Outshot silly. Gobs of giveaways. Dumb-arse penalties.
And, yikes, drilling the referee in the ear with the puck, which can’t be good. (Spot the cuss words dialogue-bubble floating over Paul Devorski’s bleeding head after Cody Franson rang one up the boards and off his noggin’.)
Really, the Maple Leafs have to cut this out. Otherwise, who knows? They might rack up a 10-game winning streak.
Despite their own self-inflicted obstacles, some brain cramps, a ridiculous inability to curtail or blunt opposition shooting while ratcheting up their own stick-stats, your Toronto Maple Leafs just keep chugging along in the W column, knocking off the Flames 4-2 Wednesday in what often looked like river hockey — their first victory at the Saddledome since Dec. 27, 2002.
James Reimer had asked the rhetorical question the other night, after blanking Edmonton 4-0: “Do you want to be good and lose or bad and win?”
Which isn’t to say the Leafs are playing badly in assembling a10-4 Eastern Conference-topping record as October slips into the books. They’ve been lively, entertaining, strong on both sides of the puck and blessed with sterling goaltending from a peer group of two masked men.
Indeed, Jonathan Bernier — who drew the assignment against Calgary on a back-to-back set of games through Alberta — and Reimer seem simply to be daring each other on. Okay, you just got a shutout so what am I going to do about seeing your one schneid and raising you a skinnier GAA?
Still, this has quickly turned into The Year of Living Dangerously for the Leafs, who’ve now been outshot in 12 out of 14 games, and not by slim margins either, 43-22 Wednesday night.
Bailing them out has been, primarily, the show-down save-off duel — a friendly — between Bernier and Reimer. And, of course, opportunistic goal scoring, starring whoever assumes the leading role on any given night.