The Canadiens almost paid the price for sitting on their heels after jumping out to a 2-0 lead in the first period against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Bell Centre. A couple of sloppy plays allowed the Leafs to take a 3-2 lead in the third period, but P.K. Subban pulled Montreal even at 3-3 when he scored on a power play at 10:52 of the third period and Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal at 3:38 of overtime to give the Canadiens a 4-3 win.

U-S-A, U-S-A: Olympic linemates James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel accounted for the Toronto goals. Van Riemsdyk cut the Canadiens’ 2-0 lead in half when he redirected Kessel’s shot from the side boards at 17:34 of the first period. An errant pass from Andrei Markov proved costly as van Riemsdyk beat Peter Budaj with a short-handed breakaway backhander to tie the score at 5:26. Kessel gave the Leafs their only lead when he scored on another breakaway at 7:43. Tyler Bozak poked the puck ahead to Kessel after the Canadiens had trouble clearing the zone.

Taking charge: By the time Jay McClement registered the Leafs’ first shot on goal at 14:38 of the opening period, the Canadiens had fired nine shots on Jonathan Bernier and had taken a 2-0 lead. Brendan Gallagher scored at 12:38 with a shot from the high slot. Pacioretty made it 2-0 at 14:02 when he scored on a backhander with his back to the net. It was his 28th goal of the season.

Specialty items: The Canadiens had mixed results on the power play. They went 2-for-5, but also gave up a short-handed goal. The Leafs went 0-for-3 against the Montreal penalty-killing unit, which ranks fourth in the NHL.

Still No. 2: The win gave Montreal 75 points and they are now only four points behind Atlantic Division leader Boston, although the Bruis have three games in hand,. Montreal is two points up on Tampa Bay with the Lightning holding two games in hand, while Toronto is another point back.