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Once again, Carlyle’s Leafs are searching for answers

Randy Carlyle

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Randy Carlyle speaks with reporters during NHL hockey training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)


The Toronto Maple Leafs seem like they’re embracing new ideas, yet Saturday’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins brought up a lot of old feelings and problems.

Jonathan Bernier was pulled from the net, yet it’s clear that goaltending isn’t the only problem. (In fact, it’s often a saving grace.)

Raise your hand - but for your health, don’t take a shot - if you’ve heard this before:

  • As far as giving a more concrete description of the loss, more than a few Leafs are confused:

While others speak about effort:

With the increased interest in “fancy stats” (or at least public acknowledgment of that interest) and supposed nerdy thinking, the Leafs seem like they’re guilty of Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and over again, yet expecting different results.

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