Toronto Maple Leafs: Tavares Returns Home in What May Be the Toughest Test Yet

October 18th, 2010 by Louis Pisano Leave a reply »
The Toronto Maple Leafs have been playing a truly gritty brand of hockey that’s paying early dividends.

The Buds sit atop not only their division nor just the conference but the whole of the NHL and are still undefeated on the year.

They are winning these games with timely goaltending, balanced scoring, and physical play along with a team driven tenacity.

They have seemingly bought into head coach Ron Wilson’s system and are seeing results with much better special teams play and overall success.

They will host hometown product John Tavares and his New York Islanders Monday night at the ACC after having a rare weekend off in what should be another measuring mark in this young season for Toronto.

The Islanders (2-1-2) have been playing a very similar style of hockey to Toronto though with slightly different results, though they’ve been in every game right up until the final buzzer.

Toronto’s top line of Phil Kessel, Tyler Bozak and Kris Versteeg have been potent offensively as was expected.

But second line winger Clarke MacArthur is leading the Leafs in the goal scoring departm ...

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