Canadiens vs. Maple Leafs: James van Riemsdyk scores shorthanded beauty

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Toronto does not miss Luke Schenn.

It took two periods, but the Canadiens and Maple Leafs are finally playing the exciting hockey we all expected out of a rivalry game.

Case in point: the Leafs started breakaways all over the place, resulting in goals from James van Riemsdyk and Phil Kessel in the span of three minutes. But van Riemsdyk's was far prettier.

While Toronto was shorthanded, van Riemsdyk knocked the puck out of the zone, chased after it and opened Montreal goalie Peter Budaj up like a can of tomato soup.

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Here's another angle.

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Wow. How did the Leafs get such a great player?

Oh, yeah. Sorry about that, Flyers.

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