Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/17/13 at 06:10 AM ET
from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,
Most of the Toronto Maple Leafs have no NHL playoff experience, largely because of the team’s past eight seasons of failure.
But none are particularly worried about it.
“We’re a young team, but there are a lot of guys who have played a lot even at their young age,” said forward Joffrey Lupul. “There’s a little more experience here than we’re given credit for.”
James Reimer, for example, will be expected to carry a heavy load in the playoffs. He’s been carrying the weight of Leaf Nation for the better part of three seasons, and he thinks that’s experience enough.
“As far as games played, I’m not that experienced,” says Reimer. “But I think when you play in a Canadian city with this much attention, you’re experience as a goalie is two-fold as compared to another city where there is no hype.
“You experience a lot more here than you would in other places. Maybe a little more experience in that sense.”
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