Leafs Report

MIKE ZEISBERGER, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:06 AM ET

NO JINX HERE

Luke Schenn does not believe in the sophomore jinx.

Nor does he believe it should be used as a reason for his admitted slow start to the season.

"I think if you start believing that (sophomore jinx stuff), it can creep into your head," Schenn said yesterday. "It's a mental thing.

"I need to be better. I'm not off to the start I would like to be. I just have to keep working hard.

"Believe me, my start doesn't sit well with me. I'm not a rookie anymore. There are no excuses. I have to be better."

Schenn said he and blue line partner Francois Beauchemin continue to work on their communication skills.

"It's important to keep in touch out there and let each other know where you are. Obviously we both haven't had our "A" games.

"We do have to communicate more. And that starts in practice."

NIK OF TIME?

Upon further review, Nikolai Kulemin's first action of the season wasn't bad.

But it needs to be better.

The enigmatic forward, whose skill set often outweighs his desire, made his first appearance of the season in the Maple Leafs 2-1 loss to the Ottawa Senators Tuesday night.

"(Kulemin) wasn't too bad," Wilson said. "But he's still going to need to (up his game) to play regularly here."

SAY WHAT?

"The solution is hard work. We're not going to get anywhere by pouting."

-- Matt Stajan, on the Leafs three-game winless streak to start the season.


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