Think back to last season. Montreal beat Montreal in the opener, and went on to win three more. Things looked good, eh? But we all know the rest of that story. That is not to suggest the Leafs didn’t do some nice things last year, especially in the last couple of months, but the early four-game winning streak, in theory, should have been the "good start" that we all crave for the team. But it made precious little difference last season.So while there was certainly a build-up for fans and the players (and playing the Habs made it a little more exciting) it is only one game, as they say.But a win is a win. And a shutout—in front of fans who have been waiting for a win that truly means at least a little something for, well, a long time—is even sweeter, especially against the team’s longstanding rival.All that said, what are some basic take-aways from Game 1?
mf37 crunches the numbers on NHL player who hail from the T dot.
Dirty Dangle with a fantastic crappy photoshop.
MLHS grades the work BB has done in Toronto so far.
Yep, Montreal forwards are still tiny.
Perfect time to have his 4th NHL shutout.
Black Dog Hates Skunks take a Post Q&A for himself.
Thanks goodness hockey season is back so Don Cherry can be on television again.
mc79 not a big fan of publicly subsidized arenas.
Thomas Drance at Leafs Nations talks Corsi and its ilk with Mr. 30 Thoughts himself.
Also at Leafs Nations, JP finds out if the defensive specialist forward does in fact exist.