TORONTO - The Maple Leafs' first troika of games can be compared to Mason Raymondís controversial shootout goal on Saturday night.
The end result was achieved, but no one is quite sure of the route there. Despite vital cog David Clarkson suspended, four players injured, the first two games played back-to-back on the road and then pulling the starting goalie down 4-2 in the home opener, the Leafs woke up Sunday morning leading the Eastern Conference.
Raymond is tied for the teamís scoring lead after three points and a goal in the 5-4 shootout win over the Ottawa Senators, but Saturdayís first star was reliever Jonathan Bernier.
He stopped the final 15 of Ottawaís 36 shots, two more in the shootout and unlike James Reimer, was able to clean up his share of the Leafsí whopping 33 giveways.