Great debut for new Leaf Ryan O'Byrne

Ryan O'Byrne celebrates his first goal in his first game with the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday...

Ryan O'Byrne celebrates his first goal in his first game with the Maple Leafs in Toronto on Monday night. (Stan Behal/QMI Agency)

Steve Buffery, Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 1:52 AM ET

TORONTO - Talk about an auspicious debut.

Defenceman Ryan O’Byrne, whom GM Dave Nonis acquired from Colorado on April 3 for a fourth-round pick in the 2014 entry draft, was rock-solid in his first game for the blue and white.

The 6-foot-5, 234-pound defenceman scored in his first game as a Leaf — the first player to do that since Matthew Lombardi on Oct. 6 of last season — on a two-on-one with Nazem Kadri, one-timing a Kadri pass in the slot, his second goal of the season and fifth NHL goal in 301 games.

“I saw a chance to jump into the play. Obviously I don’t do that a whole bunch, but I saw Naz with some space, he made a beautiful pass and the rest of history,” said O’Byrne. “It was pretty special scoring my first one in a Maple Leafs jersey in my first game. You can’t write that up any better.”


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