Although it's taken a couple of weeks, Randy Carlyle appears to be having an impact on the Maple Leafs. The team in playing a more physical game with far more discipline. Defensemen are no longer pinching and getting caught up ice. Everyone is defending the net better and they are giving up for fewer goals. This coaching change should have been made last summer although Carlyle was gainfully employed at the time. It's a little odd to be losing shutouts late in the game twice in a row. But playing 59 minutes of scoreless hockey is all positive.
Although these games mean nothing anymore to the Leafs, we are all just looking for some positive signs. So seeing Mikhail Grabovski taken on Chris Neil tonight was certainly a pleasant surprise.