Leafs Report

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

NO PLACE LIKE HOME?

OTTAWA -- Daniel Alfredsson is used to it by now.

The personable Sens captain knows he is going to be booed by the thousands of Maple Leaf fans who flock to Scotiabank Place every time Toronto visits Ottawa in the Battle of Ontario.

It was the same story last night.

Almost every time Alfredsson touched the puck, he was jeered by the pockets of blue-and-white clad Leafs supporters sprinkled throughout the arena.

It's part of life, he says, in the Battle of Ontario.

"I don't think it will change until after I retire," Alfredsson said yesterday, referring to the large number of Leafs fans in attendance.

"There is a new generation of Sens fans, one that is becoming larger and larger. But I also understand that, in previous generations, before the Sens were around, most people here were either Leafs fans or Montreal Canadiens fans.

"That will change. One day I can see it where these games will be attended by 90% Sens fans."

Not last night.

FRIENDS AND FOES

Being from the Toronto area, Senators forward Jason Spezza has managed to keep his long-time buddies from flashing their blue-and-white allegiances in front of him.

"I've actually managed to convert some of them to Sens fans," Spezza said.

And what of those friends who remain loyal to the Leafs?

"They cheer for me when we play the Leafs," he said. "And when we don't, well, some of them go back to their old ways."


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