I'll admit it. By the time the Sens had won 8 or 9 straight, the Leafs were doing pretty bad, and I was pretty concerned about the three February 6th tickets my girlfriend's sister gave me this past Christmas. It probably wasn't to late to get something for them off craigslist. Pretty much anything in return would be better than spending a night with the two of them, the gf and sis, (more leafs antagonists than actual hockey fans) rubbing a thrashing in my face all night, and presumably all year.
Buuut then I remembered the game was against the godless Senators of Ottawa, and if there's a team that's more heartless and gutless than the Sens, it wouldn't surprise me very much, because they can't ever seem to be the best at anything.
So many thanks Claire, for what was truly a great Christmas present. Here are my top 5 reasons I'm glad I didn't trade those tickets for a used blender.
5. Getting to see Schenn unleash what is becoming a beast of a shot - and pot two. I hope there's more where that came from.
4. Hearing the crowd chanting "Jiggy" for the last minute of the game en route to Giguere's second of two perfect games as a Leaf.
3. Seeing Carkner wobbling off the ice with teammates insistent that he receive medical attention in the dressing room, and the subsequent roar of the crowd matching the loudness of the fight itself.
2. With the game in hand, seeing the wave make around 30-40 laps around the ACC, then culminate into a loud, vigourous "Go Leafs Go (Leafs)" chant, and capped off with a deafening cheer as the centre ice monitor shows a "we be-leaf" sign. I've never heard such a loud arena.
1. Getting to hear 20000 people stand silently at attention for Brendan Burke. I've never heard such a quiet arena.