Business as usual so far

LANCE HORNBY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The Maple Leafs came through the first month of the schedule minus their captain, but with a few more gray hairs atop coach Pat Quinn's head, and yet still are in the middle of the pack of the National Hockey League standings.

Toronto has 14 points in 12 games, one less than at this stage of 2003-04, with a near-even number of goals for and against and the usual conflicting trends that all NHL teams have at this stage of the season.

A few perceived crises have come and gone with the next one never far from the front door.

So far, business as usual.

"Hopefully we get better in those areas that have cost us opportunity," Quinn said. "When you have guys with high standards, sometimes you have to pull to get them back."

NO SHOT BLOCKERS

Trying to get the jump on flu season, the Leafs arranged for the entire team to get inoculated.

"We had them done about 10 days ago," said general manager John Ferguson, unaware if other National Hockey League teams are following suit.

Defenceman Bryan McCabe was the most prominent victim of a recent dressing room bug, but it's expected he'll recover in time to play against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow in Raleigh.

POGGE PEGGED FOR AWARD

Leafs draft pick Justin Pogge of the Calgary Hitmen was named Canadian Hockey League goaltender of the week with three wins in three games ending Sunday. The 19-year-old from Penticton, B.C., went 3-0 against the Moose Jaw Warriors, Medicine Hat Tigers and Kamloops Blazers, allowing only two goals on 62 shots for a .968 save percentage.

"We talked about him today on our scouts' conference call," Ferguson said. "It's a big year for him and his junior team."

TURNING BACK THE PAGE?

Many of the Leafs called their 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers on Monday a throwback game to the days of obstruction. Not all were upset, either.

"We're all still trying to find the balance between what's right and wrong," winger Tie Domi said of the officiating. "There was a lot let go, but I think the fans enjoyed it a little more. The players got to decide the game."


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