Fly on the Wall - Jan. 8, 2009
Wilson’s “Top Three” take a time out
With his team spending a total of 82 minutes in the penalty box against the Canadiens, it was hardly a shocker to hear that Toronto coach Ron Wilson wasn’t a fan of the boys in stripes at the end of the game.
“I didn’t really like the way the game was officiated. We were on the receiving end in some scrums and we had some guys thrown in the box for 10 minutes. Actually it was three of our better hockey players tonight that had to spend a lot of time in there for really not doing anything, but that’s out of your control.”
Stajan on a classic match-up
On a night honoring one of the greatest Original Six rivalries in NHL history, Mississauga, Ontario native Matt Stajan thought the game reflected the spirit of the evening; he just would have preferred a more 1967-like ending to the events.
“Anytime you play those guys, obviously it’s a big rivalry and the crowd is into it an there’s a lot of emotion. I think you could see that with a scrum after every play. That being said, we were down in the hockey game and we didn’t make it close on the scoreboard and that’s the end result.”
Welcome back, Mikhail!
After flying under the radar during his 27-game tenure with the Canadiens, newly-converted Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski seems to be getting more attention from the Montreal faithful than ever before. When an attempt to square off against fellow countryman Sergei Kostitsyn was snuffed out by the officials, he waved his “appreciation” to the crowd on his way to the showers.
“Everyone in Montreal hates me now because I play for Toronto. Enjoy if Montreal wins the Stanley Cup this year, but I’m happy to stay in Toronto; it’s my team now and I don’t care about Montreal. [Kostitsyn] is no Belarusian now; he is French. I never fight with Belarusian guys and I don’t know why he wants to fight me. If he wants to fight and go in the street and every day, every minute I’ll wait and fight.”
Shauna Denis is a writer for canadiens.com