Head of the class

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:40 AM ET

As a part of their 100th Anniversary celebrations, the Canadiens put on a show for each of the NHL's Original Six teams when they make their first visit of the season to the Bell Centre.

Typical of one of the classiest teams in the league, the Habs did it up right last night with an extended video presentation honouring the storied history between the two teams.

Among the players on hand for the ceremony and honoured at centre ice were, for the Leafs: Johnny Bauer, Darryl Sittler, Wendel Clark, Borje Salming, Felix Potvin, And for the Canadiens: Jean Beliveau Vincent Damphousse, Pete Mahovlich, Steve Shutt, Phil Goyette, and Guy Lapointe. As you might expect, the loudest ovation was reserved for Beliveau.

HOME AGAIN

First-year Leaf Mikhail Grabovski made his first return to the Bell Centre since being dealt to the Leafs this past summer but has no regrets about leaving the team that drafted him fourth in the 2004 draft.

"Thank-you very much to (Canadiens GM Bob Gainey) because he traded me to Toronto," Russian-speaking Grabovski said in his halting English. "I'm on a great team now. I have a lot of ice time and I'm happy."

The Canadiens fans were hardly pleased to see the return of Grabovski, who played just 27 games in parts of two seasons with the Habs, scoring three goals and six assists. Grabovski was booed roundly every time he touched the puck.

No Moore mess

New Leaf Brad May doesn't expect any hard feelings with his new teammate, Dominic Moore despite the latter's involvement in the controversy surrounding Moore's brother Steve and then Vancouver Canuck Todd Bertuzzi.

May became a central character in the saga when he was quoted as saying there was "a bounty" on then Colorado forward Steve Moore for a hit on Canucks sniper Markus Naslund. The infamous Bertuzzi hit on Moore resulted in a long suspension for the former and legal action.

"I'm excited to be a teammate on the Toronto Maple Leafs with Dominic and I'm excited for this opportunity to come back home," May said. "It's not really an issue ... and it shouldn't be."

Loose Leafs

Leafs leading scorer Matt Stajan was back at centre between linemates Alexei Ponikarovsky and Nik Antropov. Stajan missed the past five games due to an eye injury suffered in a freak accident when he was struck by a soccer ball.


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