May 11, 2013
Leafs show their resiliency
By STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

Randy Carlyle and his template for success is already reaping dividends in his young playoff club's ability to handle adversity. (Craig Robertson, Toronto Sun)

It isn’t something easily taught. You have it or you don’t.

 

It starts with the coach and with a template for building success. And then you hope resiliency comes along with it. Because then, and only then, can you compete with the Boston Bruins.

The majority of players didn’t change from one Maple Leafs season to the next. What changed was the plan. What changed was the Leafs identity. You could hear the Bruins players to a man talking about it all week long.

A soft team stopped being soft. An easy out stopped being easy. That doesn’t just happen. But more important than Brian Burke’s favourite words such as ‘truculence’ and ‘pugnacity’ came the fact that Randy Carlyle’s team has developed the kind of resilience that can serve them well as Game 6 of their playoff series with the Bruins approaches Sunday night.

If this Leafs team wasn’t resilient, it would like the Vancouver Canucks, like the Montreal Canadiens, out of the Stanley Cup playoffs by



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