Canadiens’ Josh Gorges throws a third-period punch at Toronto’s Frazer McLaren at the Bell Centre.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs breezed past the lacklustre Canadiens 6-0 in a game they dominated from start to finish.
“That was a bad performance from our club. There’s no doubt about that,” Coach Michel Therrien said after the game. “We’re going to find solutions and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
“We got a really, really slow start,” Therrien said. “They beat us with speed.They were ready to play and we weren’t ready to play. We tried to make a push in the second period–we got 20 shots–and it was just a bad night.”
It’s the Canadiens third loss in a row. For the Leafs, it burnishes their impressive road record (6-1-0). They’ve won most of their games on the road this season.
The Leafs set the tone from the get-go scoring at 59 seconds into the game on a goal by Leo Komarov.
Tyler Bozak, James Van Riemsdyk, Phil Kessel, Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf also scored for the Leafs.
Tempers flared with melées in the third period. Max Pacioretty scrapped with Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski and could be seen saying to an official that he’d been bitten.
“I saw the bite., It’s clear on the video,” Therrien said. “I’m sure the league is going to pay attention to that.”
Therrien also said the team hopes the league reviews an incident involving Leafs forward Colton Orr who appeared to extend a knee to take down Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec.
“When you have Colton Orr pull his knee on Plekanec, what are you going to say? Pretty clear, we hope the league is going to review that,” Therrien said.
When Plekanec was asked after the game if he thought it was an intentional attempt to injure, he said he didn’t know, he hadn’t seen the replay.
“I got a pass from our D, I thought, I saw him at the last second and tried to jump over,” Plekanec said.
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