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. SlovakHab says:

    Is there a sports bar where you watch, or do you stream the games?

  2. SeriousFan09 says:

    That’s pretty damn funny, a flopper talking about his technique and not even a really good flopper at that.


    – I shall always remember Captain Koivu.

  3. SLONCOLD says:

    i suppose the 924sv in the regular season was just average lol

    bang on about the injuries though.

  4. mike g says:

    Subban can defend himself very well….

    He’s very, very tanned.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  5. kirkiswork says:

    The Sharks have given Thornton the “C”, the “C” stands for choker.

  6. Chuck says:

    You’ve missed the point. If you were trying to insult us by questioning our manhood, you shouldn’t have placed quotation marks around the word ‘girls’.


  7. Mattyleg says:

    That’s an excellent analysis.

    I think you’ve got it there. Roy’s heroics in the ’93 playoffs were only possible because his offense could get it done, and he could hang in there longer than the other goalie.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  8. otter649 says:

    Martin gave McLean his first job in The NHL with St Louis…….

  9. Mattyleg says:

    Name some teams, in your opinion, that have ‘improved’.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  10. arcosenate says:

    I am actually happy to have Price, but just to be troublesome, didn’t Halak not only avoid a second year slump, but didn’t his numbers actually get better?

  11. HFX-HabFan says:

    Less injuries + a full season of Subban = more even strength scoring

    More even strength scoring = more total goals scored

    More total goals scored = less pressure on Price to maintain a one goal lead

    Honestly, more offense will make Price’s play seem like his “great” season of 2007-08, when we led the East in goals and he only had to be pretty good on most nights in order to win.

    The pressure isn’t on Price, it’s on the offense- to play better 5 on 5 and to stay healthy.  If they do, we’ll be more than fine, and in a comfortable playoff position.

  12. observer says:

    wrong! other teams around you improve like all those above the habs as well as players get older and less enthusiastic sometimes. you constantly try to improve. even the greatest hab teams ever always added quality when they had the chance.

  13. Everlasting1 says:

    You’re right. I’m waiting for Annakin Slayd’s next hit single ‘Feels Like ’95’ lol


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  14. adam76 says:

    You “girls” sure are “funny”.

  15. Storm Man says:

    Are you sure they would let Tony242 in the doors?

  16. Mattyleg says:

    Tony, you’re boring.


    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  17. observer says:

    wouldnt surprise me if wilson sends a goon onto the ice specifically for subban?

  18. Mattyleg says:

    No, you don’t have to improve your team each year.

    You can stick with what works and develop that.

    Gauthier clearly stuck with essentially the team that made the conference finals, apart from Halak.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  19. Mattyleg says:

    We’ve got essentially the same team as last year, and we had tons and tons of injuries to key players.

    If we can avoid the injuries of those players, we will finish significantly better than we did last season.

    And for those of you still waving your Halak flag, he only REALLY took off in the playoffs, so if Auld can hold the fort as well as Jaro did when Price wasn’t playing, we’ll do fine.

    —Hope Springs Eternal—

  20. observer says:

    Price is here, he’ll do fine, the guy is a winner, ——————-  get your factsstraight!! price has won 20 and lost 48 of his last 68 regular season and playoff starts since jan. 1, 2009 playing with the exact same team halak posted those great winning numbers and better stats in about all categories.

  21. joshua94k says:

    Advice for Jacques Martin: Tonight against the leafs, let PK Subban loose. Tell him to play as if it is a pond hockey game. The kid will run wild and score two goals and have three assists. He can play more consevative against the Penguins.

    “It’s too much for one guy to shoulder. For us, we’re going to do it as a group. It’s about sharing that responsibility win or lose.” – Mike Cammallerie

  22. spcbrass says:

    I watched the Habs feature on the show last night and they said they expect the team to play somewhere in between the two extremes of barely squeaking into the playoffs last year and making the ECF.  To many of us that sounds like a 4th-6th place finish, but to the “pundits” of the Toronto Sports Network that equates to a 9th place finish in their eyes.

  23. SLONCOLD says:

    nice how he normalized the stats from past years. However, the only deciding factor if this was the right move will be with carey’s play this year, not being 3 inches taller, not winning on stacked candian junior team, not being 2 years younger…

    the other factor that is not considered in any of these stats is the type of team playing infront of the goalie from year to year. For example fluery had some horrible years at the start but look at what he had infront of him… then notice how things got way better with crosby and malkin arrived.


  24. observer says:

    if bettman sees these 2 above posts he’ll want to put a team in hong kong and one in tokyo. would be a great rivalry like quebec vs. montreal.

