The last time the Leafs had only a single point in the standings from their first trio of games was in 2001-2002*. As it is this season, that measly point came from a game with the Habs.
As you may recall the Leafs finished with 100 points that year and went on to beat the Sens in the 2nd round of the playoffs. Was that the 3rd straight playoff beat down or the 2nd? I can't remember.
Anyway, I see no reason why the Leafs can't duplicate those results and kick off their rise to the top with a victory tonight. Curtis Joseph or no Curtis Joseph...
Leafs 4 Pens 3 OT
* In 2001-2002 Danny Heatley, Chris Neil and Vesa Toskala played their rookie seasons. Dave Manson, Bob Probert and Rick Tocchet played their final season of pro hockey.
The Sens are home again to the unbeaten Christoph Schubert and the Thrashers. I think with Heatley's meltdown, he's now our all-time favourite German born Senator!
Forward line tinkering should see Alfie and Spezza on separate lines. Elliot is expected to get his first start of the season. Leaf fans take note - sometimes you put in a 2nd goalie for reasons other than your number one is a piece of crap.
Sens 6 Thrashers 3