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Maple Leafs try to stay positive during tough stretch

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Ian Shantz, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:10 PM ET

Collectively, the Maple Leafs say they’ve played better over the past five-game stretch — even if the standings beg to differ.

The forecheck, they say, has become more aggressive, a building block of sorts for a team in dire need of positives to latch on to.

“We think that our forecheck has been strong in games. You’ve seen where we’ve carried momentum because of the forecheck,” head coach Randy Caryle said following an hour-long practice at the MasterCard Centre on Sunday.

Scoring, too, seems to be in okay shape, even if the likes of secondary helpers such as David Clarkson and Mason Raymond and a few defenceman have been picking up the slack for the team’s top forward unit of Nazem Kadri, Phil Kessel and James van Riemsdyk, who, collectively, have been fizzing, recording just six points — and one goal apiece — in the past half-dozen games.


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