TORONTO — Zach Hyman buried a rebound with 1:50 to play to cap a Maple Leafs comeback as Toronto defeated the Canadiens 6-3 Saturday at Scotiabank Arena.The Canadiens had taken a 3-0 lead in the first period, but they couldn’t hold on. It was Toronto’s third win over Montreal this season, but the first one that didn’t require overtime.The Leafs pulled even at 3-3 on a fluke goal by William Nylander at 6:58 of the third period. Carey Price came out of his net to corral a harmless looking dump-in by Patrick Marleau, but the puck took a crazy bounce off the end boards and came out to Nylander, who scored as Price was scrambling to get back into the crease.
Maple Leafs’ Zach Hyman and Canadiens defenceman Victor Mete battle for position in front of Montreal goaltender Carey Price in Toronto on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019.
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Andrew Shaw, who scored in each of the previous two games against the Leafs, made it three in a row as he sparked the first-period surge with his 13th goal at 8:07. Shaw had two swipes at the puck after Frederik Andersen stopped Brett Kulak’s shot from the point. Andersen got his skate on the first shot, but Shaw connected on his second attempt. Toronto coach Mike Babcock challenged the goal, alleging goaltender interference, but there was no evidence of foul play on the review.Jeff Petry, whose parents were among the sellout crowd, had a hand in the other first-period goals. He set up Tomas Tatar with a cross-ice pass. It was the 21st goal of the season for Tatar, who has goals in each of the last three games. Petry made it 3-0 when he scored on a power play. It was his 11th goal and he ended a five-game drought for what has been the worst power play in the league. The Canadiens had two other power plays in the first period, but failed to score.The power play allowed the Leafs to get back into the game in the second period. Toronto was handed a power play when Victor Mete was caught holding the stick early in the period and Auston Matthews put a shot through Price’s pads for his 29th goal.Toronto whittled the Montreal lead to 3-2 when Marleau set up Tyler Ennis down low for a power-play goal at 18:06. Artturi Lehkonen, whose goal drought reached 24 games, might have been trying a bit too hard when he ran into Andersen and was called for goaltender interference. Andreas Johnsson and Hyman added empty-net goals.Claude Julien had to do some last-minute line-juggling after Jonathan Drouin was scratched with the flu. Drouin participated in the morning skate and the pregame warmup, but was unable to play. His absence allowed Lehkonen to move up from the fourth line — he joined Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi on the Finnish Connection — while Tatar took Drouin’s spot on one of the top lines with Phillip Danault and Brendan Gallagher.