Both the Montreal Canadiens and the Toronto Maple Leafs have been pleasant surprises in the short season of the NHL, but both will square off this Wednesday to see who’s better at 7:30 PM ET.
Montreal is at the top of the Eastern Conference, but they recently lost in overtime against the Senators; it was their second OT loss in three games.
“The result was not on our side, and the story of the game was that Bishop was outstanding,” Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said. “I liked the way we played. We dictated the play, we played hard, we were aggressive on the puck, and we did a lot of good things.”
“It was one of those nights,” Therrien said. “The story of the game was their goalie, and he deserved a lot of credit for that win.”
Toronto is the seventh spot of the standings, but just three points behind the Canadiens; plus they are tied with Boston and New Jersey.
Just like Montreal, Toronto’s last game against the Senators and ended in a loss as well. “We didn’t get the job done,” Leafs center Jay McClement said. “That’s a game we’ve got to get a point out of.
“They had a big night,” coach Paul MacLean said. “Offensively they were the best line, so we tried to give them every chance.”
Two of the four losses Montreal has in regulation came against the Maple Leafs, including a 6-0 defeat in February 9th.