Found October 27, 2013 on Pro Sports Daily:
For the Maple Leafs to beat the likes of Sidney Crosby, they must psyche themselves like Sidney Crosby. That was the message coach Randy Carlyle was pumping to his under-manned team before they met the NHL’s leading scorer, along with the equally dangerous Evgeni Malkin and the rest of the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night. Staff and players were on the same page in the 4-1 win, as the Leafs blanked Crosby and held Malkin to a power-play assist. That comes after three games where the Leafs faced a stable of stars — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Corey Perry, Ryan Getzlaf and Marian Gaborik, with only Gaborik earning a point. “As always, great players are great challenges,” Carlyle said. “(Crosby) has tendencies he likes to do, but he finds a way to overcome a lot of the defensive systems that he competes against. He takes it as a personal challenge. That’s what we have to do as a team, challenge ourselves to limit the time and space and be very aware of where and when he’s on ...
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