The Toronto Maple Leafs hosted the Montreal Canadiens tonight as the 2009-2010 season opener.
The intense rivalry between those two teams was reignited very early into this game as Georges Laraque and Colton Orr fought, followed by a meeting between Travis Moen and Jay Rosehill.
The Canadiens scored shortly after as Brian Gionta scored during a man-advantage with a shot that beat Vesa Toskala. This was Gionta's first goal as a member of the Montreal Canadiens. Alex Ponikarovski tied the score for the Leafs before the end of the first period.
Montreal took the lead once again with the help of the checking line when Travis Moen scored with the help of Georges Laraque and Glen Metropolit. Once again, the Leafs tied the score when Matt Stajan tipped in a feed from his defensemen on a man-advantage.
Stajan sent the Leafs ahead by a score of 3-2 with his second goal of the game.
The hot streak against the Canadiens continues for him as he seems to always saves his best games for the Habs.
But despite being dominated on the ice, the Canadiens tied the game when Glen Metropolit tipped a shot from Josh Georges during another man-advantage.
Josh Georges made the difference during the overtime period with an opportunistic goal and the Canadiens stole the season opener by the score of 4-3.
The best players on the Habs side were Glen Metropolit, Josh Georges, Brian Gionta, Mike Camallari and the goaltender, Carey Price who stopped 43 of the 46 shots he faced.
It is a disappointing start for the Leafs as they played a solid game overall. But this season is very young. For the fans, and for my own pleasure, it was great to see the coolest sport on earth in action once again.
(Picture: Josh Gorges and Carey Price, Canadian Press.)