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Carlyle praises people of Boston

by Mike G. Morreale / NHL.com

BOSTON -- Toronto Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle said Thursday he has nothing but great respect for all Bostonians, especially after witnessing how the community came together following the Boston Marathon bombings last month.

It was another telling sign of how coaches and players react when there are certainly more pressing issues in life.

"We're in Boston, they have great hockey fans," Carlyle said. "Boston just went through a very traumatic situation. You can see the pride is in this town and the Bruins are a part of that."

Though he would certainly enjoy stealing a game at TD Garden to even this best-of-7 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals series on Saturday, Carlyle said the city is truly "Boston Strong."

"I've been around this game a long time and played a lot of games in this city; coached in a lot of situations here," he said. "The one thing I can tell you about the Boston people is that they are strong and very strong-willed. That's what the Bruins try and represent day in and day out."

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