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Carlyle says Leafs should have kept attacking Bruins

May 16, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT

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Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle is shouldering part of the blame for his team’s astonishing third-period collapse versus the Boston Bruins.

Today in Toronto, Carlyle lamented the fact he didn’t direct the Leafs to be more aggressive with the lead in Monday’s Game 7 loss.

“We should have had our players attack,” he said, per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

Toronto led the Bruins, 4-1, almost halfway through the third period, and 4-2 with less than two minutes remaining. But in one of the more remarkable comebacks in playoff history, Milan Lucic scored at 18:38, quickly followed by a Patrice Bergeron tally at 19:09.

Boston went on to win the game, and the series, in overtime.

“Time will heal this, but we can never forget it,” said Carlyle, per Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston. “How can you forget it? You can’t.”

  1. ironyisadeadscene - May 16, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    Don’t worry…..even if you could forget it or move past it, the media wouldn’t let you

  2. atahualpaoxford - May 16, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    Another “unforgettable” moment form one the of most screwed up teams in the history of sports…
    3/4 % of today’s Leaf fans were not born the last time this franchise won anything…
    Go, Leafs, Go……

  3. cweez2 - May 16, 2013 at 1:58 PM

    Take off his hat, and Captain Obvious looks just like Randy Carlyle

  4. axisofweasels - May 16, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    well, duh

  5. benrob99 - May 16, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    This also just in: The ghost of the captain of the Titanic has revealed that if he had it all to do over again he “would have probably spent more time looking for icebergs”. We’ll have more on this story as it develops.

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