TORONTO — Jack Campbell made 31 saves, and the Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Montreal Canadiens 2-1 in the season opener for each team at Scotiabank Arena on Wednesday.
William Nylander broke a tie 1:06 into the third period. He took a pass from Morgan Rielly to put him in alone, and shot over Jake Allen‘s glove from the right face-off circle.
Pierre Engvall also scored for the Maple Leafs.
Jonathan Drouin scored, and Allen made 28 saves for the Canadiens.
The Maple Leafs killed off a 5-on-3 power play for 1:44 that started at 5:18 of the third period. Maple Leafs defenseman Justin Holl blocked a shot from Brendan Gallagher at 7:07 to save a goal with Campbell out of position.
Drouin put the Canadiens up 1-0 at 7:22 of the first period when he took a pass from Josh Anderson on a 2-on-1 and shot past Campbell’s blocker. It was Drouin’s first game since taking leave from the Canadiens on April 21 due to anxiety.
The Maple Leafs tied it 1-1 at 10:12 when Engvall faked a shot to elude Ben Chiarot, skated towards the slot and shot past Allen’s blocker through a screen.
The Maple Leafs were without center Auston Matthews, who had wrist surgery on Aug. 13. Matthews is not expected to play on Thursday against the Ottawa Senators or Saturday at home against the Senators.