Randy Carlyle has been around the Stanley Cup playoffs block. As a player, the 1980-81 Norris Trophy winner suited up for 69 NHL postseason games. When he steps behind the bench of the Toronto Maple Leafs for Game 6 of the first-round series against the Boston Bruins on Sunday, it will be Carlyle's 68th time as an NHL head coach. He would very much like to coach a 69th this season to match his player record. With 39 career wins in the bank, he would very much like to deposit his 40th postseason win, too, and extend the series back to Boston for a seventh and deciding game on Monday. But Carlyle knows that with his team's latest win the Bruins have been poked. They have been angered. If the Maple Leafs want to survive they better not take the final period off like they did on Friday in their 2-1 win in Game 5 on Friday. "I think that we have to really make sure that our preparation is proper, and we've already spoken to them about that after the game and made sure that we do the right things between now and the faceoff on Sunday night," the 57-year-old Carlyle said. 'Very desperate hockey club' "It's of vast importance that we take care of every little thing that we can physically and mentally might be just as difficult because we were in a situation where we had to win a game on the road. Now we're going back home and I'm sure that we've poked the Bruins. They're going to be a very desperate hockey club come Sunday night and we've got to be equally as desperate." Carlyle received an outstanding effort from his players in Game 5. Tyler Bozak and Clarke MacArthur scored unassisted goals to build a 2-0 lead early in the third period. Then the Maple Leafs turned the game over to goalie James Reimer and hung on for dear life. The Maple Leafs will have to show up for a full 60 minutes on Sunday because the Bruins feel they can build off their dominating third period in Game 5. "We played good the second half of the game and I think we just have to take that with us to Toronto and start the game there like we finished here," Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask said. "It's really not good enough when you play 30 minutes out of 60 minutes in the playoffs and I think that's what we have to learn from this and be ready for."
Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle knows Leafs 'poked the bear'
CBC Sports | May 11