Photo: Graham Hughes The canadian Press
The player of the Maple Leafs Connor Brown scored his 8th goal of the season against the goalkeeper of the Canadian Charlie Lindgren.
Most of all complexed in the face of their great rivals, the Toronto Maple Leafs have held up in the first half of the game, before save with a convincing win of 6-0 to face the Montreal canadiens Saturday night at the Bell Centre.
The defender Ron Hainsey (1), Nazem Kadri (10th), Connor Brown (8th), James van Riemsdyk (10th) and Auston Matthews (11th) beat Charlie Lindgren, who made 22 stops before ceding his spot to Antti Niemi in the middle of the third period.
Matthews has added his 12th of the season thanks to a spectacular shot of the cuffs at the expense of Niemi, who has received only four washers.
On his side, Frederik Andersen has blocked 31 shots in his direction for his second shutout, after the 1-0 victory against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre.
Suddenly, the Maple Leafs have beaten the Canadian for the second time in a row, a “tour de force” that they had not accomplished since the February 9, 2013. That evening, they had also registered a shutout of 6-0 at the Bell Centre. They have also signed a sixth win in a row for the first time since December 2014.
As for the Canadian, he completed a significant stay of six games at the Bell Centre with a poor record of 2-3-1 for a harvest of just five points out of a possible 12.
He remains in 14th place in the overall standings in the eastern conference with only 18 points in 21 games, and although we are barely a quarter of the season, the performance of the club is a source of concern for even his supporters, the most optimistic.
The men of Claude Julien, however, have delivered an initial period absolutely flawless, limiting the visitors to just seven shots and no really dangerous. Dispatched on the rink as soon as Matthews put the pads, Shea Weber and Jordie Benn have been particularly effective.
The troupe of Mike Babcock showed scarcely more of life in the first half of the second period, but it has not prevented it to finish the first 40 minutes with a lead of 2-0. And as happened so often in Canada, there are two goals for the rapids who came to the sink.
Hainsey, a former Canadian, has broken the deadlock at 12:07 with his first goal in more than nine months in the NHL. If Lindgren can only really be blamed on this game, while van Riemsdyk was able to settle down in front of him to hide the view, he would probably have let it pass behind him for the shot Kadri only 37 seconds later.
Brown has tripled the advance of the Maple Leafs as early as the 25th second of the game in the third period, and when the fate of Canada was set. That’s not a problem, van Riemsdyk and Matthews have made to vibrate the rope in a time interval of 48 seconds against Lindgren.
The young keeper, possibly tired by the workload of the last two weeks while he was in the seventh consecutive game in 14 days, has been replaced by Niemi.
The third period was marked by two scuffles. The first occurred when Kadri, displeased with having been severely defeated by Max Pacioretty a few moments earlier, took revenge by using a quick shoulder to the head of Weber. This last and Benn, who stood right next to it, are immediately taken to the attacker of the Maple Leafs.
A little later, Paul Byron dropped the gloves against Nikita Zaitsev that he has sent to the floor.
Starting Tuesday, players from Canada will begin a short stint of two games in as many nights abroad under the sign of the reunion. It will begin in Dallas, the face of Alexander Radulov and the Stars. The next day, the Habs will return with P. K. Subban but also Alexei Emelin and Predators of Nashville.