Where Are the Doubters? Biting Their Tongues

October 16, 2005

by Bardia Sinaee (HockeyNations.com – HockeyLeaks.com)

(TORONTO, ON) – There are two things in common between, Jason Allison, Eric Lindros, Jeff O’Neill, and the Toronto Maple Leafs: they all had some serious doubters, and, they have all proved them wrong in this past week.

On Tuesday, all of Leafs Nation was tuned in to see their team get its first win against one of its top rivals with two goals in the third frame. The Philadelphia Flyers could merely watch as the Leafs turned two simple power plays into two game-stealing goals. And just out of curiosity, who scored those two? None other than Jeff O’Neill and Eric Lindros. The doubters, a rather popular cult in Toronto these days, also saw Jason Allison get two points of his own.

Ironically, Bobby Clarke, the man who supposedly despised the Big E and dealt him to the Rangers in 2001, could only sit and watch on Tuesday as Lindros tied him for 10th on the all time scoring list.

Yet again the doubters struck, this time accusing the Leafs of a fluke win, and praising Atlanta because they were bound to beat up the Leafs with the return of Kovalchuk.

Someone got a beating alright, but it wasn’t the Leafs. I don’t know about you, but 9-1 doesn’t sound like a fluke to me. The doubters called O’Neill washed up, and even damaged goods, and this washed up winger used his damaged goods to score 3 goals (his second hat-trick against Atlanta) and 1 assist, while ol’ Kovalchuk was busy trying to throw the puck into the net – literally.

And, while Mr. Clarke of the Flyers was busy watching Crosby, Mr. Lindros of the Leafs snuck by him on the all-time scoring list by scoring the Leafs’ sixth goal of the night. Allison added three assists.

Silenced by the outstanding performance of the Leafs’ newest acquisitions, the doubters’ cult aimed their guns at another popular target: Ed Belfour. Ever since his acquisition, Belfour has been plagued by doubters who say he is plagued by his back. But in his first game as a Leaf, Belfour’s back didn’t seem too plagued when he picked up the Leafs and carried them to a 6-0 shutout victory.

No matter how many times he proves them wrong, Belfour still has his doubters. They are a big part of the doubter cult, constantly asking for Belfour’s removal or retirement. Yet again, Eddie stuck a sock in their mouths and single-handedly won the game for the Leafs on Saturday against a very young and fast Montreal squad.

Irrefutably, as I write this, the doubters are rock-bottom in hangover mode from Saturday’s game, while Jeff, Eric and Jason are among the top of the league in most offensive categories.

Author’s Notes:

No offense to Kovalchuk for the puck throwing comment, he’s got unlimited potential, but the Thrashers are putting too much pressure on such a young kid… Currently, the Leafs’ rookies are silencing their own doubters, Steen has 6 points in 6 games, and Wellwood has 5 points in 5 games… Ed Belfour’s son, Dayn is currently among the top goalies in his age group and already has a sizeable amount of doubters… No offense to Bobby Clarke, he’s a smart guy, but I just don’t like his attitude…