Sundin vexed by play

MIKE ZEISBERGER -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:24 AM ET

The inconsistencies.

The blown third-period leads.

The inability to string two consecutive wins together.

It's enough to drive captain Mats Sundin to retirement.

Ok. We're exaggerating. It's not that bad.

But that's not to say Sundin was at a loss for answers after last night's 4-2 loss to the Boston Bruins at the Air Canada Centre.

"I don't know what to say about this team," a frustrated Sundin said. "We want to establish an identity for this team and I don't know what it is.

"The third period was very disappointing. We just have to be better especially in the third period."

Sundin acknowledged that Bruins rookie Tuukka Rask played well in his NHL debut.

"But we can't blame our goalie (Vesa Toskala)," he said. "We have to be better."

STAR STRUCK

Tomas Kaberle is making an early run for an eastern conference starting bid for the all-star game in Atlanta on Jan. 27.

In fan balloting results released by the league yesterday, Kaberle stood third among defencemen with 36,125 votes, trailing only the Montreal Canadiens Andrei Markov (48,134) and Boston Bruins' man-mountain Zdeno Chara (45,949).

The Leafs' Bryan McCabe is 10th with 18,840 votes, barely ahead of Tampa Bay's Dan Boyle. Boyle, interestingly, has been out most of the season after undergoing a pair of wrist surgeries.

Up front, the top Leaf among the forwards is captain Mats Sundin, who has garnered 14,046 votes to rank 13th, the same number as he wears on the back of his jersey. Jason Blake is 14th with 13,317 votes while Nik Antropov is 32nd with 2,373.

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby leads all forwards with 94,118 votes followed by the Ottawa Senators' Daniel Alfredsson (41,198) and the Philadelphia Flyers' Daniel Briere (32,751).

New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist, second in the league in goals against average, is tops among eastern conference goaltenders with 30,324 votes followed by Martin Brodeur (29,631).


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