NHL Wrap: Leafs top Habs in fight-filled opener

NHL Wrap: Leafs top Habs in fight-filled opener
October 1, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Dion Phaneuf celebrates his second-period goal, which was the Leafs' 19,000th goal in franchise history, with teammates. (USA Today Images)

MONTREAL -- Tyler Bozak scored a short-handed goal and Mason Raymond netted the winner in his first game with the Maple Leafs as Toronto spoiled the Montreal Canadiens' home opener with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night.

James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also scored in a fight-filled game in which Montreal's new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher following a bout. Toronto's Colton Orr pulled Parros down during the fight, and the Canadiens forward's face crashed into the ice.

Lars Eller's second goal of the game with 2:22 left brought the Canadiens within 4-3 but they couldn't get even. Eller also set up a goal by Brendan Gallagher on the first night of the NHL regular season.

The mood turned somber 2:34 into the third period when Parros was prone on the ice. Orr had fallen and pulled down Parros, who was bleeding and looked woozy. A team of trainers from both teams spent several minutes treating him.

The crowd then chanted Parros' name as he was wheeled off the ice (see full recap).

Three-goal third pushes 'Hawks past Caps
CHICAGO -- Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa scored in the third period, and the Chicago Blackhawks kicked off their Stanley Cup title defense with a 6-4 victory over Mikhail Grabovsky and the Washington Capitals on Tuesday night.

Patrick Kane, Brent Seabrook and Brandon Bollig also scored for Chicago, which won its first game for the second straight season. Corey Crawford made 28 saves, including a couple of huge stops when the Blackhawks killed off a late 5-on-3 power play.

Chicago ruined Los Angeles' title celebration with a 5-2 victory in last season's opener, and then set an NHL record by recording at least one point in its first 24 games. The fast start played a key role in the Blackhawks' run to the Stanley Cup title, and coach Joel Quenneville made it clear in training camp that another opening surge is a priority.

Grabovsky had three goals and an assist in his first game since he signed with Washington in August. Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist, but the Capitals dropped their opener for the second straight season (see full recap).

Frolik leads Jets past Oilers
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Michael Frolik scored a pair of goals, and the Winnipeg Jets rallied to spoil Edmonton's home opener with a 5-4 regular season-starting victory over the Oilers on Tuesday night.

With 5:02 left, Eric Tangradi sent a beautiful backhand pass in front to Frolik, who snapped a 4-4 tie by directing his second goal of the night into the net before goalie Devan Dubnyk could get back across the crease.

Jacob Trouba also scored and added an assist in his first NHL game for the Jets, who made their first appearance as a Winnipeg team in Edmonton since 1996.

Mark Scheifele and Bryan Little also scored for the Jets, and Ondrej Pavelec made 34 saves for the win.

Mike Brown, Boyd Gordon, Ales Hemsky and Jesse Joensuu scored for the Oilers, who squandered a 4-2 lead. Dubnyk stopped 23 shots (see full recap).