Leafs keep Canadiens reeling
The Canadiens' slump is coinciding with what qualifies as a hot streak for Toronto.
Jason Blake scored twice in the third period, and Vesa Toskala stopped 31 shots to lead the Maple Leafs to a 5-2 victory over the Canadiens last night in Montreal.
Luke Schenn scored his first NHL goal in the first period, which gives him something to bring to the table when the Maple Leafs' veterans dine at the rookies' expense when the team continues its four-game trip in South Florida.
"It's going to be an expensive one, but when you get the rookie dinner in the NHL that means you've made it, so it's going to be an honor to pay for it," said Shenn, 19, who opened the scoring 14:37 into his 41st game.
Blake scored 3:07 into the third to put Toronto up, 3-1. He made it 4-1 when he beat Carey Price at 9:13 for his 19th goal of the season, and second within 6:06.
Matt D'Agostini and Tom Kostopoulos scored for Montreal, which has lost seven of its last nine, including a 3-2 loss in Buffalo Friday night.
Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn went to the dressing room 4:41 into the second, shortly after he was driven awkwardly into the boards by Montreal's Max Pacioretty, who was called for charging on the play at 2:47.
Van Ryn, who did not return, has missed 29 games because of injury.
Capitals 3, Panthers 1 - Mike Green broke a tie on a power play 43 seconds into the third period, then added an empty-netter, lifting host Washington past Florida.
Green leads NHL defensemen with a career-high 19 goals and 46 points this season, despite missing 13 games. He's second in the NHL with 14 power-play scores.
Senators 3, Sabres 2 - Mike Fisher scored the winning goal in the third round of a shootout in host Ottawa's victory over Buffalo. Nick Foligno and Antoine Vermette scored in regulation to help give Ottawa coach Cory Clouston his first victory in three games with the team.
Blue Jackets 3, Sharks 2 - Christian Backman scored at 1:33 of overtime, Dan LaCosta made 28 saves in his first NHL start, and host Columbus beat San Jose to end a three-game losing streak.
Red Wings 8, Oilers 3 - Host Detroit scored three times in the first six minutes, and Brian Rafalski, Maria Hossa, and Pavel Datsyuk each had a goal and assist against Edmonton.
Canucks 7, Blackhawks 3 - Henrik Sedin scored 53 seconds into the game and Mats Sundin added a power-play goal two minutes later, spurring host Vancouver past Chicago.
Hurricanes 7, Coyotes 2 - Tuomo Ruutu scored twice, and Sergei Samsonov added a goal and three assists as visiting Carolina handed Phoenix its sixth straight loss.
Lightning 1, Islanders 0 - Mike McKenna, making his second career start, made 28 saves for his first shutout, and Gary Roberts scored for host Tampa Bay.
Kings 3, Devils 1 - Patrick O'Sullivan scored on a penalty shot and added an assist, and former UMass goalie Jonathan Quick made 25 saves for visiting Los Angeles.
Blues 4, Avalanche 1 - Brad Boyes had a goal and an assist in a 31-second span of the second period for host St. Louis.
Ducks 2, Flames 1 - Corey Perry's goal late in the second period stood up as the winner for visiting Anaheim.