Sunday, June 20

Maple Leafs defeat Canadiens 3-2

The Canadian came up against the NHL time keeper.

Jack Campbell turned back 32 shots and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal team 3-2 on Wednesday night at Scotiabank Arena.

Campbell has increased his record this season to 10-0. He smashed a team record by winning a 10th game in a row. The old brand was shared by Félix Potvin, Jacques Plante and John Ross Roach.

The Canadian had his best moments in the second period, but Campbell closed the door. TJ Brodie and Zach Hyman then scored in the third period for the Maple Leafs.

Corey Perry scored his second goal of the game with 2:15 to go, when goaltender Jake Allen was replaced by an additional forward. Campbell then had the final say.

Allen made 29 saves in front of the Canadiens net (17-10-9). Carey Price had remained in Montreal to undergo treatment. Interim head coach Dominique Ducharme has claimed Price has been trailing a minor injury for some time.

Auston Matthews and Hyman each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs (27-10-3), who collected at least one point in a ninth straight game (8-0-1).

The Maple Leafs were deprived of forward William Nylander as he came into contact with someone outside the team’s bubble who may have contracted COVID-19. He was placed in administrative segregation.

The Canadiens will play their next game on Thursday, when they host the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell Center.

In three steps

The Maple Leafs quickly took the lead, opening the scoring after 54 seconds of play. Matthews surprised Allen by going around the net.

The Habs responded 81 seconds later. Perry went for it with a little feint, then slid the disc under Campbell’s left pad.

The Maple Leafs controlled the game in the first period, but Allen kept the Canadiens in the game.

Sitting on the ice, Allen caught a point blank shot from Alex Galchenyuk early in the period.

The Canadian also saved his skin by spending 53 seconds of play on the shorthanded two players.

The tide changed on the second period, as the Canadian dominated the game. Campbell, however, repelled each of the 17 shots aimed at him during the period.

Campbell made his best save against Jonathan Drouin, who escaped with a minute to go in the second period.

Across the ice, Allen was vigilant even though he was tested less often. Allen notably frustrated John Tavares in a two-on-one attack.

In turn, the Maple Leafs turned things around in the third period. Brodie quickly broke the tie after 2:32 of play, taking advantage of a favorable leap of the disc against the skate of defenseman Victor Mete.

The Maple Leafs had plenty of opportunities to widen the gap, but Allen allowed the Habs to hang on for long minutes.

Allen frustrated Tavares twice and played luck in front of Matthews, stopping a Leafs maverick shot without even seeing the player take his shot.

For his part, Campbell was lucky when a long shot from Joel Edmundson hit the crossbar.

The Leafs finally made it 3-1 in their favor at 10:21. Hyman hit home with a comeback after a three-on-two descent orchestrated by Matthews and Mitchell Marner.

Perry made it interesting by going twice to score on a late comeback. Campbell closed the door afterwards, however.

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