Letdowns leaving Mats irked

ROB LONGLEY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 9:01 AM ET

PITTSBURGH -- Mats Sundin still believes he is the captain of a playoff-calibre team.

But not if there are many more efforts such as last night's third-period collapse in a 6-2 loss to the Penguins.

The Maple Leafs staggered to the halfway point of the 82-game schedule with a middling record of 16-17-8.

And while that may not seem like a dramatic dip from last year's 18-17-6 mark, the optics would suggest otherwise.

"We're halfway through the season and we still haven't found that consistency in terms of our effort," Sundin said in the gloomy silence off the Leafs dressing room.

"Night in and night out, playing without making mistakes ... If we want to be a playoff team, and we still have a chance to be, we've got to get that stuff out of our game."

Sundin was talking specifically of the three goals in 48 seconds the Penguins scored to break out what, to that point in the third period, seemed a game for the taking.

"I thought we played two good periods and were probably the better team out there," Sundin said. "But you need to play a good 60 minutes."


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