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NHL Game Summary - Montreal at Toronto



(Saturday, October 11th)

Final Score: Montreal 4, Toronto 0

Toronto, ON (Sports Network) - Jose Theodore stopped 21 shots to record his 18th career shutout, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 4-0 win over Toronto in the Leafs' season-opener at Air Canada Centre.

It was the first time the Maple Leafs had been shut out in an opener since dropping a 4-0 decision to the Quebec Nordiques in 1985.

Mike Ribeiro, Richard Zednik, Sheldon Souray and Michael Ryder tallied for the Canadiens, who posted a strong effort after looking awful in their season- opening loss to Ottawa.

Defenseman Andrei Markov collected two assists for Montreal, giving him three in the first two games of the season.

Ed Belfour stopped 18-of-22 shots for the Maple Leafs, who lost to Montreal in a season-opener at home for the first time since 1918.

Montreal had the better of it from the referees in the first period with nearly six minutes of power-play time, including a 5-on-3 situation. However, the Canadiens couldn't capitalize and were actually outshot 7-6 by the Leafs.

But the Canadiens did mark in the second stanza, with center Ribeiro banging home his second goal of the year. Markov was given the assist on the tally that came with nearly seven minutes gone in the second.

That opened the floodgates for Montreal, which scored two more times before the end of the period. On the power play, Zednik scored on a low shot from the point with less than eight minutes to go in the second.

Then, on a Toronto power play, Joe Juneau and Souray broke out on a 2-on-1 for Montreal, and Juneau found Souray on the left wing for the one-timer. The shorthanded tally came 61 seconds after Zednik's goal, giving the Habs a 3-0 lead after two stanzas.

The game's final goal came at 16:40 of the third period, when a Donald Audette shot deflected off the backside of Ryder, a rookie, and into the net. It was the first regular season NHL goal for the Canadiens' leading pre-season scorer.

Game Notes

The Leafs have an all-time record of 33-40-14-0 in season-openers, and a mark of 42-30-15-0 in home openers...Toronto will host Washington on Monday before opening a five-game road trip Thursday in New Jersey. The Canadiens will begin a six-game homestand Tuesday versus Washington...Toronto went 3-1-1 against Montreal last season...The Canadiens are just 2-9-1 in their last 12 trips to Toronto...The Maple Leafs are 6-2-1 all-time in home, season-openers against Montreal.

10/11 22:16:11 ET


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