October 11, 2005
(TORONTO) -- You could feel the collective weight lift off the shoulders of Leafs Nation after the Leafs buried two third period goals and held on for a 4-2 victory over the Philly Flyers, Tuesday night.
Now that 1-1-2 record looks a little different with two shoutout losses --essentially ties in the old NHL-- to the Ottawa Senators and loss to the Montreal Canadiens, in which they held a late lead.
But what really should have things looking like they're moving in the right direction is the health of superstar captain Mats Sundin.
It turns out that he will not require surgery for the fractured orbital bone he suffered on opening night. His vision has even improved to the point where he has stopped taking the eye drops that were to help clear his vision. Pat Quinn was clearly elated with the news since he let it be known to the media after the win.
"Mats Sundin isn't expected to have surgery ... the fracture is not really displaced," Quinn said. "We didn't have a definite timeline (for him) because there was so many ifs. The optomistic people keep reminding us of how quickly Mats heals.
"So things are moving along in good order."
The big Swede has a history of returning from what appear to be long-term injuries in half the expected amount of downtime. It happened with his ankle a few years ago ... wrist injuries, cuts of all types ... you name it, he has comeback early from it. So if Sundin can return anytime over the next couple weeks and if his mates can maintain a .500 record, it would go along way to erasing the memories of three losses to start the season.
That would have those same fans who were jumping off the wagon last week, planning the parade by next, but that's the best part about being at the centre of hockey's universe.