I've just returned from the ACC. It was opening night, and that means the 48th Highlanders.
I've missed Leafs hockey, and there's nothing like the Leafs and Habs to open the season.
There was no anthem singer on this night. The 19,000+ joining me at the ACC did the honours.
Every time I'm in these seats, I'm blown away by how close to the ice we are. Growing up, every game I watched at Maple Leaf Gardens was from the Greys. I still can't believe I get to see games from the 3rd row. Thanks, Ford Canada! Sorry about the hefty food bill...
The game itself was a lot of fun, after a slow start to the first period. Our Leafs shutout the hateful Habs 2-0 thanks to goals by Lombardi and Phaneuf. You couldn't ask for much more.
The first star was obvious. If Optimus Reim plays like this every night, playoff hockey will be back in this town.
One down, 81 more to go...