Parros injured in opener as Canadiens lose opener
MONTREAL – Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Mason Raymond netted the winner in his first game with the Maple Leafs as Toronto spoiled the Montreal Canadiens’ home opener with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.
James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also scored in a fight-filled game in which Montreal’s new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher following a bout. Toronto’s Colton Orr pulled Parros, who was born in Washington, down during the fight, and the Canadiens forward’s face crashed into the ice.
Lars Eller’s second goal of the game with 2:22 left brought the Canadiens within 4-3 but they couldn’t get even. Eller also set up a goal by Brendan Gallagher on the first night of the NHL regular season.
The mood turned somber 2:34 into the third period when Parros was prone on the ice. Orr had fallen and pulled down Parros, who was bleeding and looked woozy. A team of trainers from both teams spent several minutes treating him.
The crowd then chanted Parros’ name as he was wheeled off the ice.
The Maple Leafs were on a two-man advantage when Van Riemsdyk partially fanned on a shot at the side of the net, and the puck slipped between Carey Price’s pads 8:01 into the game.
The teams were each down a man when Raphael Diaz sent a pass to Eller for a goal at 10:08. Toronto was caught on a 3-on-1 when Montreal got the puck behind Carl Gunnarsson, and Eller fed Gallagher at 13:54.
Phaneuf tied it 8:36 into the second as he broke in on the left side to put a wrist shot inside the far post. It was the 19,000th goal in Leafs history in 6,169 games since 1917.
Bozak put Toronto ahead at 17:39 when he poked the puck away from defenseman Andrei Markov at the point and went in on a break to beat Price to the stick side.
Raymond, playing his first regular-season game for Toronto, finished a give-and-go with Troy Bodie 5:10 into the third.
Montreal got a scare midway through the first period when Max Pacioretty left with an apparent wrist injury after a hit from Orr. He returned in the second period.