THE MORNING SKATE — It’s Baseball Season in Toronto

Kevin Schultz

Synchronized goal signaling, a new Olympic sport. (Screencap via

Evgeni Nabokov tried out to be an umpire last night. (Screencap via

The Islanders had a scoring frenzy last night, with seven goals in front of a stunned Air Canada Centre. Although I’m not sure how stunned, as they’ve seen things like this before. These are the Leafs who are what Forbes calls the most valuable franchise and have the highest operating income. Money doesn’t always buy a better team and last night, against the less than rich Islanders, it didn’t. Kind of amazing and it’s almost hard to watch, if you’re convinced your team could make much better use of the extra $50 million (or however much).

In Toronto, they’ve seen this all before. So much so that they’re chanting for the hometown baseball team only three games into the season:

Meanwhile, the Islanders had some pretty goals. Michael Grabner’s empty netter was one of the nicest empty netters you’ll ever see (along with a beautiful wrister for his second goal). Keith Aucoin made a save on the doorstep, worth seeing again:

The Isles are now 2-1 and start out the first game of this road trip with a big win. Tonight, they’ll be back in action in Boston against the Bruins tonight. The Bruins are coming off a 3-2 OT loss to the Rangers on Wednesday night. We’ll see how the Islanders fare playing on back-to-back nights for the first time this season. With the second game in as many nights you would have to think Nabokov will get a night off, especially with the opportunity to let DiPietro play in his hometown, but nothing has been announced yet.