Canadiens Win Game 7, 3-1 Over Maple Leafs; Will Face Jets In Round 2

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The first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs ended on Monday night at Scotiabank Arena, where the No. 4 seeded Montreal Canadiens upset the No. 1 seeded Toronto Maple Leafs by a score of 3-1 in Game 7. They advance to Round 2 where they will face the No. 3 seeded Winnipeg Jets.

After a scoreless first period, the Canadiens struck twice in the second period. First on a wrist shot by forward Brenden Gallagher through the five-hole of goaltender Jack Campbell down the left side at 3:02, then another wrister by center Nick Suzuki that went off of forward Corey Perry’s leg and in for a power play tally with 4:35 left.

Forward Tyler Toffoli scored an empty netter with 2:38 left to make it 3-0 and forward William Nylander got Toronto on the board 62 seconds later, but it was too little, too late for the Maple Leafs.

It marked the fifth consecutive season that the Maple Leafs failed to pass Round 1. Captain John Tavares missed most of the series after suffering a concussion in Game 1. They were also without defenseman Jake Muzzin due to a lower-body injury in Game 7.

The Maple Leafs, who have not won a round in the tournament since 2004, led the series 3-1. The team is 0-8 in their last eight games where they have had an opportunity to close out a series.

It appears likely that change is coming in Toronto, which could include moving a core player (such as forwards William Nylander or Mitch Marner). Goaltender Frederik Andersen can become an unrestricted free agent on July 28 but his future in Toronto could be in question after Jack Campbell started all seven games in the series against the Canadiens.

The Canadiens and Jets will open their second-round series at Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg on Wednesday (7:30 PM ET, NBCSN). The winner of the series will face the winner of the Colorado Avalanche-Vegas Golden Knights one, which the Avalanche lead 1-0.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Canadiens Win Game 7, 3-1 Over Maple Leafs; Will Face Jets In Round 2

  1. Diane Doyle says:

    Sad to say, I saw that series loss coming. They looked too much like the Caps of 2010 who got halaked.

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