February 9, 2013
Leafs pound Canadiens to sweep road trip
By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

Leafs winger Phil Kessel (not in picture) scores on Carey Price while James van Riemsdyk looks on at the Bell Centre in Montreal on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013. (Reuters)

MONTREAL - If you blinked, you might have missed it, but just three weeks after the NHL season started it’s already a quarter of the way to the finish line.

And with the Leafs decisive 6-0 beatdown of a frightfully poor Canadiens squad on Saturday night at the Bell Centre, the Leafs are somewhere between a pleasant surprise and on the right track as the young season builds in its body of work.

Yes, it’s only been 12 games, but a dozen is comparable to 20.5 in a full campaign and to that end, climbing into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with Saturday’s blowout win certainly has some meaning.

Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has a bucket of water ready for any hint of over reaction, however.

“We’re not here claiming we’re anything,” Carlyle said on Saturday as his team moved to 7-5 and jumped ahead of the Habs in the standings. “We continue to be a work in progress.”



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