Maple Leafs should make no apologies for hot start

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) is congratulated by goalie Jonathan Bernier  after...

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) is congratulated by goalie Jonathan Bernier after their victory over the Minnesota Wild at the Air Canada Centre October 15. 2013. (Tom Szczerbowski/USA TODAY Sports)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:12 PM ET

There is no need to apologize for getting out-shot night after night and winning hockey games.

No need to apologize, either, for a 6-1 start that includes just two victories over teams that can currently claim a winning record.

Those points, all 12 that the surging, surprising Leafs have accumulated so far, come with a no-refund policy.

So analyze each Leafs win, critique them and even trash them if you are so inclined, but the money in the bank from those dozen points will likely become valued currency when, inevitably, the bounces head in a different direction.

At some point soon, Toronto coach Randy Carlyle vowed on Wednesday, the Leafs will vastly outplay an opponent, lose and be left with blank looks on their faces, much as the Minnesota Wild were following a 4-1 loss here on Tuesday.

“I know that’s coming,” Carlyle said following practice at the MasterCard Centre.


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