Think the Leafs can just start playing all their games on the road from now on? Fresh off a 3-0 loss to Buffalo at the ACC Monday, Toronto went to Montreal last night and beat the Habs by that same some score, getting a combined shutout from Jonas Gustavsson and Joey MacDonald. That’s where the bad news kicks in, though: The Monster was taken to hospital after the first period due to an increased heart rate, which was the cause of minor surgery back in the preseason. No word on what’s next (though Gustavsson’s heart reportedly normalized on its own during the intermission), but heart problems and sports never go too well together.
Anyway, the actual game: The Leafs scored twice in the first before The Monster left the building, picking up goals from Colton Orr and Jeff Finger around the midway point. Matt Stajan scored his eighth of the season early in the second to put it out of reach, with Phil Kessel chipping in his second assist of the night. Love that young man.
Because of the early goals, Gustavsson actually picked up the win in this one despite playing just 20 minutes. He saved eight shots and MacDonald turned 18 aside the rest of the way.
The Leafs, winners of three straight on the road and four of six overall, are in Columbus tomorrow and Boston Saturday before returning home for Atlanta on Monday.