Toronto Maple Leafs: Five New Words To Describe This Team

January 12th, 2011 by Peter Kleiss Leave a reply »
Brian Burke has used three words to describe the Leaf team he wants to build.

We have all heard them: Testosterone, truculence and pugnacity. There have been few times this year when these words actually described the team we have seen on the ice.

The way the Leafs have been playing since the start of the year, I have five new words that better describe the team’s play. They are: Adversity, intensity, composure, perseverance and synergy.

If you didn't catch last night’s 4-2 win over the San Jose Sharks, try to find a replay on the Internet, because you missed a good one. For the first time in a long, long while the Leafs game had me on the edge of my seat.

I was cheering and booing, standing and pacing, screaming at the tube or to anyone within earshot. The game had a playoff atmosphere for me and left me emotionally drained but giddy with delight after watching the buds extend their winning streak to four games.

The game had everything. It was coach Ron Wilson’s 600 career win and it came against his former team.

The Leafs won for only the second time all year when trailing after two periods. ...

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