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Leafs’ Phil Kessel: ‘You can’t blow a lead like that’

05.14.13 at 3:26 am ET
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In the immediate moments after the worst Game 7 collapse in Stanley Cup playoff history, Phil Kessel, a man of few words to begin with, need few words to describe his emotions.

“It’€™s pretty tough,” Kessel said. “Obviously, we were up 4-1 with 10 minutes left or something. You can’€™t blow a lead like that.”

What did coach Randy Carlyle tell the Leafs in the intermission before overtime after his team self-destructed?

“Obviously, he just said if we put ourselves in this position, we take it,” Kessel said. “Obviously it’€™s disappointing. I don’€™t know what happened to us. 4-1, you can’€™t lose that game.”

How will the Leafs possibly bounce back from this next season?

“Obviously we’€™ll have the summer to think about it, work hard and get back at it next year,” Kessel said. “It’€™s pretty tough — 4-1, you can’€™t lose.”

Kessel kept repeating 4-1 over and over. Did the Leafs fall into a shell and take their foot off the gas?

“I don’€™t know. I don’€™t think so, they kind of took it to us and we sat back,” Kessel said. “We can’€™t do that. I think, we didn’€™t do things we needed to do right? We sat back and they came at us.

“I don’€™t know. I can’€™t look at the positive after a game like that, it’€™s pretty tough.”

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