December 11, 2010
Waffle toss 'just stupidity'Versteeg calls out disgruntled fan
By DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Remember that SCTV skit Dr. Tongue's 3-D House of Pancakes in which comedian John Candy darts a plate of pancakes in and out at the camera in a menacing fashion?
Well, the Air Canada Centre just might turn into the 3-D House of Waffles on Saturday night if the Maple Leafs don't put in a decent performance against the Montreal Canadiens.
The Leafs were booed off the ice on Thursday night against the Philadelphia Flyers and one particularly disgruntled fan tossed waffles at the team to show his disgust with the 4-1 loss. Now, many are wondering if the Hockey Night In Canada cameras, broadcasting the first ever Canadian hockey game in 3-D on Saturday, might just pick up the sequel to the waffle toss.
"It's just stupidity," Leafs forward Kris Versteeg said after the team's morning skate. "It shouldn't even have happened during the game. You hate to see stuff thrown on the ice."
Stupid or not, the fans were clearly showing their displeasure with a team that, after getting out to a 4-0 start, is quickly fading from the playoff picture.
The rested Leafs (10-14-4) will be looking to get out to a fast start against their Original Six rival and take advantage of the weary Canadiens (18-9-2), who lost 4-2 to Detroit on Friday night. Or at the very least, they will be trying not to give up a couple of quick goals the way they did against the Flyers.
"If you're not scoring and then you have to be the one to score first, it's difficult," coach Ron Wilson said of the Leafs lack of offensive punch. "We have to get (scoring first) out of our minds and focus on how we are playing. We've got to make sure we're ready to start the game, that our focus isn't so much on the first goal and giving up a goal on a mistake. We've got to pay attention to detail and if we do that, we'll score goals."
To give the Leafs some extra zip, Wilson will be going with J-S Giguere (6-6-2, 2.90 GAA) in net again, hoping the French Canadian will be fired up to play the Habs.
"Jiggy is going to start, that's an easy decision for me," Wilson said. "He'll be particularly motivated ... playing Montreal is a big deal for Jiggy and because of his French Canadian heritage, he'll be all jacked up."