Leafs still searching for first win

Assistant coach Keith Acton (L) chats with head coach Ron Wilson. (Jack Boland/Sun Media)

Assistant coach Keith Acton (L) chats with head coach Ron Wilson. (Jack Boland/Sun Media)

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, Last Updated: 9:29 AM ET

TORONTO -- The Maple Leafs take no pride in the number '1' beside their name in the NHL standings this morning.

That's their point total after four games -- 30th out of 30 teams -- the first time this decade they've opened a season without at least one win in that span.

Knowing they had to be on their best behaviour with the Stanley Cup-champion Pittsburgh Penguins in town and Vesa Toskala's confidence at low ebb, they instead mustered just two first-period shots and took dumb penalties that led to three powerplay goals, two by Sidney Crosby. The Penguins waltzed to a 5-2 victory at the Air Canada Centre.

But don't expect coach Ron Wilson to pull Toskala for the start of back-to-back games tomorrow in New York, after so passionately defending the goalie this week when he was thrust back in after a Jonas Gustavsson injury.

But Toskala had little of the assistance Wilson pleaded for last night, with all the penalties and at least two brutal turnovers -- one by John Mitchell early in the third period just a minute after Niklas Hagman made it a two-goal game.


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