Canadiens finally won one at the Bell Centre after four regulation and two shootout losses.
The team played 60 minutes of solid hockey, and Carey Price shut the Leafs out for 56 of those minutes in a 4-1 win.
Afterwards, Price made a dipping motion with his arm to display the movement of the Boyd Devereaux shot that beat him and offered a one-word expression of his reaction to losing the shutout:
Like most Quebec cuss words, it pwewrtains to religion rather than sex or bodily fnction. Calisse, usually used as an expletive or a pejorative noun, means chalice, the golden cup used to serve wine at communion. Price learned it from his road roommate, Francis Bouillon.
Encouraged, by Marc de Foy of the Journal de Montréal, to expand his French vocabulary, Price said "I’ll try, but it’s tough, man."
Tougher, one would suspect, than making 28 savves against a team that came into the Bell Centre riding a hot streak.
Saku Koivu got to Vesa Toskala in the first period, scored again early in the second and goals by Andrei Kostitsyn and Alex Kovalev put this one out of reach.
"It was nice not to be booed," said Christopher Higgins, who had six shots on goal and was part of a season-best cycling game that kept the puck hemmed in the Leafs end for long stretches.
"We finally played the same way at home as we do on the road," Higgins said. "Everyone was pulling in the same direction.
"That’s how we have to play to be effective."
And Price has beaten Toronto three times … hostie!