Lars Eller led the Canadiens with a goal and two assists as Montreal closed out the regular season with a 4-1 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night at the Air Canada Centre. The win gave the Canadiens temporary possession of second place in the Eastern Conference with a point edge over Boston, which dropped a 3-2 overtime decision in Washington. The Bruins need a win over Ottawa on Sunday to finish ahead of Montreal. The Canadiens broke the game open in the second period when they outshot the Leafs 11-1 and scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. Andrei Markov, who was the subject of a debate over whether he should be given a rest, snapped a 1-1 tie with a shot from the point at 4:19. Brendan Gallagher made it 3-1 when he chased down a pass from Eller and eluded defenceman Cody Franson to get a clean shot on James Reimer at 9:18. Markov also picked up the second assist on the goal. Reimer left the game after Tomas Plekanec scored off the rush at 2:25 of the third period. Reimer went into the game with a .926 save percentage — the highest in Leafs’ history — but gave up four goals on 23 shots.
Habs regular season with win over Leafs
Montreal Gazette | Apr 28