TORONTO – Brendan Gallagher, Max Pacioretty and Brian Gionta scored third-period goals in the Montreal Canadiens’ 5-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Wednesday night.
Gallagher scored his sixth of the season 9:08 into the third to break a 2-goal tie. Pacioretty cemented the win with his sixth goal – and second of the game – at 14:26. Gionta added an empty-net tally with 2:26 left.
Pacioretty also scored in the second period, and defenseman Alexei Emelin scored for Montreal in the first period.
Frazer McLaren and Clarke MacArthur scored for Toronto (12-9), which had won three straight at home.
This victory was payback for the Canadiens (13-4-3), who were routed by the Maple Leafs 6-0 in Montreal on Feb. 9.
Since then, the Canadiens have gone 7-0-2. Montreal outshot Toronto 40-23 before a season-high Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,625.
Maple Leafs goalie Ben Scrivens made his eighth straight start and kept his club in the game, finishing with 35 saves.
There was bad blood between the longtime rivals, stemming from the previous meeting in Montreal in which an alleged biting incident involving Mikhail Grabovski and Pacioretty occurred.
While the teams played a physical game in the rematch, there were no major incidents this time.
FLYERS 4, CAPITALS 1: In Philadelphia, Claude Giroux scored 23 seconds in, and Simon Gagne added a goal in his first game back with Philadelphia.
Wayne Simmonds gave Philadelphia a 2-0 lead less than four minutes later, and Gagne scored his first goal of the season in the second period, one day after being reacquired by the Flyers from the Los Angeles Kings.
Max Talbot stretched the advantage to 4-0 in the second, chasing goalie Braden Holtby one day after his shutout of Carolina.