When former Ducks look back at their Stanley Cup run under Randy Carlyle in 2007, it likely isn't a Carlyle speech that stands out. Or an in-game decision. It's a single word.
Carlyle's pursuit of a championship, especially when it got closer, meant that winning it all was his only focus. There could be an overtime game, a cross-country trip or a team completely banged up with injuries and Carlyle kept pushing, kept practicing. There were no days off. The reminder of what was a stake was constant.
Was there complaining among the players when Carlyle pushed his team. Of course. Did they complain when they raised a Stanley Cup? Of course not.
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