Don't give them the Stanley Cup just yet, but tonight a lot of under-rated Leafs showed they can play and compete in the NHL. A revamped defense that plays the trap was brought in by the new coach, Ron Wilson, who was grilled by Don Cherry on coaches corner for saying the Leafs had nobody that would be in the top six players on any other team. Finger, Van Ryn, Schenn... they showed they can play it against the best in the league and create enough scoring chances to come out on top.
Cherry didn't stop there and referred to Leafs management in a negative way several times accusing them all of passing the blame to Ferguson and covering their own asses.
Toskala did look sharp at times, but for two posts and a crossbar in the first period and the score could have gotten ugly early. Instead they went to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead on Kubina's goal.
This is not exactly a young team. Schenn may be only 18, but showed the patience and maturity of the other defencemen who are all ten years older with the exception on Colaiacovo(25.) They also showed they are not lacking in size or speed.
Overall, if they continue to play like this, they should have no problems cracking the top eight and claiming a playoff birth. However, they are still missing some star power and are $10M under the salary cap.