Andrew Shaw scored 1:06 into overtime to give the Montreal Canadiens a 3-2 victory over the Maple Leafs before the customary Saturday night sellout crowd at Air Canada Centre.
The win by Toronto’s most loathed historic rival overshadowed a two-goal effort from Auston Matthews. The Leafs’ Calder Trophy contender became the third rookie to reach the 30-goal plateau in franchise history, after Wendel Clark (1985-86) and Daniel Marois (1988-89).
“We move forward. This was obviously a big game, two pretty big rivals,” Matthews said to reporters after the game. “I thought we played a pretty outstanding game. We didn’t give them anything for free and when they did get their opportunities it was off turnovers or plays that were our fault.”
With the score knotted at 2-2 after regulation, Matthews had a glorious chance to win the game in overtime on a breakaway, but Habs netminder Carey Price made a last-second split save, setting the stage for Shaw’s heroics.
Max Pacioretty and Alex Galchenyuk scored the other Montreal goals. Toronto hasn’t beaten Montreal since January 18, 2014, a span of 13 games.
The Leafs were without Tyler Bozak (upper body) and Mitch Marner (upper body, injured reserve).