Canadiens beat Leafs, seal up No. 6 seedApr 10, 2011 - 4:24 AM
Montreal finished with a 44-30-8 record and 96 points tied for sixth with the Sabres, who also ended with 96 points after winning against the Blue Jackets on Saturday. However, Montreal will get the sixth spot because it holds the tiebreak with more non-shootout victories.
Ryan White and Tomas Plekanec each posted a goal for the Canadiens, who split the season series with Northeast rival Toronto and will play another division rival, Boston, in the first round of playoffs. Carey Price made 27 saves in the win.
Phil Kessel scored to finish with 32 goals in the season for the Maple Leafs, who will not make the playoffs and finish their season 37-34-11. James Reimer allowed all four goals on 34 shots.
"I have a sour taste in my mouth on the way things went tonight," Leafs head coach Ron Wilson said. "In a couple days that will go away."
Montreal set the pace quickly and tallied two goals just over the first six minutes of play. White's wrister from the center of the left face-off circle was the first goal and his second of the season.
Gionta then lit the lamp at the 6:12 mark on the power play. Scott Gomez's slick backhand pass from the corner went right to Gionta, who slammed it home from the inner portion of the left circle.
Kessel put Toronto on the board seven minutes later when he took the puck down the right boards and snapped a shot between Price's legs.
The score remained 2-1 for most of the second period until Gionta got his second power-play goal with 3:40 left. This time, he jammed home a rebound off of Yannick Weber's shot from the left point.
Plekanec then tacked on the fourth goal with 6:31 left in regulation.
The Canadiens finished 20-19-2 as the visiting club this year...Toronto went 18-15-8 as the host this season...Montreal was 2-for-3 on the power play, while the Maple Leafs were 0-5...Tom Pyatt had two assists.
- MONTREAL: 4
Apr 9 9:44 PM
- Montreal Short-Handed Goal - Tomas Plekanec (22), at 13:29.
Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 1 3rd - 6:31Apr 9 9:30 PM
- Dion Phaneuf slap shot on Carey Price.
Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1 3rd - 10:23Apr 9 9:20 PM
- Toronto Goal - Phil Kessel (33), from Mike Komisarek at 9:01.
Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 2 3rd - 10:59Apr 9 9:18 PM
- MONTREAL: 3
End of 2nd
Apr 9 8:45 PM
- Montreal Power-Play Goal - Brian Gionta (29), from Yannick Weber and Roman Hamrlik at 16:20.
Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 1 2nd - 3:40Apr 9 8:40 PM
- MONTREAL: 2
End of 1st
Apr 9 7:51 PM
- Toronto Goal - Phil Kessel (32), at 13:13.
Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 1 1st - 6:47Apr 9 7:39 PM
- Montreal Power-Play Goal - Brian Gionta (28), at 6:11.
Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0 1st - 13:49Apr 9 7:24 PM
- Montreal Goal - Ryan White (2), at 2:28.
Canadiens 1, Maple Leafs 0 1st - 17:32Apr 9 7:18 PM
- MONTREAL: 0
1st Period - 20:00
Apr 9 7:14 PM
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