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Sunday, April 8, 2012



TOR:   D. Phaneuf (00:25 - 3rd)
MTL:   T. Plekanec (SHG, 03:20 - 1st) , M. Pacioretty (01:18 - 2nd) , E. Cole (04:07 - 3rd) , B. Staubitz (EN, 18:02 - 3rd)

TOR: B. Scrivens (L)
 MTL: P. Budaj (W)

                         Last night in Montreal, it was the last game of the season for both the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens. There was no better way to end this season than on a winning note for both clubs, but only one team won. That team was the Montreal Canadiens. 4 minutes in, the Leafs were on a 5-on-3 powerplay. But it was the Habs who had the advantage, as Plekanec had a shorthanded breakaway and he scored to make it 1-0 Montreal. 1 minute into the second, Gorges cleared the puck off the boards and past the Leafs bench, where Komisarek was getting ready for a line change, but he got on early and he had to leap back into the bench so it woudn't be a "too many men on the ice penalty." That lead to Pacioretty skating up the left side with speed and he scored five hole on Scrivens to make it 2-0.

                 Phaneuf would score early in the third to cut the lead to 1. Shortly after that, Eric Cole came flying down the right side at 30 Kilometers per hour and he ripped a shot over the glove of Scrivens to make it 3-1 Habs. Late in the third, there was a scramble in front of the Habs net and Staubitz got to the puck and cleared it down the ice and into the empty net for his first goal o the season to make it 4-1. That would be the final as the Habs end the season on a winning note. In the win, Budaj made 30 saves. In the loss, Scrivens made 23 saves."Going into the summer with confidence and getting everyone on the same page is definitely a good feeling," said Pacioretty. "I think everyone played well."

                      "The last three games we tried to leave a good impression," Budaj said. "It's a disappointing season, but we didn't throw in the towel."We worked hard. I'm glad we were able to show the organization and the fans that we appreciate their support. We got the two points and it's so much sweeter because it's against the Leafs. Everybody (Montreal fans) don't like the Leafs, so." So it was a disappointing season for the Canadiens as they finished last in the East and 28th overall. But take into account that their captain, Brian Gionta missed the last 40 games with an injury. Over the course of the season there were injury's on the Habs, but no injury was bigger than their captains injury. This season, the Habs lost a record of 5-12 in the shootouts. They had the 29th worst record in the shootouts this season.The Habs also lost a total of 25 games, just by one goal. So overall it was a bad season. But expect the Habs to have a bounce back season next year and by that I mean to expect to see the Habs in the playoffs.

Written By Andrew Di Pardo

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