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Maple Leafs try to secure road victory over Canadiens

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs will try to win for the first time this month on the road as they battle the rival Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre.

The Maple Leafs have not claimed a victory as the visiting team since Oct. 30 in Calgary, going 0-3-3 away from Toronto since. That includes a pair of post- regulation setbacks on their current three-game swing as the Leafs dropped a shootout in Pittsburgh on Wednesday before getting dealt a 3-2 overtime defeat on Friday in Buffalo.

James Reimer made 26 saves before getting beat by Christian Ehrhoff on a long wrist shot 38 seconds into the bonus frame. Phil Kessel scored the 199th goal of his career and Nikolai Kulemin also tallied.

Toronto got off 10 shots in the third period and had a chance to go ahead late when James van Riemsdyk had a shorthanded breakaway with 30 seconds to play. However, Buffalo's Matt D'Agostini prevented van Riemsdyk from getting a shot off thanks to a diving backcheck, though van Riemsdyk was surprised nothing was called.

"Usually when you're in all alone and you get your legs taken out from under you, you expect something, especially when the calls have been what they were," said van Riemsdyk of the play. "We can't use officiating as an excuse. We've got to find ways to be better."

Looking to snap their six-game road skid, the Maple Leafs have won three straight and six of their past seven games in Montreal. That includes a season-opening 4-3 victory on Oct. 1.

Reimer made 34 saves, but could give way tonight to Jonathan Bernier, who has lost both of his previous starts versus the Habs while allowing six goals on 60 shots.

Montreal has lost four of its past six versus Toronto overall and had a four- game winning streak snapped last night with a 3-2 shootout setback to the Washington Capitals.

Peter Budaj made 24 saves through overtime, but saw the Caps' Mikhail Grabovski sneak a puck between his pads after faking a shot in the fourth round of the shootout. Tomas Plekanec, who scored and had an assist in regulation, then had his chance poke-checked away.

Danny Briere also scored for the Canadiens, who are 6-1-2 in their last nine games.

"I thought we were the team that dictated the game in the third (period). I thought we played well enough to win the game, so I'm disappointed that we came up short, but I believe our effort was there and when you go to a shootout, you never know. We found a way to score two goals but it was not good enough," Canadiens coach Michel Therrien said.

Carey Price should start tonight for the Habs and dipped below .500 in his career versus the Maple Leafs when he allowed four goals on 38 shots in the Oct. 1 loss. He is 11-12-1 lifetime in this series with a 2.69 goals against average and three shutouts.

11/30 11:15:18 ET

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2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
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2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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