Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/10/10 at 08:05 PM ET
from Lance Hornby of the Toronot Sun,
The scoreboard read 4-0 for the Maple Leafs over Ottawa, with players and coaches grouped around the bench in animated discussion. Everyone joshed with centre Tim Brent, into the fifth minute of waiting for the NHL’s Toronto war room to confirm he’d scored his second goal in two games to clinch a second win.
There was even a big Snickers rinkboard ad unfurled beneath them that period, a happy coincidence.
“We were just goofing around on the bench, saying that if I got the goal, I’d be on pace for 82 again,” Brent said. “I said: ‘I don’t know if I want it, because people will start to expect that (goal a night).’ I just might bronze that stick.”
Of course, the yucks aren’t going to last, but what a difference from last year when their fifth straight non-playoff year ended with two ACC losses in which they managed one goal. The only boos heard Saturday were for the long delay reviewing Brent’s goal. For Leafs young and old, the change in weather was quite a shock to the system.
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