By Tony Ambrogio (@SNTonyAmbrogio)
March 19, 2012 is a day that Randy Carlyle won’t forget.
“Terrible,” said the Maple Leafs coach describing how he felt following an 8-0 loss in Boston to the Bruins that night. “It was not a good feeling back there.”
That night, the Bruins finished up going 6-0 against the Leafs for the season, outscoring Toronto 36-10.
Carlyle had been hired as Leafs coach a few weeks earlier, and his team was still in the playoff chase. That game pretty much ended all playoff hopes, while at the same time leading to the turnaround seen this season.
“That was part of us recognizing as a coaching staff and management that things had to change for our group,” said Carlyle on Monday, as the Leafs get ready to face the Bruins in this year’s playoffs. “We couldn’t afford to be embarrassed to that level and it was an eye opener for us.”
This is a different Leafs team. Among those who played in that game and aren’t on the roster now include Tim Connolly, Mathew