The Maple Leafs returned to action with a 4-2 victory over the Canadiens. Kerfoot scored twice while Reilly finished the game with a goal and assist. Despite being only an exhibition game, Toronto had a great game.

Shaking Off The Rust

The Maple Leafs haven’t played since March and there was no doubt they would have to shake off some rust. Offensively Toronto played very well. They were able to control pace throughout the game. This led to a few chances leaving Price with his work cut out for him. Training camp MVP Mikheyev continued his hot streak as he scored just 30 seconds into the game.

New-Look Defense 

On defense, the Maple Leafs showed a lot of growth. What had been their Achilles heal all season has made some much needed improvements. Quite a few times during the game Montreal was able to put pressure on Toronto. Unlike in the past, Toronto stayed solid and were able to give Andersen the help he needed. Their play on defense was terrific, allowing the Maple Leafs to score two short-handed goals. This was the first time all season that the Leafs had a complete healthy line-up, which made a world of difference.

Musical Chairs 

Sheldon Keefe gave us a glimpse of what to expect with his line changes. He ran all four lines equally for the most part of the game. However he was consistently switching up the lines. Especially when it came to the top six. Keefe was running variations of the top six which to no surprise all seemed to work very well. While none of the big guns scored, they all had their chances.

The Maple Leafs will begin their qualifying series on Sunday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. This was a great start and it should leave the Leafs feeling positive heading into their upcoming series.