Curtis Joseph wondered if he would ever hear cheers in Toronto again after his bitter divorce from the team in 2002. But he got tingles when the crowd began chanting his name during his return Monday night against the Sabres.
The chants grew louder when a video of his best saves from 1998-02 was shown and the old Cujo dog growl sound-effect was played.
"I snuck a peek at the board," Joseph said. "It was a great reception."
Finnish winger Niklas Hagman was shocked to hear of the shooting deaths of 10 students yesterday at a trade school 180 miles northwest of Helsinki, the country's second such mass murder in less than a year.
"There is a lot of coverage of similar crimes in the United States and people try to copy it," Hagman said.
"It's a tragedy, not just for Finland, but everywhere in the world."
IN PRAISE OF BLAKE
Coach Ron Wilson was very complimentary of left winger Jason Blake after seeing him in action Monday night. Blake is a player Wilson must get on board this season.
"(He must) do exactly what he did last night, lead by example," Wilson said. "He did a good job on the bench keeping people focused when we needed them to be.
"He has to be a pest, but more than anything, he has to take the puck to the net, and he did that last night. He drew penalties, which resulted in us scoring."