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Habs vs Leafs – Game Recap

Habs vs Maple Leafs

A bit of luck allowed the Montreal Canadiens to end their 4-game losing streak against the Maple Leafs in season openers.

With the score tied 2-2, the Canadiens took the lead at 11:19 of the third period with a goal by PK Subban – orchestrated by the hard work of David Desharnais in the Maple Leafs’ offensive zone.

But the Leafs fought back when Carey Price, solid throughout the game, was beaten by a bouncing puck. The goal was awarded to Morgan Rielly and the score was tied 3-3.

With 42.9 seconds left, Tomas Plekanec scored his second goal of the game, thanks to a deflection off the skate of Leafs’ defenseman Stuart Percy – giving the Habs a 4-3 win at the Air Canada Centre. It was the Habs’ first win in season openers since 2009.

Max Pacioretty had the other goal for the Habs, while Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau and Alexei Emelin each had two assists.

Nazem Kadri and Tyler Bozak were the other scorers for the Maple Leafs, who were limited to 27 shots.

For the Habs, after a slow start, they fired 32 shots on Jonathan Bernier, who was more or less persuasive in the Toronto net.

The Canadiens return to action on Thursday night when they visit the Washington Capitals in the second of four games on the road.