Canadiens and Canucks win their season openers over the Leafs and Flames, plus the latest on the Senators, Oilers and Jets.
MONTREAL GAZETTE/THE GLOBE AND MAIL: Carey Price made 36 saves and Max Pacioretty scored twice to lead the Montreal Canadiens to a 3-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. Alex Galchenyuk also tallied for the Canadiens while James van Riemsdyk had the sole Leafs goal. Despite the loss, the Leafs played a respectable game under new head coach Mike Babcock.
THE PROVINCE/CALGARY HERALD: Daniel Sedin tallied a goal and two assists while Alex Burrows and Brandon Sutter had two-point performances to lead the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-1 beatdown of the Calgary Flames. Jiri Hudler had the lone goal for the Flames, who were sluggish at both ends of the rink.
EDMONTON JOURNAL: Andrew Ference relinquished the captaincy of the Oilers, as the club opts to go with four alternates this season. One of them will be Ference, while forwards Taylor Hall, Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will be the others.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Ference showed a lot of class with this move. I think he understands management is shifting the team’s leadership toward their younger stars.
OTTAWA CITIZEN: Senators captain Erik Karlsson sported a new hairdo for the club’s upcoming season opener, cutting his usually long-flowing locks.
WINNIPEG SUN: The Winnipeg Jets may have one of the NHL’s smallest markets, but they have the fourth-highest resale ticket prices.