Sports Liveblog: Habs and Leafs scoreless after first period in Game 4
About Last Night: Can I get 2,500 witnesses? Habs force Game 7
The Montreal Canadiens have pushed the Toronto Maple Leafs to the edge. The two teams will face off in Game 7 of their first-round best-of-seven series Monday after the Habs defeated the Leafs 3-2 in overtime Saturday night. Beyond the scoresheet, including Jesperi Kotkaniemi’s game winner and Carey Price’s 41 saves, Game 6 will likely be remembered as the first NHL game to be played in front of a live audience in Canada since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. Seeing 2,500 hockey fans at the Bell Centre again was a moment that transcended sport: J’ai des frissons. Et je ne suis pas un émotif pic.twitter.
Eric Staal will return to the lineup for the Montreal Canadiens for Game 4 against the Toronto Maple Leafs Tuesday at the Bell Centre. Puck drop at 7:30 p.m. (CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM).
Jake Evans is out after leaving Game 1 with an undisclosed injury. Artturi Lehkonen will also miss the game after exiting Monday’s contest. For the Leafs, Travis Dermott and Adam Brooks will enter the lineup. Nick Foligno, a late scratch Monday, remains out.
The Leafs lead 2-1 in the first-round best-of-seven series.
Canadiens Game Day: 'Habs-Leafs, Game 7, it doesn’t get much better' .
Head coach Dominique Ducharme isn’t planning to make any changes to his lineup when the Canadiens face the Maple Leafs in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series Monday night in Toronto (7 p.m., CBC, SN, TVA Sports, TSN 690 Radio, 98.5 FM). Meanwhile, the Leafs will be without defenceman Jake Muzzin, who was injured in Game 6. Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe said Monday morning that Muzzin will be out for a minimum of three weeks with a lower-body injury if the Leafs win Game 7 and advance in the playoffs. The Leafs will also be without captain John Tavares, who suffered a concussion and a knee injury in Game 1.