A troupe of us headed down to Toronto1 to watch the Leafs smack around the Ottawa Senators 5-0. It was our first game of the year, and Meaghan's first Leafs game ever - not a bad game to start with.
Ottawa was on an 11-game winning streak, and while the Leafs are excellent at helping players and teams snap streaks, those streaks are usually of the "Hasn't scored a goal in 11 games" or "Haven't allowed less than 4 goals in 8 games" variety. Instead, this time, Toronto took control early and never let up.
Phil Kessel scored twice, Luke Schenn (Meaghan's #2 t-shirt is becoming luckier and luckier) scored twice, and Tyler Bozak scored the other. Jean-Sebastien Giguere is also perfect in his two games as a Leaf, since coming over from Anaheim for the former owner of jersey number 35 - Vesa Toskala.
Meaghan also got a free Leafs tuque (I actually intercepted the tuque, lest it be rested away but some of the idiots surrounding us, but did not, however, give it away), but we did not get back down in time to get a puck signed by a mystery Leaf.
I've never been to a louder event at the Air Canada Centre. From the first goal, to the final horn, the crowd was screaming and cheering. That probably had something to do with it being against Ottawa, but it's been a long time since I saw a Wave go around an arena for five full minutes. There were, of course, the always helpful bellows of "SKATE!", "HIT HIM!",2 and "WHOO!", and there was a royal dink in front of us that constantly changed seats, much to the chagrin of his wife and the people in his row.
We've got another game coming up in March - where, if I see them, I will purchase said autographed puck - and probably a few more mixed in to start off what will hopefully be a very sporty year. Is one game per month too much to ask? Perhaps it will get difficult as we approach the end of the year, and the scarcity of Leafs and Raptors weekend tickets renews, but for now, with lacrosse, soccer, and baseball still waiting to be viewed, it seems highly likely.
Now, some pictures to tide you over.
Luke Schenn, practicing for his off-season career in modeling
The Leafs, celebrating with goalie J-S Gigure
A highly satisfying and terribly exciting 5-0 win
The Dink (#22), with embarrassed wife
1 - Meaghan and I actually did our part to contribute to global warming, hauling to and from Orillia and to and from Yorkdale on Friday and Saturday
2 - While they have seemed lost at times, I think the Leafs still remember those particular parts of the game