Robert Hagg said it’s what every kid dreams of, whether you’re playing on the streets of Uppsala, Sweden, or the frozen ponds of Sherwood Park, Alberta.
Scott Laughton, a native of Oakville, Ontario, recalled Toronto beating Ottawa in Game 7 in 2002 and 2004. In 2003, when the Leafs lost to the Flyers, in a fascinating seven-game series, Laughton was 8 years old, going on 9.
Saturday against the New York Islanders will be the first Game 7 of his career.
“I think you get a little bit of pit in your stomach before games, and get a little nervous,” Laughton said. “A good nervous excitement, I guess. Really excited to go out there and have one game to try and go to Edmonton [for the final two rounds].”
The only thing better than playing in Game 7 is winning Game 7. Here are some odds, ends and other triviality ahead of the Flyers-Islanders series finale (7:30 p.m., NBC).