028010Game #48

Canadiens vs. Toronto

Air Canada Centre – April 27, 20137:15pm


Game Notes –

…..Toronto has won three of four against the Canadien outscoring them 15-7.

…..The Leafs have won seven of their last nine home games including the 5-1 win over the Canadiens April 13th.

…..The last time the Canadiens held a first period lead was April 11th, the night they clinched their playoff berth in Buffalo.  In the seven succeeding games they have been outscored 14-2 in the opening period.

…..The Canadiens have won four of their last five games in Toronto.

…..If the Canadiens can defeat Toronto and the Bruins lose to the Capitals in Washington the Canadiens will clinch the Northeast Division title and 2nd place in the East.

….If Toronto beats the Canadiens and the Bruins get a point in their final two meetings Toronto and Montreal would meet in the post season for the first time since 1979.  (The Canadiens won that series 4-0 en route to their 4th straight Stanley Cup)

…..This is the fifth time the last six years the Canadiens have met in the season finale. (In 2009 they played at Pittsburgh). The Canadiens are 2-1-1 vs. Toronto in the series.  In Toronto1-1-0.  The Canadiens are 4-1-1 in season ending games against the Leafs since 1999.

……Peter Budaj will make his 10th start of the season for the Canadiens.  He had a mop-up role in the 5-1 loss to the Leafs April 13th, giving up two goals over the final 49:09.  He is 2-1 in three career starts vs. Toronto.

…..Phil Kessel has nine goals his last ten games.  He leads Toronto with 19 goals.  Kessel has 2 goals and five assists in the four games against the Canadiens.

…..Max Pacioretty has points in his last six games (4 goals, 3 assists).  His career high point streak is seven.  He has scored in three straight games.  His personal best is goals in four consecutive games. Pacioretty scored twice in the Canadiens only win over Toronto Feb. 27th.

….Alex Galchenyuk has six goals and five assists his last twelve games.

….In Winnipeg Thursday, Brendan Gallagher scored his 14th goal and he is now tied with Jonathan Huberdeau and Nail Yakupov for the rookie lead.  In the same game, Galchenyuk recorded his 17th assist tieing him with Cory Conacher of the Senators and Brandon Saad of the Hawks for the assist lead among rookies.



Game Statistics –

Season RecordsCanadiens – 47GP  (28-14-5) 4th in Eastern Conference  Toronto  47GP (26-16-5) 5th in Eastern Conference.

Last Ten Games Canadiens (4-6-0)     Toronto (6-3-1)

Season Series –  Fifth of five meetings.   @Bell Centre Jan. 19  Toronto-2  Canadiens-1  Kadri and Bozak scored on power play to give Toronto a 2-0 lead.   Brian Gionta in the third period also on a power play.  Toronto outshot the Canadiens 26-22.  Scrivens against Price.     @Bell Centre Feb. 9  Toronto-6 Canadiens-0.  Canadiens third straight loss.   Kessel-1 goal two assists. James Reimer 37 saves for his first shutout of the season. Price gave up 6 goals in 27 shots.    Dion Phaneuf –  goal and assist. Leo Komarov with first NHL goal.  Grabovksi accused of biting Max Pacioretty.  Speculation that the one punch fight between Rene Bourque and Colton Orr may have brought on the Bourque concussion wrhich in turn led to Bourque missing 21 games.  Feb.27 @ Toronto – Canadiens-5  Toronto-2.   Brendan Gallagher broke a 2-2 tie in the third period followed by Max Pacioretty’s second of the night and Brian Gionta.  Alexei Emelin also scored for Montreal.  McLaren and MacArthur for Toronto.  Carey Price stopped a Grabvovski penalty shot.  Canadiens outshot Toronto 40-23.  Ben Scrivens in goal for Toronto.  Michael Ryder’s first game with the Habs after the Erik Cole trade . (0 points) Apr.13 @Toronto – Toronto-5 Canadiens-1.  Carey Price allows three goals Bozak, Komarov, McClement) on first four shots and is pulled at 10:25 of the first period. Phaneuf and Kessel scored on Budaj.  Drewiske for the /Canadiens.  Canadiens outshot Toronto 37-28.  First time in the series the home team won.

Home/Road – Canadiens on the Road (14-7-2)   Toronto at Home (13-8-2)

Special Teams – Power Play – Canadiens ranked 5th   42/197  21.3%   Toronto ranked 14th  30/159   18.9%        Penalty Killing –  Canadiens ranked 24th   34/166  79.5%   Toronto ranked 3rd   19/151  87.4%.

Goaltending – Canadiens – Peter Budaj – 12GP (7-1-1)  2.41GAA  .906save%  1 shutout.      Toronto – James Reimer – 32GP  (19-7-5) 2.38GAA .926save%.   4 shutouts.


Who’s Hot – Canadiens – Alex Galchenyuik – six goals, five assists last 12 games;  Max Pacioretty -four goals and five assists in eight games.   Toronto – Phil Kessel 3 goals, 5 assiosts last four games.  Joffrey Lupul – 4 game points streak.

Injuries – Canadiens – D-Alexei Emelin (IR-knee surgery)     Toronto- C-Tyler Bozak (shoulder);

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