Fri Oct 02 02:10am EDT
This could easily go to Carey Price(notes), whose 43 saves kept the Habs in the game; but it was their 25-year-old defenseman who had the offensive touch late in their 4-3 overtime win at the Toronto Maple Leafs. Gorges's point shot on the power play was tipped home by Glen Metropolit(notes) at 15:50 of the third to tie the game. In OT, Gorges followed a strong drive to Vesa Toskala's(notes) net by Michael Cammalleri(notes) and put home the game-winner with 12.8 seconds left before the shootout. Big win for Jacques Martin in his debut, in a game that saw the Leafs outplay their rivals and the Habs lose Andrei Markov(notes) to injury.
Alexander Ovechkin's(notes) first two goals of the season will grab the headlines, but the timing of Laich's two power-play tallies was critical in the Caps' 4-1 victory at the Boston Bruins. He scored his first of the season at 17:15 of the first period for a 1-0 lead, and then tallied his second just 16 seconds into the third for a huge 3-0 lead on the road. He also had an assist.
Must have seemed like old times for Anderson, who came to the Avs from the Panthers in the summer: Colorado was outshot 40-20 by the San Jose Sharks, including 19-1 in the third period, but Anderson snagged all but two in a 5-2 victory on Joe Sakic(notes) Night.
Honorable mention: Miikka Kiprusoff(notes) made 39 saves, Jay Bouwmeester(notes) played 29:10 and was a plus-2, and Brent Sutter won his debut behind the Calgary Flames' bench with a 5-3 win over the Vancouver Canucks. ... Jose Theodore(notes) got the start and made 19 saves in Washington's win. ... Joe Sacco won his NHL coaching debut with the Avalanche. ... Matt Stajan(notes) scored two power-play goals in the Leafs' loss, one that also featured brawls between Jay Rosehill and Travis Moen as well as Colton Orr and Georges Laraque. ... Patrick Marleau(notes) scored two goals in a losing effort for San Jose, while No. 3 pick Matt Duchene (one assist) had a strong debut for Colorado. ... The Toronto fans sang one heck of an anthem before the game (video).
Dishonorable mention: Joe Sakic's number was raised to the rafters, but the legacy of the Quebec Nordiques was ignored on his banner. ... The DirecTV/Versus dispute wasn't settled before tonight's games. Shame on both of them. ... Mike Komisarek(notes) was in the penalty box for two goals by his former mates from Montreal ... The Bruins managed three shots in the third. ... Finally, they're popping the champagne in Ottawa as Dany Heatley(notes) earns a minus-3 in what was a lazy defensive effort all around for the Sharks.