Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Mike Babcock stands behind the bench as his team plays the Montreal Canadiens during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015 in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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October 07, 2015

TORONTO (AP) The Toronto Maple Leafs' Mike Babcock made the first coach's challenge in NHL history and was successful in overturning a goal by the Montreal Canadiens.

Babcock challenged Jeff Petry's apparent goal in the second period of the opener Wednesday night, arguing that Tomas Plekanec interfered with goalie Jonathan Bernier. Referees Frederik L'Ecuyer and Dan O'Rourke looked at the replay by the penalty box at Air Canada Centre and determined Plekanec made incidental contact with Bernier.

Challenges are new to the NHL this season and can be made on goals involving goalie interference or offside plays.

Because he won the challenge, Babcock would be able to challenge another play later in the game.

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