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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 indefinitely.

The Maple Leafs will host Philadelphia on Tuesday.

Toronto went 4-2 against Montreal in 2003-04.

10/08 10:34:21 ET

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