If you blinked you might have missed it, but just three weeks into the NHL season it’s already a quarter of the way to the finish line.
And with the Leafs’ decisive 6-0 beat down of a frightfully poor Canadiens squad Saturday night at the Bell Centre, Toronto is somewhere between a pleasant surprise and on the right track.
Yes, it’s only been 12 games, but a dozen is comparable to 20.5 in a full campaign and to that end, climbing into a tie for fifth place in the Eastern Conference with the blowout win over their Original Six rival certainly has some meaning.
Leafs coach Randy Carlyle has a bucket of water ready for any hint of over reaction, however.
“We’re not here claiming we’re anything,” Carlyle said as his team moved to 7-5 and jumped ahead of the Habs in the standings. “We continue to be a work in progress.”
Based on the growing sample size, much of that work is based on the team’s willingness to take on the challenges presented by their head coach.
Leafs pound Habs to sweep road trip
Toronto Sun | Feb 10