Season series evened
Toronto's miserable November ended with another loss, bringing their record for the month to 4-6-3.
The Canadiens 4-2 ewin gave them a 7-4-3 record in November.
They have vaulted past Detroit into third place in the Atlantiuc Division.
Two goals by Max Pacioretty and singles by P.K. Subban and Tomas Plekanec staked the Canadiens to a 4-0 lead.
The Leafs made it interesting on two goals – by James Van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond –within 20 seconds late in the second period.
Carey Price made 34 saves and maintained his GAA of 2.00.
Jonathan Bernier, making his first start in Montreal as a Leaf, was bombarded by 39 shots.
Alex Galchenyuk, who was in the penalty box for the first Toronto goal and on the ice for the second, spent the third period on the bench with George Parros.
No scoring, good D
The Canadiens outshot Toronto 14-12 in the third period and did a nice job protecting their lead.
It ain't over
But it should be.
After the obligatory George Parros-Colton Orr staged fight, Tomas Plekanec's ninth of the season and Max pacioretty's ninth – second of the game AND shorthanded – should have salted this sucker away.
The Leafs scored twice in 22 seconds: James Van Riemsdyk on a power play and Mason Raymond, both going high on Carey Price from in close.
Leafs outshot the Canadiens 15-12.
Should be a lively final 20 minutes.
Early and late
The game wasn't two minutes old when P.K. Subban snapped off a tape-to-tape head-man pass that found Max Pacioretty so far behind the Leafs D on a power play he had time to tap his own rebound past Jonathan Bernier. That's eight for Max.
The Leafs seemed to tie it up, but Dion Phaneu's point blast was ruled no goal because ref Chris Rooney hallucinated goaltender interference by James Van Riemsdyk.
Then with less than four minutes left, P.K. took the puck off a faceoff, deked a couple defenders and snapped his fourth of the season past Bernier.
Canadiens had a huge early shot advantage and it ended 13-9.
It's been too long
The last time the Leafs visited Montreal, Bell Centre fans showed up for the game in shirtsleeves.
That won't be the case Saturday night.
Our fair city is a bit colder on the last day of November than it was on the first of October.
The rivalry, however, is red-hot.
The Canadiens and Leafs each earned 31 points through their first 26 games of the season. If the Eastern Conference playoffs started tonight, each team would be in as a wild card.
There's usually a playoff atmosphere when the Habs and Leafs play. Both are looking to right the ship after Friday night road losses, the Leafs in OT at Buffalo, the Canadiens in a Shootout at Washington.
George Parros – who has averaged a little over four minutes of ice time and is minus-5 in five games – returns to the lineup, along with Douglas Murray, who's actually useful.
Puck drops 7:10ish.
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