Toronto vs. Canadiens
Bell Centre – Mar. 3/2012 – 7:15pm
Game Notes –
…..Randy Carlyle, originally drafted by the Leafs, is the 16th former Toronto player to serve as their coach. He spent two years on the Maple Leafs before they gave up on him and traded him to the Pittsburgh Penguins along with George Ferguson in exchange for Dave Burrows. He won the Norris Trophy with Pittsburgh in 1981.
……Ron Wilson was hired by Toronto on June 10, 2008. His record was 130-135-45 in 310 games. He had just moved into fourth on the NHL’s all-time games coached list (1,401)
……Centre Andreas Engqvist has been called up from Hamilton for the fourth time this season (along with Louis Leblanc). In the thirty games since the Bulldogs converted him from a fourth line checking forward to the top line, Engqvist has scored 28 points (14 goals-14 assists) and is now their leading scorer with 34 points in 43 games (18g-16ass)
……A 1-9-1 skid starting Feb. 7 has sent the Leafs to 10th place, five points out of a playoff spot. The third game of that losing stretch was a 5-0 home ice loss to the Canadiens Feb. 11th.
……In their six game losing streak Toronto has given up 26 goals, over 4 per game. It is the longest slide for the Leafs since an eight-game losing streak from Oct. 28-Nov. 13 of last season.
……Jonas Gustavsson will start in goal against the Canadiens. He is 0-3-2 with a 3.76 GAA in his last five starts overall. His .841 save percentage in three games against the Canadiens this season is his worst against any opponent.
……The last time the Leafs made the playoffs was 2004, the longest drought in franchise history and the second-longest active absence from the postseason in the NHL.
…..Since shutting out the Leafs Feb. llth Carey Price has allowed three or more goals in seven of his next eight outings. Price stopped 64 of 65 shots to help Montreal win the last two matchups with its Northeast Division rival after losing the two October meetings.
…..The Canadiens allowed four goals for the third time in four games Thursday against Minnesota.
…..Max Pacioretty’s goal against Minnesota was his team-leading 26th. He has scored once in the four games against the Maple Leafs.
…..Against Minnesota Thursday, the Canadiens scored three power play goals in seven opportunities for the first time this season. It moved the Canadiens league ranking from 29th to 27th.
……While the Canadiens are first among the league’s penalty killers, Toronto ranks 29th. The Leafs have given up 20 more power play goals than the Canadiens.
……..Phil Kessel, who leads Toronto with 32 goals and 68 points, has three goals and three assists in his last two games at the Bell Centre.
…….Brian Burke is the Leafs 10th general manager since they last won a Stanley Cup in 1967.
The Hard Cold Stats –
Season Record – Toronto (29-28-7) Canadiens (25-30-10)
Last Ten Games – Toronto 1-8-1; Montreal 3-6-1
Season Series: Fifth of six meetings. Season series split. Oct. 6 @ Air Canada Centre – Toronto-2 Canadiens-0. Season opener. Mathew Lombardi with shorthanded goal plus Dion Phaneuf. James Reimer stops 32 shots for shutout. Leafs score two on 18 shots against Carey Price. Oct. 22 @ Bell Centre – Toronto-5 Canadiens-4 (overtime). Mikhail Grabovski scores at 1:23 of overtime after Kulemin had scored in the 14th minute of the third period to tie the game. Steckel, Kessel and Phaneuf also scored for Toronto. Moen with two goals, Kostitsyn and Cammalleri for the Canadiens. Canadiens fourth straight loss at home to start the year. Jan.21 @ Air Canada Centre – Canadiens-3 Toronto-1. Canadiens get unanswered goals from Diaz and Eller in the third period to break a 1-1 tie. Also Rene Bourque scored his first goal as a member of the Canadiens. Mathew Lombardi for the Leafs. Canadiens, and Carey Price, were outshot 33-23, Jonas Gustavsson in goal for Toronto. Feb. 11 @ Air Canada Centre – Canadiens-5 Toronto-0. Mats Sundin Night in Toronto. Cole, Bourque, Pacioretty, Eller and Darche scored the goals. Carey Price stopped 32 shots. Cole becomes 20 goal scorer for the sixth consecutive year.
Special Teams – Power Play – Toronto ranked 9th – 19.3% (42/218) Canadiens ranked 27th – 14.4% (35/243) Penalty Killing – Toronto ranked 29th – 76.5% (46/296) Canadiens ranked first – 89.5% (26/248)
Home/Road – Toronto on the Road – (13-16-2) Canadiens at Home – (12-14-8)
Goaltending – Toronto – Jonas Gustavsson – 34GP (16-13-2) 2.92GAA .904save% 3 shutouts. Canadiens – Carey Price -56GP (23-24-9) 2.42GAA .914 save%. 4 shutouts.
Who’s Hot – Toronto – Phil Kessel has 6 goals and 11 assists over last 13 games. … Canadiens – David Desharnais has 3 goals and 3 assists during a three-game points streak and 4 goals and 10 assists his last eleven.
The Missing – Toronto – none reported. Canadiens –RW-Aaron Palushaj (cut above right eye); Scott Gomez (right eye); Mathieu Darche (dizziness); . D-Andrei Markov (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery); RW-Brian Gionta (IR-biceps surgery), RW-Mike Blunden (IR-arthroscopic knee surgery); LW-Travis Moen (IR-upper body)