Canadiens Captain Secures Overtime Victory | Game Recap: MTL @ TOR


Canadiens Captain Secures Overtime Victory | Game Recap: MTL @ TOR

Montreal Canadiens Nick Suzuki the captain of the netted a game-winning goal just 31 seconds into overtime, securing a 5-4 victory for the visitors against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena.

Game RecapToronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens Canadiens


Starting Lineup

Forward Lines

  • 22 Cole Caufield
  • 14 Nick Suzuki
  • 17 Josh Anderson
  • 49 Rafael Harvey-Pinard
  • 77 Kirby Dach
  • 20 Juraj Slafkovsky
  • 70 Tanner Pearson
  • 91 Sean Monahan
  • 11 Brendan Gallagher
  • 51 Emil Heineman
  • 71 Jake Evans
  • 56 Jesse Ylonen

Defensive Pairings

  • 59 Mattias Norlinder
  • 58 David Savard
  • 72 Arber Xhekaj
  • 26 Jonathan Kovacevic
  • 54 Jordan Harris
  • 94 Logan Mailloux


  • 34 Jake Allen
  • 30 Cayden Primeau

Not in the Lineup: Scratches: Michael Pezzetta, Kaiden Guhle, Justin Barron, Mike Matheson, Sam Montembeault

Injuries: Christian Dvorak (lower body), Carey Price (lower body), Chris Wideman (upper body), Joel Armia (upper body), Alex Newhook (upper body), Gustav Lindstrom (upper body)

Game Report

The Canadiens’ third encounter with the Toronto Maple Leafs in just four days got off to a promising start. Mattias Norlinder kicked off the scoring just over three minutes into the game with a powerful point shot that eluded Leafs goaltender Ilya Samsonov. Kirby Dach’s well-placed screen played a crucial role, resulting in a rare power-play goal for the Habs.

However, the tie was short-lived, as Noah Gregor evened the score less than four minutes later with a shot that Jake Allen would want another chance at. John Tavares added a power-play goal midway through the first period, capitalizing on Nick Suzuki’s penalty.

Max Domi extended the Leafs’ lead with a goal at the 14:45 mark of the second period, making it 3-1.

The momentum shifted late in the second period when Kirby Dach netted a short-handed goal with just 12 seconds remaining, thanks to an excellent setup by Sean Monahan.

The third period unfolded as an evenly contested battle. Two minutes after Tavares notched his second goal of the night, Johnny Kovacevic found the back of the net with a precise shot from the point. Josh Anderson then leveled the playing field with a fantastic assist from Dach, leaving just 41 minutes left in the game.

Nick Suzuki capitalized on a rebound opportunity after a blistering shot by Cole Caufield ricocheted off the post. A mere 31 seconds into overtime, the Canadiens sealed the deal with a thrilling victory.

Goaltenders MTL: Allen (Win) TOR Samsonov (Overtime Loss – OTL)

Canadiens’ Standout Performers

Sean Monahan – Monahan’s impact resonated across the lines, and his chemistry with Kirby Dach was particularly notable.

Kirby Dach – Dach’s game-changing goal in the waning moments of the second period and his assist on the game-tying goal in the final minute of the third period were pivotal moments.

Nick Suzuki – Suzuki played a crucial role by contributing an assist on the opening goal of the game and sealing the victory with the final goal.

Game Stats

Canadiens: (2-3-0)

  • Shots: 26
  • Face-off Percentage: 57.4%
  • Power Play: 1/3
  • Penalty Minutes: 12
  • Hits: 25
  • Blocks: 9

Maple Leafs: (4-1-1)

  • Shots: 29
  • Face-off Percentage: 42.6%
  • Power Play: 1/5
  • Penalty Minutes: 8
  • Hits: 31
  • Blocks: 12

Scoring Recap Canadiens’ Goal Scorers

1st Period: Norlinder (1) – PPG

2nd Period: Dach(1) – SHG

3rd Period: Kovacevic (1), Anderson

(1) Overtime(OT): Suzuki

(1) Shootout(SO): Not Applicable

Maple Leafs’ Goal Scorers

1st Period: Gregor (1), Tavares(1) – PPG

2nd Period: Domi (1)

3rd Period: Tavares (2)

Overtime (OT): No Scoring

Shootout (SO): Not Applicable


MTL: Jake Allen (W)

TOR: Ilya Samsonov (OTL)


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