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Toronto, ON • Canada • 40 Years Old • Male

A great night

Posted 9:05 AM ET | Comments 9
I look forward to the first regular season Leaf game each year and last night was no different. As I sat watching the Stanley Cup banner raised to the rafters, the chills went up my spine. The crowd was wild with enthusiasm for their hometown Wings, and everyone had "blowout" on their minds. The Leafs had other ideas.

Building upon the positive signs they showed during the preseason, the Leafs played like the real champions last night and outclassed the Red Wings in all aspects of the game. Goaltending, forward speed, defensive awareness, it all came together on a magical night to start the season.

After the game all the right things were being said by coaches and players like. It's just one game, don't read too much into it, there is a lot of work still to be done. But secretly many players acknowledged to me they were real pleased with how things have progressed under new coach Ron Wilson. There is an excitement in the Leaf dressing room which hasn't been seen in at least over a decade.

Carlo Colaiacovo shook my hand soon after the game had ended, winked and said "that's one", as if to signify that is one win in MANY more to come this season.

There is a palpable sense of hope from all the Leafs I spoke with after the game. Newcomers Grabovski, Hagman and game winning goal Kulemin all spoke of how eager they are to prove themselves in the tough hockey market that is Toronto.

Leaf fans, you ain't seen nothing yet.
Filed Under:   Maple Leafs  
October 10, 2008 11:08 AM ET | Delete
How was Carlo's torso looking?
October 10, 2008 11:10 AM ET | Delete
thank you for this gift, Manics. Thank you.
October 10, 2008 11:14 AM ET | Delete
Thanks for being a true fan and positive blogger - write more-I read you guys to get the sour taste of Bergers BS
October 10, 2008 12:16 PM ET | Delete
Did his one-eyed monster wink at you too?
October 10, 2008 12:43 PM ET | Delete
Did he shake the same hand that ran over his torso? I think we all know what the wink was really about !
October 10, 2008 2:18 PM ET | Delete
October 10, 2008 2:34 PM ET | Delete
Frogren....Baun? Is it too early to compare players yet?
October 10, 2008 2:52 PM ET | Delete
Nice to see the TMLs win one against the defending Champs. Every squirrel does get a nut.Hi pengal!
October 10, 2008 7:33 PM ET | Delete
Hahaha soon as I saw Carlo's name when I was reading the blog I knew Id be seeing some funny posts at the bottom. Go Leafs Go!
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