It's foolish to get excited about a meaningless preseason victory, but live hockey on television after a long day at the office is reason enough to celebrate last night's win by the Leafs.
The preseason continues tonight with the Philadelphia Flyers in town for a 7 p.m. (Leafs TV) start. It's sibling rivalry night at the ACC, with the Kessel and Schenn brothers on opposite sides of the ice to add a little spice to the matchup. Mirtle will be by later with the full lineups.
Until then, the links:
Via Pension Plan Puppets, the video tribute before last night's game to Wade Belak, Igor Korolev and Alexander Karpovtsev.
Mirtle's take on last night's win.
Mirtle on goalie Ben Scrivens using James Reimer as a role model.
Toronto Star reporter Mark Zwolinski has five answers from the first preseason game.
Michael Traikos at The National Post examines The Monster's uncertain future.
Tim Panaccio gives us a preview of tonight's possible Schenn vs. Schenn matchup from a Philly perspective.
Michael Langlois at Vintage Leaf Memories tries to figure out where the Maple Leafs fit in the NHL right now.