Belfour getting noticed

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 12:36 PM ET


 A week away from his 39th birthday, Ed Belfour is shutting out Father Time as well as the Ottawa Senators.

 Here's a sampling of comments from the hockey community on his recent hot streak, four shutouts in his past five games, two in the playoffs:

 - Analyst/ex-goalie John Davidson: "I think he has a perfect understanding of the position."

 PREPARATION

 - Leafs team psychologist Paul Dennis: "He is a case study in mental preparation. He is a source of inspiration to everyone in the organization."

 - Analyst Harry Neale: "He has the ability to make the most difficult saves look routine."

 - Leafs forward Alex Mogilny: "He's very intense on game day. We don't go near him, because we don't want to get hit on the head by his stick. We give him his own path, let him do his own thing and and respect the fact that everyone prepares differently, especially him, because he's so important to this club."

 And few people understand what makes Belfour tick better than Mike Keenan, who was Belfour's coach when the young goaltender played his first full NHL season a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1991.

 The accolades come as no surprise to Keenan, who feels Belfour's outstanding conditioning is keeping him at the top of his game.

 "He always was in great shape," said Keenan yesterday.


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