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.”
Mike Babcock admitted that there might be a painful transformation as he tries to fix the Toronto Maple Leafs.
His old friends made that abundantly, painfully clear on Friday.
As of this writing, the Detroit Red Wings are up 4-0 on the Buds. Justin Abdelkader just completed a hat trick with James Reimer in net, so the subplot isn’t just about Jonathan Bernier having another tough start.
The big story might just be Detroit’s varied new line of Abdelkader, Dylan Larkin (who scored his first career goal) and Henrik Zetterberg. At the moment, they’ve combined for seven points.
This post will be updated if Detroit’s tribute video to Babcock surfaces.
Really, though, this beating has been about as ugly as this blanket so far.
It wouldn’t be a regular season game without a Columbus Blue Jackets injury, right?
OK, the Blue Jackets hope that 2015-16 looks different from the medically challenged mess of last season, but at least one player is banged up tonight.
Alexander Wennberg suffered an upper-body injury and won’t return on Friday, as the team noted.
There’s no word yet regarding how serious the issue might be. It looks like he might have suffered an injury thanks to a Chris Kreider check:
Naturally, the Blue Jackets must hope that this doesn’t begin another trend.