The longer the microphone stood unattended, the more you wondered whether it would be Brian Burke and not Ron Wilson emerging from one of the back rooms outside the Air Canada Centre press room.
Because the truth is, in some cities, losses such as Saturday’s would be enough to get a coach fired.
No such luck, Toronto. For now, at least, it's still someone else's fault. Always, it's someone else's fault.
For the second game in a row, the Toronto Maple Leafs played a team with a fragile psyche – except unlike the San Jose Sharks, the Washington Capitals were playing their second game in as many nights. For the second game in a row their fragility shattered first, as the Capitals scored on two easily stoppable goals on James Reimer within four minutes of the first period en route to a 4-2 win.