Okay, I see the parade route starting at Nathan Phillips Square and moving south to Yonge Street though I am not wedded to that particular route.
As well, let me get this out.
I told you. Told you, told you, told you.
I alone guaranteed the Leafs would beat the Ducks Monday night and while I was prepared to make the same prediction until they actually won, it was very nice of them not to make me forecast wins in Dallas, Buffalo and Montreal.
I also predicted they couldn’t win without a big game from Jonas Gustavsson
which is as chancy as saying they wouldn’t play without ice.
As for the parade route, well why not? Isn’t that what this is supposed to be about? Ever go to church and not hear any mention of heaven?
There will be those, of course, who sneer at faith and say that it is the fool’s gold you turn to when you are out of facts. I say faith is a one-of-a-kind commodity, the more unlikely the circumstances the more it shines. How many diamonds shine better in the dark?
Leaf fans give yourself a one-handed pat or if you are really handy, use both hands. It has been nearly 200 days since a regulation win and while many married people are inured to suffering and waiting, clearly it isn’t for everyone.
Okay, there is one disclaimer. The Leafs scored three times on two-man advantages. Last I looked, staying out of the penalty box was a skill. The Leafs surrendered the first goal of the game just as they have all year.
Not to worry. Gustavsson’s generally excellent play, Nik Hagman’s hat trick and a career high five-point night for Tomas Kaberle and a four-point evening for Lee Stempniak proved more than enough.
So what have we learned?
Well, we learned we will have a Kevorkian-free conflab at the 2 p.m. live chat.
We learned that Gustavsson looks like he will never be scored on, even when fishing the puck out of the net and hey, that has to be worth something.
We learned that while stopping a freefall down an elevator shaft is a great start, climbing out may be even harder.
We learned there is no one even remotely ready to take a job at the big league level for Brian Burke and Ron Wilson would have surely reached for help during the losing streak.
We learned that Tomas Kaberle can be the player everyone thought he was and that Lee Stempniak could be the player few of us thought he could be.
Let’s talk about it at 2 p.m.