Leafs Report

LANCE HORNBY, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

GREAT ESCAPES

Leafs coach Ron Wilson was only too glad to talk about some of the terrible starts his other teams have suffered through, only to make dramatic recoveries.

"In my last year in Anaheim (1996-97), we didn't have Paul Kariya and we started (1-9-2)," Wilson said. "Paul came back and we were much better (36-33-13, the franchise's first winning season)."

Wilson's San Jose Sharks began 2003-04 with just one win in 10 games, but went to the Western Conference championship. The 1985-86 Leafs are the only Toronto team to have one win in their first 10 and still make the playoffs.

LOOSE LEAFS

Thanks in part to late goaltending heroics by defenceman Ian White on Tuesday, the Leafs held off a dubious NHL post-lockout mark for at least another game. One more goal by Colorado would have resulted in the 40th time since 2005 that Toronto had lost a game by four-plus goals, by far the most in the NHL. The Minnesota Wild have only lost seven that way in that time.


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