AND THE WHINING BEGINS...

Steve Lansky
October 19 2010 03:17PM

Please tell me this is not happening in Toronto already. Please tell me the city, just five games into the NHL season, isn’t already whining about referees’ calls, quick whistles and perceived gloved pucks in the crease.

Come on, Toronto, are we not bigger than that? Why do you think the rest of Canada keeps us off its Christmas card list? 

For two periods on Monday night, the Islanders played a fantastic road game. They kept the Leafs to the perimeter. They slowed Toronto’s blinding speed. They got a sensational effort from a great-grandfather in goal. Why can’t fans of the team just accept the fact that New York played a great game?

Oh no. It has to be all about the quick linesman whistle on Kris Versteeg’s disallowed late second-period goal. If the whistle went, the whistle went. Have you ever worked a professional hockey game as an official? It’s a no-win gig. You better have stones the size of pumpkins to step out there.

Quit whining about the job these guys do.

And why am I reading about Ron Wilson being miffed that John Tavares covered the puck in the crease on Colby Armstrong’s goal line roller? Tavares didn’t cover anything. He tried to. He reached with his hand, all right. He covered absolutely nothing. The puck doinked right off the post and clean under Tavares’ body.

LET IT GO

It’s not a penalty. It’s not a penalty shot. If the Leafs hadn’t been struggling offensively all night, nobody would even care right now. Why can’t Toronto simply give Dwayne Roloson credit for a wonderful, 41-year old effort in goal?

Every so often, teams run into a hot goaltender. To have earned a point off that match-up is really a fortunate achievement. Acknowledge that, Leafs’ fans.

Be thrilled that Dion Phaneuf really showed some dazzling offensive skills in the third period. Something he hadn’t thus far this season.

Be excited that Brett Lebda (overtime penalty aside) is a much better blueliner than Carl Gunnarsson right now. Be excited that, even though they were outplayed, the Leafs were right in the game until John Tavares wired that OT winner over J-S “Why-the-hell-is-he-already-down-on-one-knee” Giguère.

There are going to be plenty more losses this season. There will be stretches without a win. Now that the Leafs have started the season on a high, it’s time for fans in Southern Ontario to consider how they root for this team.

And how they conduct themselves when things don’t go exactly as they expect they will.

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Steve Lansky's first exposure to the game was at storied Maple Leaf Gardens, running downstairs at the end of every period just to watch the great Dave Keon walk off the ice to the room. A decade later, while he was still in high school, Oilers' head coach Glen Sather asked Lansky, "Hey, how'd you like to be our team statistician?" In 1983, at the age of 22, Lansky became the youngest producer in the history of CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, giving him a front-row seat to the Edmonton Oilers' dynasty. Lansky also helped launch Rogers Sportsnet's fledgling hockey coverage when the network made its début in 1998. You can follow him at bigmouthsports.com and at twitter.com/bigmouthsports
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#1 Wanye
October 20 2010, 06:52PM
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Steve whining is only a deletion of an H and an addition of an N away from winning.

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#3 Pension Plan Puppets
October 20 2010, 10:13PM
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How do you give negative props to a post?

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#4 Chemmy
October 21 2010, 07:52AM
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And what's the deal with Leafs fans saying "plan the parade" all the time?

I mean, heh, don't they have last year's plans laying around?

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#5 Wanye
October 21 2010, 11:30AM
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Pension Plan Puppets wrote:

How do you give negative props to a post?

If we had negative props on posts the sites would have melted long ago. The only time you don't want positivity is when you are taking a pregnancy test.

BAZING!

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#6 CoryNewb
October 21 2010, 12:00PM
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Chemmy wrote:

And what's the deal with Leafs fans saying "plan the parade" all the time?

I mean, heh, don't they have last year's plans laying around?

Queue the drums boys...

BA-DAM-CHSSH

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