Ex-Leaf Lynn dies at 85

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:29 PM ET

TORONTO - Former Leaf Vic Lynn, who played for all of the Original Six teams in the NHL and won three Stanley Cups with Toronto in the late 1940s, has passed away at age 85

The Saskatoon-born Lynn played in the NHL from 1942 to 1954 and while with the Leafs was on a line with two legends, Ted Kennedy and Howie Meeker. The 1947 final saw Lynn hamper Rocket Richard to the point where the angry Montreal Canadiens’ star clubbed Lynn and cut his head open. Richard eventually was kicked out of Game 2. Lynn scored big goals in Games 3 and 6.

Lynn, a speedy left winger, had played for Detroit and Montreal before coming to the attention of the Leafs, ironically through a former player turned AHL referee named Rabbit McVeigh who tipped Leafs manager Conn Smythe that Lynn was available.

Phaneuf's big picture

Dion Phaneuf spent long enough in the press box during a month-long recuperation from a knee injury that he could have served as another eye-in-the-sky for the Leafs.

The captain’s input surely would have been welcome during the club’s 5-9-3 skid from the moment his leg was cut in a freak skate blade accident on Nov. 2 against Ottawa. But Phaneuf would not share any of his observations with the media when questioned what he liked and didn’t like while sitting upstairs.

“Everyone always says it’s very easy to be critical from up there,” Phaneuf said Thursday morning. “It isn’t as quick when you’re out there. You see a lot of things, but it’s pretty hard to be critical up there when they’re on the ice battling.”

Lucky charms

Centre Tim Brent wasn’t kidding the other day when he mentioned the Leafs are 3-0 when he scores. They are also 4-0 when he gets a point. But the Leafs’ loss to Pittsburgh on Wednesday was the first time Toronto has lost in regulation when Tomas Kaberle gets a point (7-1-4). Other such notable stats prior to Thursday night’s game against the Flyers were related to Nazem Kadri (5-0-0 when he gets a point) and Phaneuf (3-0-1 with a point). But the Leafs are 0-3 when Francois Beauchemin gets an assist.

Loose Leafs

Ron Wilson went into Thursday night’s game needing one win to tie Roger Neilson with 75 victories with the Leafs. Neilson coached Wilson for most of the latter’s 64 games with Toronto between 1977-80. Wilson could also catch, his predecessor, Paul Maurice, with two more wins ... The Leafs have played back-to-back 77 times since the lockout and swept just eight of them ... The club’s eight winning goals have come from Phil Kessel (three) and the members of one line, Nikolai Kulemin, Mikhail Grabovski and Clarke MacArthur (five total). The Leafs last had a winning goal from a defenceman in Game 82 last year when Phaneuf scored. They have only four goals from defencemen this season entering play Thursday night.


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