The Toronto Maple Leafs played better than they have in most if not all games this season, hanging in with Vancouver on the road, but ultimately losing 3-1 to fall to 0-7-1.
From what I saw (I was flipping back and forth between the Bruins and Leafs tonight), Toronto put in a good effort. I thought former Bruins goalie Joey MacDonald keep the Leafs in the game, but for Toronto to win, they have to not only outwork their opponent, but get lucky as well. With Roberto Luongo at the other end of the ice, that was a tall order and it ended predictably.
A couple of notes. Toronto fans really have to be disgusted with Mike Komisarek. After having a goal go in off his head last week, he knocked the puck into the net again tonight, giving Vancouver a 1-0 lead. When the guy is brought in to be your shutdown D and he keeps gaffing, and given the money he's making, it's like adding insult to injury.
TSN graphic said that the Leafs have yet to score first this season, which of course means that they're always playing from behind, which is a surefire recipe for the basement.
Brian Burke won't sit and wait forever...the psyche of this team won't hold up as the losses mount. And, watching Luke Schenn get destroyed in his fight with Tanner Glass tonight had to be like rubbing salt in the wounds. So, I think something will give at some point with Burke making some kind of move, but he's got very little to work with. No draft picks to speak of and a pretty bare cupboard with too many overpriced, underperforming vets on the payroll.
Bruins fans continue to be jazzed, especially with the 4-3 shootout win over Ottawa tonight.
The Sabres also gave the B's a reason to be happy when Drew Stafford scored with 16 seconds left in regulation to force overtime against Tampa Bay. Towering rookie D Tyler Myers won it for Buffalo in the shootout, robbing the Bolts of the extra point. The B's own Tampa's second pick this year, so the more points they miss out on, the better for Boston.