Matthews four points spark Maple Leafs to win against Canadiens

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MONTREAL — Auston Matthews had two goals and two assists to extend his personal point streak to 16 games, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 at Bell Centre on Saturday.

Matthews, who played his 300th NHL game, has scored 28 points (18 goals, 10 assists) during the streak, and his 13-game point streak is the longest in the NHL this season. It was his second straight four-point game and his seventh in the NHL.

Frederik Andersen made 30 saves for Toronto (14-3-2), which has won three straight.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi, Paul Byron and Tyler Toffoli scored for Montreal (9-5-2), which played its first game since a 2-1 win at Toronto a week ago. Carey Price made 22 saves.

Matthews scored for a fourth straight game at 1:03 of the second period, making it 1-0 on a one-timer from the right side with one second left on a 5-on-3 power play.

Travis Boyd scored the Maple Leafs’ second power-play goal in 17 seconds when he finished off a passing play with Matthews and Joe Thornton at 1:20 for a 2-0 lead.

Kotkaniemi drove in alone on Andersen and scored on a wrist shot into the top left corner at 3:24 to cut it to 2-1.

Byron tied it 2-2 when he roofed a backhand for Montreal’s second breakaway goal in 33 seconds at 3:57.

Matthews got his third point with an assist when Toronto went up 3-2 on Mitchell Marner‘s goal at 7:31.

Matthews made it 4-2 with the Maple Leafs’ third power-play goal of the game at 15:05. He scored his NHL-leading 18th goal with a low wrist shot from the top of the left face-off circle that went in off Price’s right pad.

Alexander Kerfoot scored at 13:36 of the third for a 5-2 lead. 

Toffoli made it 5-3 at 18:34.

A Montreal goal was disallowed at 15:29 of the second. A video review confirmed the puck crossed the goal line, but a subsequent challenge by Maple Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe determined that Kotkaniemi’s stick pushed Andersen’s pad.
 

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