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Maple Leafs are stressing coach Carlyle, but getting results

Oct 13, 2013, 11:21 AM EDT

TORONTO, ON - OCTOBER 12: David Broll #46 and Joffrey Lupul #19 of the Toronto Maple Leafs celebrate Joffrey Lupul's goal against the Edmonton Oilers during NHL action at the Air Canada Centre October 12, 2013 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to a great start, but their wins haven’t all been pretty. In fact they lead the league in giveaways and had 21 last night alone.

Still, they earned a 6-5 overtime victory against the Edmonton Oilers in a back-and-forth contest.

“My teeth are going to be ground down by the 20-game mark, the way we were exchanging chances and mistakes,” Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said. “But hey, that’s hockey early in the season.”

If this trend continues, it might come back to haunt Toronto, but there are certainly plenty of positives to take away from their hot start. The team, even with David Clarkson just halfway through his 10-game suspension, has enjoyed a balanced attack. Five different players are averaging a point-per-game and 16 Leafs have already recorded a point.

Goaltender Jonathan Bernier was obviously beaten regularly on Saturday, but he’s been great too for the most part. As a result, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the surprising leaders of the Atlantic Division with a 5-1-0 record.

They’ll look to continue that on Tuesday against Minnesota and, for Carlyle’s sake, hopefully play a less dramatic game.

  1. bjbeliever - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    Tuesday’s game is in Toronto, not Minnisota.

    • sunderlanding - Oct 13, 2013 at 2:33 PM

      It doesn’t say it’s in Minnesota. Not sure what you’re talking about.

  2. bjbeliever - Oct 13, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Serves me right, making a typo while I’m being an a$$.

  3. slysipops - Oct 13, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    TO PUT IT TO MUSIC ……………………

  4. namriverrat69 - Oct 14, 2013 at 1:33 AM

    Jonathan Bernier was a steal from the Kings who would’ve liked to find a way to keep him but could n ot afford to. Toronto was the only team who saw the potential of Bernier. The Kings have known for years. He was their projected future Hall of Fame goal tender when they drafted him. However, no one could have guessed Jonathan Quick would develop into the monster he is behind the net.

    A lot of teams are going to be scratching their heads wondering how they missed seeing Jonathan Bernier and his game. The laugh is on them. Good Luck Maple Leafs. Just don’t beat my Kings.

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