Friday, October 8, 2010


Let's not plan any parade's just yet, because it was only one game, but the Toronto Maple Leafs started the regular season off right, by beating the Montreal Canadiens. Like every other Leafs/Habs battle it was a tight, intense affair, with the Blue and White holding on for a 3 - 2 win. The night started off strong even before the puck was dropped. The player introductions got me pumped up, followed by a rendition of the national anthem sung by the fans in attendance, which sent chills up my spine. That's how it should always be sung, forget about the stuffy old Irish opera singers that they always seem to use. The Leafs kept the good vibe going, by doing something that was almost unfathomable all of last year, scoring the first goal. It was a Price-less moment for Tim Brent, who tipped home a point shot from captain Dion Phaneuf. The goal marked Brent's first as a Leaf, and second of his NHL career.

In what felt like deja vu, Tyler Bozak sent Phil Kessel in on a breakaway where Kessel managed to just get the puck to cross the line, to give the Leafs a two goal advantage. Montreal cut the lead in half and the scoreline remained 2 - 1 heading into the final frame. Early in the third, new Leaf Clarke MacArthur scored a beautiful goal on the backhand, thanks to the skill full work of teammate Nikolai Kulemin. While the Leafs power play did not produce, and they committed far too many turnovers, the Leafs perfect penalty killing and superb goal tending secured two points on opening night. To quote Will Smith, J.S was "getting Giggy with it" all night long, stopping 26 shots, two of which were close range pad saves in the dieing seconds of the third period. On a side note, all Walmart stores in the province of Quebec have implemented their classic Roll Back campaign, in an effort to reduce Carey Price's goals against average. However, if that fails Fisher Price has offered the Montreal goaltender a job as their celebrity spokesperson. The company feels he is perfect for the job, as he will provide them more brand recognition, because Price is constantly fishing the puck out of his net. The Toronto Maple Leafs will look to continue building momentum when they face the Ottawa Senators, in the battle of Ontario on Saturday night.

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