Six straight and a-happynewyear. Pretty good, huh? Where are the Senators when you need them?
Leafs dump Sidney Crosby's Penguins last night in a good one. Shoulda beat Sidney Crosby's Penguins long before the OT kicked in, but Jocelyn Thibeault (all I've heard this year is how he hasn't been able to stop a beachball) was pretty excellent in the Sidney Crosby's Penguins net.
"Toronto was much better than us," said Mark Recchi. "We were fortunate to get a point."
True that. Not that we shouldn't expect this. Of the six wins: 2 against Sidney Crosby's Penguins, 2 over just-as-pathetic New Jersey, one over Boston and the only real test was the shootout victory against Buffalo. Next week will be a different story with the trip out west and games in Calgary, Vancouver and Edmonton. Those teams can really skate.
McCabe has 15 goals now, just one of those coming off his chest by my count, and we have ourselves a white-and-blue hot hockey team. Streak lifts them out of the 7th-8th place danger zone, tied with Rangers for 5th overall in the East. The injury angle is still odd and interesting as the Leafs keep sucking it up and winning. For details on Darcy Tucker going down last night and possible returns of other limping Leafs, read Paul Hunter.
Before we do Crosby, a shout out to Chad Kilger and two goals from the man with the big helmet. Have to admit, I wondered why Quinn claimed him off waivers in 2004 (why do they need another forward who doesn't score?) but he's been very good in his "role".
Read any paper for all the details on the NHL's darling rookie. He did deliver -- how 'bout the behind the back pass for Gonchar's goal? Nice. Damien Cox was watching and wondering why Shane Endicott got more shifts than Sid the Kid.
Leafs off 'till Friday but we get Chris back in this space tomorrow. We've got a couple things planned to get us through the week, including our hockeydirt.com mid-season awards. Oh, and I thought of asking this question after Harry Neale told us last night that Tie Domi was playing his 739th game as a Leaf, tying him with Bob Baun. Is Domi a Maple Leafs legend? (SW)