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The Ottawa Senators got their first win of the 2009-10 season in Toronto, led by 26 saves from goalie Pascal Leclaire, as they beat the Maple Leafs 2-1 — the first win for Leclaire in a Senators uniform.

There was plenty of hype around the decision by Toronto coach Ron Wilson to start goalie Jonas ‚ÄúThe Monster‚ÄĚ Gustavasson, but Daniel Alfredsson, on a penalty shot, and Shean Donovan scored for the Senators. After their 5-2 loss away to New York, Ottawa were much more tight in defence.

The Senators were awarded a penalty shot after winger Milan Michalek was high-sticked and taken into the boards by Toronto defenceman Luke Schenn at 7:22 of the second period. Michalek, who was cut, needed medical attention as he lay on the ice, but did return to the game. After two games on the road, the Sens play their first home game against the New York Islanders later tonight.

Surrounded By Outstretched Hands

Today’s Indian Express newspaper has an interesting article in their supplement page. This article, written by a civilian, tells us about her recent visit to Marine Drive in the city of Cochin with her friends. They wanted to take a walk on the sea front walkway and enjoy some cold coffee as they walked. However they were soon surrounded by a gaggle of beggar kids.

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As the girls tried handing over a few coins to the kids, it soon became a riot with some kids holding on to the girls’ clothes demanding to drink what they thought was “juice” in the large coffee cups. Soon one kid threw back a Rs.2 coin at the writer as he had seen one other kid getting a Rs.5 coin and he demanded the same! The girls were being assaulted by the begger kids and no one offered to help them. Instead a few men were laughing at their plight!

This incident brought back memories from when I was about 17 and I was on my way to a class on Sunday. This institute was about a 15 minute walk from the bus stop at Ernakulam South Junction. As I made my way, I was approached by 2 begging kids. I handed over Re 1 coins to them and soon was surrounded by atleast 12 of these kids! By mistake I handed over a Rs. 5 coin to one and each was now demanding the same and I was being overwhelmed. It took some deft manouvering and some quick thinking before I could escape.

Having had been in the same situation (although mine was waaay back in 1993) I could sympathize. People and, I hate to this, especially Malayalees like to watch other suffer and then comment about it. Get up off your asses and do something!