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Habs shutout 2-0, Toronto celebrates

I can attest to the fact that there are actually people dancing in the streets right now, as the Toronto Maple Leafs have defeated Montreal 2-0.

Seriously, dancing in the streets. For their first win. Enjoy it while it lasts. 

Not a good game for the Habs, in a variety of ways. Price looked good. Raphael Diaz is going to be a solid player. But otherwise, a lacklustre effort for most of the game.

Kudos to James Reimer, he played a heck of a game. Toronto’s defensive game was much improved over last year, but the Habs offence was sputtering at best. As a fan, I’d be frustrated, or angry, but it’s game one. And as I always say, I’d much rather lose the first game than the last one.

Montreal has two days off to recover before they enter what will surely be the lion’s den in Winnipeg on Sunday. That’s not going to be an easy one. Habs fans better hope Carey Price is ready, because based on tonight’s game, few others are.

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That’s playoff hockey.  If they can do that 81 more times they’re aces.

Posted by tuxedoTshirt on 10/07/11 at 05:50 AM ET

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Give em props (... and Steve Simmons will) but the Leafs as has been the case in many a night against the Habs over the past year looked more inspired and showed they could finish while the Habs seemed content to make zero adjustments and phone it in for two periods.

Has JM ever heard of a timeout?

Instead of playing marginal players not known for their finishing ability. Why not call the highly paid non-performers out and leave em out on the ice for massive minutes at the expense of less talented others who deserve it more. Surely out of sheer shame for stealing ice time they’d pick it up a notch?

I thought this year’s preseason gave too much room to players who were never going to make it at the expense of playing our top lines together to gel before the first game…

I doubt this team wins in the Peg now. We’ll get owned for that game unless Pricey stands on his head. Underwhelming start to the season but hey… it’s one game. Let’s pray the guys don’t hang Price out to dry again.

Posted by Marc10 from Sydney, Oz on 10/07/11 at 09:01 AM ET

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Got to say I think the key to the Habs season this year will be the performance of Gomez. He has to return to being a legitimate scoring threat for this team to take the next step. 1st game of the season was another poor performance for Gomez and it looks like the roll of the dice Montreal took on him has turned up snake eyes. If they can afford it, banishment to the minors, i.e. Wade Redden, would free up cap space to bring in someone still interested in paying the price to contribute to winning hockey games.

Posted by BlackXinu on 10/07/11 at 10:55 AM ET

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Dancing in the streets seems way more proportionate than setting your city aflame and torching cop cars… over a win.

Posted by Zackattack from Ottawa on 10/07/11 at 02:15 PM ET

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Good comments all around. I’m traveling for another two days, but quick thoughts: 1) Habs need another veteran D to help shore up a depleted back end. How good would Sopel look right about now? Prediction: Paul Mara will be signed…again. 2) Eric Nystrom was sent down. Another big, tough forward with decent speed who can play the PK well and be the sandpaper on the fourth line. I’d look at acquiring him if I was Mr. Gauthier.

Posted by The Upper Canadien from Toronto on 10/09/11 at 12:06 AM ET

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