Matthews, Andersen lead Maple Leafs past Canadiens, 6-0
MONTREAL (AP) — Ron Hainsey and Nazem Kadri scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, Frederik Andersen stopped 33 shots for his second straight shutout, and the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 Saturday night for their sixth straight win.
Auston Matthews had two goals, and James van Riemsdyk and Connor Brown also scored for Toronto. The Maple Leafs were coming off a 1-0 overtime win over New Jersey two nights earlier in which Andersen had 42 saves.
Charlie Lindgren finished with 22 saves, giving up five goals for the second straight game. He was replaced at 9:39 of the third by Antti Niemi, who stopped three of four shots he faced in his first game for Montreal since he was claimed off waivers this week.
Matthews returned to the Toronto lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury and had a good scoring chance early on. Montreal had a 16-6 shot advantage in the first but scoring chances were even.
Andersen had just made a smart glove save on Brendan Gallagher from the slot when the Maple Leafs opened the scoring at 12:07 as Hainsey got his first of the season with a shot from the point that Lindgren lost behind van Riemsdyk’s screen.
Kadri scored 37 seconds later on Toronto’s next shot, a wrister from a bad angle that went in off Lindgren’s shoulder to extend his points streak to six games.
Brown scored 25 seconds into the third when he lifted the rebound of Nikita Zaitsev’s point shot over Lindgren from the doorstep. Tyler Bozak pass went off Karl Alzner to van Riemsdyk, who flipped in his 10th of the season from close range at 8:11 to make it 4-0.
Only 48 seconds later, Matthews was alone in front to fire in a pass from Mitch Marner. Matthews added another, his 12th, with 4:33 left when he snapped a wrist shot to the top corner past Niemi.
NOTES: The Maple Leafs, winless against Montreal the previous two years, have posted two wins in a row against the Canadiens for the first time since 2013. Toronto won 4-3 in overtime against Montreal on Oct. 14. ... To mark the NHL’s upcoming 100th anniversary, six Hall of Famers took part in the ceremonial faceoff — Dave Keon, Yvon Cournoyer, Rod Gilbert, Frank Mahovlich, Ray Bourque and Denis Savard. Mahovlich and Savard went out in a Red Wings and Blackhawks jersey, respectively, but took them off to reveal Canadiens sweaters underneath. Both ended their careers in Montreal.
Toronto: Hosts Arizona on Monday night.
Canadiens: At Dallas on Tuesday night.