Avalanche hand Maple Leafs first loss of season

Joffrey Lupul tries to beat Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov last night at the Air Canada Centre. (DAVE...

Joffrey Lupul tries to beat Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov last night at the Air Canada Centre. (DAVE THOMAS/QMI Agency)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:03 PM ET

Deep down, Leafs coach Randy Carlyle had to know that a perfect record wasn’t going to last much longer with such imperfect play.

Not to mention an imperfect lineup.

Icing a group that had little resemblance to the one he drew up in the summer, Carlyle and the Leafs couldn’t get away with it for another night as Colorado Avalanche coach Patrick Roy got his first NHL victory in Canada, a 2-1 win.

With Tuesday’s loss in front of a sleepy sellout crowd at the Air Canada Centre, the Leafs are still a credible 3-1, but also still attempting to find their way defensively as they next head to Nashville for a Thursday meeting with the Predators.

Carlyle knows it, too, as he has been working hard to tighten up the loose play that has been evident for wide periods in each game thus far. It has been the emphasis on practice days, in the morning skate and on TV timeouts where the coach has feverishly been working his oversized whiteboard.


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