Canadiens remain one of the hottest teams in the East

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The Montreal Canadiens started early and finished strong against their long-time rivals from Toronto.

In a classic Saturday night match-up, the Canadiens triumphed over the Maple Leafs by a final score of 4-2, claiming their fifth victory in the last six games. The Habs have 11 of a possible 12 points in that span.

They didn’t waste any time putting the Leafs in the rear-view mirror.

Max Pacioretty scored 58 seconds into the game on a rebound opportunity, after his initial shot on a breakaway was stopped, as were the other two second chances he got on Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier.

Pacioretty also scored short-handed in the second period to put the Habs up four goals. He then used his stick like an sword, which seemed to fire up the Leafs.

Toronto got a pair of goals from James van Riemsdyk and Mason Raymond 22 seconds apart to make it interesting heading into the third period.

The comeback would fall short.

The Habs improved their record to 7-1-2 over the last 10 games. There are three other teams in the East with that many wins over this most recent 10-game stretch. They include the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers.