College of Sports Media Game of the Night:
If the hockey we saw during the Olympics was comparable to watching an Oscar winner, then this season’s version of the Toronto Maple Leafs is like a grade eight production. On Tuesday night, in their first game back, the Leafs were trounced by the Carolina Hurricanes 5-1. Let’s not take anything from Carolina – they’ve won nine of their last 11 games, but Toronto looked awful. For anyone who thought it had something to do with general manager or the coach, the Americans performance in the winter games prove those theories wrong. Over the trade deadline GM Brian Burke traded away Alex Ponikarovsky, Lee Stempniak and Marlies goalie Joey Macdonald in return for prospects and draft picks. This team will not be making the playoffs, but can it be good enough to stay out of the NHL basement? I know one team that hopes not. That team is the Boston Bruins and they will be hosting the Leafs tonight. Last season the Bruins were one of the leagues best. This season – not so much. In their first game back the Bruins were trounced 4-1 by the Montreal Canadians. They are the lowest scoring team in the league and are tied with the New York Rangers for the eighth spot in the East.