A strong start is not a new experience for the Toronto Maple Leafs. Their next opponent, meanwhile, is in the midst of its best beginning in 11 seasons.
The Colorado Avalanche will try to add to their early success by completing a sweep of a five-game road trip and handing the Maple Leafs their first loss of the season Monday night.
Toronto (3-0-0) started 4-0 in 2010-11 but missed the playoffs for the sixth straight year. The Maple Leafs took another step toward ending that drought by rallying for a 3-2 win over Calgary on Saturday in the third of five straight home games to open this season.
"To get off to this start, it's huge for us," goaltender James Reimer said. "Hopefully we can keep it rolling, stay confident and keep improving in our game. And hopefully when it's all said and done we'll have had a pretty good season."
Phil Kessel had two goals and an assist Saturday after his team fell behind 2-0 in the first 5:40. He recorded his third c...