league roundup

Canadiens spoil Babcock's Leafs debut

•MONTREAL 3, TORONTO 1: Carey Price and the Canadiens made Mike Babcock's coaching debut with the Maple Leafs a losing one.

The reigning Hart and Vezina Trophy-winning goalie made 36 saves to help visiting Montreal beat Toronto on Wednesday on the first night of the NHL season.

It was the kind of dominance that has become common for Price.

"We're used to that," said captain Max Pacioretty, who scored on the team's first shot of the game and added an empty-netter. "We definitely relied on him a little bit too much tonight, but that's what we're used to. He plays that way every night."

Babcock left the Detroit Red Wings after last season to coach the Maple Leafs. He spent 10 seasons in Detroit, leading the Red Wings to the 2008 Stanley Cup title.

"There's no moral victories in the NHL," Babcock said. "You either won or you lost. It's real simple that way."

Babcock made the first coach's challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal. He challenged Jeff Petry's apparent goal in the second period, arguing that Tomas Plekanec interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier. Referees Frederik L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Rourke looked at the replay by the penalty box at Air Canada Centre and determined Plekanec made incidental contact with Bernier.

•SAN JOSE 5, LOS ANGELES 1: Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton each had a goal and two assists, leading the Sharks over the Kings in Los Angeles. Brent Burns added a goal and an assist for San Jose.

•VANCOUVER 5, CALGARY 1: Daniel Sedin had a goal and two assists to help the visiting Canucks open with a victory over the Flames. The game began with Calgary's Michael Ferland and Vancouver's Derek Dorsett fighting at the drop of the puck.

NOTES

•The Blues signed forward Scott Gomez to a one-year contract. The 35-year-old Gomez, a 15-year NHL veteran, attended training camp on a professional tryout. He had seven goals and 27 assists in 58 games last season for New Jersey.

•Sharks forward Raffi Torres will not appeal his 41-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Anaheim's Jakob Silfverberg.

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