Canadiens eliminate Maple Leafs in Game 7, advance to second round


TORONTO — Carey Price made 29 saves, and the Montreal Canadiens eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs with a 3-1 victory in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Scotiabank Arena on Monday.

Montreal, which trailed the best-of-7 series 3-1, will face the Winnipeg Jets in the second round.

Brendan Gallagher, Corey Perry and Tyler Toffoli scored for the Canadiens, the No. 4 seed in the Scotia North Division.

Jack Campbell made 20 saves for the Maple Leafs, the No. 1 seed in the division. They have not won a Stanley Cup Playoff series since defeating the Senators in Game 7 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Canadiens went up 1-0 at 3:02 of the second period. Eric Staal forced a turnover by Mitchell Marner at the Montreal blue line, allowing Gallagher to collect a loose puck in the neutral zone before carrying it into Toronto’s zone and shooting between Campbell’s pads from the top of the left face-off circle.

Perry deflected a shot from Nick Suzuki near the right post to make it 2-0 at 15:25. 

Toffoli pushed the lead to 3-0 when he scored into an empty net at 17:22.

William Nylander cut it to 3-1 with 1:36 left.

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