Carlyle says Leafs should have kept attacking Bruins

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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.”