TAVARES TIES GAME WITH FIRST GOAL AS A LEAF
1. Yes, this was a pre-season game (staged in Lucan, Ont., as a matter of fact), but that didn't have any effect on the intensity between the two Ontario rivals as they kicked off the first game of each club's schedule. And the Senators took pride in striking first - just 21 seconds into the contest - on a goal from veteran winger Ryan Dzingel. But less than five minutes later, with Toronto on its first power play of the night, new Leafs centre John Tavares took a pass from winger Mitch Marner deep in the Sens' zone, calmly walked out in front of netminder Mike Condon, and ripped a shot into the net for his first goal as a Leaf.
Tavares showed little emotion after the power play marker tied the game, but over the course of his nine-year NHL career, Tavares has always kept his emotions in check. However, it's always good to remove a potential talking point among fans, and registering his first goal right away is a terrific harbinger of what's to come for both him as an individual, and for Toronto's offensive special team.