Forward Josh Anderson hit the net that made the difference late in the second period and the Montreal Canadiens defeated the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 on Monday night at the Bell Center.
Twice Tomas Tatar and Nick Suzuki completed the scoring for the Canadian (18-12-9), who ended a three-game losing streak.
Jake Allen, who was making a fourth straight start in the absence of Carey Price, made 20 saves in front of the CH net. It was his first win since April 1 against the Ottawa Senators.
Auston Matthews, with his 32nd goal this season, and John Tavares fought back for the Maple Leafs (28-11-3), who still dominate the North section.
Goalkeeper Jack Campbell, who turned down 20 shots, nonetheless saw his streak of 11 wins in as many starts this season – an NHL record – come to an end.
After the nets of Matthews and Tavares which created the tie 2-2 in the middle of the second period, the Canadian recovered quickly.
Anderson, who has been on a good streak lately with four goals in his last six games, returned the lead to his team less than two minutes later. The “workhorse” completed a two-on-one descent with a precise wrist shot that beat Campbell on the close side, over the glove. It was his 15th goal in 2021.
Interim head coach Dominique Ducharme’s men then played in a block of five and closed the door to the Maple Leafs, before Tatar shot into an empty net with just over two minutes to go to seal the outcome. of the meeting.
This victory was particularly important for the Habs, as they try to stay in the race for the playoffs in the North section.
The Blue-blanc-rouge are fourth with three games in hand over their closest pursuers, the Calgary Flames, who will be visiting the Bell Center on Wednesday and Friday.