Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
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Rangers win 4-1 against Maple Leafs

Rangers win 4-1 against Maple Leafs

John Tavares scored at 2:17 of overtime to give the Toronto Maple Leafs a 4-3 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night. He had two assists against the Rangers in a 5-3 win December 22 in his first game against them with Toronto and has totaled 14 goals and 26 assists in 44 career games versus NY.

"Probably as close to a playoff atmosphere without being in the playoffs", Canadiens captain Shea Weber said.

One reason the Leafs probably couldn't score, besides just bad luck, is that Andreas Johnsson continues to be the most poorly used player in the National Hockey League. "Fun to play in". He has a personal three-game winning streak entering this game and has helped Toronto claim at least one point in his last five starts (4-0-1).

On Feb. 10 previous year, Montreal was third from the cellar in the Eastern Conference with 50 points in 54 games (22-26-6). Obviously, it's cool to be a part of this type of rivalry.

The Canadiens had a four-minute power play midway through the period when Tavares was handed a double minor for high-sticking Jordie Benn.

Tavares scored the victor with a backhand glove-side on Carey Price after taking a slick pass from Mitch Marner that crossed up Jeff Petry and Phillip Danault.

The first period got off to a fast start as the Rangers stunned the Maple Leafs by scoring only 28 seconds into the game. Carey Price made 28 saves and lost for the first time since January 10. "I think it'll be good for our guys to go through to understand they had good looks and good opportunities". That goal came 71 seconds after Brendan Gallagher gave Montreal the lead with Auston Matthews in the penalty box for delay of game.

Toronto is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall and 15-6 in their last 21 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 road games. Upon gaining possession, he beat DeAngelo and scored his first goal in 10 games on a breakaway with a wrist shot over the right arm at the 10:35 mark.

Montreal managed to contain some of Toronto's most explosive forwards like Tavares and Austin Matthews in the first period as it was the Leafs' fourth line that made the difference.

Zach Hyman stole the puck from Shea Weber behind the net and found Johnsson with a flawless backhanded cross-crease pass at 2:20 of the first. The game was scoreless through the first two periods before the 'Canes broke the game open with a goal from Will Foegele.

Zaitsev gave Toronto a 2-1 lead at 4:42 with a wrist shot from the point on a pass along the boards from Par Lindholm. He is the Leafs best left winger, by a very wide margin, and yet, Leafs coach Mike Babcock played him on right-wing, on the fourth line. Price was screened by Frederik Gauthier and never saw the puck.

They only scored on one of them.

Montreal scored the equalizer 1:13 into the second period when Tatar sent a floating shot past Andersen on the glove side. They dipped their toe into trade waters on Saturday, repatriating former Canadiens forward Dale Weise with defenseman Christian Folin from the Philadelphia Flyers for forwards David Schlemko and Byron Froese.

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