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Carlyle says Leafs ‘can breathe’ after breaking skid

Jan 12, 2014, 10:50 PM EDT

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Following the Toronto Maple Leafs’ fourth consecutive loss on Friday, Randy Carlyle said that his team has been “begging, pleading, kissing” to gain some confidence. Now they’re exhaling after breaking that skid with a 3-2 shootout win against the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.

“We can breathe,” Carlyle said, according to the Canadian Press’ Chris Johnston. “There’s been a lot of gasping going on.”

Critics will point out that the Maple Leafs haven’t won very often lately during regulation – just two of their nine wins since Nov. 23 have come before overtime or shootouts – but Carlyle’s evocative descriptions make it pretty clear that Toronto will take what it can get.

So, yes, they might be limping, dragging, slumping into contention, but the bottom line is that they’re still in the mix. Even if it’s not always the prettiest sight.

  1. bsaures - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:08 PM

    Does anyone else get the feeling that come the end of the season they will be tied in points for the last playoff spot but lose because of the ROW?

  2. 950003cups - Jan 12, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Devils just can’t get success in the SO. It’s embarrassing.

  3. crazemastercraze - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    Emily, Randy Carlyle might be taking you up on that offer soon

  4. slysipops - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    IT’S …IT’S….. IT’S LIKE …………………..

  5. beergold - Jan 14, 2014 at 7:35 AM

    So I am guessing that if the Leafs are begging, kissing and pleading they are playing “Kessel style” charmin soft hockey. Go get em Leafs that style will win you a lot of playoff chances and of course Stanley Cups!

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