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Sunday’s FTB: Pre-season starts with a win

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NHL: Preseason-Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs
Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

The Leafs started the NHL pre-season with a win last night while tonight the Kraken play their first game.

The Toronto Maple Leafs started off the pre-season last night with a convincing 4-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. There was only a little bit of the normal pre-season sloppiness to be seen from the Leafs, while the Habs looked incapable of putting together any dangerous offence. Here’s our recap of last night’s game.

Kyle Dubas was busy before the game issuing a contract to one of the 2020 draft picks.

Some bad news from yesterday are the reports that Ian Scott has reinjured his groin. There’s no updates yet on exactly how bad it is, but it doesn’t sound good. Scott can’t catch a break. He’s missed so much time with injuries and recovery from surgery it’s a wonder he remembers how to play.

The second of six pre-season games is tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. in Montreal. Also of note, the Seattle Kraken play their first game today, a pre-season match against the Canucks. It might be interesting to tune in to that one and see how they have put together the team.

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