TORONTO - Colton Orr was feeling in the pink on Friday, at least by the colour of his skates.
Toronto’s tough guy winger was breaking in pink-accented skates as a show of support for breast cancer awareness and for Saturday’s game against the Rangers, in which Camp Trillium will be recognzed. A children’s cancer support centre, kids from the facility will be the team’s guests for the day.
“Any way I can support awareness for any kind of cancer, I’m willing to do that,” Orr said. “I thought I would try this out. You’ve seen several athletes do it, such as (Islanders’) Rick DiPietro with his pads.
“So many people have been affected by this and a lot of people in the NHL and the players are involved.”
The pink skates will be auctioned online after the game.
FULL OF BEANS
Dion Phaneuf and Phil Kessel had eventful games in Boston on Thursday. Captain Phaneuf wound up in a scrap with Nathan Horton of the Bruins that seemed to spark from an exchange of cuss words before a faceoff.
“He gave me a shot early and we were kind of at each other for the rest of it,” Phaneuf said. “He’s a guy who plays hard. I know, I played with him on the junior national team. It was nothing out of the ordinary.”
Tyler Seguin said he was trying not to laugh when the hometown fans chanted: “Thank you Kessel” after he scored, but Kessel remains puzzled by the reception he keeps getting, stating once more he never asked for a trade last season.
“It wasn’t the case, but what can you do?” Kessel said. “There have been plenty of trades there and I haven’t seen anyone else get that (booing upon returning). But that’s all right.”
The Leafs’ 2-0 loss to the Bruins on Thursday leaves Jonas Gustavsson with a record of 17-17-9 for the Leafs since his debut last season.
But it could be a whole lot better if his mates had helped in the scoring department. The Swede has lost a total of 19 games by results of two or less goals, and 14 by one puck. In his past two starts, he gave up two goals in each and the Leafs backed him with only one goal.
PROUD OF POP
Coach Ron Wilson was told a few days ago that his late father Larry had been elected to the American Hockey League Hall of Fame and the news became official on Friday. Joining Wilson, who spent 21 years in the league as a player and coach, are Mitch Lamoureux, Maurice Podoloff and Toronto-born Harry Pidhirny.
“He had a great career and we’re really proud,” Wilson said.
Wilson considered letting the Leafs on the bench early in Boston to watch 92-year-old Milt Schmidt raise his banner (Schmidt was not present years ago at the first event), but thought the ceremony might be too long for his players.
“I doubt if many of our guys knew who Milt Schmidt was, though I do,” added Wilson. “But it’s always neat to see Bobby Orr there.”