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Is there such thing as a good loss? If you believe such a thing exists, the Leaf's 5-4 defeat at the hands of the Washington Capitals last night surely would qualify.

The team rallied from a 3-1 deficit in the third, shaking its recent scoring malaise with a three-goal burst in a span of 3:03. The Monster made a couple of huge saves, Tyler Bozak found his way on to the scoresheet and Kris Versteeg even managed to bury a glorious scoring opportunity.

We'll see if any of that carries over to Saturday's game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres.

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The links:

Globe columnist Roy MacGregor deems last night's game a loss the Leafs can embrace.

Joe Bowen called me yesterday for a chat about his broadcast career. Fascinating stuff on calling Ali's last fight.

The Toronto Star's Paul Hunter issues the Leafs an A for effort.

The Star is holding a Maple Leafs haiku contest. I bet you win if you can work Korbinian Holzer into your verse.

Frank Orr's obituary for former Leaf Ed Litzenberger.

Maple Leafs Hot Stove says the blue and white showed some fight against the Capitals.

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Yakov Mironov wonders if it's time to panic.

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