May 2, 2013
What Leafs are really made of will show through in Game 2
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

Boston's Johnny Boychuk drills the Leafs' Mikhail Grabovski in Wednesday's Game 1. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

This is about Saturday night, but in so many ways it is about far more than that for the big names and the small names on the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In some ways, this is an early referendum on the future of this hockey club. Not just Game 2, but this whole series against the Boston Bruins. It is a post-season window of sorts for general manager Dave Nonis and his senior staff, a glance into the future of what this hockey club may be, can be, or won’t be.

Game 1 of this best-of-seven first-round series is over and it was raw exposure time for the Leafs. They looked inept and ill-prepared in so many different ways and, if you know Randy Carlyle at all, you know they weren’t ill-prepared to play, they just picked the wrong night to stop competing, to lose their minds, to play with mouths wide-open against the undaunted Bruins.

They can’t possibly play that horribly again.



CANOE.CA SLAM!