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Tribute touches Quinn

ROBERT TYCHKOWSKI , QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:54 AM ET

TORONTO — The Maple Leafs had a brief Welcome Back Pat video during the first TV timeout Saturday night, a move that definitely struck a chord with their crusty ex-coach.

“I didn’t see what was up there but I could hear the music,” he said of The Mighty Quinn theme music. “This was a terrific place for me both back when I was a player and the years I was coaching here. That was a nice touch tonight. As disappointed as I am in how our team played, that part had a little satisfaction to it.

“I think I had a little bit of a love affair with the fans here.”

He wasn’t all that enamoured with his own guys, though, after watching the Leafs crash Jeff Deslauriers’s net all night.

Eventually Deslauriers lost his cool and threw a few punches at former Flame Dion Phaneuf and enforcer Colton Orr in the same scrum.

“I was just getting tired of getting run down by other players, maybe a little frustration,” Deslauiers said. “That’s hockey. You play with emotion.”

Quinn understands where the anger came from, and wishes more of his players had that kind of fire.

“A few pucks starting going into him and his team wasn’t protecting him in front, he thought he got bumped into and I guess he didn’t like it very much,” said Quinn, who pulled Deslauriers after the second period.

“My displeasure wasn’t with him so much in the reason for the change, my displeasure was our guys in front of him that didn’t provide a little more protection for him. But we’ve been a soft team a long time in that area and these guys knew it and took advantage.

“The officials didn’t assist him. They were the same as our team, they didn’t assist him either.

“If they’re not going to do the job you want your own team doing it, but unfortunately we didn’t do it. So I put Dubes (Devan Dubnyk) in to take some heat off him.”

robert.tychkowski@sunmedia.ca


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