On the opening night of the 2019-20 season, the Leafs took on the Ottawa Senators in an Atlantic Division clash to start things off on a spirited, intense note. This being the team that gifted us the “hit ’em with the 4” debut for Auston Matthews on the opening night of the 2016-17 season, there was lots to look forward to in this contest.
The Leafs won the game 5-3, after starting the game down 1-0 and looking a little bit rusty. The scoring guns definitely started firing as the game went on though, and the Leafs were able to come away with a solid “road” win on their 2nd home rink.
Here are some thoughts from tonight’s win.
1) John Tavares is the Captain
Immediately before the start of the game, as the Leafs were introducing the entire roster, they also introduced John Tavares as the Captain of the team. It was rumoured ahead of time, but nothing was official until the arena announcer called out #91 as the 25th captain in Maple Leafs history.
The captaincy was vacant for over 3 years after Dion Phaneuf was traded to these very Ottawa Senators, after serving as the Leafs’ captain for just under 7 …
Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation