The Toronto Maple Leafs took a page out of the Montreal Canadiens playbook lifting their work ethic a couple of notches half way through the game erasing a three-goal deficit on their way to a 6-3 victory at the Scotiabank Arena Saturday.
The Habs, who fall short of the talented Maple Leafs skill wise, certainly top the blue and white in the “work ethic” department. The visitors jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the opening frame on a couple the steady Frederik Andersen would like back but he settled in to shut the door for the duration.
Snake-bitten, finding the back the net the last few weeks, they found their legs early in the second solving Carey Price with a Auston Matthews bullet shot on the power play and Tyler Ennis late in the period also with the man advantage potted a nifty pass from Patrick Marleau to set up the dramatic third.
Toronto pushed the tempo eventually breaking down the scrambling Canadiens leading to a lucky bounce for William Nylander to even the score at 6:58 of the final frame.
Zach Hyman, whose work ethic is never in question, banged in the winner with less than 2-minutes to play and big sigh of relief exhaled throughout the building.
A couple empty netters from Johnsson and Hyman topped off the scoring to secure the 2-points for the home side.
The old cliché “character win” applies but they must realize after 61-games combined with skill, hard work and desperation, is a lethal weapon that few teams can match.
With the playoff race tightening up they will need the same effort against Buffalo and Edmonton, very winnable games before a tough one on Long Island later in the week.