January 19, 2013
Leafs extinguish Habs' flame on opening night
Buds outlast Canadiens 2-1 in back-and-forth opener
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate after scoring one of their two goals before a 2-1 win over the Canadiens in Montreal Saturday night. (QMI Agency)

MONTREAL - It didn’t take long for the warm feelings generated by the Montreal Canadiens wonderful pre-game ceremony featuring their flickering torch to be extinguished.

Getting beat by the Toronto Maple Leafs will do that.

The Canadiens and their fans welcomed NHL hockey back with a ceremony done about as a good as it gets by a franchise that has a lot to work with given its glorious past.

All the better to take the mind off what’s going on right now.

The Canadiens feted their illustrious history by having former captains Yvan Cournoyer, Henri Richard, Vincent Damphousse and Jean Beliveau, who received the loudest and warmest ovation for the greats as he held the torch aloft before passing it to current captain Brian Gionta.

The Canadiens were then introduced, skating out through a path of flickering flames projected on the ice before passing the torch from hand to hand.


Nice stuff.

Unfortunately for the Habs, the handing off of the torch was their be


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