About Last Night: Maple Leafs win battle of the backups 3-2 over Habs
|Montreal Gazette 08 Apr 2021 at 08:10|
After both teams scored on their first shots of the game, the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs got locked in a defensive battle, with the Leafs emerging victorious 3-2. Leafs netminder Jack Campbell withstood a late barrage by the Habs to win his tenth straight game to open his season. The Leafs did it without William Nylander, a late scratch over a possible COVID exposure.
With usual starter Frederik Andersen out with a lower-body injury, Campbell has grabbed the gig by the horns, going 10-0-0 with a minuscule 1.58 goals-against average and .944 save percentage. It’s been a winding hockey journey for the former highly touted first-rounder: after being picked 11th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2010, Campbell bounced around the minors, including the ECHL, before finding his way back to Los Angeles and now the Leafs.