Maple Leafs feel right at home in the West

Dion Phaneuf and Dave Bolland celebrate a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada...

Dion Phaneuf and Dave Bolland celebrate a goal against the Pittsburgh Penguins at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)

Lance Hornby, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:34 PM ET

Not since the Pat Quinn heyday have the Maple Leafs been able to win more than once on their three-game swing through Alberta and British Columbia.

But there are signs this roster has the most depth, leadership and goaltending since Quinn lit up his El Cubano victory cigar to foul the mountain air. Which is why these Leafs aren’t dreading this week’s trip west.

While the Eastern Conference leaders (8-4) are far from perfect — just ask demanding coach Randy Carlyle — they have not wallowed after losses.

Either the stoppers step up, such as James Reimer’s 37-save performance against the Penguins in Saturday’s 4-1 win, or maligned players such as Nazem Kadri, Dion Phaneuf and Jake Gardiner redeem themselves.

The injury bug has gone through the room, David Clarkson served his 10-game suspension and Morgan Rielly’s trial is through, at least until the team’s 40-game mark — and the Leafs have not stumbled.


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