"Definitely the best game of the year -- maybe the best game ever played at the Air Canada Centre."
That's what I think Rick Hodge said this morning on CHUM FM. I can't say it's an exact quote, because I nearly drove off the road after (I thought) I heard it.
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|Was that's Sundin's best night at the ACC?|
I wouldn't think so. It's easy to pick out a hoops highlight in the ACC's short life -- that'd be Game 6 of the '01 Raptors-Sixers series. But hockey? A tougher call, at least to me.
My notes from last night's 6-5 OT win: Yes, it was entertaining. And yes, the Leafs have a faint pulse because of it, which is better than none at all. This from James Mirtle's latest daily playoff update (although, according to Tyler's daily odds, they have gone from yesterday's 49-to-1 shot to 99-to-1 on the tote board):
In the East, a ridiculous 6-0-2 run by Toronto continues (with an equally ridiculous four goal, two assist night from Mats Sundin) and Atlanta defeats Tampa Bay. All this ridiculousness opens the door for a possible race for the first time in a long time.
Whether you want to call that the best game at the ACC or not, it might well have been Sundin's finest. He simply barnstormed around the ice -- heavy and accurate shot, deadly on the faceoffs, quick to space, some very strong skating, a couple nice setups on the OT winner (first, getting mugged in front of the net to earn a Florida penalty; second, the pass across to Kaberle for the winner). He even seemed to be playing with a touch of anger -- certainly an edge.
(Vaguely related: CHUM FM DJ lineup over the years. Hodge arrives in 1978, just as Pete & Geets leave.)