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Maple Leafs off to historic start

Begin season by scoring seven or more goals in back-to-back games for first time since 1917

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It's been 100 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs opened a season like this.

The Maple Leafs followed up their season-opening 7-2 victory at the Winnipeg Jets on Wednesday by defeating the New York Rangers 8-5 at Air Canada Centre on Saturday.

 

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The only other time the Maple Leafs scored seven or more goals in each of their first two games in a season was 1917-18, the NHL's first season. Then known as the Arenas, Toronto lost 10-9 to the Montreal Wanderers in their first game on Dec. 19, 1917, and defeated the Ottawa Senators 11-4 three nights later.

The Arenas also scored seven goals in their third game, a 7-5 victory against the Montreal Canadiens on Dec. 26, 1917. The current Maple Leafs will try to match that feat when they host the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday (7 p.m. ET; NHLN, TSN4, NBCSCH, NHL.TV). The Blackhawks are also 2-0-0 and are even with the Maple Leafs at 15 goals scored, including a 5-1 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Saturday.

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That could be a high-scoring game. Since the 1967 expansion, the Maple Leafs and Blackhawks are the first teams to score at least 15 goals in their first two games since the Calgary Flames scored 16 to start the 1989-90 season.

Toronto is also the first NHL team to score seven or more goals in each of its first two games since the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1990-91. Pittsburgh began its season with 7-4 victories against the Washington Capitals and New Jersey Devils.

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