Canadiens bury Maple Leafs after Mats Sundin has jersey retired

Canadiens bury Maple Leafs after Mats Sundin has jersey retired

The Canadian Press

TORONTO — Not only did Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens crash the party, they did their best to spoil it.

Carey Price FigurePrice turned aside all 32 shots he faced Saturday as the Habs hammered the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-0 on a night the team honoured long-time captain Mats Sundin.

It was the third straight loss for the Leafs, who remain in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference. Montreal has won four games in a row and now sits seven points back of the final playoff spot.

Erik Cole, Rene Bourque, Max Pacioretty, Lars Eller and Mathieu Darche scored goals for Montreal (23-24-9).

The Maple Leafs saw their record drop to 28-22-6 with their most embarrassing loss since getting beaten 7-0 by Boston on Nov. 5.

Mats Sundin figuresThere was more emotion than usual on a night that started with the Maple Leafs raising Sundin’s No. 13 banner to the rafters at Air Canada Centre. During a thoughtful speech, Mats Sundin urged fans to embrace their young team because of how difficult it can be to play hockey in Toronto.

Less than two hours later, the Leafs were being booed off the ice after 40 minutes.

Montreal seized control during a second period that saw it score four times on seven shots against James Reimer.  Cole started the barrage at 5:01 with a shot through the goalie’s legs, Bourque made it 2-0 less than two minutes later with a one-timer and Pacioretty squeaked a shot past Reimer at 15:54.

That goal came with Leafs forward Tim Connolly in the penalty box for slashing — making it the first time in 18 games the team had surrendered a goal while shorthanded.

For good measure, Eller made it 4-0 at 18:54 after skating right around Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf and beating Reimer, prompting a loud series of boos from the sellout crowd.

Jonas Gustavsson FigureRon Wilson sent Jonas Gustavsson out for the third period, no doubt reviving the goaltending debate in the process. The Monster fared only marginally better than his counterpart, getting beaten by Darche on a breakaway just 1:29 into the period.

Price secured his fourth shutout of the season after seeing two Toronto shots hit the post in the final 20 minutes. He also stood tall during a late power play.

The Habs goaltender had to be sharp in the early stages of the game. He stopped a tricky Clarke MacArthur shot in the opening minutes and denied Phil Kessel on a partial breakaway shortly after.

Toronto goalie, James Reimer was also tested a couple times during a first period that saw the Leafs outshoot the visitorsJames Reimer Figure 14-8. He looked solid until Cole opened the scoring.

It was just one week ago the Leafs registered an impressive 5-0 victory in Ottawa and looked poised to make a climb up the standings. But after beating Edmonton on Monday, they dropped a game in Winnipeg on Tuesday and Philadelphia on Thursday and now face a tough three-game swing through western Canada.

Montreal dug a big hole early in the season but is doing its best to keep slim playoff hopes alive. The Habs return home to face Carolina and Boston next week and need to keep winning.

Notes: It was the 16th shutout of Price’s NHL career … The Leafs had US$7.5 million in salary in the press box with Colby Kobe Bryant FigureArmstrong and Mike Komisarek scratched. Both players are alternate captains for the team … Kessel and Mikhail Grabovski each wore an “A” in their absence … Travis Moen, Ryan White and Yannick Weber sat out for Montreal … Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant was among the announced crowd of 19,685.

Roll up the Rim Tim

Roll up the Rim to Win

We finally received our shipment of McFarlane NHL Legends Series 8….and they look pretty awesome. This assortment contains one of my all-time favorite players: Tim Horton. I blogged about Tim in an earlier blog….Read it here!

tim horton hockey figure

This assortment also consist of:

  • Terry O’Reilly – Finally a Boston Bruin….We also definitely need more Irish guys!
  • Wayne Gretzky – Enough of him….we don’t need another Wayne figure!
  • Mario Lemieux – Super Mario is always a class act….so yea….I’m cool with this figure.
  • Terry Sawchuk – Great goalie from the good ole times!
  • Theoren Fleury – What the freak is he doing with these other guys! Look, I feel bad about what happened to him (getting molested by his junior coach) but he shouldn’t be with these guys. There are hundreds of other HOF players that could have been added instead.

The paint finish looks much better than previous series and overall they appear to be higher quality. I still question their player selection for each series though. Remember, you can always pick up individual figures or a set. You can also buy a sealed case of 8 figures and hope to get that valuable chase figure. We only have a limited amount of sealed cases left…..check it out at www.cmdstore.com.

mcfarlane nhl legends series 8

terry sawchuk figure