Maple Leafs unconvincing in shootout win over Devils

Leafs James van Riemsdyk scores the winner in the shootout beating Devils goalie Cory Schneider....

Leafs James van Riemsdyk scores the winner in the shootout beating Devils goalie Cory Schneider. Leafs win 3-2 in a shootout. Toronto Maple Leafs vs. the New Jersey Devils at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Sunday January 12, 2014. (Jack Boland/QMI Agency)

TERRY KOSHAN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:06 PM ET

TORONTO - If the Maple Leafs are playing for coach Randy Carlyle’s job, they’re doing it in a shrugging, kinda, sorta way.

Following a four-game losing streak, the Leafs needed a strong performance by goaltender Jonathan Bernier and a shootout goal by James van Riemsdyk to beat the visiting New Jersey Devils 3-2 in a rare Sunday night game at the Air Canada Centre.

The Leafs, as they have been in many other victories this season, were not exactly convincing.

But for now, until at least the conclusion of a game on Tuesday night in Boston against the Bruins, the calls for Carlyle’s job should quiet down a bit.

We should remember that before the 2013-14 regular season started, many prognosticators had the Leafs on the bubble to make the Stanley Cup playoffs. And with 35 games remaining, that’s what they are.


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