As you can see in the video below, Montreal Canadiens forward Artturi Lehkonen scored the first goal of the 2018-19 NHL season, putting the Habs up 1-0 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
This was a very “Lehkonen” goal, as he scored a heady goal on a wraparound. Habs fans would likely be delighted to see that Max Domi helped make the goal happen by creating some havoc in front of Frederik Andersen‘s net.
Check out footage of the goal:
The Canadiens put quite a bit of pressure on the Maple Leafs early on, but Toronto started to settle things down. Auston Matthews ended up tying the game up on what could be a dangerous Maple Leafs power play.
Toronto tends to kick off each NHL season on opening night, and in recent years, the Maple Leafs have been the one scoring that first goal.
Recent season-opening goals:
- Nazem Kadri began the 2017-18 season with this tally.
- Auston Matthews wasn’t content to merely begin his career and the 2016-17 season with a goal. He scored four, becoming the first NHL player to debut with that many.
Update: Matthews may not have scored the first goal of the season this time around, but he nabbed the game-winner in overtime, boosting Toronto to a 3-2 OT win. You can watch highlights of Toronto’s win in the video above this post’s headline.