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Leafs unbeaten in previous seven at Bell

MONTREAL (AP) -- Yanic Perreault and the Montreal Canadiens got
the upper hand in the latest renewal of the NHL's oldest rivalry.

Perreault scored midway through the third period to lift the
Canadiens to a 4-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday
night.

Michael Ryder scored late in the second to draw Montreal even
for the second time in the period at 3-3.

Richard Zednik, who scored his 25th of the season to tie it at
2, set up the go-ahead goal to the delight of the majority in the
sellout crowd of 21,273.

Zednik rushed down the left side before passing to Perreault,
who drove the net and lifted a shot over Ed Belfour for his 14th
goal at 9:33.

"There was a lot of intensity, a lot of emotion going on,"
Canadiens captain Saku Koivu said. "When you're able to come from
behind and win the game with the atmosphere like we had tonight, it
is a great night. And for our confidence, winning against a team
that's ahead of us is a good thing."

Jose Theodore made 22 saves and Mike Ribeiro also scored for
Montreal, which has points in 10 of 11 games (9-1-0-1).

Matt Stajan, Joe Nieuwendyk and Drake Berehowsky scored for
Toronto, which was unbeaten in seven games in Montreal.

Newly acquired Maple Leafs center Ron Francis was impressed by
the atmosphere in the Bell Centre, which included plenty of support
for the visitors.

"It was awesome," said Francis, who assisted on Stajan's goal
for his first point in two games with the Maple Leafs. "It
reminded me of an English soccer match with everything going on in
the stands. It was a great atmosphere. It's just too bad we didn't
come away with a win."

The Maple Leafs, losers of three of four, have 88 points and
trail Boston for the Northeast Division lead by three.

"I don't like how we're playing right now," Maple Leafs coach
Pat Quinn said. "Our big line didn't have a sniff all night. They
played against their checking line and got nothing because they
didn't work for it."

The Canadiens, who have missed the playoffs four of the last
five seasons, tied New Jersey for sixth in the Eastern Conference
with 85 points.

"The intensity was really high," Perreault said. "We're
trying to improve our ranking. The Leafs are one of the top teams
in the league, and it was a big challenge for us. To be able to show
that we can play."

Ribeiro opened the scoring with his 19th goal 6:38 in when he
swept across the goal mouth to beat Belfour.

Francis set up Stajan's 14th at 10:21 for his first Toronto point.

Nieuwendyk scored his 17th just 1:13 into the second to put
Toronto up 2-1 before Zednik tied it again with his 25th at 9:28.

Berehowsky finished off a two-on-one with Alexander Mogilny at 12:19
to put the Maple Leafs ahead again.

Ryder got his 21st at 17:43 when he scored on a second-effort
shot, wristing the puck past Belfour inside the right post.

Game notes
Toronto won the season series 4-2. ... It was Montreal's
13th consecutive sellout, and its 19th in 36 home games. ... The
Canadiens wore vintage uniforms from the 1945-46 season, featuring
the team's first white jersey.