Leafs beat Canadiens 2-1 to open NHL season

MONTREAL (PC) - The Toronto Maple Leafs got power-play goals by Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak to open the lockout-shortened NHL season with a 2-1 victory over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

The Leafs went 2 for 5 with the man advantage and held Montreal to 1 for 5 on a Brian Gionta goal, and that was the difference in a sloppily played game from both clubs.

Montreal's anaemic power play was so disjointed for most of the game, it had many in the crowd of 21,273 chanting "We want P.K." in reference to holdout point man P.K. Subban.

But at 13:51 of the third period, Gionta banged in the rebound off a Rafael Diaz point shot with a man advantage to make it a one-goal game

The Leafs outshot the Canadiens 26-22.

Michael Kostka, playing his first NHL game at 27, earned an assist on Kadri's goal and was second only to defence partner Dion Phaneuf on his team in ice time in a strong debut performance.

The Canadiens dominated the early going but the Leafs took momentum when they scored on their first shot of the game at 4:51.

A Phil Kessel pass hit a skate and went to Kadri, who lifted the puck into an open side with goalie Carey Price moving the wrong way.

Montreal's Tomas Plekanec was off for unsportsmanlike conduct after spraying goalie Ben Scrivens with ice when Bozak made it 2-0 at 8:12 of the second frame. A Kessel rebound went into the slot for the Leafs' centre to lift over Price's glove.

A pre-game ceremony saw Canadiens legends including Henri Richard and Yvon Cournoyer descend from the seats with a torch, which was passed on to 1950s and 1960s great Jean Beliveau, who finally gave it to current captain Brian Gionta to carry out to centre ice.

Louest cheers in pre-game introductions were for returning defenceman Francis Bouillon, rookie Alex Galchenyuk and Price.

Top prospect Galchenyuk saw limited action on the second line and showed flashes of talent but was dropped to the third unit for the final period.

Before the game, Toronto named Clarke MacArthur and Joffrey Lupul as alternate captains.

The Leafs have their home opener Monday against the Buffalo Sabres.

Scoring Summary
1st Period
04:51TOR PPG - Nazem Kadri (1) ASST: Phil Kessel (1), Michael Kostka (1) 1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
08:12TOR PPG - Tyler Bozak (1) ASST: Phil Kessel (2), Dion Phaneuf (1) 2 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
13:51MTL PPG - Brian Gionta (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (1), Raphael Diaz (1) 2 - 1 TOR
Three Stars of the Game
Nazem Kadri
Nazem Kadri
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 9:53
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 14-14
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .955SH: 3-3
Brian Gionta
Brian Gionta
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:40
Penalty Summary
1st Period
00:46MTL Ryan White  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ben Scrivens
03:02MTL Erik Cole  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
07:00MTL Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
07:00TOR Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
12:01MTL Travis Moen  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Bozak
18:21TOR Michael Kostka  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
2nd Period
07:14MTL Tomas Plekanec  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ben Scrivens
08:53TOR James van Riemsdyk  Interference against  Raphael Diaz
13:43TOR Nazem Kadri  Boarding against  Andrei Markov
15:42MTL David Desharnais  Holding against  Carl Gunnarsson
3rd Period
02:30TOR Cody Franson  Interference against  Brian Gionta
12:02TOR Mikhail Grabovski  Slashing against  Tomas Plekanec
shots by period
Team Stats
Power Plays2/51/5
Faceoff Wins2134
Blocked Shots1410
Penalty Minutes1515
3D. PhaneufD0101026:43
4C. FransonD0000212:35
8M. KomisarekD0001016:27
11J. McClementC0000013:41
16C. MacArthurL0004017:55
18M. BrownR000054:33
19J. LupulL0004016:09
21J. van RiemsdykL0001213:48
24J. LilesD0004021:50
28C. OrrR000004:07
36C. GunnarssonD0000019:58
41N. KuleminL0001020:35
42T. BozakC1002019:42
43N. KadriC100229:53
47L. KomarovC0002012:56
53M. KostkaD0101222:59
81P. KesselR0203017:46
84M. GrabovskiC0000218:34
30B. Scrivens2122.95560:00
8B. PrustL0000510:09
14T. PlekanecC0102219:12
17R. BourqueR0002015:33
20C. ArmstrongR0001011:28
21B. GiontaR1001017:40
22T. KaberleD0003020:05
26J. GorgesD0000021:10
27A. GalchenyukC0002013:06
32T. MoenL000029:57
51D. DesharnaisC0000218:07
53R. WhiteC000028:38
55F. BouillonD0002022:20
61R. DiazD0103014:49
67M. PaciorettyL0003017:39
72E. ColeL0001218:26
74A. EmelinD0000017:20
79A. MarkovD0000024:08
81L. EllerC0002012:33
31C. Price2426.92358:53