Matthews goal streak ends at eight, Maple Leafs defeat Canadiens

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MONTREALJustin Holl and Ilya Mikheyev scored 42 seconds apart in the third period, and the Toronto Maple Leafs won their fourth straight, 4-2 against the Montreal Canadiens at Bell Centre on Wednesday.

Frederik Andersen made 33 saves in his seventh straight start, and Jake Muzzin had three assists for Toronto (11-2-1), which has points in each of its past nine games (8-0-1).

Auston Matthews, who had scored in each of his previous eight games, got an assist when Zach Hyman scored into an empty net to make it 4-2 with 1:04 remaining for a point in 11 straight games (15 points; 11 goals, four assists).

Josh Anderson and Tomas Tatar scored for Montreal (8-3-2), which has lost three of six since starting 5-0-2. Carey Price made 20 saves.

Toronto tied it at 1-1 at 15:18 of the second period after the Canadiens were unable to get the puck out of their zone during 4-on-4 play.

Dermott, who missed the past two games because of a leg injury, scored on a wrist shot over Price’s right shoulder for his first goal in 37 games since Jan. 2, 2020.

Mikheyev put the Maple Leafs up 2-1 at 1:50 of the third when he scored his first goal since Dec. 27, 2019 during another 4-on-4 sequence. 

John Tavares set up Holl’s goal that made it 3-1 with a pass back to the right point. Holl carried the puck towards the middle and scored his first goal of the season on a rising slap shot from the top of the slot at 2:32.

Tatar drew the Canadiens within 3-2 with his fourth goal at 16:40.

Anderson scored for a fourth straight game on Montreal’s first shot of the game. He drove the right side and scored his ninth goal on a shot between Anderson’s pads for a 1-0 lead at 1:16 of the first period. 

Anderson has six points (five goals, one assist) during a five-game point streak.

Maple Leafs forward Mitchell Marner‘s point streak ended at eight games (15 points; three goals, 12 assists).

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