Every day is different, Ben Scrivens was telling reporters following the morning skate on Monday.
Well, for the Maple Leafs goaltender, kind of, but not really.
Filling in quite admirably for the injured James Reimer, thank you very much, Scrivens made 37 saves to post his second consecutive shutout, this one a 3-0 blanking of the Florida Panthers on Monday.
Before an announced crowd of 17,177 at the BB&T Center, a gathering which in reality included several thousand Leafs fans and not many other people, the Leafs toyed with the home side to win for the seventh time in nine road games.
Randy Carlyle’s group has taken to their coach’s ways, relying on sharp defensive hockey to score goals at the other end. It’s an opportunistic bunch, and one that doesn’t seem to be needled when there are breakdowns.
If you’re a Leafs fan, you have to be happy with the way this team is rounding the corner. Yes, we know it’s relatively early. But these aren’t Ron Wils