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Leafs beat Canadiens 2-1 to open NHL season

Saturday, 01.19.2013 / 11:05 PM
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Leafs beat Canadiens 2-1 to open NHL season
Toronto Maple Leafs 2, Montréal Canadiens 1
Three Stars of the Game
Nazem Kadri
1st
Nazem Kadri
G: 1Shots: 2
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 2
+/-: 0TOI: 9:53
Ben Scrivens
2nd
Ben Scrivens
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
GA: 1EV: 14-14
PIM: 0PP: 4-5
SV%: .955SH: 3-3
Brian Gionta
3rd
Brian Gionta
RW
G: 1Shots: 1
A: 0Hits: 4
PTS: 1PIM: 0
+/-: 0TOI: 17:40

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.

SEE ALSO
The Numbers Game - January 19, 2013
Boxscore - Canadiens-Leafs

scoring summary
1st Period
04:51
TOR
PPG - Nazem Kadri (1) ASST: Phil Kessel (1), Michael Kostka (1)
1 - 0 TOR
2nd Period
08:12
TOR
PPG - Tyler Bozak (1) ASST: Phil Kessel (2), Dion Phaneuf (1)
2 - 0 TOR
3rd Period
13:51
MTL
PPG - Brian Gionta (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (1), Raphael Diaz (1)
2 - 1 TOR
penalty summary
1st Period
00:46
MTL
Ryan White  Interference on goalkeeper against  Ben Scrivens
03:02
MTL
Erik Cole  Hooking against  Nazem Kadri
07:00
MTL
Brandon Prust  Fighting (maj) against  Mike Brown
07:00
TOR
Mike Brown  Fighting (maj) against  Brandon Prust
12:01
MTL
Travis Moen  Hi-sticking against  Tyler Bozak
18:21
TOR
Michael Kostka  Interference against  Max Pacioretty
2nd Period
07:14
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Unsportsmanlike conduct against  Ben Scrivens
08:53
TOR
James van Riemsdyk  Interference against  Raphael Diaz
13:43
TOR
Nazem Kadri  Boarding against  Andrei Markov
15:42
MTL
David Desharnais  Holding against  Carl Gunnarsson
3rd Period
02:30
TOR
Cody Franson  Interference against  Brian Gionta
12:02
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Slashing against  Tomas Plekanec
goalie stats
Ben Scrivens
Ben Scrivens
SA: 22TOI: 60:00
Saves: 21EV: 14 - 14
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .955SH: 3 - 3
Carey Price
SA: 26TOI: 58:53
Saves: 24EV: 21 - 21
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 5
SV%: .923SH: 0 - 0