MONTREAL (AP) Ryan Poehling delivered one of the most impressive NHL debuts in Canadiens history, giving fans plenty to cheer one night after Montreal was eliminated from playoff contention.
Poehling recorded a hat trick and added the shootout winner in his debut as the Canadiens beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-5 Saturday in the regular-season finale for both teams.
Poehling scored the shootout winner on Montreal's fourth shot, after John Tavares failed to win it for Toronto. The American-born Poehling, Montreal's first pick (25th overall) in the 2017 draft, recently completed his third NCAA season at St. Cloud State.