The Leafs lost last night to the Islanders after going undefeated for 4 games to start the 2010-2011 seasons. This was the best start in 17 years, where the Buds won 10 straight to open the season. Any realistic fan (with a bit of common sense) wouldn't have predicted a 4-0-1 start, earning 9 of a possible 10 points. Saying that, we (Leafs fan) should remain realistic and shouldn't get carry away and hold off a bit longer before planning that parade route.
This year Leafs looks a lot different from past recent years, not only the addition of new faces but you can see the effort on the ice. Guys are completing their checks, battling against the board and often than not, the battles are won. They are much tougher, as shown by the checks as well as the number of fights so far this season and goal-tending has been big so far (aside from a few questionable goals). Their play results in finding ways to win rather than finding ways to loose, something we are too familiar with.
This is great start and it looks like it can continue as long as each player on the ice continue to play with the same effort and toughness shown in the first 5 games. The Leafs may even capture a playoff spot this year, but let take it one game at a time and not think about the CUP for now.