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TORONTO (AP) The Maple Leafs were without their starting goalie Authentic Erik Karlsson Jersey Kids , their best overall player and two other regulars – and still managed to do what they’ve been doing a lot lately.They won again at Air Canada Center.Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves for his third shutout of the season and the Maple Leafs extended their club-record home winning streak to 12 straight games with a 4-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.Andreas Johnsson scored his first NHL goal, and William Nylander, Kasperi Kapanen and Nazem Kadri also had goals for Toronto, which has four victories in a row following a four-game slide (0-2-2).McElhinney, who picked up the eighth shutout of his career, got his second straight start and third consecutive win with Leafs No. 1 goalie Frederik Andersen still out after taking a blow to the head/neck area in a crease pileup on Wednesday against Dallas.”Just guys stepping up and coming in the lineup and really contributing,” Kadri said when asked how his team keeps humming along. ”That’s been a strength for us all year. We’ve got key guys out. We’ll look for other guys to step up.”Charlie Lindgren made 45 saves for Montreal, which dropped to 1-5-2 over its last eight games.Toronto won despite being a bit short-handed. Star center Auston Matthews missed his ninth consecutive game with a shoulder injury, veteran forward Leo Komarov (lower body) didn’t suit up following a strange collision with Nylander in Buffalo on Thursday, and defenseman Nikita Zaitsev sat out a fourth straight game with an illness.”That’s what you need Jean-Gabriel Pageau Jersey ,” Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. ”You need all your hands on deck.”The injury-ravaged Canadiens were without starting goalie Carey Price (concussion) for a 13th consecutive game, while captain Max Pacioretty (knee) missed his eighth in a row.Lindgren was the story of the first period with three big stops, including an incredible full-stretch glove save to deny Tyler Bozak of what appeared to be a sure goal on a power play, until Nylander finally broke through moments later.With the Leafs still on the man advantage, the Swede took a pass from Jake Gardiner at the top of the right faceoff circle and scored his 15th to snap a 13-game goal drought against the league’s worst penalty-killing unit on the road.Toronto made it 2-0 just three minutes into the second when Travis Dermott played a long stretch pass off the boards to Kapanen, who blew past Noah Juulsen down the left before beating Lindgren past the blocker for his sixth.McElhinney picked up an assist on the play after quickly playing the puck to Dermott.”You throw it up the wall and a lot of times (Kapanen) can just skate onto pucks and make things happen,” McElhinney said. ”I’ll take a point any time I can.”The Leafs goalie had a relatively quiet night compared to Lindgren, but had to be sharp with six minutes remaining in the period when Alex Galchenyuk jumped on a turnover by Leafs defenseman Roman Polak in front.Acquired from Montreal ahead of last month’s trade deadline, Toronto center Tomas Plekanec played his first game against his former team. Drafted by the Canadiens in 2001, the 35-year-old ranks seventh on Montreal’s all-time games played list at 981. He was in the middle of the action later in the second when Montreal correctly challenged for goaltender interference with under five minutes left Mark Stone Jersey , denying Kapanen his second of the night off a scramble.But the Leafs eventually stretched their lead to three with 28.3 seconds remaining in the period when Kadri redirected Mitch Marner’s pass into the top corner on a power play for his 28th.Johnsson scored his first goal – also notching his first point – with 4:33 left in the third when he chipped Zach Hyman’s pass past Lindgren at the side of the net. He celebrated with an excited leap.”It’s just emotion going through my whole body,” Johnsson said with a laugh. ”Jumping … 4-0 (with) five minutes left. I don’t really know what goes through my mind – just happy feelings.”NOTES: Leafs forward Patrick Marleau played the 1,565th regular-season game of his career to move past Nicklas Lidstrom for 11th place on the NHL’s all-time list. … Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber had foot surgery this week, but is expected to be ready for training camp. … Matthews missed his 19th game of the season because of injury.UP NEXTCanadiens: host Florida on Monday