Drouin’s performance the biggest positive for Canadiens in loss to Maple Leafs

Drouin’s performance the biggest positive for Canadiens in loss to Maple Leafs

TORONTO — Here’s a lasting image from Oct. 13, 2021: Jonathan Drouin, with a sparkle in his eye and a smile cracked wide, reaching down for a sweeping fist-pump to celebrate his first goal in his first game back from an indefinite leave of absence taken last April, about to be showered with affection by his teammates for opening the scoring of this Montreal Canadiens season. This was a special moment. Chill-inducing. Perhaps the only one the Canadiens experienced in this opening 2-1 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs, but still. “I wish we had the two points instead,” Drouin said after the game. That would’ve put it all over the top, but it wasn’t meant to be for the Canadiens, who came out flying with five Grade-A scoring chances …
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