In a different situation, you might argue this was a victory that happened in such a way that a team could really build on it.
But for the Maple Leafs, there really isn’t time for that, is there?
Not enough games left to build up a head of steam.

Just maybe enough to to squeak into the second season.
Only four Toronto games remain, three of them against non-playoff teams, to encourage those dreaming of an 11th-hour charge to the post-season.

This, after all that has happened, is really just about winning this game, then forgetting it quickly and trying to win the next game, then the next one, all the while hoping Columbus or Detroit loses a few, and then hoping the math adds up in favourable fashion when it’s over.

So Nazem Kadri’s overtime winner in a surprise 4-3 Leaf triumph, one in which the Leafs again blew a third-period lead, lost No. 1 goalie Jonathan Bernier to a serious-looking leg injury and never had scoring winger Joffrey Lupul because of some other undisclosed malady, really didn’t mean any more than the goal that kept the Leafs alive for at least a few more nights.

It’s power as inspiration evaporated about two minutes after it was scored.

Because the grim facts of the Leafs’ predicament remained.
These are already the playoffs for MLSE’s hockey department. In the playoffs, what happens in one game means nothing when they drop the puck for the next one, and so the Leafs can’t be dwelling on Kadri’s goal or this surprising win over Boston when Winnipeg comes to town on Saturday.

Maybe for Kadri it will linger a bit. He’s found this to be a hard town to please, that’s for sure, and head coach Randy Carlyle disliked his game for most of Thursday night, playing only one other Leaf less than Kadri over the opening two periods.

But there Kadri was in overtime, alone in front of Boston goalie Chad Johnson, spinning to his left and lifting the puck high and employing all that marvellous skill and cleverness that he surely has but surely does not show all of the time.

“I don’t control that,” said Kadri of his shrunken minutes earlier in the game. “That’s not something in my hands. I can only bring everything I can every day to help this team. First line or fourth line, it doesn’t matter.”

Just like Tuesday’s win over Calgary that ended an awful eight-game losing streak and included goals from support staffers Jay McClement, David Bolland and David Clarkson, this triumph over the excellent Bruins was very much about the involvement of so many more Leaf players than during that horrific losing streak.

Troy Bodie — Troy Bodie! — became a significant participant, skating in more minutes (20:29) than he’d ever skated in an NHL game. Call-up Jerry D’Amigo was very, very useful and had an assist. Carl Gunnarsson played more than any Leaf player. Cody Franson decked Zdeno Chara and Paul Ranger once again found the twine.