Leafs get wakeup call

TERRY KOSHAN -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:53 AM ET

When the Maple Leafs were crushed 8-0 by the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 29, they bounced back in their next game two nights later with a victory against the Florida Panthers.

Following a 5-1 loss to the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night, when they were horrid, the Leafs know have no choice but to be better tonight.

"We don't have any options," captain Mats Sundin said. "If we want to be a team that expects it out of ourselves, we know to show it to ourselves that we are better than the effort we had (against Boston). It's as simple as that."

Consistency has been a four-letter word for the Leafs this season and coach Pat Quinn acknowledged that is eating at him.

"We have been a competitive team, although that is one of the things I find our team missing right now on a consistent basis," Quinn said. "We are going to have to find it."

Quinn went so far as to crack a sarcastic remark regarding the Leafs' effort against the Bruins. Toronto (12-8-0-2) had won four in a row before that game.

"We were reading all this nice stuff about us," Quinn said. "So we had our feet up on the desk to start the game and figured our marvelous skill would just take over."

Given a night to sleep on it, Darcy Tucker saw the loss in another light.

"Sometimes you need a game like that to wake you up and we had one earlier that woke us up (against Ottawa), so it might be the medicine we need to get rolling again," Tucker said.

GOALIE CHANGE?

Quinn said he it was "most likely" that Ed Belfour and Mikael Tellqvist would split the weekend's games. Though Belfour usually gets the Saturday night starts at home, in February 2004, Tellqvist beat the Montreal Canadiens on a Saturday night at the ACC. The Leafs play host to the Habs tomorrow night after meeting the Carolina Hurricanes in Raleigh tonight.

STAJAN CHECKS IN

When Matt Stajan assisted on Tucker's goal against Boston, it was his first point in nine games.

"It seemed like forever since I was on the scoresheet," said Stajan, who has three goals and six assists in 22 games. "It was in the back of my head. Now I have to score a goal."


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