track. (US Presswire)
Carey Price has a pretty busy night, stopping 32 shots to help Montreal get back on track. (US Presswire)

Scoreboard
Montreal  (18-21-9) «1023
Toronto (23-19-5)1001
Three Stars
C. Price
MON


Saves: 32
Save Pct.: .970
M. Lombardi
TOR


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
L. Eller
MON


Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0
Scoring Summary
1ST PERIOD
18:26 - Rene Bourque (14), Wrist Shot. Assist: Plekanec, Cole
18:55 - Matthew Lombardi (4), Snap Shot. Assist: Bozak
2ND PERIOD
None
3RD PERIOD
03:29 - Raphael Diaz (3), Slap Shot. Assist: Gomez
11:25 - Lars Eller (10), Snap Shot. Assist: Moen, Kostitsyn
Penalty Summary
1ST PERIOD
07:50Subban, 2 min, Roughing
2ND PERIOD
06:43MacArthur, 2 min, Hooking
17:45Komisarek, 2 min, Slashing
3RD PERIOD
07:56Gill, 2 min, Tripping
12:23Kadri, 2 min, Goaltender Interference
18:18Kaberle, 2 min, Tripping
Shots On Goal
 123T
MON89623
TOR10121133
 
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