Maple Leafs' Holzer shakes off poor performance 0
Maple Leafs defenceman Korbinian Holzer (left) figures he gave Penguins stars SIdney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin too much respect in Saturday's loss. The Leafs are in Winnipeg to face the Jets on Tuesday. (QMI AGENCY/FILES)
Like many of us, Korbinian Holzer has a lot of admiration for the likes of SIdney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Probably too much.
Expect that to change when the Penguins return to the Air Canada Centre for the second time in six days as they clash with the Maple Leafs on Thursday.
When the Penguins made their first visit of the season to Toronto on Saturday, Holzer struggled against the Penguins superstars in the early going and eventually was replaced beside Dion Phaneuf on the team's top defensive pairing by Cody Franson. The Leafs eventually dropped a 5-4 decision to the Pens when Crosby scored the shootout winner.