PITTSBURGH -- The terrorist scare aboard a Detroit-bound airliner Christmas day has had an impact on the Maple Leafs, the media that follows them, even the game officials.
With increased security measures creating havoc at Pearson airport, players and staff were put through more intense checks before the team charter took off for Pittsburgh late Saturday night.
Meanwhile, due to airport chaos and flight cancellations yesterday, only one reporter from a Toronto newspaper - that being a representative from the Toronto Sun -- was on hand for the Leafs-Pittsburgh Penguins game at Mellon Arena last night.
In fact, in more than a decade of covering the Leafs, yours truly has never seen so few Toronto reporters sitting on press row at a Leaf game. There were only two, with AM 640's Jonas Siegel being the other.
Many flights back to Toronto scheduled for today were cancelled.
Despite having no official morning skate, three Leafs -- defencemen Jeff Finger, Luke Schenn and Garnet Exelby -- showed up to work on their shots.