Bolland, Bernier changed complexion of Leafs

Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (left) and centre Dave Bolland celebrate their victory over the...

Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier (left) and centre Dave Bolland celebrate their victory over the Flyers in Philadelphia on Wednesday. (Eric Hartline/USA TODAY)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 3:12 PM ET

PHILADELPHIA - Two days in June may have changed everything for the Maple Leafs.

One trade for a goaltender. One trade for a two-time Stanley Cup winning centre. Six days between them. And on Wednesday night, as general manager Dave Nonis sat high above the ice at the Wells Fargo Center, on a night it was easy to be frustrated and discouraged by how the Maple Leafs came out, there had to be a feeling at the end of the evening that this is a different hockey team.

Or as one of the Leafs executives said after the second straight win to start the season: "Imagine if we start playing well. We've got two wins and we haven't played well yet."

But they have David Bolland, who has one Stanley Cup ring and waits for his second to be presented. They have goaltender Jonathan Bernier, also an owner of a Stanley Cup ring, who made his Leafs debut here in Philadelphia and was magnificent in goal. They have elements they didn't have a year ago in depth, in flexibility and even in their ability to steal victories on nights -- like these first two -- when they weren't exactly on their game.


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