Canadiens blow away Leafs

Saturday, 11.10.2008 / 10:29 PM / News
Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) - Montreal newcomer Alex Tanguay had a goal and three assists to help the Canadiens rout the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in their centennial season.

Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice and added an assist, and Roman Hamrlik, Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse also had goals for the Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo on Friday night. Captain Saku Koivu added three assists.
Jason Blake scored for Toronto.

Montreal blew open the game early in the second period. The Canadiens scored three power-play goals - two off Kostitsyn's stick and the other from Tanguay - during a 5:28 stretch to take a 5-0 lead.

The teams traded chances early in the first period before the Canadiens started to take control. Hamrlik and Kovalev beat goalie Vesa Toskala just 1:39 apart for a 2-0 lead at 12:39 of the first period.

After Montreal added the three quick power-play goals in the second period, Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak had all the cushion he needed.

Blake got the Leafs on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 11:02 of the second, but Latendresse replied for Montreal only 22 seconds later to make it 6-1.
Notes: Twenty Canadian medallists from the Beijing Olympics took part in the ceremonial puck drop ... Chris Higgins (groin), Georges Laraque (groin) and Francis Bouillon (knee) each missed a second straight game for Montreal ... Toronto's Jeff Finger (foot) and Ryan Hollweg (suspension) also sat out ... Habs forward Tom Kostopoulos played his 300th NHL game ... It was just the fourth time Toronto has faced Montreal in its home opener since 1970.