Friday, October 7, 2011

Maple Leafs Opening Night Shutouts

Leaf goalie James Reimer shutout Montreal in the opener of the 2010/11 season and perhaps surprisingly it's only the fourth time in over 70 years that it's happened. In the almost 100 year history of the Toronto franchise, they've recorded a season opening shutout on only 7 occaisons.
The other six times were as follows:

Oct. 10, 2002 Ed Belfour
Toronto 6 at Pittsburgh 0
Belfour stopped 33 Penguin shots in his Toronto debut. Leafs were led by the line of Sundin (2G, 2A), Mogilny (2G, 1A) and Tucker (3A).

Oct.7, 2000 Curtis Joseph
Montreal 0 @ Toronto 2
On goals by Jonas Hoglund and Sergei Berezin, Toronto beats the Habs despite being outshot 26-18.

Oct.11, 1984 Allan Bester
Toronto 1 @ Minnesota 0
Bester stopped 23 shots, out-duelled Don Beaupre in a 1-0 overtime victory. Miroslav Frycer tallied the winner two minutes into extra time.

Nov.4, 1939 Turk Broda
Boston 0 @ Toronto 5
Two goals from Syl Apps and solos from Gord Drillon, Pete Langelle and Bob Davidson.

Nov.13, 1930 Lorne Chabot
NY Amerks 0 @ Toronto 0
Chabot and Roy Worters battled for 70 minutes in a sluggish game that featured 20 penalties called and unseasonably warm temperatures.

Nov.15, 1928 Lorne Chabot
Chicago 0 @ Toronto 2
Andy Blair and George Horne counted the markers as Chabot shut down Chicago.


agill77 said...

I'm so afraid of being excited about Reimer.

But still, yay. :)

Nitzy said...

I totally agree. But, he just seems to be in the right place on most shots. Quiet and solid. Plus his puck handling has improved a bit. Here's hoping!

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