The Maple Leafs have to pretend their ugly loss against the Florida Panthers on Tuesday didn't happen.

They have little choice.

"The way the schedule is, I have said it all along, you have to move forward very quickly," captain Dion Phaneuf said.

"We know we got outplayed. We're not happy about it. We know we have to be better and we expect to be better (Thursday against the Tampa Bay Lightning).

"We wanted to start the trip off by getting a big win, but we did not play well enough. We have a chance to win and make it a .500 trip."

Phaneuf raised some eyebrows when he bolted for the dressing room during the game against Florida, but returned.

He said he had the wind knocked out of him and left for precautionary reasons.