It is seven O’clock on a Saturday night and most hockey fans are tuned into CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. Each weekend fans of Leafs nation tune in to see who will be the next opposition team to square off against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Since being part of the original six, Toronto has had their fair share of rivalries. Yes, the Leafs have had rivalries with the Montreal Canadiens, the Detroit Red Wings, and the Boston Bruins. However no Leaf rivalry hits closer to home for me than the Leafs and Ottawa Senators. The Toronto – Ottawa feud is perhaps one of the greatest match ups in hockey’s modern era.
Each time the Sens and Leafs square off the province of Ontario is split down the middle. There is always something special in the air on nights when Toronto and Ottawa battle for bragging rights. Every year the competition heats up with these two hockey clubs, and 2013 is no different. This season the Leafs and Sens played five times. Toronto won the season series tonight in Ottawa. How did they do it? A young man by the name of Nazem Kadri made a statement in tonight’s hockey game.
Kadri would score a hat-trick in tonight’s showdown in Ottawa. Kadri’s hat trick would be his second of the season and second of his career as a Maple Leaf. The 22 year old young gun scored his first hat trick in a game featuring the New York Islanders on February 28 of this year.
Toronto took the season series from Ottawa four games to one. I often wonder if anyone can solve the dynamic duo of Joffrey Lupul and Kadri. Tonight they were a two man wrecking crew. Combined Kadri and Lupul put up eight points in tonight’s victory in the capital city. With the victory Toronto is now tied with Ottawa in the standing at 44 points each.
“What a night for the boys in blue and white.”