Leafs don't appreciate waffle tossing

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:46 PM ET

TORONTO - Toronto was booed off the ice on Thursday night after a 4-1 loss to Philadelphia and one disgruntled fan even tossed a waffle at the team. Though they didn’t find the incident particularly amusing, the Leafs were trying to keep their sense of humour after Saturday’s morning skate.

“(Francois) Beauchemin brought his stick for flipping waffles,” forward Kris Versteeg joked when asked about the incident. “But we’re not going to have waffles today.

“It’s just stupidity and it shouldn’t even have happened during the game. You hate to see stuff get thrown on the ice. To (the fans’) credit, yeah, it was a bad game and stuff got thrown. But you don’t ever want to see anyone get hurt.”

And The Winner Is

If you happened to catch the shootout between the Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday night, you would have been lucky enough to see the goal by rookie Jordan Eberle to open the round and the winner by newcomer Linas Omark. Eberle beat Lightning goalie Dan Ellis with a wrist shot after a series of nifty dekes, and Omark, making his NHL debut, fired a snapshot through Ellis’ legs after doing a spinarama at the blue line and then faking a slap shot.

“Omark, he’s a pretty crafty player,” said Leafs rookie Nazem Kadri, who saw the highlight reel of the goal. “I don’t know how he had the guts to pull that off.”

But Kadri, who demonstrated some nifty moves of his own in a shootout win over Boston last Saturday, said his favourite shootout moment had to be when Chicago captain Jonathan Toews scored three goals in Canada’s semifinal shootout win over the USA in the 2007 world junior hockey championship.

“I thought that was pretty amazing,” Kadri said of Toews’ feat. “At the time, I didn’t even realize in international rules you could use the same guy over and over again. So, I always thought that was pretty cool.”

It Would Be Classic

With this season’s edition of the Winter Classic just weeks away and the Big Chill at the Big House being played Saturday between Michigan State and the University of Michigan, injured defenceman Mike Komisarek wondered aloud what it would be like for the Maple Leafs and Canadiens to clash in an outdoor event.

“I think an outdoor game would be great between the Canadiens and the Leafs. There would definitely be a lot of fan support,” said Komisarek, who played for the Wolverines for two years. “As a player, you watch them on TV the last couple of years and you’d love to be a part of it. I think it’s great for the game, even better for the fans and it’s a win-win situation for everybody.”

This year’s Classic is on Jan. 1 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh and pits Sidney Crosby and the Penguins against Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. More than 100,000 people attended yesterday’s U.S. university tilt.

Watch and Learn

In the province of Quebec, the Canadiens are king. But Leafs starter J-S Giguere never proudly donned the Habs jersey as a kid.

“I never wore a Canadiens jersey growing up. I was a Quebec Nordiques fan,” the Montreal native said. “So, it wasn’t too hard to get going against them.”

But just because Giguere wasn’t a fan of the Canadiens then doesn’t mean the Leafs can’t learn from them now.

“They were a team that two or three years ago were struggling, just like we are. They turned it around pretty quick and look where they are now. I think they’re one of the better teams in the league. We can learn from how they play.”


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