Leafs need to elevate game to avoid more trouble

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle at practice Nov. 18, 2013. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle at practice Nov. 18, 2013. (Michael Peake/Toronto Sun)

ROB LONGLEY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:27 PM ET

There was precious little time for gloom around the Maple Leafs following a Thanksgiving Day afternoon practice at the First Niagara Center.

Not when potential doom is lurking right around the corner.

In theory, the team’s most miserable week of the season so far should become a bit less painful over the next two days. But the way things are going, it is becoming apparent that this team is becoming somewhat less than a work in progress.

The sting of Wednesday’s blown 4-1 lead in Pittsburgh — leading to a 6-5 shootout loss — could be a tough one to shake given that results are starting to mirror some of the team’s struggles.

“I don’t think that there can be satisfaction just because of the way that we’ve played,” Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said following a practice session that was heavy on back-to-basics teaching. “Statistically, points-wise, body of work, body of play. I don’t think that we are satisfied.”


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