10/28/2006 10:18:30 PM
MONTREAL (CP) - Kyle Wellwood scored on Toronto's seventh shot of a shootout as the Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Saturday night.
After Tomas Kaberle and Sergei Samsonov traded goals with the first shot of the shootout, goaltenders David Aebischer and Jean-Sebastien Aubin made five saves each until Wellwood scored on a deke to the forehand and Aubin stopped Montreal's Alexander Perezhogin.
Kaberle, the target of critics this week, also had three goals in regulation time and assisted on Alexei Ponikarovsky's goal as the Leafs outshot Montreal 51-22, including 8-2 in overtime.
But after Toronto dominated for two and half periods, Samsonov's second goal of the game and a goal on a rocket shot from Sheldon Souray tied the score with 3:44 left in regulation time.
Perezhogin also scored for Montreal, which was outshot 19-5 in the second period, and outskated for most a one-sided match everywhere but the scoreboard.
The Leafs (5-4-3) were on the rebound from blowout losses of 6-2 and 7-2 to Ottawa. Montreal fell to 5-2-3.
The Leafs 4-2 lead in the third period looked safe until a shot off the end boards went to Samsonov's stick, and the skilled forward tucked it behind Aubin at 13:44.
With the sellout crowd of 21,273 in a steady roar, Mark Streit slipped the puck to Souray on the left point to move in and blast his sixth goal of the season past Aubin to tie the game and force overtime.
Kaberle, who had only two assists in the Leafs' first 11 games, assisted Ponikarovsky's power-play goal only 1:44 into the game.
After Saku Koivu slashed Michael Peca 30 seconds into the game, Ponikarovsky picked up a loose puck in the slot and shot into an open side on the power play.
A turnover in the Montreal end allowed Kaberle to fire a wrist shot past Aebischer at 4:50.
Samsonov, back on his regular line with Alex Kovalev and Tomas Plekanec after a two-game demotion to a checking trio, redirected a Streit pass behind Aubin at 7:39.