MONTREAL — The Montreal Canadiens ended Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell‘s NHL-record streak of 11 consecutive wins to start a season with a 4-2 victory at Bell Centre on Monday.
Tomas Tatar scored twice, and Jake Allen made 23 saves in his fourth straight start for Montreal (18-12-9), which ended a three-game losing streak.
Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 32nd goal for Toronto (28-11-3), which had its six-game winning streak and 10-game point streak end (9-0-1).
Campbell made 21 saves two days after setting the record in the Maple Leafs’ 6-5 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday. It was his first loss since March 6, 2020.
Canadiens goalie Carey Price, who missed his fourth straight game because of a lower-body injury, set the previous record when he started the 2016-17 season with 10 straight wins.
Josh Anderson gave Montreal a 3-2 lead at 16:22 of the second, scoring on a wrist shot past Campbell’s glove from the right side after Toronto scored twice earlier in the period to tie it.
Tatar made it 4-2 with a backhand into an empty net at 17:35 of the third period after Campbell was pulled for an extra attacker.
Matthews, who scored his third NHL hat trick Saturday, redirected Mitchell Marner‘s pass for his eighth goal of a five-game goal streak to cut the lead to 2-1 at 9:28 of the second.
John Tavares scored on a backhand off a goalmouth scramble at 14:57 to tie it at 2-2.
Tatar scored at 1:17 of the first to put the Canadiens up 1-0. He redirected the puck into the net from the left edge of the crease after it caromed to him off the skate of Maple Leafs forward Alex Galchenyuk.
Suzuki made it 2-0 with a power-play goal on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 7:53.