The Montreal Canadiens faced elimination three times against the Toronto Maple Leafs. And they brushed off the pressure each time.

Carey Price made 30 saves and the Canadiens advanced to the second round by beating the Maple Leafs 3-1 in Game 7 on Monday night.

Blowing a 3-1 series lead, Toronto dropped a 3-1 decision in Game 7 of the North Division semifinals to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night on home ice, in the first playoff meeting between the rivals in 42 years.

“It’s really hard to put it into words. We’re obviously devastated, disappointed. We felt we were capable of a lot more. Not just tonight, but in the whole series,” coach Sheldon Keefe said.

The numbers are staggering. The Maple Leafs haven’t won a playoff series since 2004. They have eight straight losses in series-clinching games. And they’ve lost a winner-take-all game in four straight postseasons: three Game 7s and a Game 5 in the qualifying round last summer against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Most importantly, Toronto remains without a Stanley Cup win since 1967. The Maple Leafs were seen as a legitimate contender for the Cup this season after finishing with 77 points atop the North Division — 18 more than Montreal, the heavy underdog that ended their season on Monday night.