Jesperi Kotkaniemi scored with 4:45 left in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-2 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Game 6 of their North Division first-round Stanley Cup playoff series on Saturday.
It was the Canadiens’ second straight overtime win to stave off elimination. Game 7 is Monday in Toronto.
Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist, Corey Perry scored a third-period power-play goal, and Carey Price made 41 saves for Montreal, which played in front of approximately 2,500 spectators, the first time fans were allowed to attend an NHL game in Canada in more than 14 months.
Jason Spezza and TJ Brodie scored, and Jack Campbell made 28 saves for Toronto, which is trying to advance to the second round for the first time since 2004.
Montreal led 2-0 midway through the third period, but Spezza cut it to 2-1 at 11:35 after taking a pass in front of Price, spinning and scoring his third goal of the series.
Brodie then scored on a wrist shot from the right circle following a turnover to tie it 2-2 with 3:11 left.
Both goals deflected off Montreal defenseman Jeff Petry.
Montreal entered the night having not scored on its past 24 power plays dating to the regular season when Perry scored with the man-advantage at 5:26 of the third period for a 1-0 lead.
Campbell came out of the crease to make a save, but he stayed down on his knees as both teams battled for the puck until it slid into the crease, and Perry swiped it into the net.
Toronto challenged for goalie interference, but the goal stood and the Canadiens went back on the power play.
The Maple Leafs then sent the puck over the glass for another delay of game penalty, giving Montreal a lengthy 5 on 3, and Toffoli scored at 6:43 for a 2-0 lead.
It was the first goal of the series for Toffoli after scoring 28 during the regular season.
–Field Level Media