Hours later, he found himself in just that scenario - and under unusual circumstances. Carey Price made 40 saves in the losing effort. No matter what the following players did to contribute to a Canadiens victory, Kapanen did more and we thank you. His play violated Rule 53.6 in the 2019-20 National Hockey League official rules: if a "stick or other object is thrown or shot at the puck or puck carrier in the defending zone, preventing a reasonable shot or pass" the referee may award a penalty shot.
"If I knew that rule existed or if I thought I was going to actually hit his stick then I wouldn't have done that".
I'm sorry to open old wounds, but this was one of the strangest third periods I've seen in a long time.
"It's no secret we're going to be [tired] but we can't let that [force us] into boneheaded mistakes and costing us opportunities at the other end that they're capitalizing on", Matthews said.
"And then they said it had to be me, so it was a weird way it played out". After that, the Canadiens were on a power play and after breaking his stick, Kasperi Kapanen got what can only be described as a massive brain fart and threw the broken stick at Petry who had the puck.
"This was a big win for us", Gallagher said. "Petey made him pay". "I shot a few times in shootouts when I was with Edmonton. I take full responsibility".
It was a little odd that Mike Babcock opted to use Freddy Andersen in the first leg of the back-to-back rather than giving him the marquee start at home against the Habs, but here we are.
But the overabundance of talent on the Leafs roster was best seen Saturday night through the performance of Trevor Moore.
William Nylander scored 5:16 into the third period to give the Maple Leafs what seemed to be an insurmountable 4-1 lead. Tyson Barrie had two assists.
The backup goaltender would have had every right, to be sure, after the Leafs collapsed in the third period, blowing a three-goal lead but managing to salvage a point in a 6-5 loss in a shootout.
"He's unbelievable", Domi said. "I've said it so many times; he's the best goalie in the world for a reason and he just keeps showing it every night and it's insane how good he is". They spent almost half of the five-minute overtime killing a slashing penalty to John Tavares, and not one skater got a shot past Price in the shootout, while Paul Byron potted the Habs' shootout victor on Hutchinson. "I think that was fun to watch".
11 seconds after the Leafs made it 4-1 in the 3rd, Jonathan Drouin was credited with a goal after it deflected on Morgan Rielly and then, just over a minute later, Gallagher made it 4-3 sending shockwaves through Habs nation and cheers nationwide! But Matthews tied it 1:15 to go and Hutchinson on the bench for an extra attacker. In Montreal's opening game, they lost 4-3 to the Carolina Hurricanes in a shootout.
Montreal got on the board just 68 seconds into the first when Domi took a feed from Artturi Lehkonen on a 2-on-1 and beat Hutchinson. You may send out your stars to take shots but the Canadiens also have a star that shines so brightly! The second came with less than 10 seconds to play. "We weren't making good decisions, and after two periods we were an extremely frustrated team". "It was a matter of refocusing and trying to get our game back on track".