It had been 42 years since the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens had met in the Stanley Cup Final. So, on Thursday night, when the two teams faced off in Game 1 of the first round, tensions were running high.
Unfortunately for the Leafs, the series started in the worst possible way. Midway through the first period, Leaf’s captain John Tavares took an unintentional knee to the face from Habs forward Corey Perry. Tavares eventually had to be stretchered off the ice and was later transported to hospital.
The Buds never seemed to recover from the loss of their captain. Josh Anderson made it 1-0 Habs later in the first. William Nylander tied things up in the second, but a shorthanded goal from Paul Byron would be the clincher. Carey Price made 35 saves en route to the Canadiens first game upset.
Game 2 is scheduled for Saturday in Toronto. Leafs PR announced Friday morning that Tavares has been released from the hospital and is resting at home, but he is out of the playoffs indefinitely.