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(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
(Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
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Leave it to Mr. Carey Price to start the 2011-2012 NHL season with a thud.  Looks like the beginning of a wonderful winter in Montreal.  As for the Leafs, well...they won.  It wasn't the greatest performance we've seen, but James Reimer was reliable when needed.  New recruits Matthew Lombardi and David Steckel had strong first showings in the blue and white; Lombardi flashed a little speed on a shorthanded rush in the second period which led to a hilarious defensive breakdown by the Habs, while Steckel took the Montreal centers to school in the face-off circle.

Overall a good, not great performance on opening night.  Next step is to keep that same pressure from the 2nd and 3rd periods and crush the Sens on Saturday night.

Reimer shuts the door

Phaneuf laser beam

Lombardi opens the scoring