Montreal at Toronto

Komisarek uses turnover to score overtime winner for Canadiens wire reports

TORONTO -- George Gillett sat down beside his 20-year-old goalie and chatted with him as though they were old friends.

"Good job," the Montreal Canadiens owner said to Carey Price in the visitors' dressing room at Air Canada Centre.

No kidding.

Price stopped 37 shots, and the Canadiens rallied for a 4-3 overtime win Tuesday over the rival Toronto Maple Leafs.

"I just treated it like another game," Price, shrugging his shoulders, said of his first career start against Toronto. "I'm happy we won but it's really just another win."

His calm demeanor is the same on and off the ice and his older teammates are impressed.

"I like his style," said forward Alexei Kovalev, who had a three-point night. "I like that kid. He's so calm. he's got a nice future."

Price allowed the Canadiens to hang around in a game they had no business being in, outshot 40-25 by the Maple Leafs.

"Pricey made some huge saves, both our goalies have been huge for us all year," said defenseman Mike Komisarek, who netted the winner in overtime.

Komisarek scored 35 seconds into overtime on a clear breakaway from his own blue line with the teams playing 3-on-3.

"I looked over my shoulder and saw it was just me and (goalie) Andrew Raycroft," said Komisarek, who scored his second goal of the season. "I tried not to get too fancy."

Komisarek intercepted Bryan McCabe's errant pass at the Montreal blue line and skated in on a breakaway, beating Raycroft with a forehand deke between the pads to the delight of the many Canadiens fans in the Air Canada Centre.

"I had my chance and I jumped," Komisarek said. "And the rest is history."

Just moments earlier, McCabe nearly won the game but his blast was stopped by Price.

"I just tried to one-touch it to Nikky (Antropov)," McCabe said. "Five seconds earlier I could have been the hero. I had a great chance. But that's how it goes."

Kovalev, Andrei Kostitsyn and Andrei Markov also scored for the Canadiens, who beat the Maple Leafs for the first time this season in three tries (1-1-1).

"They beat us in our building last time so it was nice to beat them here in this building," said Kovalev, who tallied his ninth of the season.

Kyle Wellwood had his first two goals of the season, and Boyd Devereaux also scored for the Maple Leafs, who gave up a 3-2 lead in the third period.

The teams took turns dominating in the opening two periods, Montreal coming out strong but found goalie Andrew Raycroft more than up to the challenge.

He couldn't turn aside Markov's shot during a 5-on-3 power play as Montreal took a 1-0 lead at 13:43.

The Leafs turned the table in the second, completely controlling the play. Wellwood tied it 2:01 into the period, flipping a shot over Price after a super rush from Jiri Tlusty. It was Wellwood's first of the season.

Toronto kept pressing but Price made several dazzling saves, including during a 5-on-3 man advantage for the Leafs.

Wellwood finally beat him again with 1:34 to go in the second period, putting a rebound over a sprawled Price with 2 seconds left on a roughing penalty to Markov.

The Canadiens, however, came out charging on the very next shift. Alexei Kovalev set up a wide-open Kostitsyn, who one-timed a shot top corner and glove side at 19:09 to tie it 2-2.

The Leafs continued to press in the third period and went ahead at 9:44 when Ian White's point shot was deflected by Devereaux.

Montreal tied it 3-3 at 13:58 when Tomas Plekanec went flying around the Leafs defense. From behind the net, he found Kovalev in the slot for a shot past Raycroft into the top corner. That gave Kovalev a three-point night.

Montreal veteran Bryan Smolinski left the game with a facial injury with 5:45 to go in the second period, but he returned in the third.


  • The Canadiens lost rugged forward Garth Murray on waivers to Florida.
  • The Leafs were without D Pavel Kubina (knee) and Carlo Colaiacovo (knee) while forwards Wade Belak, Chad Kilger and John Pohl were healthy scratches.
  • D Staffan Kronwall, recalled from the AHL Toronto Marlies on Monday, played in his first NHL game of the season.
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Mike Komisarek fakes and finds a gap between the legs of Andrew Raycroft less than a minute in OT. (AP)
Mike Komisarek fakes and finds a gap between the legs of Andrew Raycroft less than a minute in OT. (AP)
Montreal  (10-4-3) «11114
Toronto (7-7-5)02103
Three Stars
A. Kovalev

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 2
K. Wellwood

Goals: 2
Assist(s): 0
M. Komisarek

Goals: 1
Assist(s): 0

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Scoring Summary
13:43Power Play - Andrei Markov (6), Slap Shot. Assist: Bryan Smolinski, Alexei Kovalev
02:01Power Play - Kyle Wellwood (1), Wrist Shot. Assist: Jiri Tlusty, Ian White
18:26Kyle Wellwood (2), Wrist Shot. Assist: Mats Sundin, Bryan McCabe
19:09Andrei Kostitsyn (2), Slap Shot. Assist: Alexei Kovalev, Tomas Plekanec
09:44Boyd Devereaux (3), Tip-In. Assist: Ian White, Mark Bell
13:58Alexei Kovalev (9), Wrist Shot. Assist: Tomas Plekanec, Mark Streit
35.0Mike Komisarek (2), Wrist Shot, Unassisted.
Penalty Summary
02:05Markov, 2 min, High-Sticking
09:06Bouillon, 2 min, Tripping
12:03McCabe, 2 min, Hooking
12:58Gill, 2 min, Delay of Game - Smothering Puck
15:34White, 2 min, Hooking
16:59Kovalev, 2 min, Holding
11:10Bouillon, 2 min, Interference
11:56Markov, 2 min, High-Sticking
16:28Markov, 2 min, Roughing
06:37Markov, 2 min, Delay of Game - Puck Over Glass
10:37Tlusty, 2 min, Diving/Embellishment
10:37Komisarek, 2 min, High-Sticking
19:45Koivu, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
19:45Stajan, 2 min, Unsportsmanlike Conduct
Shots On Goal
Carey Price 60:09373
Andrew Raycroft 60:35214
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