He tried scores of video, tried highlight reel
29-08-2019, 04:13 PM
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TORONTO – Randy Carlyle felt helpless. He tried scores of video, tried highlight reels, tried countless meetings, tried whatever he could think up to alter the manner in which his seemingly unheard message was presented, anything to jolt a win from his team during the organizations longest losing streak (regulation) in more than 25 years. But it didnt work for more than two weeks, challenged all season for that matter. A narrow victory over Calgary Tuesday night wasnt exactly the Mona Lisa he imagined, but it did breathe the slightest gasp of life into the Maple Leafs sputtering playoff hopes. With just five games to go and ground to gain on Detroit and Columbus – both with games in hand – those hopes remain faint, but could become a little more real with a victory over Boston on Thursday night – however unlikely given both teams recent performance. The most crushing of foes for the Leafs in recent years – see: Game 7 – the Bruins have surged to the top of the NHL after a month of March that featured 15 wins in 17 games and just a single loss in regulation. "When you play teams of that caliber, you have to be on the top of your game," Carlyle said, sounding almost envious of the template created by GM Peter Chiarielli and head coach Claude Julien. "Theres a hockey club thats playing very well. If theres one thing that you can look to Boston is they dont really change. They do what they do and they do it as good as anybody in the league. Theyre a top team. They dont change their template." His team hasnt approached anything close to that level of consistency all year, an unpredictable Jekyll and Hyde bunch from October on. Four entirely different stretches have effectively defined whats been a rollercoaster season in Toronto. The Leafs started with 10 wins in their first 14 games, spiraled with 21 losses in the next 32, rebounded with victories in 15 of 22 before spinning out with eight straight losses in regulation ahead of Tuesdays 3-2 win over the Flames. Rarely did they function as imagined – major defensive deficiencies masked – winning games on the shoulders of a scorching top line and No. 1 goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, who thrived under a heavy workload. Of late, those two prime elements have cooled (or been hurt) and the club has otherwise found all kinds of ways to lose, fatalistic errors and bouts of "freeze mode" as Carlyle described it, often defining close defeats. "Even [Tuesday] night we stopped for awhile, but we got through it," he said of a game that saw Calgary rally late in the proceedings. "Those are the tough things and those are the things that make you shake your head and bang your head against the wall why are we doing that?" Carlyle has been shaking his head all season, unable to jive the current group with his imagined template. As they do now, the Leafs looked all but dead in early January, only to reel off 11 wins in 14 games before the Olympic break, propped up mostly by Phil Kessels dominance and Berniers nightly theatrics. Similar lightning in a bottle is now required – along with a dip from fellow wild card contenders – only now time is not on their side. And even five straight wins alone might not be enough to recover from another late season collapse. Yet another biggest game of the year stands front and centre, this against a Boston hockey club that lost in regulation Wednesday for the first time in more than a month, a 2-1 third period lead erased by the pesky Red Wings. Detroit pulled four points in front of Toronto (with a game still in hand) with the victory, leaving Columbus as the most likely target. "I think we all elevate our game against them," Jake Gardiner said of the Bruins, whom the Leafs defeated on Jan. 14. "It seems like were always prepared to play them." And theyll have to be. Their near-dead playoff fates are on the line. Telvin Smith Youth Jersey . Bradley is one of eight players selected to the team who also played in this years World Cup in Brazil. The MLS all-stars will compete against German giants Bayern Munich in Portland on Aug. Chris Conley Jaguars Jersey .James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. http://www.officialjacksonvillejaguarspro.com/Josh-oliver-jaguars-jersey/ . THE THUNDER & PACERS BENCHES: In a nutshell, not impressive at all. Chris Conley Youth Jersey . This is the final meeting of the season between these teams.? The Capitals were 5-4 winners in a shootout Oct. Leonard Fournette Jaguars Jersey . In Englands first game since its worst-ever World Cup showing, Roy Hodgsons side rarely looked like scoring against unambitious opposition and the breakthrough in the friendly only came when Raheem Sterling was tripped in the penalty area.PHILADELPHIA - Brandon Bass and the Boston Celtics didnt take the winless 76ers lightly.Bass scored 23 points, Jared Sullinger added 22 and Boston sent Philadelphia to its 11th straight loss to start the season with a 101-90 victory Wednesday night.We know Philadelphias desperate for a win, and we knew they were going to come out and play hard, Bass said. I just wanted to keep that in mind and try to do what I do every night, and thats come out and play hard, defend, rebound — just try to play with energy.Rajon Rondo had 13 assists and nine points, and Jeff Green chipped in 11 points for the Celtics (4-6), who snapped a three-game losing streak.I was really lucky to be raised in coaching from the standpoint that every win is a difficult thing to do, said Boston coach Brad Stevens, whose team lost three of four to Philadelphia last season. We dont look at them as a winless team; we look at them as a team that beat us three times last year.Tony Wroten led five 76ers in double figures with 21 points. Philadelphia (0-11) is seven defeats from tying the 2009-10 Nets for the worst start in NBA history.We have to keep the locker room together, 76ers coach Brett Brown said. We have to keep our guys believing that if they dont cheat days, if they really come in and invest in what were selling, then we believe we have a chance of finding some wins.Ive got no complaints with what we do, he added. They bang out good days. Its just, theyre not getting rewarded in the win column. Thats the judgment most people look at, which is fair. Its pro sports.Boston, which entered third-worst in the league at 109.4 points allowed per game, was even worse on its recent skid (116.3). But the Celtics held the struggling 76ers to a season low.The Celtics took control midway through the third quarter when they broke a 54-all tie with seven straight points. Rondo started the run with an alley-oop pass to Green for a backward dunk, followed by Rondos over-the-shoulder, no-look pass to Avery Bradley for a jumper.Bradley finished the spurt wiith a 3-pointer.ddddddddddddWroten pulled Philadelphia to 73-68 at the end of the period by hitting a running 38-footer at the buzzer.But the Celtics opened the fourth on a 6-0 run with Kelly Olynyks dunk, Phil Presseys runner and two free throws by Evan Turner to take their largest lead to that point, 79-68, with 10:21 remaining.The best part about tonight is the way we played when things got stressful, Stevens said.The double-digit advantage was too much for the offensively challenged 76ers to overcome. Philadelphia, which led by as many as nine, entered last in the NBA in scoring (88.5 points per game) and field-goal percentage (40.3 per cent).___TIP-INSCeltics: Turner was booed by Philadelphia fans each time he checked in and every time he had the ball. The second overall pick in the 2010 draft, Turner was making his first appearance at the Wells Fargo Center since being traded to Indiana last season.76ers: Philadelphia is the fourth NBA team to start a season with 10 losses and the first since Washington began the 2012-13 campaign with 12 straight defeats.UP NEXTPhiladelphia hosts Phoenix on Friday night.Boston plays at Memphis on Friday night.SUPPORT FROM ELLENTalk-show host Ellen Degeneres sent encouragement to guard Michael Carter-Williams and the 76ers on Wednesday.When you take the court against Boston, I want you to know you have everyone on my team behind you, Degeneres told Carter-Williams during a segment of her show.Carter-Williams recently wrote that watching Degeneres show helps him deal with the frustration of losing.I love what you wrote and Im sorry youre having a tough season, Degeneres said.BASS MASTERStevens praised Bass first-half energy, saying the Celtics were able to equal it after halftime.I thought everybody else matched that in the second half and that was a big part of the game, Stevens said. Kelly was great defensively, Jared was great defensively and Brandon continued to be great. Those guys all play a good role, but Brandon Bass kind of led the charge tonight. ' ' '

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