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Maple Leafs
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Canadiens 6, Maple Leafs 1

Wednesday, 08.06.2014 / 4:51 AM

Associated Press

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Canadiens 6, Maple Leafs 1
Montréal Canadiens 6, Toronto Maple Leafs 1

TORONTO (AP) -Alex Tanguay figures he's quieted the critics for a little while.

The Montreal newcomer had a goal and three assists to help the Canadiens rout the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-1 on Saturday night for their first victory in their centennial season.

Tanguay was the biggest name added to Montreal's lineup over the summer and is one of the reasons a team that finished first in the Eastern Conference last year is expected to challenge for that title again.

That's why he was especially thrilled to get his first goal and points in a Canadiens uniform out of the way.

"It's nice before we get home," Tanguay said. "I know how the media in Montreal can be as far as pressure's concerned and you guys are probably familiar with that here too in Toronto."

Sergei Kostitsyn scored twice and added an assist, and Roman Hamrlik, Alex Kovalev and Guillaume Latendresse also had goals for the Canadiens, coming off a 2-1 shootout loss at Buffalo on Friday night. Captain Saku Koivu added three assists.

Tanguay is coming off a tough season in Calgary, where he didn't feel he was used properly by coach Mike Keenan. At his request, the Flames dealt him to Montreal during the entry draft in June.

He's still adjusting to life with a new team and looking to find a rhythm.

"A lot of thing's been said when we made the trade for him," Canadiens coach Guy Carbonneau said. "I think he didn't really enjoy the year last year and wanted to kind of have a rebound year. He knew he was coming to a good team.

"Because he was injured a little bit in pre-season (with a hip problem), he didn't have a chance to really get that timing back and get that chemistry with Saku (Koivu). Those two guys have too much talent to be out of that scoring sheet for a long time. Tonight it showed."

Jason Blake scored for Toronto.

Montreal blew open the game early in the second period. The Canadiens scored three power-play goals - two off Kostitsyn's stick and the other from Tanguay - during a 5:28 stretch to take a 5-0 lead.

"We took way too many penalties and our penalty-killing didn't work," Leafs forward Niklas Hagman said. "Up against a team like that, if we start running around, they're going to make plays."

Tanguay assisted on both of Kostitsyn's power-play goals.

"We put him on the point on the power play - he has good vision," Carbonneau said. "He went to the net a couple times a couple times and got a bunch of points. Hopefully, he'll keep going."

The teams traded chances early in the first period before the Canadiens started to take control. Hamrlik and Kovalev beat goalie Vesa Toskala just 1:39 apart for a 2-0 lead at 12:39 of the first period.

After Montreal added the three quick power-play goals in the second period, Canadiens goalie Jaroslav Halak had all the cushion he needed.

"I knew that they would be ready to play (after losing on Friday)," Toronto coach Ron Wilson said.

Blake got the Leafs on the scoreboard with a power-play goal at 11:02 of the second, but Latendresse replied for Montreal only 22 seconds later to make it 6-1.

Notes: Twenty Canadian medallists from the Beijing Olympics took part in the ceremonial puck drop ... Chris Higgins (groin), Georges Laraque (groin) and Francis Bouillon (knee) each missed a second straight game for Montreal ... Toronto's Jeff Finger (foot) and Ryan Hollweg (suspension) also sat out ... Habs forward Tom Kostopoulos played his 300th NHL game ... It was just the fourth time Toronto has faced Montreal in its home opener since 1970.

scoring summary
1st Period
11:00
MTL
Roman Hamrlik (1) ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (1), Saku Koivu (1)
1 - 0 MTL
12:39
MTL
Alex Kovalev (1) ASST: Tomas Plekanec (1), Ryan O'Byrne (1)
2 - 0 MTL
2nd Period
02:50
MTL
PPG - Sergei Kostitsyn (1) ASST: Alex Tanguay (1), Saku Koivu (2)
3 - 0 MTL
04:15
MTL
PPG - Alex Tanguay (1) ASST: Guillaume Latendresse (2), Sergei Kostitsyn (1)
4 - 0 MTL
08:18
MTL
PPG - Sergei Kostitsyn (2) ASST: Alex Tanguay (2), Andrei Markov (2)
5 - 0 MTL
11:02
TOR
PPG - Jason Blake (1) ASST: Mike Van Ryn (1), Alexei Ponikarovsky (1)
5 - 1 MTL
11:24
MTL
Guillaume Latendresse (1) ASST: Saku Koivu (3), Alex Tanguay (3)
6 - 1 MTL
3rd Period
NONE
penalty summary
1st Period
14:23
MTL
Andrei Markov  Interference against  Matt Stajan
2nd Period
01:58
TOR
Matt Stajan  Hi stick - double minor against  Patrice Brisebois
07:05
TOR
Luke Schenn  Delaying Game-Puck over glass
09:37
MTL
Tomas Plekanec  Hooking against  Jason Blake
11:55
TOR
Luke Schenn  Roughing against  Andrei Kostitsyn
11:55
MTL
Andrei Kostitsyn  Boarding against  Luke Schenn
12:58
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Alex Kovalev
16:06
TOR
Nik Antropov  Hi-sticking against  Andrei Kostitsyn
20:00
MTL
Roman Hamrlik  Cross checking against  Alexei Ponikarovsky
3rd Period
01:06
MTL
Maxim Lapierre  Slashing against  Mikhail Grabovski
04:10
TOR
Dominic Moore  Slashing against  Mike Komisarek
04:10
TOR
Dominic Moore  Roughing against  Mike Komisarek
11:17
MTL
Tom Kostopoulos  Fighting (maj) against  Jamal Mayers
11:17
TOR
Jamal Mayers  Fighting (maj) against  Tom Kostopoulos
14:06
TOR
Mikhail Grabovski  Hooking against  Andrei Kostitsyn
goalie stats
Jaroslav Halak
SA: 25TOI: 59:57
Saves: 24EV: 19 - 19
PIM: 0PP: 4 - 5
SV%: .960SH: 1 - 1
Curtis Joseph
SA: 11TOI: 20:00
Saves: 11EV: 7 - 7
PIM: 0PP: 3 - 3
SV%: 1.000SH: 1 - 1
Vesa Toskala
SA: 23TOI: 40:00
Saves: 17EV: 9 - 12
PIM: 0PP: 8 - 11
SV%: .739SH: 0 - 0