Maple Leafs push Canadiens to brink with shutout in Game 4


MONTREAL — William Nylander scored for a fourth straight game, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 4-0 in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup First Round at Bell Centre on Tuesday.

Jack Campbell made 32 saves for his first Stanley Cup Playoff shutout, and Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and two assists for Toronto, which extended its lead in the best-of-7 series. The Maple Leafs, the No. 1 seed in the Scotia North Division, can win the series in Game 5 in Toronto on Thursday (7 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS). The series winner will face the No. 3 Winnipeg Jets in the Stanley Cup Second Round.

Carey Price made 24 saves for Montreal, the No. 4 seed, which has lost three straight, including a 2-1 loss here Monday. 

The Canadiens, who have scored four goals, were 0-for-4 on the power play and are 0-for-13 in the series.

Alexander Kerfoot got the first of his three assists on Nylander’s fourth goal of the series at 1:27 of the second period. Galchenyuk took Kerfoot’s pass as he drove the slot before making a no-look pass to set up Nylander for a backhand tap-in and a 1-0 lead.

Nylander is the third player in Maple Leafs history to score in each of their first four playoff games and the first since Wendel Clark in 1986. Gordie Drillon scored in Toronto’s first five playoff games in 1939. 

Jason Spezza put Toronto up 2-0 at 12:28 when he lunged forward to deflect in Galchenyuk’s pass on a 2-on-1.

Joe Thornton (41 years, 327 days) became the oldest Maple Leafs player to score a playoff point when he deflected Spezza’s pass inside the left post at 14:56 to make it 3-0. Ron Francis (Game 5 of the 2004 Eastern Conference Semifinals) and Allan Stanley (Game 6 of the 1967 Stanley Cup Final) each had a playoff assist for Toronto at the age of 41 years, 62 days. 

Galchenyuk scored into an empty net at 16:29 of the third period for the 4-0 final.

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