NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 8th
(All times eastern)
Montreal Canadiens (2-0-0) at Toronto Maple Leafs (0-0-1), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Montreal Canadiens go after a 3-0 start to their season
tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs at Air Canada Centre.
After beginning the season with a 2-1 win in Boston on Wednesday, the Habs
managed a 4-3 overtime victory at the Rangers the following night.
Against New York, Michael Ryder scored his second game-winning goal in as many
nights, this one 2:10 into overtime. Ryder, who scored the game-winning goal
with 11.1 seconds left in Montreal's win over Boston, finished with two goals
and Jose Theodore stopped 16 shots between the pipes.
Christopher Higgins and Alexander Perezhogin both notched their first NHL
career goals for the Canadiens.
Ryder's start is hardly a surprise after his rookie 2003-04 season in which he
broke out with 25 goals and 38 assists in 81 games.
The Canadiens will host Ottawa on Tuesday night.
Toronto, meanwhile, became the first NHL team to ever lose a game via shootout
Wednesday. The rival Senators beat the Leafs, 3-2, as Daniel Alfredsson and
Dany Heatley both scored in the shootout to provide the difference.
Eric Lindros played his first game in a Maple Leafs uniform and scored late in
the third period for Toronto, which fell to 33-41-14 all-time in its season-
opening games. Defenseman Bryan McCabe also scored for the Maple Leafs, who
received 21 saves from 40-year old goaltender Ed Belfour. Tomas Kaberle
registered an assist on both Toronto markers.
Toronto captain Mats Sundin left the game in the first period after the puck
hit him in the eye. Sundin suffered a fractured orbital bone and is sidelined
The Maple Leafs will host Philadelphia on Tuesday.
Toronto went 4-2 against Montreal in 2003-04.
10/08 10:34:21 ET