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The sound was unmistakable in bars and homes across Toronto last night. As the Montreal Canadiens cruised to an early lead and proceeded to crush the Maple Laughs, Toronto fans abandoned the Leafs bandwagon en masse breaking ankles across the city.

A dream-like fluke win over defending champs Detroit earlier in the week had skeptical fans back on the bandwagon for two days. One period into Saturday’s night game and the Habs up 2-0, cue the exodus.

As usual in Leaf Nation, little credit is being given to the superior performance put in by the Habs. The fact Halak started against the Leafs demonstrates how serious of a threat Toronto is being considered to be by Montreal. By and large , our deadly power play was that, deadly efficient and beautiful to see. My favourite part of the night…Jason Blake scores and Leaf fans start to cheer and 22 second later Guillaume Latendresse scores to seal the deal on the pasting.

Montreal draws frist blood in this great rivalry this year.

Les Canadiens sont là !

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More Leaf fans will be resigned to this fans fate as the Leafs prepare for more losing.

More Leaf fans will be resigned to this fan's fate-more losing.

To no one’s surprise media in Leaf Nation have jumped all over Ron Wilson’s comments that wins and losses and won’t matter to him this season. This only adds to Cliff Fletcher’s earlier assertions that low expectations are the best expectations.

Ahh do you all remember Grabovski pitter pattering down the halls of the Bell Centre...no??..ya, i figured, nor do I.

Ahh do you all remember Grabovski pitter pattering down the halls of the Bell Centre...no??..ya, i figured, nor do I.

As just a hockey fan in Maple Laugh-land, management’s approach makes sense. You look at the Leaf roster and for the first time decades, they are actually trying to rebuild for the future. They have kids, they may not all be top notch prospects, but there is a sense of rebuilding. Heck, they have our throw-away Grabovski.  This process won’t deliver a cup anytime soon, but at least they are trying and Wilson is a good coach to have at the helm.

The moment the Hab world stood still and King Roy left the throne for good. Thanks Mario and Reggie- two of the biggest management mistakes in Habs history, enough to overshadow their on-ice contributions.

The moment the Hab world stood still and King Roy left the throne for good. Thanks Mario and Reggie- two of the biggest management mistakes in Habs history, enough to overshadow their on-ice contributions.

This rebuilding of the Leafs reminds me of the recent Hab dark days when were saddled with Rejean Houle at GM and Tremblay behind the bench. Things just went from bad to worse. We lost Patrick, had dead wood veterans and not enough kids playing. With some patience, shrewd scouting and Gainey at the helm, we have steered things around.

Leafs have now gone on a youth movement to help counter the increase Depends costs from the past years.

The Leafs have now gone on a youth movement to counter the Depends costs from past years.

The Habs have never dabbled in the big free agent market as the Leafs for “quick fix” additions, so some serious foundation was set for our current turnaround and success. Leaf fans, prepare yourselves to see losses mount but at least the light at the tunnel is not a train anymore…from what we can tell!

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