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Toronto 3, Montreal 2
When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Where: Scotiabank Arena, Toronto, Ontario
Referees: Francis Charron, Jon McIsaac
Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Mark Shewchyk
Attendance: 19589

Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game 1:01 into overtime, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Montreal Canadians 3-2 in the season-opening game for both teams Wednesday night.

Matthews scored on a shot from the slot that went up and under the bar after he took a precise pass from Patrick Marleau.

John Tavares also scored in his Toronto debut, with Nazem Kadri earning two assists.

Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored for Montreal, and Max Domi added two assists.

Carey Price made 23 saves for the Canadiens.

Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stopped 34 shots.

The Canadiens dictated the early pace of the game and had a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal nearing the midway mark of the first period.

Lehkonen gave the Habs a 1-0 lead at 9:34 of the first period on a wrap-around effort.

The Maple Leafs took advantage of the first power play of the game to tie the score at 1. Matthews snapped home a shot off the right post and in from the left faceoff circle at 12:57 of the first, five seconds before Jonathan Drouin's hooking penalty expired.

Shots on goal were 9-9 after the first period.

The Canadiens were able to kill off Lehkonen's tripping penalty early in the second because Price stopped Marleau's dangerous wrist shot.

Domi was penalized for tripping at 7:44 of the second, but the Maple Leafs were called for too many men on the ice at 8:47 to negate the advantage.

The teams exchanged goals late in the second period, which ended 2-2.

Tavares, signed to a seven-year, $77 million contract this offseason after nine seasons with the New York Islanders, scored at 18:07 on a snap shot from the high slot, but Shaw tied it with a slapper at 19:46 with Zach Hyman serving a holding penalty.

Montreal, which led 21-18 in shots on goal after two periods, opened the third on an unsuccessful power play after Toronto's Igor Ozhiganov took a hooking penalty at 19:57 of the second.

The Habs maintained pressure but could not score on Ron Hainsey's interference penalty, assessed at 6:00.

Montreal had 36 shots on goal to Toronto's 25 after three periods.

--Field Level Media

Top Game Performances
Montreal   Toronto
Max Domi 2 Points Auston Matthews 2
Artturi Lehkonen 1 Goals Auston Matthews 2
Max Domi 2 Assists Nazem Kadri 2
Andrew Shaw 1 Power Play Goals Auston Matthews 1
N/A Short Handed Goals N/A
Carey Price .885 Save Percentage Frederik Andersen .944
Carey Price 23 Saves Frederik Andersen 34
Team Stats Summary
Team Shots Goals Power Play Penalty Kill Penalty Mins Face Offs Won
Montreal 36 2 1-4 2-3 6 26
Toronto 26 3 1-3 3-4 8 37
Upcoming Games
  • Toronto will play their next game at home against Ottawa. The Maple Leafs have a W/L % of .000 after a win and 1.000 after a loss.
  • Montreal will play their next game on the road against Pittsburgh. The Canadiens have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .000 after a loss.