Subpar Performance, Limited Highlights | GAME SUMMARY: TOR @ MTL


Subpar Performance, Limited Highlights | GAME SUMMARY: TOR @ MTL

In a preseason showdown at the Bell Centre, the Montreal Canadiens were plagued by missed opportunities, ultimately suffering a narrow 2-1 defeat at the hands of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Toronto secured the victory with both of their goals coming in the second period, while Josh Anderson managed to narrow the deficit with his second preseason goal late in the final frame.

The Friday night game had garnered excitement, with expectations of a physical showdown, and some even hoped for a bout between Arber Xhekaj and Ryan Reaves. However, given the game’s non-impact on standings, both players wisely refrained from seeking combat. The match transpired with minimal confrontations and no lingering animosity, although the situation might change when the teams face off for the third time in four days on Monday.

Montreal failed to capitalize on Toronto’s undisciplined play, going 0 for 6 on the power play. A silver lining was the absence of key players such as Cole Caufield, Nick Suzuki, and Kirby Dach from the lineup.

The Maple Leafs had their share of opportunities during penalty kills, and Matthew Knies capitalized on a turnover by Justin Barron. Unfortunately, the Canadiens failed to respond effectively.

In the goaltending department, Cayden Primeau manned the net for the full 60 minutes, making 24 saves. He was unlucky on Toronto’s second goal, as Mikko Kokkonen’s shot from the point deflected off a body before crossing the red line. With only three games remaining before the season opener, this match may have marked Primeau’s final full game before the management settles on the season-opening roster.

Fans in the arena witnessed a lackluster performance from both teams, with Montreal’s head coach Martin St. Louis acknowledging post-game that the team lacked execution.

Game Statistics:

  • Canadiens (1-2-0): Shots 25, Face-off % 57, Power play 0/6, Penalty minutes 4, Hits 11, Blocks 19
  • Maple Leafs (2-0-1): Shots 26, Face-off % 43, Power play 0/2, Penalty minutes 12, Hits 12, Blocks 21

Scoring Summary:

  • Canadiens Scorers: 3rd period – Anderson (2)
  • Maple Leafs Scorers: 2nd period – Knies (1) (SHG), Kokkonen (1)


  • MTL: Primeau (L) 1-1-0
  • TOR: Samsonov (W) 1-0-0, Petruzzelli

Notable Canadiens Players:

  • Josh Anderson
  • Sean Monahan
  • Owen Beck

The Original-Six rivals will meet again for the second game of their three-game sequence on Saturday, September 29th, at 7:00 pm ET, at the Bell Centre.


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