The first of 82 is in the books.
And with that, rest assured, I have many thoughts to share on tonight’s game —especially after whatever the hell that was.
With that in mind, following most Leafs games this season, depending on when I want a night off to play NHL 23 or something, I’ll be offering my post-game thoughts/musings.
So, let’s get to it:
Leafs lose. Home opener tomorrow.
What needs to change for tomorrow? 👇 pic.twitter.com/IBPNW5v6Br
— The Leafs Nation (@TLNdc) October 13, 2022
Burlington native Josh Anderson notched the game winner with 19 seconds left in regulation as Toronto fell to Montreal, 4-3, in the season opener. The last five minutes of the game was comparable to the final call at your favourite establishment; frantic, wild, and unneeded. Sean Monahan gave the Canadiens a 3-2 lead with 2:30 remaining before William Nylander responded on a breakaway just 40 seconds later. That set the table for Anderson’s heroics; his 11th goal in 28 career outings against his hometown Maple Leafs. Also, shoutout to Cole Caufield. He was a monster potting two goals while mustering five shots on goal. The sniper now has 24 goals in 38 total games under Martin St. Louis.
Memo to NHL teams: If you really want to shut down Cole Caufield, hire Dominique Ducharme.
— Nick Alberga (@thegoldenmuzzy) October 13, 2022
Eight of the last 10 season openers between Toronto and Montreal have now been decided by one goal. The Canadiens have won four in a row against the Leafs at the Bell Centre.
New year, same tea …
Author: Nick Alberga / The Leafs Nation