It took him 20 months and parts of three seasons, but Randy Carlyle finally reached 82 games as coach of the Leafs last week — which equates to a full NHL regular season.

His term has been spread out through 18 games as Ron Wilson’s replacement in 2011-12, the lockout-shortened 48-game season and the first 16 games of this campaign.

Friday’s win over New Jersey gave him a record of 43-31-8, which if done in the course of a normal schedule would have been 94 points and a near-certain playoff spot.

For a new Leafs coach in a season of 82 games or less it would have ranked him behind Pat Quinn’s first year of 97 points in 1998-99 and just ahead of his old coach, Roger Neilson, who had 92 in 1977-78 in 80 games. Carlyle’s playoff record of 3-4 is not included in the calculation.