Kaberle doesn't care about scoring

MIKE ZEISBERGER

, Last Updated: 8:08 AM ET

MONSTER ADJUSTS

Through his first two-plus regular-season games as a Maple Leaf, Jonas Gustavsson has noticed the difference between the Swedish elite league and the National Hockey League.

Other than facing more rubber from close in, however, The Monster claims he can handle it just fine, thank you very much.

"Of course, everything is on a high level here," Gustavsson said. "(But) it's high in Sweden too.

"The ice surface is smaller here. You have to be ready all the time for shots, shots from everywhere.

"It feels like the shots are coming from closer here than in Sweden. In Sweden they like to pass the puck more, then they try to shoot."

SPECIAL K

The only points Tomas Kaberle cares about are the ones in the standings, not the ones on the stats sheet.

Despite registering a career-high five points (one goal, four assists) in a 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks Monday, Kaberle understands his team still has a long climb ahead.

"(The tough start) was mentally tough for everyone in the room," Kaberle said. "But no one could or should feel sorry for themselves.

"No one ever thought we would not get our first win until Oct. 26. We had a good pre-season and that's kind of the way everyone expected us to start the season.

"The season starts for us now. After those first eight games, well, you just have to look at what's ahead of you. Keep it simple.

"We only have three points. We're still in a big hole."


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