Hoping to start the season on the right foot, the Leafs faced Claude Julien’s troop. The Habs came to Toronto with several new players as well and we expected an explosive duel.
Montreal opens the brand
The visitors were the first to register for the scoring when youngster Nick Suzuki beat Frederik Anderson. Jonathan Drouin and Jeff Petry had assists on the power play goal. 1-0 Montreal
Goalkeeper Carey Price was very solid in net and deprived the Leafs on a few occasions. Especially Joe Thornton with a mitten stop.
The Maple Leafs fought back and tied the game quickly with a goal from William Nylander. Nylander continues its good momentum after strong performances last season.
With 17 seconds left in the first 20, the visitors regained the lead with a shot from the wrist of Josh Anderson. 2-1 Montreal after twenty.
Escaped and doubled
Tomas Tatar doubled the Canadiens’ lead on a fumble as William Nylander scored his second goal of the game to close the gap. John Tavares came to tie the game, but Josh Anderson scored his second in the game to give the Canadiens back the lead.
The first important goal
Newcomer Jimmy Vesey picked the right time to score his first goal in the Maple Leafs uniform. It took him 21 games last year to score his first goal of the season so it’s off to a good start with the Leafs. 4-4 and we go into overtime.
It was the Leafs who came away with the win when John Tavares gave a superb pass to defenseman Morgan Rielly who beat Carey Price with a receiving shot. Final mark 5-4 Toronto.
Locker room echoes
Goal-winning scorer Morgan Rielly gave the captain the credit on the streak.
“Johnny made a good game and I just had to put her in. I did not do much. He played very well all evening. ”
Wayne Simmonds threw the gloves off at Ben Chariot, which seemed to whip his “I felt good, this was my first real game in 10 months and 28 days.” I thought maybe the guys needed a spark. I know my role in horseback riding and I asked Chariot and I got the green light. ”
As for the losing team, Claude Julien’s men were visibly disappointed with the turn of events:
Josh Anderson didn’t mince words when he said the Canadiens were the best team on the ice. ”Anyone who watched the game knows we were the best. We will not forget that one.
The Maple Leafs now head to the National Capital where they will face the Ottawa Senators for a brace on Friday and Saturday.