Leafs coach calls team ‘a big family right now’

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have turned some heads as they moved a 3-1 series deficit to a 3-3 tie, including impressing Wayne Gretzky. Head coach Randy Carlyle described his team as a tight-knit unit to the Globe & Mail’s James Mirtle after Game 6’s 2-1 win on Sunday.

“They care for one another,” Carlyle said. “They genuinely care. When you have that emotion, they’re a big family in there right now.”

It doesn’t hurt to have a goalie on the top of his game like James Reimer has been, either.

However you frame the narrative, the Buds are one game away from a rousing comeback against the Bruins in this entertaining first-round series. Winning on Monday would make for quite the happy family, indeed.