Two early wakeup calls greeted the Maple Leafs on Tuesday morning.

One was to rouse them out of bed for an unheard-of practice time of 8:15. The other came courtesy of coach Randy Carlyle, who halted practice at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on at least three occasions to bark at the players.

“Everyone in the building can hear me but you!” Carlyle yelled at one point.

After two days away from the ice, and after clinching a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, the Leafs apparently needed a cold-water splash.

“After a couple of days, you can expect that,” forward Clarke MacArthur said. “We’re trying to get our minds right again, and he will let you know if you are dragging a bit. It was a good practice today.”

Carlyle didn’t mind that he had to aggressively remind his players of some of the finer points. He usually has not been as animated during practice this season.

“When you have a couple of days off the ice, what happens is they forget a few of the things, and it is 8 o’clock in the morning, they are human, and they are not any different than you and I,” Carlyle said. “Some days they’re not paying as much attention to detail as you would like. It is up to us as coaches to try to find a way to send a message.”

The overall message with three games remaining in the regular season, starting on Wednesday night against the Tampa Bay Lightning, is clear.