MONTREAL — Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had a feeling James Reimer would rise to the occasion in the team's NHL regular-season opener.
He was right.
Reimer made 34 saves, and Mason Raymond scored the winning goal in his first game with the Maple Leafs as Toronto beat the rival Canadiens 4-3 in a fight-filled opener on Tuesday night.
One of the fights led to a scary moment when Montreal's new enforcer George Parros was carried off on a stretcher in the third period after he fell on his face during his second bout of the night with Colton Orr.
Parros sustained a concussion and went to hospital for further evaluation.
Between the five fights in the game, Reimer won his fourth straight start against Montreal.
"That was the hunch," Carlyle said. "He's played very well in this building in the time I've been here. I felt he gave us the best chance to win."
Reimer got the nod over Jonathan Bernier, who joined from the Kings in the offseason.
James van Riemsdyk and Dion Phaneuf also scored for Toronto.
Eller's three-point night included an assist on Brendan Gallagher's goal for Montreal, which will also face Philadelphia next at home on Saturday night.
The Canadiens' 350th consecutive sellout crowd was electric as usual for a Montreal-Toronto game, and it didn't lack for action.
But the mood turned somber 2:34 into the third when Parros was prone on the ice. Orr had fallen and pulled down Parros, who was bleeding and looked woozy. A team of trainers from both teams spent several minutes treating him.
"Give credit to our training staff, our medical staff," Canadiens defenseman Josh Gorges said. "The doctors were out there in five seconds. They didn't waste any time. I just hope he's all right."
Phaneuf tied it 8:36 into the second as he broke in on the left side to put a wrist shot inside the far post. It was the 19,000th goal in Leafs history in 6,169 games since 1917.
Before the game the Maple Leafs and star forward Phil Kessel agreed to terms on a $64 million, eight-year extension. Kessel had one season left on his previous deal at $5.4 million.
Blackhawks 6, Capitals 4: Brandon Saad, Johnny Oduya and Marian Hossa scored in the third for the host Blackhawks. Corey Crawford had 28 saves, including a couple when Chicago killed a late 5-on-3 power play. Mikhail Grabovsky had three goals and an assist in his first game since signing with Washington in August and Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist.
First—1, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 1 (Kessel, Franson), 8:01 (pp). 2, Montreal, Eller 1 (Diaz, Galchenyuk), 10:08. 3, Montreal, Gallagher 1 (Eller, Galchenyuk), 13:54. Penalties—Eller, Mon (tripping), 6:23; Plekanec, Mon, double minor (high-sticking), 7:18; Phaneuf, Tor (boarding), 10:03; van Riemsdyk, Tor (holding), 14:19.
Second—4, Toronto, Phaneuf 1 (Kadri, Kulemin), 8:36. 5, Toronto, Bozak 1, 17:19 (sh). Penalties—Montreal bench, served by Briere (too many men), :46; Orr, Tor, major (fighting), 4:25; Parros, Mon, major (fighting), 4:25; Pacioretty, Mon (hooking), 9:14; Briere, Mon (holding), 11:43; Kadri, Tor (cross-checking), 12:58; Markov, Mon (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:58; Bolland, Tor (holding), 14:05; Fraser, Tor (unsportsmanlike conduct, interference, fighting), 17:10; Moen, Mon, minor-major (unsportsmanlike conduct, fighting), 17:10.
Third—6, Toronto, Raymond 1 (Bodie), 5:10. 7, Montreal, Eller 2, 17:38. Penalties—Orr, Tor, major-game misconduct (fighting), 2:34; Ashton, Tor, major (fighting), 2:34; Parros, Mon, major-game misconduct (fighting), 2:34; Tinordi, Mon, major (fighting), 2:34; Fraser, Tor, major (fighting), 15:38; Prust, Mon, served by Galchenyuk, minor-major (roughing, fighting), 15:38. Shots—Toronto 16-13-9—38. Montreal 17-10-10—37. Power plays—Toronto 1 of 7; Montreal 0 of 4. Goalies—Toronto, Reimer 1-0-0 (37 shots-34 saves). Montreal, Price 0-1-0 (38-34). A—21,273 (21,273). T—2:38.
First—1, Chicago, Bollig 1 (Hjalmarsson, Kruger), 4:06. 2, Washington, Ovechkin 1 (Grabovski, Backstrom), 10:42 (pp). 3, Chicago, Kane 1 (Toews, Rozsival), 11:06. Penalties—Fehr, Was (high-sticking), 2:01; Bollig, Chi (roughing), 10:06; Ovechkin, Was (slashing), 13:30; Kane, Chi (interference), 14:43.
Second—4, Washington, Grabovski 1 (Ward), 10:30. 5, Chicago, Seabrook 1 (Hossa, Saad), 14:32 (pp). Penalties—Carrick, Was (hooking), 13:07; Green, Was (delay of game), 18:11; Shaw, Chi (tripping), 20:00.
Third—6, Washington, Grabovski 2 (Green, Ovechkin), :59 (pp). 7, Washington, Grabovski 3 (Green, Backstrom), 5:16 (pp). 8, Chicago, Saad 1 (Handzus, Keith), 7:55. 9, Chicago, Oduya 1 (Saad, Hjalmarsson), 13:53. 10, Chicago, Hossa 1, 19:22 (en). Penalties—Rozsival, Chi (hooking), 4:16; Sharp, Chi (goaltender interference), 15:53; Nordstrom, Chi (delay of game), 16:27. Shots—Washington 13-6-13—32. Chicago 8-18-8—34. Power plays—Washington 3 of 6; Chicago 1 of 4. Goalies—Washington, Holtby 0-1-0 (34 shots-29 saves). Chicago, Crawford 1-0-0 (32-28). A—22,158 (19,717). T—2:27.