On Saturday night the Maple Leafs became the first team this season to score three goals against Montreal.
But moral victories don’t count in the standings.
The Habs outlasted their historical rivals 5-3 at Bell Centre to improve their record to a perfect 9-0-0. All nine of the Canadiens’ wins have come in regulation, tying an NHL record co-held by the 1975-76 Buffalo Sabres.
Special teams were the Leafs’ undoing. Toronto surrendered a pair of power play goals and also a shorthanded marker. Montreal’s shorthanded goal – the eventual game-winner – was courtesy of Max Pacioretty. In addition, the visitors couldn’t convert on a 5-on-3 man advantage.
The Leafs peppered 52 shots at Carey Price, their highest total of the season. Leo Komarov, James van Riemsdyk and Morgan Rielly (pictured) – with his first goal of the year – scored for Toronto.
Jonathan Bernier made 22 saves in the loss.