There was little time to decompress at the Air Canada Centre late Wednesday night.
The Leafs had just finished one of their poorer efforts of the season, an ice-was-tilted 5-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens and the scramble was on to get out of the building and catch the charter to Long Island for a game less than 24 hours later.
But Toronto coach Randy Carlyle sounded like a man who had done his best to process the loss and move forward, hinting that his work-in-progress team had done the same.
They were angry, frustrated and more to the point, hungry to make amends.
What followed was far from a thing of beauty — the Nazem Kadri personal highlight reel aside — but against the Islanders on Thursday, the team showed the resilience that has carried them to a decent place as the midway point of the 2013 NHL season ends.
The 5-4 overtime win was significant on multiple levels as it continued the team’s admirable ability to “bounce back” after tough losses, even if the scheduling situation was less than ideal.
The worst losing streak the Leafs have had so far this season is a measly two games and that has happened only twice. Moreover, in the seven weeks that games have been held thus far, they’ve had just one losing week.
Each time that the potential for sustained trouble has loomed, the Leafs have rebounded with big efforts. After losing back-to-back home games to Boston and Carolina in early February, the Leafs headed out on a three-game road trip with a convoluted Washington-Winnipeg-Montreal itinerary.
Where past Leafs teams might have wilted somewhere in those travels, this group won all three, a big reason why they are in the thick of the playoff race today.
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Toronto Sun | Mar 2