TORONTO (AP)—A lucky goal helped extend Toronto’s franchise-record points streak.
Mats Sundin scored the go-ahead goal with 29 seconds left and the Maple Leafs registered at least a point for the 14th consecutive game with a 4-2 victory over with Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.
“The defenseman put his stick down, and it went right off his stick and in,” Sundin said.
“Sundin’s goal is a sign of how good things are going for us,” Belak said.
Toronto hasn’t lost in regulation since Nov. 20 at Edmonton.
Belak, a defenseman known more for fighting, scored his first goal of the season at 8:31 of the third by skating toward the net and putting a rebound past Theodore.
Pierre Dagenais had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens, who had won their previous three games.
“We can call it whatever kind of a goal we want it to call it, whether it’s lucky or whatever, but they’ve been finding ways to win,” Montreal coach Andre Savard said. “For us, it’s a tough break. We deserved a better break.”
Dagenais gave Montreal a 1-0 lead on the power play with a slap shot from the circle at 8:59 of the first. Just as the puck went in, Toronto’s Bryan Marchment sent Dagenais to the ice with a hard check. Dagenais stayed down for several seconds and didn’t do much celebrating when he got up.
Tucker tied it at 3:10 of the second after Toronto’s Owen Nolan threaded a pass to the side of the net.
After Belak tied it, Montreal’s Andreas Dackell missed an open net midwaythrough the third.
Sundin’s goal was his 714th point as a Leaf, moving him past George Armstrong for the fourth-most total in club history. … Belak and Montreal’s Darren Langdon traded punches in a lengthy bout in the first. … The Canadiens beat the Maple Leafs 4-0 in Toronto’s season opener. … McCabe hit the postwith a slap shot from the point in the second.