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Leafs lament Game 7 collapse: ‘You can’t lose that game’

May 13, 2013, 10:37 PM EDT

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For the Boston Bruins, it was a miraculous comeback. For the Toronto Maple Leafs, it was a devastating collapse.

The Leafs, having fallen behind in this best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarter-final series 3-1 only to force a seventh and deciding game back in Boston, had a three-goal lead with 11 minutes remaining in the third period of Monday’s Game 7.

Then came the collapse. Or maybe it was the comeback.

The Bruins scored three times in the final 10:42 of regulation to force overtime, before Patrice Bergeron scored in the first extra period to give Boston a 5-4 win on home ice.

The Bruins are off to the second round of the playoffs.

The Leafs will now contemplate what might have been.

“I don’t know what happened to us. You can’t lose that game,” said Leafs forward Phil Kessel, as per a tweet from Chris Johnston of Sportsnet.

“That’s definitely among the top five lows in your life… It’s just an empty feeling really,” said Leafs goalie James Reimer, as per James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail.

  1. govtminion - May 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

    No shame here. NONE. I’m a lifelong Bruins fan, and I’m supposed to hate these guys. I can’t- they put on a great effort. Down 3-1, and they took it to the last minute of regulation of Game 7? They were playing with house money for the past few games, and it showed. Great work- good to see Toronto back to relevance, looking forward to seeing them make even bigger strides next season.

    • stakex - May 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      But there really is shame. Sure the Leafs and their fans can cling to the fact that they made a series out of it and all that…. but they entered the 3rd period of game seven with a 4-1 lead and lost. Everything that happened before that is meaningless unless you actually finish it off, and they didn’t.

    • 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

      Lucic said as much in his interview – they should leave with their heads held high because they played a great series.

      • chibimike - May 13, 2013 at 10:55 PM

        I’m sure Lucic would feel the same way if the roles were reversed, head held high as he walked out to the golf course.

      • itsallniceonice - May 14, 2013 at 1:27 AM

        Was pretty good, not great. Bruins really handed games 5 and 6 away in their typical fashion.

      • 19to77 - May 14, 2013 at 2:21 AM

        He was saying Toronto should feel proud, not Boston. He was congratulating them on a series well-fought. Which it was.

    • chibimike - May 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

      Are you kidding me? There is an arena full of shame for that choke job.

  2. stakex - May 13, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    It was a devastating collapse, far more then a great comback.

    Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean to take anything away from Boston which did a great job to keep fighting in a game that was all but over… however there is no excuses for the Leafs to fall apart like that.

  3. canucks30 - May 13, 2013 at 10:50 PM

    • 1943mrmojorisin1971 - May 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      • canucks30 - May 14, 2013 at 2:39 AM

      • blkeskimo1785 - May 14, 2013 at 3:00 AM

        You guys are hilarious.

  4. stratomaticfan - May 13, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    Kudos to Toronto. They kept fighting and didn’t quit. It stinks for them, but blame it on lack of playoff experience. This B’s fan has a new respect for the guys from Toronto.

  5. pastabelly - May 13, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Can’t get around the fact that this was a colossal choke job in the third period. They stopped skating. No kudos.

    • faulkner22 - May 14, 2013 at 6:38 AM

      The Buffalo Bills are angry that the Leafs didn’t even bother to call and give them the heads-up on trying to one-up their epic choke jobs.

  6. multiplemiggs - May 13, 2013 at 11:05 PM


  7. sampulls - May 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Leafs fans are so delusional about their team and players. Its only appropriate that this epic collapse happened to them! Now we get to talk about this for years.

    • chibimike - May 13, 2013 at 11:29 PM

      Yep, looks like the Bruins handed off the choker baton.

  8. ducksk - May 13, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    Kessel…’s not my fault! Oops, another oh Canada team out! Sens are next!

    • hawkeedawg - May 13, 2013 at 11:26 PM

      You do realize that of the 7 SJ guys that scored in the Van/SJ series; 6 are Canadian. SJ total roster 21 Canadians and 9 Americans.

      What is your point??

