Larry Robinson scored his third goal of the season with 4:35 left in the game at Montreal last night to salvage the Canadiens a 4-4 tie with Toronto, leaving the Maple Leafs winless in their last 29 road games.
The Leafs, with the worst overall record in the NHL, have not won on the road since Jan. 31, 1982, when they beat the Black Hawks in Chicago. They are also winless in their last 10 games and have only won once in their last 17.
The Canadiens, who have gone four straight games without a victory, averted defeat when defenseman Robinson's drive cleanly beat Toronto goalie Michel Larocque, who faced 39 shots during the contest. Doug Wickenheiser was initially credited with deflecting the shot, but the officials changed the ruling after viewing a replay.
The Leafs, who managed only seven shots in the last two periods, took a 4-2 lead at 12:40 of the middle period as Walt Poddubny took a pass from the corner of the rink from linemate Frank Nigro and shot the puck past Montreal goalie Richard Sevigny, who was outside his goal crease.
After Poddubny's goal, Sevigny was replaced by rookie Mark Holden, who was recalled earlier in the week from Nova Scotia of the American Hockey League.
Mario Tremblay backhanded a shot past Larocque with only 16 seconds left in the second period, narrowing Toronto's lead to 4-3.