D buddies hang out

ROB LONGLEY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:30 AM ET

Drew Doughty showed his friend and fellow NHL rookie defenceman, Luke Schenn how the other half lives. With a mutual night off, the two former Canadian junior teammates took in the Raptors-L.A. Lakers game on Sunday night at the Staples Center.

Doughty, who was selected second over all by the Kings in the 2008 entry draft and Schenn, who was taken fifth by the Leafs, are two of the big four defenceman selected early in the first round to stick with their clubs.

"He's a good buddy of mine, I played with him four different times with Hockey Canada," Schenn said of Doughty. "It's great to see him getting his opportunity here in L.A. It's all about the opportunity and we've both been getting it."

Schenn was still buzzing about the atmosphere at the Lakers game where the biggest celeb he laid eyes on was soccer star David Beckham.

"That was pretty cool, just to go there and see what it's all about," Schenn said.

Leafs coach Ron Wilson figures Saskatoon native Schenn would have been in for more of a culture shock than London, Ont.'s Doughty.

"It was probably a real eye-opener for Luke than Drew," Wilson said. "Drew has been out here for a while and seen a little bit of the California lifestyle."

TRUSTING TOSKALA

Wilson believes hard work in practice has paid off for goalie Vesa Toskala, who entered last night's games off a pair of strong efforts -- a win over Philadelphia and a shootout loss to Ottawa.

"It's simple, when you are a smaller goalie, you've got to get out and be a little more aggressive," Wilson said. "He's worked really hard on the last few weeks and you are starting to see the results."

LIFE OF BRIAN

New president and general manager Brian Burke is expected to rejoin the team today in San Jose -- weather and travel permitting. Burke had intended to be in L.A. for last night's game against the Kings but couldn't get out of Boston because of fog.

LOOSE LEAFS

Forward Jason Blake made his return to the lineup after missing two games because of a suspected mild concussion sustained on a hit from Atlanta's Colby Armstrong last Thursday ... They're still a ways from returning to the lineup, but injured defencemen Jonas Frogren (arm) and Mike Van Ryn (hand) made the trip. Both stayed on the ice long after the pre-game skate yesterday ... Leafs leading scorer Matt Stajan was also a go despite being hit with the flu bug on the weekend. "I'm just trying to get some foot in me," Stajan said. "I woke up Sunday not feeling so great, but I'm ready to go."


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