Maple Leafs blank Canadiens 6-0
- Associated Press
- February 9, 2013 - 9:57 PM
MONTREAL - James Reimer made 37 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 on Saturday.
Leo Komarov added his first NHL goal 59 seconds into the game.
Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Kessel added second-period goals.
Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf scored in the third for Toronto.
The Maple Leafs completed a sweep of a three-game road trip and are 6-1-0 away from the Air Canada Centre this season, including a 2-1 victory in Montreal in their season opener Jan. 19.
Reimer was strong in the second period when Montreal had a 20-8 edge in shots. He made a nice glove save on an Erik Cole one-timer and stopped Brian Gionta on back-to-back chances for his seventh career shutout.
Montreal outshot Toronto 37-28.
The game was a minute old when Nikolai Kulemin tipped the puck past Andrei Markov at the blue line and the Montreal defenseman — coming off two knee surgeries — was unable to get back as Kamorov went to the net to tip in the pass on a 2-on-1 break.
It was the first goal in 12 NHL games for Kamorov, the first-year winger from Estonia.
The goal seemed to throw Montreal into disarray, and the Leafs capitalized as van Riemsdyk banked a puck off Carey Price to Bozak for a shot into an open side at 6:33.
Kessel put a move on the Montreal defense at the side of the net and passed to van Riemsdyk for his seventh goal 3:36 into the second period.
Kessel got his second goal of the season and second in as many games on a power play as he picked the top corner from 15 feet at 18:01.
Holzer made it 5-0 at 4:20 of the fight-filled third period before Phaneuf scored from the slot at 13:15 while on a two-man advantage.
Price let in all six goals and finished with 22 saves.
Notes: Komarov was moved onto a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Kulemin. ... Ryan White was a healthy scratch a game after taking a costly penalty in Thursday's shootout loss in Buffalo. Yannick Weber and Tomas Kaberle were also out for Montreal. ... Mike Komisarek was scratched for a fourth straight game for the Leafs and Dave Steckel didn't dress for a second game.
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