The most telling part of coach Randy Carlyle's tenure is that the Maple Leafs tend to end their games with fewer players than they begin with.

Various Leafs haven't been able to finish due to a broken nose, separated shoulder or broken finger, reflecting Carlyle's physical approach. The latest, Mikhail Grabovski of all people, got not one but two game misconducts on Saturday night for fighting Ottawa's Chris Neil.

Grabovski may be the team's most valuable forward at this point in the season, not the kind of guy you'd want to play without for half a game. But Carlyle didn't mind at all that Grabovski stuck up for rookie Carter Ashton after Neil jabbed at him.