Leafs have something to build on

Leafs' Carl Gunnarsson and Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg battle in front of the net during third period...

Leafs' Carl Gunnarsson and Ducks' Jakob Silfverberg battle in front of the net during third period action in Toronto on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013. (Ernest Doroszuk/QMI Agency)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:36 AM ET

TORONTO - It was a start. Not a brilliant start. Not a team defining start.

But a start nonetheless.

Ten games into this National Hockey League season and the Maple Leafs were looking in the mirror and trying to figure out exactly who and what they are. The picture to date has been partial and inconclusive.

But this was a night of consequence for the troubled Maple Leafs, troubled by their play not by their record, to find a way, to rebound, to turn a home defeat of nervousness into a calming victory.

It is Bill Parcells who has been apt to say you are what your record says you are and for the past nine games Randy Carlyle’s club was testing Parcell’s hypothesis. But on Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre — the worst of all Toronto hockey nights — the Leafs were smart, responsible, opportunistic, and composed, once they calmed down after a tight first period, and left the impression this team is still touching the surface of what it’s capable of.


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