Thornton Lauds Leafs Coach Carlyle

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Thornton Lauds Leafs Coach Carlyle
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Bruins forward Shawn Thornton won his first Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks in 2007, playing for a head coach, Randy Carlyle, who expected hard work and physical play from his players. The Ducks delivered on both fronts, playing with a lunch-pail mentality and leading the league in penalty minutes. On Wednesday, Thornton and his Bruins teammates will play a similar team coached by Carlyle. In about six months as head coach of the Maple Leafs, Carlyle has transformed the Leafs into a physical, hard-working team whose young stars are finally realizing their potential. The result so far is a fifth-place finish in the Eastern Conference and the organization's first playoff appearance since 2004.

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