It was a week that could have been much better for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
They started on such a high note on Tuesday, when they captured their fourth straight win in a 2-0 victory over division rival Buffalo Sabres. Those same Sabres pushed the Leafs to the limit three days later and reversed their fortunes with a big 3-2 win over the Blue and White on Friday.
The very next night, the Maple Leafs trudged back to Air Canada Centre and got swept right back out with a 3-0 shutout loss to the Eastern Conference-leading New York Rangers.
This week answered quite a few questions about this Maple Leafs team. Remember that old clip of Arizona Cardinals head coach Dennis Green flipping out about a loss to the Chicago Bears? The line he kept screaming was "The Bears are who we thought they were."
This week shows that Leafs fans can echo that sentiment about their favorite hockey club. The Leafs teased everyone into thinking they were turning the corner to becoming an elite team in the NHL, but they did it by beating Tampa Bay, Winnipeg, Detroit and Buffalo just a week after losing three straight.
Don't get me wrong—the Leafs are a good team this year, but they are not the team that we thought they were last week.
Sure, the victory against Detroit was impressive, but the two games before that were almost must-win games, in the sense that everyone would be reaching for the panic button if they lost five in a row.
They are still very young and inexperienced in high-pressure games and will continue to make mistakes. Hopefully those mistakes are cut down as the season progresses and the Leafs become the team we thought they were.
Here is the good, the bad and the ugly for the past week for the Maple Leafs.