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Maple Leafs 0 v. Sabres 3: Surprise, Surprise

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I don't know what the deal was with the fans booing the Maple Leafs. Are they shocked that a very good Buffalo Sabres team beat the Leafs 3-0? First off, the Sabres are better. Bottom line. Second, they are the Buffalo Sabres. They could dress the Wellington Dukes Provincial Jr. A team and the Sabres' mystique would be enough to beat the Leafs.

Seems like there was a lot of rage in the game thread too. I get it. It's frustrating to see a lot of hard work come to naught but a million f-bombs does't rescue the game. Sometimes the Leafs will lose beacuse the opponent is better. In this case, as in those, it's more interesting to read about what the Leafs' need to do to get to that team's level instead of a 100th instance of "Fuck (player)". So let's get back on track: What did you like from this game? What needs to improve?

Disclaimer: I slept through most of the second and woke up to a 2-0 deficit but that first period was pretty much what I expected from the buds this year. Lots of big hits, lots of hard-skating, lots of chances and lots of good saves. What was missing? The goals. Sigh.

To put you all in a better frame of mind - Let's all laugh at Keith Ballard: