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The Bell Centre was rocking when Habs blueliner Jarred Tinordi beat the Leafs’ Carter Ashton soundly in a fight, but went silent moments later when George Parros went face-first into the ice during a simultaneous tilt with Toronto’s Colton Orr. Parros, the affable enforcer, was taken off the ice on a stretcher, then to the hospital for precautionary measures. So the fighting debate tops the headlines on Day 1 of NHL action; but should a horrible, fluke spill lead to a ban on all fights, or is this just a risk players must face? Give us your two cents in the comment section.
Reigning Conn Smythe winner Patrick Kane picked up where he left off, sending a laser beam past Braden Holtby to help make Chicago’s banner-raising night a winning one on the scoreboard, too:
Men of the Night
Jacob Trouba, Winnipeg: In his NHL debut, the 19-year-old defenseman notched two points, led all skaters with more than 25 minutes of ice time and was trusted with last-minute duty as the Jets protected a 5-4 lead over Edmonton.
James Reimer, Toronto: With 37 saves, the incumbent starter let new battery mate Jonathan Bernier know he wouldn’t be giving up his crease so easily, gosh darnit. Reimer was tested by the speedy and skilled Habs on numerous occasions but never broke, earning the victory for the Leafs.
Brandon Saad, Chicago: The Hawks used a balanced attack to dispose of Washington, but Saad was the top point-getter with a goal and two assists.
Mikhail Grabovski, Washington: In a losing cause, ‘Grabbo’ dazzled in his Caps debut, scoring a hat trick and adding an assist, putting him on the scoresheet for every Washington goal in the 6-4 setback.
Lars Eller, Montreal: The big Dane was terrifying for the Habs, using his size, speed and skill to notch two goals and an assist on the evening. Like Grabovski, he was in on each one of his team’s goals.
Better Luck Next Time
Devan Dubnyk, Edmonton: These are the games Edmonton needs to win if they’re going to make it back to the playoffs anytime soon and Dubnyk did not give them the crease support the Oilers needed. Forget pad size, “mid-air shots on net” seemed to give the big tender a problem last night.