  25. fbkj says:

    “totally” agreed


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

  26. fbkj says:

    hopefully not, waynes world was a long time ago, we need to update our shit 😉


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

  27. riazp says:

    Seriously, can’t I have one day on this forum where Price is not bashed and Halak is more revered than jesus himself…hes gone, get over it, next call please. Price is here, he’ll do fine, the guy is a winner, unfortunatly he’ll be a winner elsewhere cuz the so-called fans will run him out of town.

    Please people…can we root for the CH on the front of the jersey and not the name on the back…UGHHH

  28. observer says:

    habs do have a good team but you must improve your team each year even if you won the title. gauthier clearly did not. and price must reproduce halak’s 26-13 or so record or habs will be in the lower half of the east again. btw- 8th is right on that line separating the best 7 from the worst 7.

  29. Chuck says:

    Chris “Number-cruncher” Boyle hits the nail on the head yet again!

  30. bigjames says:

    in hong kong as always! early morning start but i will be there and watching at my desk at work and sort of pretending to be working!

    ps. i know hk is a long way from osaka but closer than montreal!

  31. Everlasting1 says:

    Here’s a Hablak link..something you’ll unlikely see again.


    “We don’t see things as they are, but as we are.” – Anais Nin

    Don’t pollute the water.

  32. Jordio-oh says:

    Doug MacLean just loves Martin so whenever he’s on, they just chum it up together. Its weird to hear JM laugh and be in a jovial mood, but Mac brings it out.

  33. HFX-HabFan says:

    Doesn’t it ever get tiresome posting “88, 47%, Gainey/Gauthier are old” in EVERY SINGLE POST you make? 

    You’re almost worse than Cournoyer12.

  34. Laramy87 says:

    Who cares what the Toronto Sports Network says abuot Montreal. Rememebr a few years back when we predicted to finsih waht 13th, and we finished 1st inthe conference. Anything can happen. I have heard analysts including Darren Dreger (the only good one on TSN) say we have a good team, same core as last year. Price will be fine and so will the habs

  35. SlovakHab says:

    Hi Robert.

    thank you for your work at HEOTP and good luck with your future projects.

  36. SlovakHab says:

    WOOO!!! Super-excited about the season start.

    Living in Osaka/Japan, I will watch the game while eating my breakfast. (A nice change from European 1-4am night sessions).

    Btw – any other HIO members in this area?

  37. jennifer1984 says:

    wow i forgot how tiring trash talking Leafs fans on facebook can be.

    why am i even friends with these people!



    but ive been waiting for this day FOREVER, like the rest of you, so i hope they really blow the leafs outta the water

  38. Bash says:

    That’s okay Marie…you’ll be fine…just rest your head here for a moment…


    “If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” (anon)

  39. Chuck says:

    Hab fans in the Toronto area: Jacques Martin will be on the Fan590 at 12:30pm. It should make for some scintillating radio.

  40. Tremblant Habs Fan says:

    5-1 for the Habs tonight, Eller gets 2 goals and an assist, following game Tony242 and Pierre Maguire will be spotted at the Cage eating free wings discussing what geniuses PG and BG are!

  41. mike g says:

    LOL, good stuff man, I like your prediction…..

    Ok, now on a serious note, get the f-uk outta here.



    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  42. Chuck says:

    Oooo… can I play?

    Adam76 is a “fine, upstanding poster” who “adds a lot to the conversation”.

  43. JoeC says:

    Hey i got a link for you:



    or something like that, how bout you go there and stop pollluting our site.


    even better go to:

  44. JoeC says:

    This isnt Blues inside out, can you put the name HALAK in the swear filter? Im so sick and tired of seeing his name, hell WHY DO PEOPLE STILL CARE HES NOT A HAB ANYMORE.


  45. mike g says:

    I know Tom…

    But I’ve been paid by the Molson’s to speak of Auld, and stirr up conversations about him, in order to take some pressure and attention of Price…

    Just doing my best!

    And btw, our bet starts tonight. Good luck with it. Hopefully Andrei “shoot puck at net” tonight….


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

     I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  46. win4ce says:

    Very excited for the season to start up again. I gotta admit that im pretty nervous about Price tonight. I have full confidence in the guy, but playing sick can really effect his performance. If he has anything besides another superb first game like last year, fans are going to jump all over him. I hope he’s healthy and ready to go, should be fun either way.

  47. TomNickle says:

    He’d have to be pretty bad for the Leafs to pot 6 on him Mike.

  48. Exit716 says:

    I think there is an NHL promotion going on in Dundas Square. At least that’s what Alyonka Larionov has been posting on her Facebook page.


  49. mike g says:

    Fearless prediction for tonight….

