UHS LEAFS WATCH WITH COACH NYE
Heartbreaking, disappointing, shocked, even saddened, whatever word or phrase you wish to use to describe the end result of last nights game 7 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Boston Bruins stunning victory, well you go ahead and use. The one this Coach will use is proud! Yes that’s one that all Leaf Nation should be using for their beloved Maple Leafs today.
A team that was maybe slotted to be 9th or 10th in their conference but made a huge turnaround in this shortened season, made the playoffs for the first time in 9 years and and showed the rest of the hockey world that they have turned a corner on the road of being respected and watched as an up and coming club.
Lost in last night’s defeat is the progress the Leafs have made this past season under the watchful eye of Coach Carlyle. They now have an identity and they seem to know how to win (well most nights). If anything, they can take away from this series is the experience of going to game 7. The experience of being down 3 games to 1 and fighting back to square the series up and then to do battle in the final game 7. You see teams that grow and move forward in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over time have gone through these challenges and have learned. As stated from a couple of the younger Leafs, ” This will make every single person in this room a better hockey player in the future”, quoted Kadri. And then from Jake Gardiner, ” It will be a good learning experience for our group, we are going to be ready to come back next year and be an even better team.”
The young Leafs could taste victory last night but only to have it flushed from them by a stronger more experience Bruins team, who even themselves had to reach down to their own ‘inners’ and pull out a victory. The ‘Old statesmen’ of the Bruins, the likes of Chara, Lucic, Horton, Bergeron, Krejci and Jagr all bared down for the last 10 minutes of the third and demonstrated that experience and the will to win makes champions.
As the Leafs season has now come to a close on a disappointed note I will leave the last words to go to the respected coaches of these both teams.
First Coach Carlyle, ” I thought we ran out of gas. Losing is tough, and losing the way we did..There’s nothing you can say to explain how and why it happened.”
And the final from Bruins Coach Claude Julien, ” You can’t walk away from here without honestly and sincerely giving the other team credit. They had us on the ropes, we’re not going to sit here and lie, they had us the ropes. They’re a team that believes in themselves, I saw a team with a lot of players getting out of their comfort zone and doing what it took.. I have no doubt they will grow from that!”
That my friends in LEAF NATION is the words to hang onto for now and look forward to what will come with the up and coming Maple Leafs.
Until next time.
See you after the game,