Maple Leafs edge Canadiens in season opener

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre...

The Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate their victory against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Oct. 1, 2013. (BEN PELOSSE/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:08 AM ET

MONTREAL - The morning started with his roommate hitting it big, but Tyler Bozak made sure he had a big part in the Leafs’ opening-night story.

The team’s No. 1 centre and roommate of the now famously rich Phil Kessel used his breakaway speed and his shootout touch to give the Leafs a lead and, ultimately, a 4-3 victory in their season opener.

Add an excellent return to the net from James Reimer and the Leafs once again got the measure of their historic rival on opening night.

Capping an eventful day at the Bell Centre and a busy off-season for general manager Dave Nonis, the Leafs defeated the Habs on opening night for the fourth consecutive year to kick off their membership in the new Atlantic Division with style.

Add in a third-period goal from speedy new winger Mason Raymond — which stood up as the game winner — and a solid and poised effort by Reimer, who drew first blood in the training camp battle for lead man in net, and the Leafs took control of the game.


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