Another night, another loss. At least we can say in this one we saw a glimpse of heart.
After controlling the bulk of the play in the second and third period, the Leafs still couldn’t find a way to solve Roberto Luongo (few can), and the result: a 2-1 loss at GM place at the hands of the Canucks.
The Leafs are now off to their worst start in franchise history, and this week's schedule isn't looking kind. There is, however, some good news on the horizon.
It looks as though “The Monster” Jonas Gustavsson will be ready to take on Brian Burke’s old team, the Anaheim Ducks, this coming Monday night. It would also appear that sniper Phil Kessel will be ready to go by November 3rd, but as noted earlier this week, the Leafs will certainly exercise caution in getting Kessel back in action.
And while it’s very possible that this team will enter Hockey Night In Canada with a 0-10-1 record, I personally predict we will see the Leafs in the win column by the end of the week.
A big game by Gustavsson combined with the timing of Brian Burke making his return to Anaheim, and it may make for the perfect time to break the goose egg for the Leafs.
The Leafs had a full week off to diagnose the problems that ail them.
While it didn’t come on the scoreboard, there were some positives things to say about this team, particularly in the third period when they controlled the flow of the game.
Still, it’s getting to the point where “good efforts” are no longer things the players, nor the fans, are willing to hang their hats on. As we near the end of October, Leafs Nation is hungry for a win. Just one win, which will hopefully get the ball rolling.
And don’t kid yourselves, the players want it too. It’s not only a monkey, it’s more of a 1000-pound gorilla carried on all their backs.
Everywhere they go through the city, they are reminded of their atrocious start. As much as they try not to, they can’t help but see the sports section in the paper or hear it on the news. They know what they need to do. Now it’s time to go out and do it.