MONTREAL – Eric Lindros scored twice, including one of Toronto’s two power-play goals, leading the Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens.

Ed Belfour made 29 saves to win his second start in as many nights. Belfour was 0-1-2 through his first three games, including a 5-4 loss to the Canadiens a week earlier.

Lindros scored Toronto’s league-leading 15th power-play goal 7:42 into the second to put the Maple Leafs up 2-1.

Canadiens rookie Tomas Plekanec scored his first NHL goal 5:33 into the third period to tie it at 2 before Lindros put Toronto back ahead with his fifth of the season, scoring an even strength goal from the slot at 12:16.

Toronto’s Jason Allison also scored with the man advantage, one night after the Maple Leafs scored a franchise-record seven power-play goals in a 9-1 win at Atlanta.

Allison scored his second of the season 15:04 into the first to tie it at 1 after Alexei Kovalev opened the scoring with his first goal at 8:52, also on the power play.

Montreal, which is 4-0 on the road, including a 2-0 win in Atlanta on Tuesday night, lost its second straight at the Bell Centre.

Lindros, who had one of the Leafs’ power-play goals Friday, scored his fourth of the season in the second, 1:18 after Montreal was called for too many men. Kyle Wellwood stripped the puck from Canadiens center Steve Begin in the Montreal zone and passed to Lindros, who beat Jose Theodore with a shot to the top right corner.

Plekanec brought the sellout crowd to its feet early in the third. After dumping the puck behind the Toronto net, Plekanec stepped into Mike Ribeiro’s return backhand pass to drive a slap shot off Belfour’s left shoulder and into the top right corner of the net.

After Lindros’ second of the game put Toronto up 3-2, Montreal applied pressure to the very end, including a power-play over the final 25.7 seconds.

Notes: Former Canadiens greats Bernie “Boom-Boom” Geoffrion, Dickie Moore and Yvan Cournoyer were introduced to the crowd prior to the game. Earlier in the day, the team announced it would retire their numbers later this season. Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn hugged Geoffrion, his coach with the Atlanta Flames from their inaugural 1972-73 season until Geoffrion was fired midway through the 1974-75 campaign. … The Canadiens have had capacity crowds of 21,273 for each of their first two home games.

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