A year ago James Reimer was supposed to be the Toronto Maple Leafs' No. 1 goalie, but Ben Scrivens got the start in the season opener.
The Maple Leafs acquire Jonathan Bernier
from the Los Angeles Kings, presumably to be their starter, and what does Randy Carlyle do? He starts Reimer.
Scrivens, by the way, beat Montreal in last season's opener, although Reimer eventually won back the crease.
Reimer made 34 saves Tuesday night as the Maple Leafs opened the season with a 4-3 win over the Canadiens
in Montreal. He was solid early in the game, gave up a couple of goals on his stick side (for a change) and then held on for dear life after the Canadiens pulled to within a goal late in the third period.
Bernier will probably get the start Wednesday night in Philadelphia.
Carlyle has a history of going predominantly with one goalie for the season and a designated backup so it's really no surprise that, early in the campaign, he would pit his two stoppers against one another.
Nothing wrong with a little competition, right?
May the best man win.
DION GOOD: Excellent shot on his first goal of the season picking the corner.
DION BAD: Shoves Montreal's Brandon Prust from behind into the boards in what could have resulted in a needless injury.
THE NEW GUYS: Defenceman Paul Ranger played 19:50 and was minus-1 with a hit. Right- winger Mason Raymond scored a goal and had a hit in 18:38 ice time. Centre David Bolland played 12:46 and had two shots and four hits.
HABS DO IT RIGHT: Montreal's pre-game celebration for the start of the 2013-14 season was exemplary. The passing-of-the-torch from superstar Guy Lafleur to the current roster was a nice touch.
FLIPPING LIDS: The NHL has to do something about players who are about to engage in a fight offering to take off one another's helmets in order to avoid getting a minor penalty from doing it themselves. Mark Fraser tried to coax Travis Moen into popping each other's buckets. Moen didn't bite and both ended up with additional minors when they flipped their own lids.
A SUDDEN HUSH:
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Many like to joke that fans don't rush for the exits when a fight breaks out. However, when Montreal's new enforcer George Parros bounced his head off the ice and had to be taken off the ice on a stretcher
following a fight with Toronto's Colton Orr, the normally boisterous crown in Montreal went silent. I am certain it crossed the minds of many that the worst case scenario - a player dying in a hockey fight - will eventually happen.