This was Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner.
When James van Riemsdyk got a step on Luke Schenn early in the third period on Monday, there wasn’t a person inside the Air Canada Centre that figured the former Leafs defenceman was going to make up the distance.
Not those in the stands. Not those on either bench. And certainly not James van Riemsdyk, who wasn’t going to waste this delicious opportunity.
Think about it. You just left the guy you were traded for, Schenn, in your fumes. Now, as you are cutting in on goalie Brian Boucher, you have a chance to stick it to your former Philadelphia Flyers team right where it hurts the most.
In the back of their net.
Sure enough, van Riemsdyk did exactly that, jamming the insurance marker right through the heart of his former club for Toronto’s final goal in an impressive 5-2 victory.
Waiting for van Riemsdyk after the game, you almost wanted to see the kid pound his chest, show some swagger and say: “That’ll teach the Flyers for trading me to the Leafs for Schenn last summer.”
Instead, he tried to be modest. It was hard. Understandably so. It’s hard to be humble after a highlight-reel moment like that.
Finally, he flashed a sheepish grin. “It definitely feels better than a regular goal,” he admitted.
Asked if he realized that it was Schenn who he beat on the play, van Riemsdyk replied “I didn’t even really notice.”
He was the only one in the building that didn’t.
Beep, beep! Out of the way, Luke Schenn. Here comes James van Riemsdyk
Toronto Sun | Feb 12