Leafs torched by Heatley

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:52 AM ET

The Maple Leafs got the jump on Halloween 48 hours early last night, horrifying a season-high crowd of 19,480 at the Air Canada Centre with a humiliating defeat at the hands of their provincial rivals.

A stunning 8-0 loss to the Ottawa Senators was the Leafs' worst setback since Dec. 26, 1991, when they were clubbed 12-1 by the Penguins in Pittsburgh.

"I think it is probably the worst loss for a lot of us in our careers," forward Matt Stajan said. "I think we learned a lesson, them coming into our building on a Saturday night and letting them give it to us like that."

Despite the widest margin of defeat for coach Pat Quinn since he took over the behind the Leafs bench for the 1998-99 season, he will not go to general manager John Ferguson with cap in hand and ask for reinforcements. Not that he really could, given the constraints of the salary cap.

"I think we have some good players here and they have not found a way to make it work as well as they would like," Quinn said with a straight face. "Do we have players here who are good enough to play and win here? Yes we do, and we will find a way to make that work.

"I don't know whether outrage solves anything. (But) I'm not happy. If you think I'm taking this easy, I'm not. It was pretty lousy, maybe worse than that."


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