The Leafs have had strong start to the NHL season so far. This is not suprising after some very strong moves Brian Burke made over the past year to add solid depth to the lineup. What is surprising is their inability to put up any resistance versus the Boston Bruins in four games this year. In these four games the Leafs have been dominated, absent of any confidence when playing the defending Cup champs.
I expect the Leafs to continue to play well this year and make the playoffs, they have the defence, scoring, and goaltending to get there, but what does thei inability to compete against the Bruins say about their character? About their abiliry to win the big game? It says they still have a ways to go until they can be considered contenders.
These two teams don’t play again till March. During this time the Leafs are going to have to build enough character that when they do meet the Bruins, they won’t be intimidated, overwhelmed, or unfocused. They need to put up a better preformance against Boston as it will build their confidence going into the playoffs, especially if they happen to meet Boston in the playoffs. They have the horses, they just need the will.