MAPLE LEAFS 3, CANADIENS 1: Mikhail Grabovski scored to snap a tie with just over eight minutes remaining in the third period and tallied again for insurance as visiting Toronto presented Randy Carlyle with a victory in his debut as its new coach.
Carlyle took over the head coaching responsibilities from Ron Wilson, who was fired on Friday night.
Rookie Matt Frattin collected a goal and an assist and Jonas Gustavsson turned aside 21 shots for the Maple Leafs, who ended a six-game losing skid and moved to within three points of the eighth-place Winnipeg Jets.
With the game tied at 1-1, Grabovski won a faceoff and eventually received the puck back from Clarke MacArthur before beating All-Star Carey Price with a shot from the high slot with 8:15 remaining.
Grabovski then sealed the win for Carlyle and the Leafs with his 20th goal of the season with 53 seconds left.
Frattin leveled the contest at 6:30 of the second period. After Toronto won a faceoff in the offensive end, Frattin alertly found the loose puck and wired a shot just under inside the post for his sixth goal of the season.
Erik Cole netted his 23rd goal of the season and Price turned aside 39 shots for the Canadiens, who have dropped six of their last seven and reside in the basement of the Eastern Conference.
Cole opened the scoring 7:16 into the first period after some nifty passing from David Desharnais and Max Pacioretty. Cole finished off the sequence for his first goal since Feb. 15.
GAME NOTEBOOK: The Maple Leafs have won three of the five meetings between the rivals this season. ... Carlyle was signed to a three-year deal. ... Hired in 2008, Wilson posted a 130-135-45 record with Toronto. ...