Defenceman Pavel Kubina made his Leafs debut last night, a day late and $26,737 US short in the pocket book after a one-game NHL suspension for a crosscheck on Detroit Red Wings' Jiri Hudler in Sunday's final exhibition game.
Wade Belak moved up to the fourth line after a night on defence, bumping Alex Suglobov, whose defensive play is a concern for coach Paul Maurice.
Ace Toronto Sun photographer Alex Urosevic loves shooting the rinkside action at the Air Canada Centre, but came a little too close for comfort during Wednesday night's game against the Senators.
In a freak accident, Urosevic took several stitches above his eye after the stick of a Leafs player came through the rectangular hole at the corner boards of the west end. Most NHL arenas have small circular holes big enough for a photographers' lenses, but the ACC's is wider and often is used by players for target practice when the rink is empty.
Urosevic, who had just snapped Chris Neill's goal for the Senators, was treated by paramedics after the freak accident and later checked out at hospital. But he stayed in the game to file the picture of the goal and was back at work yesterday.
As for the culprit, it was thought to be Michael Peca, but he pleaded innocent last night. Matt Stajan remembers brushing by the hole after Neill scored and avoiding a camera lens, but says his stick didn't make contact with the glass.
"We'll have to look at the Zapruder film on this one," Leafs' media relations director Pat Park said in jest.
NO SWISS CHEESE
Two of the newest goaltenders in the Northeast Division are Cristobal Huet of the Montreal Canadiens and Martin Gerber of the Sens. Huet was born in France and Gerber in Switzerland, not exactly goaltending hotbeds.
"There must be something in the water over there," Jason Spezza of the Sens said with a laugh. "I didn't know much about Gerber until he played three or four games in the Olympics. But he's like a lot of European guys, very laid back."