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The Toronto media is having trouble keeping last night’s Leafs loss in perspective

Feb 1, 2012, 1:43 PM EDT

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The Toronto Maple Leafs dropped a real heart-breaker last night in Pittsburgh. Leading 4-1 in the third period, they surrendered three unanswered goals, including one with seven seconds remaining, then lost to the Penguins in a shootout.

Tonight the same two teams meet in Toronto, where everyone’s wondering how the home team will respond. The Leafs, after all, haven’t been to the playoffs since 2004 and are right on the bubble this season. If last night’s debacle throws them into a tailspin, they might not be able to recover.

For the Toronto Star, it’s reminiscent of 1972 when Team Canada blew Game 5 in Moscow and needed to win the final three games of the Summit Series against the Soviet Union.

/record scratch

Indeed, the newspaper recalls four “cases where teams bounced back after devastating losses” in hopes the Leafs will find some inspiration tonight.

One was the aforementioned 1972 Summit Series.

Another was the 1975 World Series when the Cincinnati Reds pulled themselves together to win Game 7 after Carlton Fisk’s walk-off homer won Game 6 for the Red Sox.

The two others involved the Blue Jays – the first during the 1992 World Series when Toronto lost Game 5 at home to the Braves with a chance to clinch, only to bounce back and win Game 6 in Atlanta.

The second occurred last July when the Jays blew a game versus the Indians then won the final three games of four-game set. (Then finished the season  81-81, not even close to making the playoffs.)

In conclusion, the Leafs have finally driven Toronto insane.

Related: Armstrong, Liles back in Leafs lineup tonight for Pens rematch

  1. pittsburghpoonslayer - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    felt the wrath of pringles can malkin! eat it pussy leaf

  2. 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 2:51 PM

    The Leafs haven’t driven us insane just yet. The media here is always that annoying and most people tend to ignore it. I don’t consider anything hockey news unless it comes from TSN or CBC.

  3. jamesmakesurmomneil - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:12 PM

    Hey dead overdosedfatguyworshiper, you gonna open your big dumb mouth again and curse your basement dweller squad again?? You are to blame for the loss not your joke media

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - Feb 1, 2012 at 3:42 PM

      I don’t know what’s sadder, you posting this garbage or taking the time to exploit the loopholes that let you thumb yourself up multiple times so you can make yourself feel important. I don’t know where you get your info but Jim Morrison wasn’t fat and accomplished more in his 27 years than you will if you live to be 1000 years old.

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