Winger Colton Orr left a lot of friends in New York when he signed with the Leafs -- and a few teeth and bloody patches around Madison Square Garden. Orr, who had more than 60 fights for the Blueshirts, is pumped for his return tonight.
"You have no friends there," Orr said with a laugh as the Leafs packed yesterday. "It's exciting, but it's another game and we have to win it. I had some good coaches there and Tom Renney took me under his wing. But I'm happy where I am today."
Orr warmed up for his visit with a fight Saturday against Pittsburgh's Eric Godard, a regular bout when he was a Ranger and Godard played for the rival Islanders.
Orr wore No. 28 for the Rangers last year and knew full well its significance as Leafs penalty king Tie Domi's property when he asked for it here. Domi also was a Rangers' enforcer.
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The Leafs insist they aren't letting their early-season slump damage their confidence, though it's the first time in a decade they haven't had a win after the first four games.
"We've talked about relaxing and having fun," winger Jamal Mayers said. "Obviously, that's hard to do, but that kind of energy is infectious, creating some small positives. Hopefully, our confidence will rise and we'll play better."
Added Alexei Ponikarovsky: "It's not like you feel sorry for yourself, you have to re-group and things will fall into place. But we have to turn things around as fast as we can, not wait another 10 games."