Leafs' loss to Sharks shows Toronto not close to being elite

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly moves in for a shot against the San Jose Sharks at the...

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Morgan Rielly moves in for a shot against the San Jose Sharks at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Dec. 3, 2013. (CLAUS ANDERSEN/Getty Images/AFP)

Rob Longley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:16 AM ET

TORONTO - There will be a time for panic, and with five losses in a row and counting, it may arrive well before the holidays and right on cue for the HBO cameras setting up shop here this week.

But one, short-handed loss against the San Jose Sharks shouldn’t be the trigger point, especially after an at-times game effort Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre.

What the 4-2 loss showed rather starkly, however, is just how deep of a chasm exists between the Leafs and the NHL elite, a run of opponents Randy Carlyle’s team will get a rather large dose of over the next few weeks.

And there are none, you can make a compelling argument to support, that are more elite in their play than the Sharks are right now.

The 4-2 victory over a reeling Toronto side may not have been the most impressive of their six-game winning streak, but that too speaks to the depth of a Sharks team that seems to determined not to squander the potential of the past half decade or more.


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