Friday, December 3

The bishop receives a night like a leaf

Article content

Alex Bishop missed his appointment with destiny EBUG for almost two years, but sitting at the bottom of the bench for the Maple Leafs on Saturday was still exciting.

Commercial

Article content

It was Bishop’s night off as a rotating replacement goalie at Scotiabank on February 22, 2020 when Carolina called Zamboni’s manager David Ayres, 43, and ended up retaining a win over the Leafs and being celebrated across the sporting world. and on American television late at night.

That was the night James Reimer and Petr Mrazek were injured on the Canes net and it was an injury to Mrazek, this time as Leaf, that opened the door again Saturday for Bishop, the fourth-year trade student from the University of Toronto Blues in Richmond. Closed.

“A great experience,” Bishop said afterward, who used No. 70. “(Going out) for the warm-up, with the camera flash it was pretty surreal. It’s pretty annoying, but great to go in and take some photos.

Commercial

Article content

“It doesn’t escape me that this is a pretty rare opportunity. I am very lucky to cheer on my hometown team ”.

We apologize, but this video could not be loaded.

He let his parents know in the morning when he was working on the skate and they got to the game, but he eventually turned off his phone as the calls and messages piled up.

“I saw that game (by Ayres); a day later and that would have been me. The first period I was quite nervous, the second period began to relax, the third I soaked it all up. “

When Campbell came to the bench to call a timeout, he punched Bishop to make him feel at home.

GRAY AREA WITH AUSTON

The Leafs hope Saturday morning’s skating will be the last time Auston Matthews is seen at practice wearing gray.

It was thought best to wait three games to be absolutely, confidently, 100% certain that his surgically repaired doll was not only healed, but also battle tested in mock drills, as he had not played an exhibition game. Monday’s game against the Rangers turned into the goal when Matthews broke the puck with authority on Saturday morning, coach Sheldon Keefe was not guaranteeing anything.

Commercial

Article content

“I spoke to him today, he was very positive, things are progressing, but there is no set date,” Keefe said. “

GAME IN

Anton Forsberg faced more than 70 shots in two straight games for the Leafs, allowing four goals. After the second period, when he faced Toronto’s 5-on-3 by 1:06 in the interim period and snatched what would have been John Tavares’ 200th spot as Leaf, William Nylander had a few words of praise. for his compatriot. Nylander and Tavares made eight of the Leafs’ first 23 shots, during which time Ottawa’s teammates also blocked 17 for Forsberg … Timothy Liljegren seemed to be a great fit in his season debut with Jake Muzzin, as a sick Justin Holl had the night off … Grown up at home defenders Liljeren, Rasmus Sandin and Travis Dermott had assists, Campbell was highly praised for Dermott’s stick control in a dangerous 2v1.

Commercial

Article content

BOTTOM UP

The first four nights of the NHL calendar saw 13 teams that missed the playoffs last season win or earn points. While this is taken into account as a very small sample size and a couple of those 13 played against each other, it is still a sign that the front of the group may take few, if any, nights off as the rigors if a long schedule and trip return.

“You can win any night in the NHL, especially early on,” said Ottawa coach DJ Smith. “That’s when the teams aren’t tired yet and depth isn’t a big issue or you’re overplaying your guys. But as you get into games 20-40, teams with more depth will start to click. Anyone can win, but it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish. “

With Saturday’s second game against Ottawa this week, the Leafs are on a six-game streak in their first nine against non-2021 playoff clubs. Toronto forward Alex Kerfoot did not count any of those as points in the bag.

Commercial

Article content

“We all know that parity in the NHL is really unmatched in any other sport,” he said. “Each team can beat another. We know whoever we play with has a chance to win and that shows you how focused you have to be. “

BRADY COME BACK SOON

The next Toronto-Ottawa game will be on New Years Day, when Brady Tkachuk is presumed to be shooting for the Sens. But Smith didn’t want the newly revamped star to make his season debut this weekend while still shedding the absence from training ground. .

“If it was up to him, I’d be there tonight,” Smith said Saturday morning. “But my job as a coach is to protect him. Since I came here, it’s about being a good team for a long time. Brady is a big part of that and we have to make sure we take care of him 100% and set him up for success.

Commercial

Article content

“When Brady is physical, he just builds up the intensity, the excitement, everything, and ultimately he’s the most physical type. If you’re a defender and you have to shut him down or (Drake) Batherson with him and if you play hard, Brady will most likely be with you all night. That will offend us. “

Smith is considering Thursday’s home game against San Jose to pitch Tkachuk, but he did not rule out Sunday’s game against Dallas if any aspect of Sens happened after Saturday against the Leafs or if there is an injury.

“There is a possibility, but I am mistaken on the side of caution. There are 82 games, you get really excited to get it into one, but if it’s not ready, there is (a concern for) confidence, everything. Other guys have invested time and it may be their last (game) to stay or stay in a certain place. “

Commercial

Article content

We apologize, but this video could not be loaded.

LOOSE LEAVES

And now something completely different: an American opponent. After Saturday’s 72nd straight game against a Canadian team since January 2021 (regular season, playoffs and exhibition, nearly half involving Ottawa and Montreal), the Leafs host the New York Rangers on Monday… A senator knew the Bishop of Leafs. He and Thomas Chabot were teammates on the QMJHL Saint John Sea Dogs… The Marlies had a winning note on Saturday with a 5-1 home win over Manitoba. First star Josh Ho-Sang scored two and Kirill Semyomov had three assists, with Nick Robertson adding two. Ho-Sang leads 96 for Toronto.

lhornby @ postmedia, com

    Commercial

Comments

Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civilized discussion forum and encourages all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can take up to an hour to moderate before appearing on the site. We ask that you keep your comments relevant and respectful. We have enabled email notifications – you will now receive an email if you receive a response to your comment, there is an update from a comment thread you follow, or if a user you follow comments. Visit our Community Principles for more information and details on how to adjust your E-mail settings.

Reference-torontosun.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *