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The Toronto Maple Leafs are still searching for consistency despite last night's 3-2 overtime victory over the Dallas Stars, who had been undefeated to start the young 2022-23 NHL season. Of course, fans will remember that came on the heels of dropping a 4-2 contest against the lowly Arizona Coyotes that resulted in head coach Sheldon Keefe issuing a brutal public call out of his top players whom he felt weren't performing up to expectations.
Though Keefe would eventually walk back his comments by saying he chose the wrong words, he still believes that his team isn't fully clicking as of yet.
"The three games that we have won are very tight games where we have to be very disciplined or resilient and respond to moments where things go wrong," Keefe said. "Our team has shown that. That is what you are hoping would happen with a team as experienced as ours. That has been really positive for me."
"We have found ways to get six points here despite the fact that we haven’t found our rhythm quite yet. Whether it is at five-on-five or on the power play, we haven’t started to click yet. We will. We have great confidence that this is the case. It is not unlike last season. That ended up being one of the best offensive teams in the league with a lot of guys that had career highs. We expect that we will get there again."
Of course, being in Toronto, everything the Leafs do is viewed through a much more powerful microscope.
"It is the nature of the market," he said when it comes to their win-loss record being magnified by the Toronto media. "It is the way that it goes, but it is also because there are high expectations of our team. There are high expectations for us internally, too, but we have to keep things in perspective. We know it is an 82-game grind. We just have to keep getting better every day."
The Leafs will be back in action tomorrow night in Winnipeg against the Jets.