night.Maple Leafs: at Tampa Bay on Tuesday night. CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Blackhawks and Jonathan Toews executed their plan – and didn’t waste any time in overtime.Toews scored nine seconds into the extra period and had an assist in regulation to lead Chicago past the Colorado Avalanche, 2-1 on Tuesday night.The winner was generated directly from the faceoff at center ice. Toews pulled the draw to Duncan Keith, who passed to Patrick Kane on the right side. Kane fed Toews on a 2-on-1 and the Chicago captain chipped his 18th goal past Semyon Varlamov from the low edge of the circle.The Blackhawks’ signature puck possession game has disappeared for much of their disappointing season. But in overtime, Chicago was the only team to touch the puck on a play Toews said came almost off the drawing board.”It was nice to get that chance right away and bury it,” Toews said. ”Overtime can go either way, and it’s usually one great scoring chance to the next.””That was a pretty good play,” coach Joel Quenneville said. ”A great pass and a great shot. Good ending there.”Chicago’s Jean-Francois Berube stopped 33 shots and Erik Gustafsson connected in the first as the fading Blackhawks won for the second time in five games.Berube was sharp in his fourth game since being called up from Rockford of the AHL. The Blackhawks have been without injured No. 1 goalie Corey Crawford since Dec. 23.”Every time you go in the net you try to showcase yourself Youth Matt Duchene Jersey ,” Berube said. ”For me, it’s `Take it one game at a time and play the game I can play and let the result unfold.”’Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon extended his points streak to six games with his team-leading 32nd goal in the second period. MacKinnon has seven goals and six assists during the run and eight goals and nine assists in his last eight games.Varlamov stopped 25 shots as the Avalanche lost their second straight in overtime, but earned a point to pull even with the idle Los Angeles Kings, who are in the second Western Conference wild-card spot.Coach Jared Bednar was disappointed his team didn’t buckle down in overtime for a chance to leapfrog Los Angeles.”Wish we had two (points),” Bednar said. ”I didn’t think we played a complete game tonight.”And then, not happy with the overtime goal at all. We made a mistake on that easy coverage and we let a guy get in behind us, and it cost us the second point.”The Avalanche lost 4-3 at home to Nashville on Sunday.Gustafsson was credited with opening the scoring 5:08 into the game.The defenseman whipped a crisp pass from the top of the left circle toward Kane at the right side of the crease. Kane was covered by Colorado’s Patrik Nemeth, but the puck deflected off Nemeth’s left skate and into the net.MacKinnon’s power-play goal with 3:42 left in the second tied it. After taking a cross-ice feed from Tyson Barrie, MacKinnon fired in a high shot from the left circle, beating Berube on the stick side as the goalie slid across the crease.An apparent goal by Chicago’s Brandon Saad with 1:17 left in the period was disallowed after a video review determined Saad kicked the puck into the net with his right skate.Capping a spinning move Mike Condon Jersey , Kane fed the puck across the crease to Saad on the left side of the net. The puck struck Saad and a replay showed him sweeping it just over the goal line.Varlamov stopped Chicago rookie Alex DeBrincat on a point-blank deflection two minutes into the scoreless third. He made a close-in glove save on Toews minutes later.Colorado’s J.T. Compher fired a rebound wide of a partly open net with 5:40 left in regulation.Each team failed to convert a power play late in the third.NOTES: Avalanche C Colin Wilson missed his second game after suffering a head injury against Minnesota last Friday. … Earlier on Tuesday, the Blackhawks signed Gustafsson to a two-year contract extension and F Tyler Sikura to a one-year contract for 2018-19. The 25-year-old Gustafsson played his 20th game this season with Chicago on Tuesday night. Sikura, also 25, has skated with AHL Rockford, where he leads the farm team with 16 goals in his first season there. He’s the older brother of Blackhawks prospect Dylan Sikura, who’s finishing his senior year at Northeastern University. Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has said he wants to sign Dylan after the NCAA season ends.UP NEXTAvalanche: Visit Columbus on Thursday night.Blackhawks: Host Carolina on Thursday night.—
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