Don't think anyone saw this one coming.
Nope. Didn't read those predictions from anyone that the Leafs would be able to stick with the defending champs from Detroit in their opening season, let alone beat 'em.
But beat 'em they did.
A heroic effort in the final 30 seconds with Detroit deploying all its stars and the Leafs shorthanded helped the Leafs hold on for the 3-2 victory.
Dominic Moore, as the new go-to faceoff man, beat Pavel Datsyuk on the draw cleanly in the final seconds, and Vesa Toskala was superb with 35 saves.
Nikolai Kulemin, meanwhile, apparently saved his talents for the regular season after a very quiet pre-season. He scored the winner, stealing an errant pass off the stick of Dan Cleary and beating Chris Osgood on a breakaway to give the Leafs a 3-1 lead in the third. Kulemin also set up the second Leaf goal, although he didn't draw an assist.
Leafs' 18-year-old rookie Luke Schenn skated 17 minutes and 30 seconds of very solid hockey in his NHL debut, giving the Leafs two freshmen to brag about on opening night.
A quiet hero, meanwhile, was defenceman Mike Van Ryn, who broke up a 3-on-1 break in the second and a dangerous Marian Hossa to Pavel Datsyuk play late in the third.
Imagine the emotional night it was for Ron Wilson, whose father Johnny and uncle Larry both played in Detroit. At 1-0, Wilson is off to the start he never could have imagined as Leaf head coach.