The low point, at least, came early. Toronto’s NHLers were booed off the Air Canada Centre ice after the first period of their 4-3 shootout win on Friday night

What particular crime against hockey sense earned the Leafs the increasingly frequent indignity?

They earned it by falling behind 2-0 to the worst team in the NHL, in part by allowing arguably the worst player in the league to celebrate his first goal in four seasons.

The team would be the Buffalo Sabres, the longtime QEW rival. The player would be John Scott, the same skill-challenged goon who set off a pre-season line brawl and a David Clarkson suspension by threatening to pummel Phil Kessel.

In the moments after Scott scored into a largely empty net after a juicy rebound surrendered by Leafs goalie Jonathan Bernier, it was easy for an attending fan to believe the Leafs were en route to perhaps their most disastrous defeat of this season in decline.

Less than a minute before Scott celebrated his quadrennial achievement by laughing and pointing to the heavens, Sabres forward Matt Moulson had out-battled Leafs captain Dion Phaneuf at the top of the crease and jammed in the game’s opening goal.

Out the window with those markers went the idea, heavily espoused in the Leaf dressing room after Friday’s morning skate, that the three-day Christmas break would be an energy-providing godsend for a weary team.