When dreaming of a first return to Wells Fargo Center, James van Riemsdyk had things going a bit differently.
Traded from the Flyers to Toronto Maple Leafs last June, the 23-year-old left wing, who hails from South Jersey, was happy about the new start. He was glad that his parents and friends made the drive from Middletown to see him in blue and white instead of orange and black.
He wasn’t happy, though, to be sitting in the penalty box with two penalties assessed to him on the same shift in a critical moment in the game. With the Leafs up 3-1, he was sent off 11:18 into the third for holding Flyers defenseman Braydon Coburn, then hooking captain Claude Giroux.
“I wouldn’t wish that upon anyone,” van Riemsdyk said. “The first one I still don’t really get what they called. The second one I clearly, obviously had to hook (Giroux). That’s not a guy you want right in on your goalie. I had to do that and make sure he didn’t have a clear break-in.”
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