    Alex Auld surprises us all, plays a stellar game and makes a solid 39 saves…

    and allows only 6 goals.


    “These head movies make my eyes rain” -Simple Jack

    I got AK at under 64.5 pts, with Triple X and Tom Nickle.

  50. fbkj says:


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

  51. Chuck says:

    Toronto’s homeless and unemployed need something to do on a Friday afternoon, I guess.

  52. TomNickle says:

    Yes, but not until the new year.  I think they’ll use Quick a lot more than people think in the regular season and use a fresh Bernier around the trade deadline and into the playoffs.

  53. riazp says:

    Boy o Boy its gonna be a loooong day today…all I can think about is game 1 of 82 tonight! Can’t wait to see our boys beat up on them laughs…GO HABS GO!

  54. TomNickle says:

    He is semi-creepy and 100% future vezina winner.

    It’s a good thing they can’t score or they would be scary good.

    Also a good thing that Chiarelli has ignored drafting good defensemen for the last 3 years.

    If anybody can screw up the talent he has, it’s Chiarelli.

    With Caron and Colborne I have no idea why he didn’t trade out of his Seguin pick and take Gormley or Gudbranson around 3,4 or 5

  55. SLONCOLD says:

    are you assuming bernier takes away the number 1 role away from quick… that guy was lights out last year in the ahl and looked great in the nhl. he’s soo damn fast and has excellent positioning.

  56. HabFanSince72 says:

    They’re worse than us!



  57. HabFanSince72 says:

    HA HA


  58. SLONCOLD says:

    i know he looked pretty good in pre-season and with a defensive minded coach/ system this could be trouble for years to come with boston. but man i used to think jaro halak looked a little creepy/nerdy… rask looks 20 times creepier lol almost expect him to drive a white van wearing a pin that says” registered” lol

  59. TomNickle says:

    100% serious.

    Last year my prediction was Canucks and Flyers.

    Year before it was Penguins v. Red Wings

    Prior year was Devils v. Red Wings

    You can bet your behind that either the Kings or Canes will make it.

  60. Batalla says:

    Tonight’s the night.  Man, I can’t wait!  Bring on those Leaves!

  61. SLONCOLD says:

    are you being serious about this? i actually think carolina will be challenging the caps for that division; they will have to stay healthy though.

  62. TomNickle says:

    We need to get used to Rask playing out of his mind.

  63. SLONCOLD says:

    ya, he’s a flopper that’s for sure but pretty good one at it though. still, he didn’t have a bad year last year; rask was just playing out of his mind.

  64. adam76 says:

    Sucks that price is “sick”. 

  65. TomNickle says:

    O’Byrne, Gill, Kostitsyn and Moen push our weight up a wee bit.

  66. weightman25 says:

    did anyone else read that matchup link, and scratch your head when you saw our avergae wait at 205 and theres at 200??.. they mustve weighed our guys in full equiptment

  67. TomNickle says:

    Funniest thing I’ve read in a long time by the way is on the Rotoworld website under NHL player news.

    Tim Thomas is quoted as saying that a torn labrum in his hip last season forced him to change his technique.

    I don’t know if he’s ever watched video of himself playing goal, but if one thing’s clear about Tim Thomas, it’s that he has NO technique.

  68. forskis says:

    Haha….they are setting it up for a tailgate party and showing the game on big screen at Dundas Square, I think.

    Also…the Toronto Star has the Habs pegged at 7th in the conference and I cannot disagree with that.  Who says that the TO media knows nothing?

    “I am guilty of using elipses…”

  69. weightman25 says:

    got tickets for the game tonight boys.. hope to see carey play… GO HABS!

  70. TomNickle says:

    I like your thinking but it’s a Jacques Martin team opening on the road.  The strategy will be to weather the storm early and hope the Leafs empty the tank in the first 10 minutes due to all of the excitement.

    Look for our Habies to finish the first period very strong.

    If we shut the door in the first 10-15 minutes, we should win the game handily.

  71. 123456 says:

    OK Boys enough ranting about who is on the team in TO and who was sent to Hamilton – the Habs have their team for now. Time to drop the puck and let it fly.

    Seems like the Habs potted a decent amout of goals in the preseason – I hope there is a high level of confidence to start the season. I’m looking forward to seeing how Eller and PK will do. Hopefully speed and skill will wear the Laughs down and at some point the Habs put in a couple quick goals to get the season started with a solid win!!



  72. TomNickle says:

    Okay.  I’m gonna say it now.  My Stanley Cup prediction.

    The Carolina Hurricanes v. The Los Angeles Kings.

    Los Angeles wins in 6 games.

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