  9. hawkeedawg - May 13, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    And Kessel is American

  10. ducksk - May 13, 2013 at 11:30 PM

    Loved watching the b fans peel out of the rink mid 3rd and run back in at end to cheer the end. Class, only outdone by the b goons themselves.

  11. ducksk - May 13, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    My point is Canucks think they own the game. It’s a league. Will they riot in Toronto tonight? Boo our anthem again? Don cherry makes me puke and so do most of Canadian analysts.

  12. hawkeedawg - May 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    But you like having all the Canadian players on your team!!!

    Maybe the US National men’s team will trash hotel rooms after WHC again. Maybe US National women’s team will walk all over Canadian flag again.

    Just keep watching your thumbs down pal.

    • mordock57 - May 14, 2013 at 3:12 AM

      I’m pretty happy with our Crosby and our Letang and our Dupuis… absolutely loved our Mario for a very long time. Yay for Canadians! 😉

  13. ducksk - May 13, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    Please keep kessel up there hey? I enjoy all the talent in the league and I don’t care where they come from. I don’t enjoy poor sportsmanship and poor losers.

    • hawkeedawg - May 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Then why did you start a post dumping on Canadians if you don’t care. You are a poor loser. You trashed Canada in your posts and said yourself it is “a League”, but only if you are an American I guess and as long as you have a majority of Canadian players on your team.

      Lets see how far your Sharks go with a team of only American born player as your post may suggest, and you can’t take players from any other teams.

      Who then, will be on your roster?…..I am waiting…..

      Start with Pavelski, your only American to score in the series.

      I agree, it is a league of the best players in the world, which makes it the best sports league in the world.

      You played the race card to start this, now eat it!

  14. sonofsamiam - May 14, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    The USA Olympic team is good enough to win another silver medal

  15. scoocha - May 14, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Have any of you guys seen something like this before? If so, please let me know of the particular game.
    I turned it on with 2:30 left and pretty much said wow it’s over. Then I remembered how Boston relies on luck and comebacks (in every sport) and sure enough it was 4-4.

    • hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2013 at 2:07 AM

      I’m not sure which of those goals were lucky?

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Lucic not getting a penalty for boarding for that hit on Gunnarson was lucky.

      • hockeyflow33 - May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        The officiating was uneven for both sides last night. I’m not sure how poor officiating accounts for two goals in the last two minutes but go with that I guess.

    • bruins18 - May 14, 2013 at 6:23 AM

      Wtf are you talking aboot? Relying on luck? Pretty sure Boston finally decided to get their heads outta there ass and started playing in the last half of the 3rd period and took the game over. Also no you haven’t because this was one of the greatest comebacks in NHL playoff history so suck it

  16. thehighcountrybear - May 14, 2013 at 1:32 AM


    Rewind Ducks versus Wings…enough third period bungles to feed a small army? Unlike Leafs, Wings managed to salvage two of the worst in OT…a third was beyond redemption!

    None of these were good for the hearts of either sets of supporters! Weird because Wings yakked-up more two goal leads and lost more OT and shootout games this season than I can remember in any season past?

    Maybe there is a law of averages in non statistical behavioural systems…

  17. hawkeedawg - May 14, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    Ducksk…where did you go? Are you beaten down enough?

  18. jrs45 - May 14, 2013 at 8:00 AM

    Toronto Stronger lol!!!!

  19. jaymophoto - May 14, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    Lets home the losing Leafs will come back next year having learned two things: clear the zone on defence and feed the point on offence. Throughout this series their only consistencies were the inability to do either. Oh, and get rid of Phaneuf!

  20. atahualpaoxford - May 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Gentlemen, gentlemen….
    These are the Leafs we’re talking about…
    The team that none of us, regardless of age, will ever see raising a Stanley Cup….
    Perhaps the next generation…and I say this cautiously…
    This is the franchise that has been breaking the heart of its fans all over the world since 1967…
    For them, this was just another chapter in their very tarnished history…

  21. crusty14 - May 14, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Your wrong there leftcoast… Lucic not being called was not lucky, Sedin being called for it was unlucky, because neither was a penalty!

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