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Maple Leafs still feel the playoff pain, but management looks to move forward

Thursday, 05.16.2013 / 12:15 PM / News

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - The first thing the Toronto Maple Leafs are going to do to prepare for next season is find a way to get over the sting of their epic collapse against the Boston Bruins.

Toronto surrendered a late three-goal lead in Game 7 before finally losing the series on Patrice Bergeron's overtime goal.

Head coach Randy Carlyle addressed the media three days after the 5-4 loss, saying the feeling was like being "hit between the eyes with a hammer." He says the team will find a way to overcome the loss, but will never forget it.

The coach says the Leafs should have attacked more late in the game to protect the lead, rather than sitting back and letting Boston come at them.

Toronto made the playoffs for the first time in nine years this season and gave the favoured Bruins all they could handle in the first-round series, but the way it ended cast a shadow on those accomplishments.

The Leafs also say that centre Tyler Bozak injured an oblique at the end of the regular season and tore a triceps muscle in Game 5 against Boston. Toronto's top faceoff man did not play in the final two games of the series.

Once again, it shows character in this dressing room. Once again, there's no quitting in here. We all wanted this so bad and we worked so hard to get home-ice advantage and we weren't going to let this one slide.

— Colorado Avalanche captain Gabriel Landeskog on his team's OT Game 1 win vs. Minnesota Wild