Game 1: Canadiens drop opener in Toronto

Maple Leafs’ Francois Beauchemin gets bumped by Canadiens’ Andrei Kostitsyn during the first period on Thursday night. Getty Images

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• Audio: Jacques Martin English French | Brian Gionta | Carey Price | Hal Gill | P.K. Subban

• At a Glance: The Canadiens dropped their season opener to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, a 3-2 loss at the Air Canada Centre signed by Leafs goaltender Jean-Sébastien Giguère.
The Leafs jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the game was nine minutes old on goals by Tim Brent and Phil Kessel.
Dustin Boyd got one back for the Canadiens 12:19 into the period after some good work forechecking by Maxim Lapierre.
After a scoreless second period, Leafs forward Clarke MacArthur made it look easy in the third period, walking around Jaroslav Spacek and firing an accurate backhand past Carey Price 1:36 into the period.
The Canadiens came right back though, with another newcomer, Jeff Halpern, scoring less than a minute later to narrow the Toronto lead to 3-2.
Carey Price, who was questionable for the game with the flu, made 21 saves on 24 shots. Giguère made 26 stops for the Maple Leafs, including several game-savers in the dying seconds.

• Key Moments: Missing Michael Cammalleri and Andrei Markov on the power play, the Canadiens were unable score on three consecutive power plays in the second period and that would come back to haunt them down the stretch.

• What It Means: For now, it means the Maple Leafs are ahead of the Canadiens in the standings. But there are 81 games to go, so it’s still a little early to panic.

• What’s Next:
The Canadiens go onto Pittsburgh for Saturday’s game, then return to Montreal to open the home portion of their schedule on Oct. 13 with a visit from the Tampa Bay Lightning.


  1. Clay4bc says:

    I’ll be watching in Shanghai…luckily it’s holiday time for me! I don’t have to pretend to be working.


    I may disapprove of what you say, but I will defend your right to make yourself look stupid.

  2. says:

    If I were a 23 year old millionaire I’d have a new mask every game.  I love the Mask!!

    They Call Me Shane

  3. K-hab25 says:

    Year 1 – 2.89 .906 – Year 2 – only 4 starts – Year 3 – 2.86 .915 – Year 4 – 2.40 .924

  4. Storm Man says:

    I know that is why I put it in my post :)

  5. SeriousFan09 says:

    I lost all remaining expectations that he could be more than a choker when Team Canada went out of their way to make him confortable with Marleau and Heatley on his wings with Boyle on the point for the PP and they still weren’t that good out there during the Olympics, when Thornton went off and Toews went on, it was like a shift in  momentum as Toews would do the hard work and got Marleau and Heatley a couple goals.

    4 players of a 5-man unit were all intimately familar from playing more than half a season together and dominating the Western Conference and they were at it like they’d all gotten together yesterday.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  6. spcbrass says:

    Don’t knock that stuff…it really works (especially the extra strength)

  7. SeriousFan09 says:

    Note Gionta’s scoring totals when he was given a Top-6 assignment this season with the team, 9 goals and 6 assists, that’s better scoring than Chokin’ Joe has ever managed in his career. Gionta stepped up and scored like a beast when he had to in the post-season. Thornton’s never had more than 3 goals in a playoff run (Our favourite punching bag contract Gomez has beaten that 5 times in his career!).

    Thornton is a superstar who is over PPG in his regular-season stats, but he just doesn’t raise that scoring in post-season like other stars will do and doesn’t exactly make it up with Selke-quality defence. He always disappers in big games and doesn’t carry his team onwards like others do. Koivu dragged the Habs on his back with .89 PPG scoring in his post-season career on some pretty sad teams. That’s a leader, you go above and beyond your ability for when it matters most.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  8. habs youngtimer says:

    actually the guy is a loser. he lost more games than he won last year, wasn’t even close.

  9. habs youngtimer says:

    Toronto, Boston, Buffalo, Ottawa, Philly, Pitt, Atlanta, Tampa, Calgary, Edmonton… just to name a few.


  10. TorontoHabsFan says:

    I dunno man, since getting traded to San Jose he’s had 47 pts in 56 playoff games. I’d say he’s done fairly well, but the team hasn’t – I don’t think one player can will a team to the cup (goalies excepted).

