Maple Leafs players say coach not to blame for losing skid

Maple Leafs players react during their 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. (Stan...

Maple Leafs players react during their 4-2 loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday night. (Stan Behal/Toronto Sun)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:49 PM ET

With the blue-and-white sky seemingly falling down on top of them, a number of bewildered players, still stunned at a two-week collapse that has their playoff hopes precariously on life support, claim it is wrong to plop the majority of the blame for the Great Maple Leafs Meltdown of 2014 on coach Randy Carlyle.

In fact, if the Leafs want to identify the source of their catastrophic eight-game losing skid, veteran forward David Bolland says they only need to look in the mirror to identify the culprits.

In the aftermath of Saturday’s crushing 4-2 defeat to a Detroit Red Wings team whose roster looks more like that of their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids, we surveyed a number of players, both young and old, to find out if it was fair to put the brunt of the responsibility on Carlyle.

The overwhelming response: No, this is on us.

“Not at all,” Bolland said when asked if the majority of the fault should rest with the Leafs veteran bench boss.


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