If you run into three Maple Leafs fans with a Bruins fan -- and they all have Canadian accents -- tonight at TD Garden, be careful what you say.
They're guests of the home team.
After the B's lost to the Maple Leafs in Game 6 Sunday night, they discovered they were stuck in Toronto until morning because of a mechanical problem with their plane. Now they were faced with a problem: How to feed the players? And where?
So they called the Canyon Creek Chophouse of Mississauga moments before its scheduled 11 p.m. closing.
“I had literally closed the till for my bartender and we were closing in five minutes and I get this phone call,” Lauren Grenier, the restaurant’s service manager, told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “And they’re like, hey, there’s about 50 of us coming down to your restaurant, it’s the Boston Bruins. And I’m like, sure it is. I didn’t believe them because we’re always playing pranks on each other here at work late at night.”
Still, she told the caller that they could be accommodated if they showed up in the next 10 minutes.
“And then it was just chaos,” Grenier said.
For the next two hours -- with the help of additional cooks and servers from a nearby restaurant owned by the same company -- the Bruins had their postgame meal. And as they were preparing to leave, Grenier told one of the executives traveling with the team how much she'd like to attend Game 7.
"How many tickets do you want?" he asked.
And that's why Grenier, server Darren Boast, bartender Scott Leinster and Canyon Creek GM Alex Rigas will be at tonight's game. They left Toronto at 4:30 a.m. for the 10-hour drive to Boston.
“Three of us will be wearing Leafs jerseys,” Grenier said. “Darren is a Boston fan.”