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Leafs edge Habs 4-3 in opener

Oct 1, 2013, 10:20 PM EDT

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The action between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens took a backseat to concerns about George Parros‘ health on Tuesday, but the Buds ultimately won 4-3.

If there’s a theme, it’s that the box score argues in favor of Toronto’s dynamic offseason for at least one night:

It would’ve felt like a clean sweep if Jonathan Bernier was in net instead of James Reimer, but GM Dave Nonis is probably not complaining.

Montreal lost, but the Habs got a great night from Lars Eller, who scored two goals and an assist.

Understandably, fans are probably more concerned about Parros than they are about the loss or excited about Eller.

  1. jimw81 - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    coach jelly is going to have dress hall and rosehill tomorrow night for flyers.

  2. joey4id - Oct 1, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    Habs don’t have the depth needed at center. Desharnais (too small and playing with Briere) and Plekanec won’t cut it for Montreal.

    • valoisvipers - Oct 1, 2013 at 11:32 PM

      Too many Smurfs, that’s for sure.

      • borderline1988 - Oct 2, 2013 at 12:23 PM

        All the tough guys in the world won’t help your smaller upfront forwards, because the 4th line fighters usually othe 4th line fighters.

        That’s why Boston is so good. Their skill forwards are also big and physical.

  3. Lupy Nazty Philthy - Oct 2, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Was a great game.

    Habs made a game of it at the end. But I did like that the Habs’ powerplay actually allowed more goals than they scored. Funny how many Leafs who just signed new contracts this offseason showed up. Bozak, Raymond scored a goal each, Kessel, Kadri, Franson, Bodie all got a helper.

    Congrats to JVR for scoring the 1st goal of the 2013-14 season!!!

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