May 16, 2013, 12:03 PM EDT
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.”
- Video: Bolts lose Garrison, Paquette in loss to Wings 0
- Bruins ruin Lundqvist’s return 21
- Video: Letang hospitalized after Doan hit (Update) 29
- Bruins chalk Rask’s absence up to dehydration (Update) 3
- Happy returns: Datsyuk plays for Detroit 1
- Gearing up: Malkin, Hornqvist return for Pens 0
- Five big games to watch this weekend 8
- Video: Kessel, Booth get into altercation at Leafs practice 34
- Playoff watch — what the bubble teams need to do 29
- After Howard fails to ‘bounce back,’ Mrazek to receive ‘opportunity’ 36
- Dreger: ‘In Kessel’s case, I firmly believe he’s going to be traded’ (73)
- Coyotes ‘win’ against Sabres in OT (58)
- Red Wings beat Blues in OT, but should winning goal count? (56)
- Tank-worthy? Connor McDavid finishes OHL season with 120 points in 47 games (56)
- Report: No fine or suspension for Tyler Toffoli’s hit on Alex Burrows (51)