Nylander Scores to Lift Maple Leafs Over Habs 2-1


William Nylander


Hockey is officially back in Canada. After a long offseason, hockey has returned for its first game over the American border. This game saw the Montreal Canadiens take on the Toronto Maple Leafs. This is the first time these two teams have played each other since their playoff series last season. That series saw Montreal overcome a 3-1 series deficit to win in seven games. One player in particular that made an impact was William Nylander.

Nylander made sure that the first meeting against Montreal this year would go in Toronto’s favor. One thing that was not on their side was health. Auston Matthews, the leading goal scorer in the NHL last season, did not play tonight in the season opener. That means the Maple Leafs would have to rely on their offensive depth to produce some offense tonight. That is when William Nylander stepped up to the plate and scored the go-ahead goal in the third period to help lift the Leafs to a 2-1 win over the Habs.


Goaltending Battle

All eyes were on the Montreal net tonight. Carey Price is out for the Canadiens for a personal leave of absence as he enters the Players Assistance Program. That means Jake Allen got the nod tonight for the Habs. Jack Campbell got the nod for the Maple Leafs as he looks to avenge his performance in last year’s playoffs. Tonight, both goalies put on some great performances.

Jake Allen managed to stop 28 of 30 shots. Jack Campbell on the other end managed to stop 31 of 32 shots. It was a William Nylander snipe in the third period that was the difference-maker. Both goalies had solid nights in the net, but it was Jack Campbell that prevailed to avenge the Maple Leafs’ collapse last season.



Secondary Scoring

It was a night that was testing the offensive depth of each team. Montreal made some moves this offseason to increase the depth of the team by signing David Savard and Mike Hoffman. Toronto beefed up their lineup by signing Nick Ritchie and Ondrej Kase. So far in one game this season, Nick Ritchie is already making his impact felt in the Maple Leafs’ lineup. Ritchie was seen providing a massive screen on the first goal of the game for Toronto. It was a power-play goal scored by Pierre Engvall.

Jonathan Drouin returned to the Canadiens’ lineup for the first time since his leave of absence last season. He returned in a big way by scoring the lone Canadiens tonight. In the end, it was a William Nylander snipe to prevail in Toronto over Montreal. Toronto plays the Ottawa Senators tomorrow night and Montreal plays the Buffalo Sabres tomorrow as well.



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