OK, technically it’s just under nine years. Mats Sundin scored a game-tying goal on May 4, 2004 to send Game 6 of the Leafs’ series against the Philadelphia Flyers into overtime. That set the stage for the famous turn of events where Sami Kapanen struggled to get to the Flyers’ bench just moments before Jeremy Roenick ended the series.
Yup, it’s been a while.
In case you’re wondering, Wade Redden scored a goal and then was involved in the second tally to put Boston up 2-1 later on in the first. The Sporting News’ Jesse Spector points out that Redden scored against the Maple Leafs in 2004, too.
Cold for Clutterbuck? Illness sidelines Isles’ heavy-hitter
The Isles announced that Clutterbuck won’t play on Saturday because of an illness. Their next game is against the Detroit Red Wings on Monday, and then they don’t suit up again until Thursday, so Clutterbuck’s sickness may not be too much of a nuisance.
According to Yahoo’s numbers, the amusingly named forward has delivered 55 hits in 14 career games against the Canes (not to mention a solid five points).
Matt Martin‘s among the most frequent hitters in the league, too, so it’s not like the Hurricanes will leave tonight’s game totally unscathed.
Laurent Brossoit will make his second career start in Saturday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets.
Brossoit will be between the pipes because starter Cam Talbot is ill and missed the morning skate.
The Oilers are hoping Brossoit isn’t as busy this time as he was in his first career start last year when he turned aside 49 shots in a 3-1 loss to San Jose.
“I’m a big believer in Brossoit,” said teammate Brandon Davidson, per the team’s website. “He’s done a great job. I played with him in the minors and he competes like no other. He’s tremendously athletic and he did a great job last year when he got the game too. He’s ready and I think he’ll show that tonight.”
The Jets will go with Ondrej Pavelec, who hasn’t played since Nov. 21 because of a knee injury.
–The Leafs have yet to announce their start. The Canucks haven’t named one either, but expect them to go with Ryan Miller.