Caufields second straight OT goal lifts Canadiens past Maple Leafs


MONTREAL — Cole Caufield scored his second straight overtime goal, and the Montreal Canadiens gained ground in the Scotia North Division race with a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Bell Centre on Monday.

Jeff Petry got his third assist when he set up Caufield, who scored on a wrist shot with 17 seconds left. Caufield scored his first NHL goal to give Montreal a 3-2 win against the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.

Tyler Toffoli and Phillip Danault scored, and Jake Allen made 27 saves for Montreal (24-18-9), which came from behind in the third period for a third straight game to win.

Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 39th goal, and Jack Campbell made 19 saves for Toronto (33-13-6), which had a five-game winning streak end.

Danault tied it at 2-2 with 52 seconds remaining in the third period and Allen pulled for an extra skater, scoring at the side of the net.

Matthews put the Maple Leafs up 2-1 at 17:21 of the second period. Covered by Joel Edmundson in front of the net, he stuck out his stick to deflect Jake Muzzin‘s point shot down for his fifth goal during a four-game goal streak.

Morgan Rielly gave the Maple Leafs a 1-0 lead at 4:07 of the first period with a wrist shot from just inside the blue line that went in off Montreal defenseman Ben Chiarot‘s leg while he battled Toronto forward Alex Galchenyuk in front of Allen.

Toffoli tied it 1-1 on the power play at 1:55 of the second. Suzuki extended his point streak to six games with a cross-ice pass that froze Campbell and set up Toffoli to put a one-timer inside the left post.

Maple Leafs forward Nick Foligno left the game with an upper-body injury with 2:58 remaining in the second.

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