In Toronto, Jack Campbell won his 10th straight game, a new Maple Leafs record, in a 3-2win over the Montreal Canadiens on Wednesday.
“He deserves everything that has come his way in terms of the attention,” Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said of Campbell. “I know our team is thrilled for him and clearly played hard for him in that third period. Jack is always gracious and passes off a lot of attention to his teammates, but I think it’s important to give Jack his moment here.”
Campbell made 32 saves to get the record setting victory.
“We must be playing well to win 10 in a row,” Campbell said. “Just to get one win is a big deal because it’s a tough league. You need everybody to win, and that’s what we’ve been getting lately. It’s super special and an honor and something I’ll be able to look back on some time but right now it’s just back to work and try to get better.”
Corey Perry scored both goals for the Habs.
“We were sloppy with the puck [in the first period], and then you saw in the second period what we could do,” Perry said. “We kind of fell asleep for a little bit in the third again and found a way to get one and try and tie it up at the end, but we fell short.”
Auston Matthews got the Leafs’ offense rolling when he gave them a 1-0 lead.
“In that second period we couldn’t really find our game there, and they definitely controlled the play and had a lot of momentum,” Matthews said. “They were directing a lot of pucks towards our net, and [Campbell] came up big and made some huge saves. It wasn’t great hockey by us, but he was just a brick wall in there.”
Perry tied before TJ Brodie picked up his first goal as a Maple Leaf.
“It took a little bit longer than I would have liked, but you definitely want it to mean something,” Brodie said. “It was just a bang-bang play where it hit off a couple feet and popped out to me, and luckily it went in.”
Zach Hyman picked up what would be the game-winner midway through the third period for a 3-1 lead.
Jake Allen made 29 saves in the loss.
“It wasn’t an ideal start, but Perry had a big goal to even it up,” Allen said. “It definitely wasn’t our game in the first. I thought we did a good job the first 15 minutes there in the second and in the third, they sort of put us on our heels for sure in the first 10 minutes. We battled back and gave ourselves a chance, but just a little too late.”