After dropping out of a playoff spot for the first time since the lockout last week, the Toronto Maple Leafs have put together a solid 3 game winning streak with their second win in two nights against the suddenly hot Buffalo Sabres. Earlier in the year a win over the Sabres would be no big deal but they have been a lot better under Ted Nolan and had points in 11 of their last 13 games going in to Wednesday night.
Also on the ice last night, the Anaheim Ducke embrrassed the Canucks, beating them 9-1 behind the strength of Corey Perry’s 4 points. The win gave the Ducks an unheard of 18th win in their last 19 games.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun writes about how the Olympic break has created two trade deadlines this year. Teams want to have a sense of where they stand going into the two weeks off. As a result there are a plethora of rumors going around as there is a lot more trade talk then there usually is this time of year.
Last night TSN, Canada’s #1 sports network, started their three part series called ReOrientation. It is a documentary hosted by former NHLer Aaron Ward that looks at the every growing issue of homophobia in sports. The ground breaking program looks at the lives of closeted gay men trying to make their way as pro athletes as well as takes a look at a sports culture that has long been a cauldron of homophobic action, both intentional and unintentional. It interviews past and current pro athletes both gay and straight as well as gay rights advocates like Patrick Burke who is a pro scout for the Philadelphia Flyers and co-founder of the You Can Play Project. It is a powerful program and you might see a little more about it here on TTMOTS in the coming days.