TORONTO (AP) — Brendan Gallagher scored with 3:07 left, Carey Price made 21 saves and the Montreal Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 2-1 on Saturday night.
Tyler Toffoli tied it for Montreal at 6:11 of the third period, with Gallagher assisting on the play. Toffoli then helped set up Gallagher's winner.
Tomas Tatar, Montreal’s scoring leader last season, was a healthy scratch.
Mitch Marner scored early in the first period for Toronto, and Frederik Andersen stopped 23 shots.
Auston Matthews had an assist for Toronto to extend his points streak to 11. The Maple Leafs lost in regulation for the first time since Jan. 20. Toronto fell to 11-3-1 and saw its lead atop the North Division shrink to three points over the Canadiens.
Montreal opened the season 7-1-2, but entered Saturday having lost three of its last four in regulation — all at home — including a 4-2 loss to Toronto on Wednesday night and a 3-0 setback to Edmonton the following night.
Canadiens: Host Toronto on Saturday, February 20.
Maple Leafs: Host Ottawa Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights.