Only 24 hours after their deceiving performance in Buffalo, the Montreal Canadiens were the guests of the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada centre. Tonight's game was the home opener for the Leafs a few days after their brilliant victory over the defending Stanley Cup champions.
Jaroslav Halak was in net for Montreal and he had to keep Toronto off the score sheet after only a few minutes. The solid play from the Habs goaltender gave confidence to Montreal. Once the early Toronto storm has passed, the Canadiens opened the flood gates on the Leafs.
The Habs scored twice during the first period with goals from Roman Hamrlik and Alex Kovalev. Montreal added four goals during the second frame. Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice, Guillaume Latendresse added one goal while Alex Tanguay scored his first one as a member of the Canadiens.
Montreal's power play was clicking as they converted on the man advantage a total of three times during the evening. The line composed of Saku Koivu, Guillaume Latendresse and Alex Tanguay was hot. The three line mates combined their efforts and it was good enough for ten points.
For the Leafs, only Jason Blake managed to beat Jaroslav Halak. The season will be a long one for Leafs fans as the team is going through a rejuvenation process that should take a couple of seasons before any positive result shows.
Final score: Montreal Canadiens 6 - Toronto Maple Leafs 1
Montreal will travel to Philadelphia as they will face the Flyers on monday. Carey Price should be in net for Montreal.
(Picture: Alex Tanguay, Getty Images.)
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