James Reimer tallies 37 saves as Leafs shut out Canadiens
Montreal, QC, Canada (4E Sports) – Phil Kessel recorded a goal and two assists while James Reimer tallied 37 saves for his first shutout of the season as the Toronto Maple Leafs blanked the Montreal Canadiens, 6-0, for their third straight road win Saturday at Bell Centre.
Reimer’s outstanding performance highlighted his first game in Montreal since suffering a concussion after being hit in the head by Canadiens captain Brian Gionta on Oct. 22, 2011. It marked the fourth time in his last five starts that Reimer allowed two or fewer goals.
James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf contributed a goal and an assist apiece while Leo Komarov recorded his first NHL goal for the Maple Leafs (7-5-0), who leaped to fifth place in the Eastern Conference, overtaking the Canadiens (6-4-1) and the Ottawa Senators.
The victory improved the Maple Leafs record to 6-1-0 away from the Air Canada Centre, where they are just 1-4-0.
The Canadiens (6-4-1) dropped their third straight game after a 6-2 start under new coach Michel Therrien.
Komarov gave the Leafs an early lead after scoring just 59 seconds after the opening faceoff and Bozak buried his fourth goal of the season at the 6:33 mark of the first period.
In the second period, van Riemsdyk scored his seventh goal of the year while Kessel added a power-play goal for a 4-0 lead.
In the third, Korbinian Holzer scored his second goal in three games off a rebound of a Colton Orr backhand, and Phaneuf scored on a 5-on-3 power play off a pass from Kessel to complete the rout.
Canadiens goaltender Carey Price allowed all six goals and finished with 21 saves.