Maple Leafs blank Canadiens 6-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2013 at 12:21 am •  Published: February 10, 2013
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MONTREAL (AP) — The rivalry between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens got more heated on Saturday night.

There was also a 37-save shutout by James Reimer, and Leo Komarov's first NHL goal only 59 seconds into the game that started the Maple Leafs' 6-0 win.

The third period was filled with fights, and there was an accusation by Montreal's Max Pacioretty that Mikhail Grabovski bit him and also Colton Orr's apparent attempt to knee the Canadiens' Tomas Plekanec.

"We had a really great start to the hockey game," said Toronto coach Randy Carlyle, whose team completed a sweep of a three-game road trip and is 6-1-0 away from the Air Canada Centre including a season-opening 2-1 win in Montreal on Jan. 19.

"We did a lot of things in the first 10 minutes that kind of set the tone for our group for the rest of the night. We got the two-goal lead and then you know they're going to push back."

The Canadiens answered with 20 shots in the second period, but couldn't beat Reimer who got his first shutout of the season and seventh of his career.

Most of Montreal's shots were far from the net, but Reimer made sharp saves on an Erik Cole one-timer and Brian Gionta shot from in close in back-to-back plays.

"This has been a good road trip for us," Reimer said. "We wanted to finish it off on a good note and the team worked hard and we were able to do that."

Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel added second-period goals and Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf, with his first of the season, scored in the third for Toronto.

"We weren't ready to start," Montreal defenseman Josh Gorges said. "Toronto, at home, in our building, and we're not ready to play? That's not good enough."

The game got heated in the third period, which started with a fight between Mark Fraser and Montreal's Brandon Prust at 1:09 and increased after Holzer made it 5-0 at 4:20.

First, Montreal rookie Brendan Gallagher took on Michael Kostka. A few minutes later, Prust was handed four minutes for roughing Toronto's Grabovski.

Pacioretty, who emerged from the melee showing his wrist to the officials, saying that Grabovski bit him. Both players were given 10-minute misconducts.

"That doesn't belong in our sport," Gorges said. "If you get in there, stand up for yourself, be a man, drop your gloves, and you'll have respect. But bite somebody? That doesn't belong in our league."

"I saw the bite," Montreal coach Michel Therrien said. "You can see that on the video. I'm sure the league's going to pay attention to that."

After Phaneuf scored during a two-man advantage at 13:15, more aggression broke out when Orr clipped Plekanec's leg, although the Canadiens center avoided a direct hit with a last-moment leap and was not injured.