  11. SLONCOLD says:

    how many playoffs points would u like him to have? PS he averages more points per game in the playoffs than our captain… As a captain he’ll lead his team to the playoffs. Keep in mind in regarsd to playoff production he suffered in year one of his playoofs and in the year he had bruised ribs…

  12. Say Ash says:

    Poorly phrased, sorry. What I mean is that Bergeron wasn’t out there for much 5-on-5. It doesn’t change the fact that JT caves in big games. Nothing will. Also? Leafs suck.

  13. SeriousFan09 says:

    Captains need to be able to step up and lead in the playoffs. Everything I’ve heard of Joe is he’s a great guy, one of the nicest guys in the NHL but he doesn’t have it in him to raise his game for the post-season or big game situations, I remember watching him and his hackwork at the Olympics. A team’s captain should be up front in the playoffs doing all the right things and the plays that lift his team. Thornton has yet to show he’s anything beyond a regular-season star.



    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  14. SLONCOLD says:

    well he always handles the media well… not like he drives around killing people :-)

  15. Storm Man says:

    Good point…. what does your magic 8ball say about his character :p

  16. HFX-HabFan says:

    Exactly.  Somehow I’m more confident in throwing Dustin Boyd or Jeff Halpern out there instead of Kyle Chipchura and Georges Laraque.

  17. SLONCOLD says:

    so how are you feeling about Ak ? does your bet still count if he gets traded?

  18. SLONCOLD says:

    what do u know of thortons character in the dresing room? just because he has had some playoff stinkers doesn’t mean he’s not capable of being a good captain.

  19. HFX-HabFan says:

    Apparently Price is sporting a new mask too?  How many does he have now?

  20. flowerpower_74 says:

    +/- doesn”t count against you when you get scored on in the PK.

    Habs will gel as a team.

  21. Malreg says:

    Also apparently Price has ANOTHER new mask! lol

  22. HFX-HabFan says:

    Not to nitpick, but playing on the PK doesn’t affect your +/- unless you score short-handed.

  23. Rats says:

    I Guess Carey scores 2 goals tonight, excellent!!!!

  24. avatar_58 says:

    I hope he’s 100%

  25. HabFanSince72 says:


    Better 3rd and 4th lines = more even strength scoring.

    We hope.


  26. RGM says:

    Great news about Carey, now let’s hope for a miracle that says “Markov ready for tonight.”

    Go Habs Go!

  27. avatar_58 says:

    Funny how logic wins over emotion

  28. RGM says:

    D’oh-ble post.

    Go Habs Go!

  29. Storm Man says:

    Guess Price had alot of cold-fx at bedtime…. Thornton is UFA after this year so the C must mean c you later.

  30. SLONCOLD says:

    well, just remember our D didn’t shut down the opposition every night. We required excellent goal tending even when the D was playing well to win in the playoffs.

    as a side note, please don’t mention the “monster” or any leafs players ever being on our team again :-p


  31. SeriousFan09 says:

    Thornton, that’s a laugher. It’s like they don’t even want to win, I guess San Jose’s head coach didn’t learn that much from being Mike Babcock’s assistant.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  32. Mattyleg says:

    No? Didn’t think so.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  33. Say Ash says:

    A minus-one at the olympics. The only guy worse was Bergeron at minus-two, but Patrice played a bunch of PK.

  34. Mattyleg says:

    You can’t win a game just with goaltending. Goalies don’t score goals. Generally.

    Some games the Habs had to come back to win it because they were chasing a deficit.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  35. Storm Man says:

    Are you out of milk and cookies today?

  36. SeriousFan09 says:

    Bruins lacked scoring punch, hence dealing for Horton and drafting Seguin, figures with Rask the D won’t be that critical albeit they need to address that issue, losing Krejci against PHI which basically cost them the round because of weak scorin and the ongoing issues with Savard’s post-concussion syndrome means he had to find new avenues to people who can hit the back of the net.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  37. Mattyleg says:

    Heh. I know he was pretty good during the season too, but he had his off-nights as well.

    If our D can shut down attacks as well as they did in last year’s playoffs, we could have Gustavsson in nets, and we’d still win!

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  38. HFX-HabFan says:

    On Twitter in the last hour:

    Price is likely to start.

    Also, apparently the Sharks are naming Joe Thornton their new captain?

  39. fbkj says:

    nippon paper cranes FTW!


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

  40. pic1983 says:

    His 26-13-5 record wasnt too shabby either



  41. SLONCOLD says:

    lol the forwards scoring was only possible due to roy’s goal tending and keeping them in games and winning like every game in OT:-)

  42. fbkj says:

    lulz @ not getting it


    ~one word: rodeo made him a man — crap, that’s 4 words~

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