Toronto Sports Media Game of the Night

College of Sports Media Game of the Night:

For General Manager Brian Burke, his hockey team and the Olympics are the farthest thing on his mind. Any parent losing a child is extremely difficult and so our thoughts and prayers go out to Mr. Burke and his entire family.

For the only time this season the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the Western Conference leading San Jose Sharks to the ACC. Actually this will be the only time these two meet during the regular season. As usual San Jose is having a great regular season and should be in the mix for the President’s trophy at the end of the season. They’re already at 85 points, four in front of Chicago, and over their last ten games are 8-1-1. The Sharks have arguably the best line in all of the NHL. Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley have combined for 85 goals and 117 assists in 58 games. On Saturday night, Heatley had a couple of goals as the Sharks proved they were the alpha-animal edging the Nashville Predators 4-3. Toronto comes into this one riding an emotional roller coaster. Obviously they’re heavy-hearted with the death of their GM’s son, but they also are coming off a big win over their provincial rival the Ottawa Senators. The Sens came into the ACC on Saturday night winners of their last eleven games. The streak came to an end thanks to Phil Kessel, Luke Schenn and J.S. Giguere. Both Kessel and Schenn sniped a couple of goals and Giguere did something no goalie in the history of the Leafs has been able to do – back-to-back shut outs in his first two game in the blue and white. Giguere had a 30 save night against Ottawa and there should be no argument who should be in net tonight. Giguere came over to the Leafs from Anaheim and has the experience of playing San Jose many times over his career.

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