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Sergei Kostitsyn helps Canadiens crush Maple Leafs

Oct 12, 2008 - 4:13 AM TORONTO (Ticker) -- Sergei Kostitsyn had two goals and an assist as the Montreal Canadiens rebounded from a season-opening loss with a convincing 6-1 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday in a battle of "Original Six" franchises.

Alex Tanguay notched a goal and three assists and captain Saku Koivu set up three tallies for Montreal, which dropped a 2-1 shootout decision to the Buffalo Sabres on Friday.

Guillaume Latendresse had a goal and two assists and defenseman Roman Hamrlik and Alexei Kovalev also scored for the Canadiens, who netted an NHL-best 262 goals last season.

"We were confident that it was going to come through, and it did tonight," Koivu said of Montreal's offense. "Sometimes you can't explain for the whole team, but the power play was a lot better tonight than it was last night - and that was a big part of the win."

"I'm hoping it's a sign of things to come," Tanguay said. "This is a very good team we've got - a lot of depth and a lot of skill. We played an average game last night and we didn't play as well as we'd like to. We needed to bounce back tonight and play a solid game, and we skated a lot better."

Veteran Jason Blake scored the lone goal for Toronto, which looked nothing like the team that recorded a 3-2 triumph over the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on Thursday.

"You got to give Montreal credit, they came out and played a good game," Toronto's Alex Steen said. "Going into next game, we need to be prepared to work the same way we did against Detroit."

"I think when we came out, if we scored on a couple of the great chances we had early, it might have been different," Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson said.

Bidding for his first career hat trick, Kostitsyn skated in on a breakaway just over three minutes into the third period, but the Belarussian was denied by veteran goaltender Curtis Joseph.

"In the first game for us, everybody was nervous," Kostitsyn said. "This game, we feel more comfortable. We had a good power play and our goalie played well tonight."

After Hamrlik and Kovalev scored 99 seconds apart to give the Canadiens a 2-0 lead in the first period, Montreal tallied four times in the second period to seal the win.

Kostitsyn sandwiched a pair of power-play goals around Tanguay's tally with the man advantage in just under 6 1/2 minutes to give the Canadiens a 5-0 bulge.

The offense was more than enough for Jaroslav Halak, who finished with 24 saves.

"(Montreal coach Guy Carbonneau) told me I was playing tonight, and I was happy with the call," Halak said.

Toskala surrendered six goals on 23 shots over two periods before being replaced to start the third by Joseph, who stopped all 11 shots he faced.








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    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 2 4 0 6
    TORONTO 0 1 0 1 FINAL
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - ROMAN HAMRLIK 1 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, SAKU KOIVU)
    11:00
    MON - ALEXEI KOVALEV 1 (TOMAS PLEKANEC, RYAN O'BYRNE) 12:39
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 1 (ALEX TANGUAY, SAKU KOIVU)
    2:50
    MON - (PP) ALEX TANG

    Oct 11 9:48 PM


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    END OF THE 2ND 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 2 4 6
    TORONTO 0 1 1 END OF THE 2ND
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - ROMAN HAMRLIK 1 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, SAKU KOIVU)
    11:00
    MON - ALEXEI KOVALEV 1 (TOMAS PLEKANEC, RYAN O'BYRNE) 12:39
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 1 (ALEX TANGUAY, SAKU KOIVU)
    2:50
    MON - (

    Oct 11 8:52 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 6
    TORONTO 1
    2ND PRD: MON - GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE 1 (SAKU KOIVU, ALEX TANGUAY)
    11:24

    Canadiens 6, Maple Leafs 1  2nd - 8:36Oct 11 8:35 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 5
    TORONTO 1
    2ND PRD: TOR - (PP) JASON BLAKE 1 (MIKE VAN RYN, ALEXEI PONIKAROVSKY)
    11:02

    Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 1  2nd - 8:58Oct 11 8:34 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 5
    TORONTO 0
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 2 (ALEX TANGUAY, ANDREI MARKOV)
    8:18

    Canadiens 5, Maple Leafs 0  2nd - 11:42Oct 11 8:29 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 4
    TORONTO 0
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 1 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, ANDREI
    KOSTITSYN) 4:15

    Canadiens 4, Maple Leafs 0  2nd - 15:45Oct 11 8:22 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 3
    TORONTO 0
    2ND PRD: MON - (PP) ANDREI KOSTITSYN 1 (ALEX TANGUAY, SAKU KOIVU) 2:50

    Canadiens 3, Maple Leafs 0  2nd - 17:10Oct 11 8:19 PM


  • NHL
    END OF THE 1ST 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MONTREAL 2 2
    TORONTO 0 0 END OF THE 1ST
    GOAL SCORING:
    1ST PRD: MON - ROMAN HAMRLIK 1 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, SAKU KOIVU)
    11:00
    MON - ALEXEI KOVALEV 1 (TOMAS PLEKANEC, RYAN O'BYRNE) 12:39
    SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
    --- --- --- -----
    MON 9

    Oct 11 7:55 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 2
    TORONTO 0
    1ST PRD: MON - ALEXEI KOVALEV 1 (TOMAS PLEKANEC, RYAN O'BYRNE) 12:39

    Canadiens 2, Maple Leafs 0  1st - 7:21Oct 11 7:43 PM


  • NHL
    MONTREAL 1
    TORONTO 0
    1ST PRD: MON - ROMAN HAMRLIK 1 (GUILLAUME LATENDRESSE, SAKU KOIVU)
    11:00

    Canadiens 1, Maple Leafs 0  1st - 9:00Oct 11 7:41 PM