Maple Leafs blank Canadiens 6-0

Maple Leafs blank Canadiens 6-0
February 9, 2013, 10:38 pm
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Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price can't stop a goal by Toronto Maple Leafs' Tyler Bozak (42) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Montreal, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Graham Hughes)

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MONTREAL (AP) James Reimer made 37 saves and Phil Kessel had a goal and two assists and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 6-0 on Saturday.

Leo Komarov added his first NHL goal 59 seconds into the game.

Tyler Bozak scored later in the first period, James van Riemsdyk and Kessel added second-period goals.

Korbinian Holzer and Dion Phaneuf scored in the third for Toronto.

The Maple Leafs completed a sweep of a three-game road trip and are 6-1-0 away from the Air Canada Centre this season, including a 2-1 victory in Montreal in their season opener Jan. 19.

Reimer was strong in the second period when Montreal had a 20-8 edge in shots. He made a nice glove save on an Erik Cole one-timer and stopped Brian Gionta on back-to-back chances for his seventh career shutout.

Montreal outshot Toronto 37-27.

The game was a minute old when Nikolai Kulemin tipped the puck past Andrei Markov at the blue line and the Montreal defenseman - coming off two knee surgeries - was unable to get back as Kamorov went to the net to tip in the pass on a 2-on-1 break.

It was the first goal in 12 NHL games for Kamorov, the first-year winger from Estonia.

The goal seemed to throw Montreal into disarray, and the Leafs capitalized as van Riemsdyk banked a puck off Carey Price to Bozak for a shot into an open side at 6:33.

Kessel put a move on the Montreal defense at the side of the net and passed to van Riemsdyk for his seventh goal 3:36 into the second period.

Kessel got his second goal of the season and second in as many games on a power play as he picked the top corner from 15 feet at 18:01.

Holzer made it 5-0 at 4:20 of the fight-filled third period before Phaneuf scored from the slot at 13:15 while on a two-man advantage.

Price let in all six goals and finished with 21 saves.

Notes: Komarov was moved onto a line with Mikhail Grabovski and Kulemin. ... Ryan White was a healthy scratch a game after taking a costly penalty in Thursday's shootout loss in Buffalo. Yannick Weber and Tomas Kaberle were also out for Montreal. ... Mike Komisarek was scratched for a fourth straight game for the Leafs and Dave Steckel didn't dress for a second game.