The Montreal Canadiens let the lead slip away three times Wednesday in Toronto, allowing the Maple Leafs to win 5-4 in overtime in their very first game of the season.
Morgan Rielly was the author of the winning goal. Phillip Danault previously missed a breakaway opportunity in extra period.
The Habs had notably forged a two-goal lead in the second period, but he suffered three minor penalties in just 2 min 17 s. The local favorites took the opportunity to hit the target twice through William Nylander and John Tavares. Nylander also collected three points, including two goals.
Both teams were very effective on the power play in this meeting. On the Montreal side, Nick Suzuki and Tomas Tatar both made the red light twinkle with one more man. Claude Julien’s troop obtained three chances on the power play.
The Torontonians also scored twice on the power play as they took advantage of four opportunities.
Limited to one goal last season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, Josh Anderson quickly demonstrated his scoring skills by scoring two goals in a losing cause.
The 26-year-old Ontarian concluded the 2019-20 season with one goal and four points in 26 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets. However, he had made the red light flicker 27 times in the previous campaign.
Jimmy Vesey also scored in the victory. Frederik Andersen made 28 saves in front of the Leafs’ cage, while Carey Price was put to the test 34 times.
The Canadian will now fly to Alberta where he will play two games against the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday and Monday. The Maple Leafs will play two games in as many days against the Senators in Ottawa, starting Friday.