By HOWARD BERGER
TORONTO (Nov. 22) — Just a few quick paragraphs and some video evidence here before I call it a day.
Dion Phaneuf, claiming the ridiculous snub of fans after Thursday night’s victory over Tampa Bay “helped his team,” suggested the custom of raising sticks to salute the Air Canada Centre patrons would no longer apply after home wins. That was until Stephane Rodibas got a hold of the captain and appeared to talk some quick sense into him. At the final buzzer of Saturday’s 4-1 victory over Detroit — as the Maple Leafs gathered around Jonathan Bernier — Robidas was clearly seen gesturing at and talking to Phaneuf, who seemed perplexed.
Seconds later, the stick salute magically returned… though hardly with enthusiasm. Bottom line is, Robidas, the much–respected blue–liner, showed leadership that Phaneuf and Phil Kessel both lacked in this situation. Rather impressive, but in some ways sad that it took a first–year Leaf to straighten it out.
Here are the images from Hockey Night In Canada:
ROBIDAS (12) GETS PHANEUF’S ATTENTION…
THE CAPTAIN APPEARS TO ARGUE…
BUT ROBIDAS WON’T LET IT DIE.
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