The Maple Leafs hit the midway point of their pre-season Tuesday against the Pittsburgh Penguins and tough guy Colton Orr insists little will change, even against the Stanley Cup champs.
Pointing to fight-filled nights like Saturday when the 16 of the Leafs’ 18 penalties were either fighting or roughing, Orr said “that’s the way we are going to play. We’ll work hard and stick up for each other.”
The Leafs have rung up a 3-1 record after an eventful off-season. Things got even more interesting when GM Brian Burke dispatched two first round draft choices and a second rounder for the rights to Phil Kessel
Kessel, who scored 36 goals last season, is recovering from rotator cuff surgery. He is skating but will not be in the lineup until November.
After Tuesday’s contest, the Leafs are in Buffalo Wednesday and Detroit on Friday. The Red Wings return for a Saturday date before the Sabres finish the pre-season at Air Canada Centre on Sunday.
The Penguins, meanwhile, play in Montreal tonight.
The Pens were planning on using the duo of Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby together for the first time this season against the Canadiens. They also planned on dressing goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, defencemen Brooks Orpik and Sergei Gonchar as well as veteran Bill Guerin.
The last time the two teams played the Leafs emerged with a 4-3 win on goals from Ian White, Jason Blake, John Mitchell and Juraj Mikus
Game time, Tuesday is 7 pm. on TSN and mapleleafs.com.