Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 03/12/12 at 01:07 PM ET
from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,
This is where a big-game scorer should have been buzzing the net.
This is where someone with a dressing room presence should be commanding the floor.
This is where a loud hit, huge save or pain-inducing shot block would speak volumes.
This is where a team should be having faith in the system it learned in camp, not trying to learn a new one on the fly.
And failing all that, this is where a team should be drawing on its bank account of playoff points, collected through a winter of nurturing leads, avoiding soft goals, making the most of home games and stealing points in overtime and shootouts.
But on Sunday afternoon in Washington, the second of back-to-back shutout losses, Maple Leafs looked very much like a team headed for a fourth straight playoff hiatus under the Brian Burke regime and the seventh silent spring overall.
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