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NHL: Montreal 6, Toronto 1

Oct. 11, 2008 at 10:11 PM

TORONTO, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The Montreal Canadiens, led by two second-period power-play goals by Sergei Kostitsyn, thrashed Toronto 6-1, spoiling the Maple Leafs' NHL home opener.

Kostitsyn also assisted on Alex Tanguay's second-period power-play goal.

The Canadiens also got a goal and two assists from Guillaume Latendresse, while Tanguay and Saku Koivu recorded three assists apiece.

Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 18 saves on 19 shots and Montreal earned a split of the first two games at the start of its 100th NHL season.

The Buffalo Sabres beat the Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout Friday night.

The Maple Leafs scored on Jason Blake's power play at 11:02 of the second period.

Toronto goalie Vesa Toskala was beaten six times on 23 shots before Curtis Joseph replaced him in the third period.

Joseph stopped the 11 shots he faced.