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Even though his team is very hot right now, the head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Randy Carlyle is very down to Earth, saying there’s always room for improvement in a press conference following the 5-1 victory against their rivals, the Montreal Canadiens. I really like this in a coach.  He’s happy that they won, but he is not letting his team get too big headed.  With this kind of coaching, the Leafs could do very well in the post season, assuming they make it. As for the game itself, the Leafs played like they were on a mission.  In the first period, Toronto came out of the gate flying and took a 3-0 lead. The Leafs were a little sloppy at the beginning of the second period, but bounced back.  They even chased Canadien’s goalie, Carey Price out of the game. One the other things that really help the Leafs was their checking.  Quite honestly, it was a great game for the Leafs all around. Hats off to defense man Jake Gardiner who played his position very well.  ”Jake had one of his better games,” said Carlyle Leaf’s goalie, James Reimer made 36  saves. Their next game against New Jersey did not impress the coach.  The Leafs did not play that well in the first 40 minutes of the game. It was 0-0 until the third period when Phil Kessel scored to make it 1-0.  Toronto put the game on ice by adding an empty netter. “We’re fortunate we won the game,” said Carlyle, “We  found ways to manufacture points.” Going into the game against Washington, the Leafs only needed a win to clinch a playoff berth.  Unfortunately, it didn’t happened.  They ended up losing 5-1.  ”we weren’t very good,” said Carlyle after the game. I had a feeling it was going to be a long night for Toronto when they went down 3-0 in the first period.  After the third goal, I switched the channel. The Leaf’ s next chance to clinch a playoff spot will be on Thursday against the New York Islanders.  

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