In Montreal, Cole Caufield showed up just in time for the Canadiens; on Monday night, he scored his second straight overtime marker to give the Habs a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“The feeling doesn’t get old, and it never will,” Caufield said. “But he did it again, found me in a great spot, drew two guys to him … and created it all by himself.”
Jake Allen made 27 saves to get the win.
Auston Matthews picked up his 39th goal of the campaign in the loss.
“I think we just overpassed it,” Matthews said. “I wasn’t really able to get my stick on it at the end. It’s late in the game, late in overtime, a little fatigue setting in, but obviously would have liked to have seen that one go in the net, especially on a 2-on-0.”
“I think we’ve been really resilient,” Montreal’s Nick Suzuki said. “Obviously we’ve been down in all the games, it’s not something we’re looking for, but it just shows a lot of character in the group that we have on the ice. And we’re doing a great job of coming back and putting pressure on them (the Jets). I heard we’re tied now with them, so it’s going to be fun down the stretch.”
The Leafs had an early 1-0 lead off a goal from Morgan Rielly in the opening frame.
“Obviously, we would have liked to have come out with the two points and not go into overtime,” Matthews said. “We gave ourselves a chance but came up short. This one stings a bit, but [we’re] moving on and we’ll take our one point and go on to the next game.”
Jack Campbell made 19 saves in the loss.
“I thought the guys played hard and we definitely could have won the game,” Campbell said. “We’re just going to bounce back and play really hard next game.”