Leafs win OT over Canadiens By Reuters

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Morgan Rielly scored at 3:24 into overtime and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the visiting Montreal Canadiens 5-4 on Wednesday night in the first game of the season for both clubs. Montreal’s Phillip Danault missed on a breakaway during overtime, and then Rielly converted a John Tavares pass into a two-on-one for the game winner. William Nylander scored two goals and had an assist for the Maple Leafs. Tavares finished with a goal and two assists, and Jimmy Vesey scored the other goal for the team. Josh Anderson scored twice for Montreal. Nick Suzuki and Tomas Tatar also scored, and Jonathan Drouin had three assists while Jeff Petry had two for the Canadiens. Carey Price made 29 saves for Montreal. Frederik Andersen stopped 28 shots and also received an assist on Toronto’s third goal. Lightning 5, Blackhawks 1 Ondrej Palat scored in Tampa Bay’s second power play of the season in a three-goal first period, and the Lightning began their Stanley Cup title defense with a season-opener win over the visitor Chicago. Playing their first game without scoring winger Nikita Kucherov, the Lightning received goals from Palat, Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli in the opening draw. Steven Stamkos had one goal and two assists, and Brayden Point and Cirelli each had one goal and an assistant. Dylan Strome scored for Chicago and goalie Malcolm Subban stopped 28 of 33 shots in his 61st NHL start. Flyers 6, Penguins 3 Joel Farabee scored one goal and three assists and Philadelphia opened things up in the third period to beat visiting Pittsburgh in the season opener for both teams. James van Riemsdyk, Nolan Patrick, Michael Raffl, Oskar Lindblom and Kevin Hayes also scored, and Erik Gustafsson added two assists for the Flyers. Carter Hart made 31 saves. Mark Jankowski and Brandon Tanev each had a goal and an assist and Sidney Crosby also scored for the Penguins. Tristan Jarry made 19 saves. Blues 4, Avalanche 1 Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals, Jordan Binnington stopped 26 shots and St. Louis beat Colorado in Denver. Jordan Kyrou and Kyle Clifford also scored goals, and Robert Thomas added two assists for the Blues. Andre Burakovsky scored and Philipp Grubauer made 28 saves for the Avalanche. Colorado played without Erik Johnson, one of its main defenders, after he tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson is one of 27 NHL players who tested positive for the virus during the preseason. Canucks 5, Oilers 3 Brock Boeser scored a pair of goals in the third period to lead Vancouver to a maiden victory at Edmonton. Bo Horvat scored a goal and an assist, while Tanner Pearson and Quinn Hughes provided two assists for the Canucks, who received a 28-save performance from new goalkeeper Braden Holtby. Nils Hoglander, making his NHL debut, and Adam Gaudette also scored for Vancouver. Kailer Yamamoto, Darnell Nurse and Adam Larsson were the scorers for Edmonton. Oilers goalkeeper Mikko Koskinen stopped 30 shots. –Field level media

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