The last time these two teams met, the Canadiens celebrated the end of the Maple Leafs’ season.
On May 31, the two Original Six teams faced off in Game 7 where the winner won Game 7 which saw Montreal complete the return from a 3-1 deficit in the series with a 3- win. 1. An all-or-nothing season was nothing for the Leafs, whose 54-year Stanley Cup drought continued with loss.
But now the schedule has moved to October. Both teams have seen changes since then, and both teams will be without key guys. Canadiens captain Shea Weber won’t be playing this season, and his career may be over. Carey Price is out for the next month after signing up for the NHL / NHLPA Player Assistance Program. Joe Thornton left the Leafs for sunny Florida, and Zach Hyman headed west to snowy Edmonton.
Rocket Richard Trophy 2021 winner Auston Matthews is out for this one – and the next two after that – as he continues to recover from off-season wrist surgery.
Mitchell Marner was a game time decision, but skated in warm-ups. He will play on a line with captain John Tavares (who is playing his first off-season game since leaving Game 1 against the Canadiens after receiving a knee blow to the face) and newcomer Nick Ritchie. Jack Campbell, who was in tears in May in the locker room and speaking to the media, will take the start.
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The Canadiens will feature their young stars, including Calder Trophy contender Cole Caufield and center Nick Suzuki, who just got an eight-year $ 63 million extension. The energetic duo will be joined by Tyler Toffoli on the wing. Jonathan Drouin will return after taking time off at the end of last season (he also missed the playoffs) to deal with anxiety and insomnia. With Price out, Jake Allen will get the green light between the pipes.
Sporting News provided live updates and highlights as the Canadiens and Maple Leafs faced off (all Eastern hours) :
Canadiens vs Maple Leafs results, highlights
Final score: Maple Leafs 2, Canadiens 1
9:52 p.m. – The Leafs win.
9:52 p.m. – Pierre Engvall, with the Leafs on the power play, blocks the puck.
9:50 p.m. – A little less than a minute to go and there’s a face-off in the Leafs’ zone. Toronto is doing it.
9:49 p.m. – The Canadians put the puck deep in the Leafs’ zone and shot Jake Allen to make 5v5.
9:48 p.m. – With 1:47 to go, the Leafs get a power play as Anderson is called in for harshness.
9:46 p.m. – Gallagher does Gallagher stuff in this one and there are a few jokes exchanged.
9:35 p.m. – Big save by Jack Campbell on a redirected shot then stop the rebound.
9:32 p.m. – Nylander called for tripping.
9:23 p.m. – Toronto is killing them both thanks to big blocks from guys like Holl and Muzzin. Montreal only got one shot.
9:20 p.m. – Marner is called in to stumble (maybe to the limit) and it’s a 5-on-3 for the Canadians for 1:44; however, Montreal has only scored once from a two-man advantage in 56 regular-season games in 2021.
9:19 p.m. – Jason Spezza trips Brendan Gallagher at the Leafs blue line. The Canadiens head to the power play for the second time in the game.
9:12 p.m. – GOAL. William Nylander comes off the bench, takes the puck in the zone and scores from the right circle. The Maple Leafs lead 2-1.
9:11 p.m. – The third period begins. Last year, the Canadiens and Maple Leafs played the season opener and Toronto won in overtime 5-4.
Second period: Canadiens 1, Maple Leafs 1
8:52 p.m. – The period ends.
8:46 p.m. – Canadian Olympic legend Penny Oleksiak is in the game.
Penny Oleksiak is at the Scotiabank Arena with all of her Olympic medals on, and I would like to believe she still wears them with her.
” Oh ? These old things? “
– Joshua Clipperton (@JClipperton_CP) October 14, 2021
8:39 p.m. – Smooth stick handling through the slit by Marner but cannot be collected.
8:32 p.m. – The Canadians get a shot on goal. About eight minutes later and it’s their only shot on goal in the period.
8:30 p.m. – The Canadians are heading for the power play.
8:24 p.m. – Jake Allen comes to a halt with two Leafs crashing down and there’s a mini-scrum with Bunting in the middle. There was a quick assessment but no objective.
8:15 p.m. – The second period is underway.
8:02 p.m. – Lots of love for Drouin on the timeline.
Jonathan Drouin scores in his second leg. Amazing moment.
– luke fox (@lukefoxjukebox) October 13, 2021
First period: Canadiens 1, Maple Leafs 1
7:56 p.m. – Last seconds of the period and Rasmus Dahlin’s point shot came out of Jake Evans and the crossbar.
7:51 p.m. – The Maple Leafs are starting to have more action in the Canadiens zone.
7:38 p.m. – GOAL PP. A second before the end of the power play, the Canadiens crumble and, after getting two Canadians on screen – plus two of his own guys in front – Pierre Engvall defeats Jake Allen. Match tied 1-1.
7:35 p.m. – Alexander Romanov is called up for interference and the Leafs have the chance to equalize him.
7:34 p.m. – GOAL. Jonathan Drouin scores a 2 on 1. What a moment. The Canadians lead 1-0.
7:33 p.m. – Not much to do on the power play for the Leafs – that’s kind of how it turned out at the end of 2021.
7:27 p.m. – Montreal storms out but Ben Chiarot takes a penalty. Maple Leafs get first power play.
7:25 p.m. – Scramble ahead and again Campbell comes in big. Josh Anderson again in the middle.
19:23 – Marner on the left wing just misses the left circle
7:22 p.m. – David Savard takes a look.
7:20 p.m. – Less than 30 seconds later and the Canadiens had two quick chances where Jack Campbell had to play a big game.
7:20 p.m. – After the pre-game festivities, including fans singing the national anthem, keep going.
6:50 p.m. – The lines are there for the Leafs.
#Sheets line rushes vs MTL
– David Alter (@dalter) October 13, 2021
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On which channel Canadians c. Maple Leafs?
- Dated: Wed 13 Oct
- Time: 7 p.m. ET
- TV Channel (Canada) : SN, SN360, TVAS
- Flux: ESPN + (United States) | SN NOW (Canada)
Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with a pre-game show hosted by Caroline Cameron alongside analysts Kevin Bieksa, Cassie Campbell-Pascall and Elliotte Friedman. Chris Cuthbert will have the call with Craig Simpson as analyst and Kyle Bukauskas as reporter.