No time to dwell on it

TERRY KOSHAN

, Last Updated: 9:00 AM ET

WASHINGTON -- Ian White and the rest of the Maple Leafs had no plans to continue a bad road show in Montreal tonight.

"We have bounced back all year and I am not too worried," White said last night after the Leafs were pasted 5-1 by the Capitals.

Certainly, it's hard to see how the Leafs could replicate their lack of intensity tonight. On their schedule, there is nothing more palpable than a game against their arch-rivals at the Bell Centre. In three previous visits to Montreal this season, the Leafs have won once. And the Canadiens sit a point behind the Leafs in the Eastern Conference standings.

"We know it is going to be a battle and a war," said captain Mats Sundin, with just a tad of hyperbole. "It's two desperate hockey teams, and hopefully we use (last night's loss) as fuel."

Coach Paul Maurice said he will be curious to see how his players respond. He and the players know the club has no choice but to be better.

"That's the challenge for our team, to handle the emotion of what is going on," Maurice said. "We have to go in and play our best game of the year."


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