HNIC game thrills Burke

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:56 AM ET

Even for a guy long in the tooth and in the twilight of his career, playing in Toronto on a Saturday night is a rush.

"I don't care how long you have been around or how old you are, there are not too many thrills in this game that are bigger," Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Sean Burke said.

"It's always a big thrill. I grew up in Toronto and Hockey Night in Canada was what Saturday night was all about."

Burke, 39, broke into the NHL in 1987-88 with the New Jersey Devils, around the same time Sidney Crosby was in diapers. Burke spent two seasons with the Toronto Marlboros in the mid-1980s before playing with the Canadian national team and forging an NHL career, which has had stops in eight different cities.

CUP? WHAT CUP?

Lightning coach John Tortorella has gone to great pains this season to make others forget his club won the Stanley Cup two years ago, and yesterday morning was no different. Tortorella has no interest in watching his club rest on that achievement, though at times this season it appears it has done just that.

"In a seven-month season, everyone goes back to when we won the Cup," Tortorella said. "We're not even thinking about that."

Tortorella's team has had its defensive problems in 2005-06, but he is not about to ask his players to sit on their offensive abilities.

"We are not going to get into a situation where we are going to have one guy forecheck and four guys stay back," Tortorella said. "We're not going to do that. We feel the best defence is a good offence. We just need to do a little bit better in our reads as far as odd-man rushes go."

NOT EASY TO DO

Making Tie Domi a healthy scratch for the game against the New York Islanders on Friday was not a simple decision, Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said.

"Those tasks are never easy, especially for guys who have had a long history of great service," Quinn said. "And those decisions are not necessarily the right ones all the time."


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