Maple Leafs battle Habs with plenty of subplots brewing

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk (21) pushes aside Montreal Canadiens defenceman...

Toronto Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk (21) pushes aside Montreal Canadiens defenceman Francis Bouillon (55) in front of the net earlier this season. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:58 PM ET

MONTREAL - Carey Price in street clothes and P.K. Subban perceived to be in the coach’s doghouse.

For the thousands of Maple Leafs fans who will risk wading into enemy territory at the Bell Centre on Saturday night for the renewal of hockey’s most storied rivalry, could there be anything sweeter?

When we last saw these two teams square off back on Jan. 18 at the Air Canada Centre, the bitterness oozed over in the Leafs’ 5-3 victory over the Habs. And while Price was the losing goalie, the spotlight, to no one’s surprise, was on Subban.

After enraging the Ottawa Senators earlier that week with a jersey-tugging goal celebration — a move that Don Cherry called “absolutely ridiculous” — the defending Norris Trophy winner then irked the Leafs by taunting their bench after scoring a first-period goal.


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