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Saturday, February 11, 2012



MTL:   E. Cole (05:01 - 2nd) , R. Bourque (06:45 - 2nd) , M. Pacioretty (PPG, 15:54 - 2nd) , L. Eller (18:54 - 2nd) , M. Darche (01:29 - 3rd)

MTL: C. Price (W)
 TOR: J. Gustavsson , J. Reimer (L)

                Earlier Tonight in Toronto, the Habs took on the Toronto Maple Leafs in what was a banner raising night for Number 13, Mats Sundin as he gets his number retired."I miss driving to the ACC with a little knot building up in my stomach before the game," Sundin said. "But the No. 1 thing I miss being retired and not being in Toronto are the people. There are no fans more loyal, passionate and committed than Leafs fans. Thanks for all your support over the years.I wouldn't trade my years with the Leafs for anything." Sundin spent 13 seasons in Toronto, he became the Leafs' Franchise leading goal scorer with 420 Goals as a Leaf and he was the Franchises leader in points with 987 points in 981 games.

           Now onto the game. The Habs sat 9 points back of the 8th place Leafs going into this game. 6 minutes into the first, Kessel had a breakaway and he was stopped by Price. 5 minutes into the second, Cole cut his way to the slot and fired a shot past Reimer to make it 1-0 Habs lead. 1 minute later, Plekanec played the puck to the right circle and Bourque one-timed a shot past Reimer to make it 2-0. 10 minutes later, with the Habs on a powerplay, Pacioretty got the puck in the slot and ripped a shot through the arm of the Leafs goaltender to extend the lead. With under 2 minutes to go in the second, Eller deked past the Leafs defenders and them by the goalie and he scored to make it 4-0. Darche would add another goal as the Habs win 5-0 and they are now 7 points behind the 8th place Leafs.

            "We're just playing like a team," defenseman P.K. Subban said. "I think that we're all on the same page, we're supporting each other through thick and thin. We have to continue to do that if we're going to be successful as a team.The moment that we start pointing fingers at each other or getting away from the game plan it's not going to work." In the win, Price made 32 saves and he spoke about Sundin after the game. "Tonight was a big night for Sundin and I was really honored to be a part of that," Price said. "But I didn't want to win it any more or any less just because it was a retirement party."

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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