The Toronto Maple Leafs are off to their best start in 20 years and lead the Eastern Conference in points and goals. Coach Randy Carlyle, though, isn't very happy with his team's play.
The Maple Leafs look for a fourth straight victory Thursday night when they host a Carolina Hurricanes squad attempting to snap a three-game losing streak.
Toronto's 6-1-0 start is its best since the 1993-94 team opened with 10 consecutive victories, and it has scored 27 goals while allowing 16. However, the Maple Leafs have been outshot in five of their seven games - including the last four - and were fortunate to come away with a win over Minnesota on Tuesday.
The Wild held a 37-14 advantage in shots, but some timely goals and James Reimer's solid performance in net led to a 4-1 victory for Toronto.
"Some nights we're going to get our butt kicked playing like this," Carlyle said.
The Maple Leafs scored on their first shot, a tap-in from the crease by Tyler Bozak on the power play 4:24 into the ...