October 18, 2010
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency
First there was Foster and Bill Hewitt, now there could be another father-son broadcast combination working the Leafs one day.
Joe Bowen's son Sean Bowman called his first hockey game on Saturday night for the St. Michael's Majors web site, in Sudbury, the same city where his dad began his play-by-play career in 1973 with the junior Wolves.
Sean, 20, attends the college for Sports Media in Toronto. It was his first hockey game, though he has done volleyball and football through the school. The elder Bowen is in his 29th year of radio/TV with the Leafs, having called more than 2,500 games.
"Dad is very proud of him," the senior Bowen said.
DION'S NET RESULT
Expect the Leafs to keep using the new wrinkle on their power play, defenceman Dion Phaneuf dropping down from the point to screen. It has paid off a couple of times in preseason and regular season. It's particularly useful when the first unit of Tyler Bozak, Phil Kessel and Kris Versteeg is out, none of them big bodies who can park comfortably in front of the net.
"That's something we've watched some of the better power plays in the league do over the past couple of years, drive down the back door then stay there," coach Ron Wilson said. "asking them (Bozak's line) to stand in front of the net is a bit of a stretch. Dion is getting his shots from the point, too. It's just the way it's worked out."
VIEW TO A KILL
Toronto takes a 93% penalty kill into Monday's game against the Islanders, a far cry from being last in the NHL, like has been the norm over much of the past two seasons.
"It starts with getting big saves," third-year defenceman Luke Schenn said. "the biggest part of any penalty kill is your goaltender. They're bailing us out and we are trying to be a lot more aggressive.
"We're not going out there (just) hoping you're going to kill the penalty -- you are going to kill it. that's the kind of confidence we are playing with right now. We have the work ethic and the commitment to block the shots, all the little things that make the penalty kill successful."
There was a scare at Sunday morning practice at the Ricoh Coliseum when a Kessel shot of a bouncing puck struck bozak in the side of the head. the first-line centre rushed to the dressing room and departed with an ice pack on his ear, but Wilson said he'd be fine ... the NHL will presumably have its west end overhead camera at the ACC fixed for Monday's game. It conked out on the replay of Tim Brent's goal last Saturday, leading to a long delay to find a proper angle showing the puck over the line ... Nazem Kadri has dropped from No. 43 to 13 for the Marlies. With long-time captain Ben Ondrus now gone, coach Dallas Eakins is rotating three alternates per game.