The Toronto Maple Leafs shook up their lineup. It still didn't help.
The last-place Leafs fell to 0-5-1 when the
Despite the loss, Wilson said he's still giving the team Wednesday off.
"First of all, we've got to relax here a little bit -- maybe just do a complete reset," he said. "The worst has already happened up to this point (with) how you could possibly start a season. We're not going to practice all of those (upcoming off-days) -- it might seem logical to practice and work on everything, but we've got to just relax here a little bit and step away tomorrow."
Former Leaf Darcy Tucker had a goal and an assist against his former team in his first game in
"I'm not going to lie to you, it felt great," Tucker said.
Craig Anderson, who's give the Avs the best goaltending they've had in years, stopped 30 of 31 shots, allowing only a second-period power-play goal to Francois Beauchemin.
None of the changes made any difference, as the Leafs again paid for their inability to kill penalties and mount any kind of consistent pressure.
"The puck was all over the place -- I couldn't quite get a handle on it," MacDonald said. "They punched in a few rebounds. We played great at times tonight and I thought we had some good spurts, but it's just not enough."
Clark capitalized in
It was the fifth consecutive game in which the Leafs went down 2-0. They've been outscored 10-2 in the first period this season.
Beauchemin, a free-agent signing this summer, gave the sellout crowd some hope when he blasted a power-play slapper through traffic and past
"It felt great to score back in a place where I scored a number of goals over my career," Tucker said. "I think I was more excited for my kids in the stands than anything."
Liles put the game away at 9:36 when his floater hit the head of defenseman Mike Komisarek and went past MacDonald. Many of the 19,148 fans spent the rest of the night booing the home team.
Even Tucker admitted he felt a little sorry for his former team.
"I've got some close friends there, especially a couple guys I played with for a number of years in Kaberle and Stajan," he said. "I feel for them, obviously. But you've got to understand it's six games into the year -- you don't make the playoffs in six games and you don't get on the outside looking in six games. It's a full season -- obviously, they've got some work to do."
--John Kreiser, NHL.com
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--John Kreiser, NHL.com
|PPG - Brett Clark (1) Slapshot - ASST: Darcy Tucker (2), Wojtek Wolski (3)|
1 - 0 COL
|David Jones (2) Snap shot - ASST: Scott Hannan (2), Matt Duchene (3)|
2 - 0 COL
|PPG - Francois Beauchemin (1) Slapshot - ASST: Tomas Kaberle (4), Tyler Bozak (1)|
2 - 1 COL
|PPG - Darcy Tucker (3) Snap shot - ASST: Marek Svatos (1), John-Michael Liles (3)|
3 - 1 COL
|John-Michael Liles (2) Wrist shot - ASST: David Jones (2), Ryan O'Reilly (3)|
4 - 1 COL
|Colton Orr Fighting (maj) against David Koci|
|David Koci Fighting (maj) against Colton Orr|
|Jamal Mayers Hi-sticking against Brett Clark|
|Alexei Ponikarovsky Holding against Adam Foote|
|Kyle Quincey Interference against Tyler Bozak|
|Cody McLeod Boarding against Rickard Wallin|
|Mike Komisarek Elbowing against Darcy Tucker|
|Matt Hendricks Fighting (maj) against Garnet Exelby|
|Garnet Exelby Fighting (maj) against Matt Hendricks|
|Colton Orr Roughing against Adam Foote|
|Adam Foote Roughing against Colton Orr|
|Craig Anderson Roughing against Colton Orr|
|Jay Rosehill Tripping against Ryan O'Reilly|
|Garnet Exelby Boarding against TJ Galiardi|