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Until the Toronto Maple Leafs prove they can compete in games like last night's - the second of a back-to-back in a hostile environment against a good team - there's little use in considering them contenders for much of anything.

The Stanley Cup champs spotted the Leafs the lead, then punched the visitors right in the mouth by scoring three goals in less than eight minutes. Toronto pretty much turtled from that point on, led by a dreadful performance by the defence and Phil Kessel's regular disappearing act against Zdeno Chara.

On to Montreal for a matchup Saturday night versus the Habs.

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The links:

National Post reporter Michael Traikos on the game.

The Star's Damien Cox on Mike Komisarek's night in the press box.

Cox also wrote on the game, calling the Leafs' performance "flaccid".

Wayne Gretzky tells TSN's Darren Dreger he's had job offers from the Oilers and Kings but he isn't ready to jump back into the game yet.

San Jose's Joe Thornton gets ready for his 1,000th NHL game.

Hockey News columnist Adam Proteau says it's never a good idea make a snap judgement on a trade.

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Avs goalie Semyon Varlamov makes an amazing glove save on Marcus Kruger of the Chicago Blackhawks. I still wouldn't have made that trade (sorry Adam).



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