All aboard the bandwagons

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:59 AM ET

Unless they develop a sudden crush on the Anaheim Ducks, many Maple Leafs fans are going to have to hold their noses and cheer for one of Toronto's three main rivals in the semi-finals.

That's certainly not a problem at the Detroit Eatery in the heart of Greektown on the Danforth, where Chris Antaras has a Kris Draper jersey among other items in his red and white themed restaurant.

"I would say it's 50% of people in here cheering for Detroit, 30% Buffalo and 20% Ottawa," Antaras said.

What, he didn't get that message to Leafs fans to jump aboard from Senators owner Eugene Melnyk?

"Naw, Leafs fans still hate them," Antaras said.

The Bottom Line, a slap shot from the Air Canada Centre, is being a bit more receptive to the idea of the Senators making it into the Stanley Cup final.

"I'm torn, because Buffalo is our closest neighbour," said day bartender Gail Condie. "But I'm assuming all our customers are going to be patriotic and get behind Ottawa. That's the best connection."

Down the street at Scotland Yard, there was a reluctant thumb's up for the Senators from manager Graham Hnatiw.

"I would say almost everybody here is for Ottawa," he said.


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