Maple Leafs fall to Habs, extending losing streak to four games

Toronto Maple Leafs ' James van Riemsdyk around Montreal Canadiens ' Carey Price in the third...

Toronto Maple Leafs ' James van Riemsdyk around Montreal Canadiens ' Carey Price in the third period as the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 5-3 in a regular season National Hockey League game at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Saturday January 18, 2014. (Michael Peake/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:15 PM ET

TORONTO - While teams such as Boston are clinching playoff spots, the Maple Leafs keep inching in the other direction.

The Leafs enter the last 10-game stretch of the regular season in a four-game losing streak, all at the hands of teams closest to them in the Eastern Conference. Pride and post-season positioning both took a beating Saturday night as the ancient rivalry with the Canadiens saw the Habs hang on for a 4-3 win. A franchise record crowd (playoffs included) of 19,789 was on hand.

The four defeats all came with James Reimer in net for the injured Jonathan Bernier and for the second straight home game, a shaky first period from Reimer forced Toronto to play catch-up.


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