• At a Glance: The Canadiens opened the season with a lackluster effort on Thursday night, a 2-0 loss to the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Despite outshooting the Leafs by a wide margin, they made things much too easy for Leafs goalie James Reimer, , who recorded his fourth career shutout.
Hudson’s Matthew Lombardi opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal 33 seconds into the second period. It proved to be the winner in his first game back after missing 80 games last season with a concussion.
Five minutes into the third period, Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf blasted a shot over Carey Price’s shoulder. The Canadiens goaltender could do little on the play, which was the result of a P.K. Subban turnover.
• Keys moments: Canadiens defenceman Chris Campoli, who avoided an injury when he was hit in the head by Ryan Malone during the preseason last week, left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury. Replays showed his skate getting stuck in the ice while attempting to make a play.
• What It Means: For the first time in 12 season openers between the two clubs, the Maple Leafs have shutout the Canadiens, who are 0-1-0 on the season.
• What’s Next: The Canadiens are in Winnipeg on Sunday to help welcome the Jets back to the National Hockey League. The Habs return to Montreal to open their season on Thursday, Oct. 13, with a visit from the Calgary Flames.