Carlyle wants Leafs to play with “will, pride, passion, whatever”

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The Toronto Maple Leafs haven’t won a home game since Feb. 6 when they beat Edmonton, 6-3, to improve their record to 28-19-6.

Ah, those were the days. The Leafs sat 7th in the Eastern Conference, four points clear of a playoff spot and looking forward to their first postseason since before the lockout.

And then this happened:

Toronto hosts Carolina tonight, and with nothing but pride on the line, coach Randy Carlyle wants his team to play with a bit more…um…pride.

“That’s what we’ve asked of our players is we have to demonstrate some more will, pride, passion, whatever, because it’s gone on long enough,” Carlyle said Tuesday morning, as reported by the Globe and Mail.

“That’s what we’re going to ask of our players – that they are the ones [who have to change it]. And we as a coaching staff have to find a way to motivate this group to play to a higher level. It has to start tonight.”

And then Carlyle made everyone watch this clip from Cool Runnings:

I see pride. I see power. I see…sigh…Luke Schenn turning the puck over again.