Montreal, QC (Sports Network) - Ben Scrivens posted 21 saves to help the Toronto Maple Leafs take a 2-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens in the season- opener for both clubs on Saturday.
Tyler Bozak and Nazem Kadri each scored a goal for the Maple Leafs, who finished fourth in the Northeast Division last season and missed the playoffs for a seventh straight season to extend their franchise record. Phil Kessel assisted on both goals.
Brian Gionta scored the lone goal for the Canadiens, who placed both last in the division and conference last season to snap a string of four straight playoff appearances. Carey Price gave up both goals on 26 shots in the loss.
Both teams hired new general managers in the offseason, as Montreal brought in Marc Bergevin to take over for Pierre Gauthier shortly after last season ended, while Toronto fired Brian Burke right after the lockout ended and replaced him with Dave Nonis.
The Canadiens also saw the debut of new head coach Michel Therrien, who took over for interim head coach Randy Cunneyworth. Montreal replaced Jacques Martin with Cunneyworth after 32 games last season.