TORONTO - The ‘A’ on the front of defenceman Luke Schenn’s sweater on Saturday night didn’t need to be attached with much more than Velcro, as forward Colby Armstrong will get the letter that belonged to Tomas Kaberle once Armstrong returns from blurred vision.
That should happen this week.
But Schenn was glad for the opportunity to wear it, even if it is just for one game.
“Ron (Wilson) said don’t get too excited, because it’s only temporary until Colby gets back,” Schenn said. “It’s nice to get the responsibility from your coaches. They see you are trying to improve.”
Schenn has been the Leafs’ best defenceman in 2010-11 and leads National Hockey League defencemen with 181 hits.
“I feel a lot more comfortable this season,” Schenn said. “The first couple of years here, you are feeling it out and you don’t really know what to expect too much, but I guess you kind of get used to the city and how things work around here as far as the fans and media go. You become more comfortable in this locker room as time goes on.”
REIMER LIKES IT
Many of the 19,460 fans in attendance at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday started doing the wave in the third period, a show of enthusiasm that’s impossible for the players to miss.
“That’s what you dream about when you are playing as a kid — hearing the fans roar and doing the wave and getting into it,” rookie goaltender James Reimer said. “It definitely was one of the most fun games I have played in as an athlete. They were great. They keep that up and this team is going to play with a lot of energy on most nights.”
Wilson said he did not view the 1-0 shootout loss to the Senators as a wasted opportunity.
“I don’t view these games like, if you get a point, it’s a loss,” Wilson said. “But we found a way to get a point. We should have had another one, but we didn’t, so you move on.”
The loss marked the second time the Leafs have lost 1-0 in a shootout, with the other coming on Oct. 17, 2008 against the New York Rangers, when Vesa Toskala was in goal. The Leafs never have won 1-0 in a shootout. Their most recent 0-0 tie at home was on Dec. 21, 1987, when no player could beat Leafs goalie Allan Bester or Kari Takko of the Minnesota North Stars.
Wilson expects Armstrong, who has missed the past four games, “to be in the lineup this week.” ... Tyler Bozak has just eight goals and 12 assists in 59 games this season, production that has been a disappointment. Wilson took him task after the loss to Ottawa, saying Bozak has to bear down. “If you miss opportunities, you can’t really think about them or dwell on them,” Bozak said. “That will just eat at you.” ... The Leafs were off on Sunday and will practise on Monday morning. Part of the Family Day activities at the MasterCard Centre, which include public skating, is general manager Brian Burke addressing fans in a question-and-answer format.