MONTREAL (AP) – Sheldon Souray scored the shootout winner after Montreal teammate Saku Koivu netted two goals in the third period, lifting the Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday night.

Koivu and Toronto captain Mats Sundin both scored on each team’s second shot before Souray faked a drive, cut across the goalmouth, and put a shot over Andrew Raycroft.

Cristobal Huet, who made 36 saves in regulation and overtime, stopped Kyle Wellwood on Toronto’s final shootout attempt, summoning a huge cheer from the sold-out crowd of 21,273.

Alexander Perezhogin also scored for Montreal, which lost 4-2 at Carolina on Thursday but has yet to drop two straight.

Sundin, Wellwood and Ian White scored for Toronto, which has lost four in a row.

Koivu second goal of the game on a power play with 4:36 left in regulation tied it at 3.

After Wellwood’s power-play goal early in the third put Toronto ahead 3-1, Koivu made a strong play in the goalmouth to score an unassisted goal at 11:17.

Alex Kovalev, whose double minor late in the second led to Wellwood’s goal, redeemed himself on Koivu’s tying goal at 15:24.

The Russian right wing held the puck on the right side before feeding a pass to Koivu, who redirected the puck past Raycroft.

White and Sundin gave Toronto a 2-0 lead as the Maple Leafs dominated the opening period, outshooting Montreal 13-5.

Huet withstood a flurry of chances early in the first, getting his right pad on Chad Kilger’s shot when the Maple Leafs forward swept in alone. He then covered up after making a save on Wellwood’s backhand at 6:18 of the first.

Toronto took the first nine shots of the game before Aaron Downey put a harmless shot from the top of the left circle directly at Raycroft for Montreal’s first at 9:00.

White opened the scoring at 9:56 when he took Michael Peca’s pass while driving the slot and put a shot into the right side of an open net for his second goal of the season.

Sundin made it 2-0 at 12:09 with a strong effort for his fifth goal. The Maple Leafs captain took Nik Antropov’s pass before going wide down the left side and sweeping by Canadiens defenseman Craig Rivet to tuck a shot past Huet into the top left corner.

Alexander Perezhogin finished off a 3-in-1 midway through the second to draw the Canadiens within 2-1.

Wellwood restored Toronto’s two-goal lead with a power-play goal 2:21 into the third as Montreal was killing the second of two minors to Kovalev, who had an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty added after he was called for hooking with 13 seconds remaining in the second.

Notes: Maple Leafs C Darcy Tucker was dropped by Francis Bouillon’s punch after he tried to goad the Canadiens defenseman into a fight late in the first. Tucker had already been called for charging at 17:50 when he started shoving Bouillon in the corner. Both players were given roughing penalties. … Rivet left the game in the second because of an arm injury. He didn’t return. … Montreal has sold out 72 consecutive regular-season games.

AP-ES-12-02-06 2215EST


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