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‘The choke’s on us’: Toronto Sun’s sports cover

May 13, 2013, 11:41 PM EDT


The Toronto Maple Leafs choked.

That’s according to the sports front of the Toronto Sun newspaper. A photo of the cover was put up on the social media site Twitter, including by Ian Shantz, of the Toronto Sun.

“The choke’s on us” was the headline, with a photo of Leafs’ goalie James Reimer sprawled on the ice.

The Leafs, who fought back from a three-games-to-one deficit only to force a seventh game in their first-round series with the Boston Bruins, held a three-goal lead in the third period of Game 7 on Monday night.

The Leafs wound up losing 5-4 in overtime, denied a berth in the Eastern Conference semifinal when it appeared earlier in the evening like that’s where they would advance.

Members of the Leafs were left to lament what might have been to reporters following the game.

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

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - May 13, 2013 at 11:44 PM


    • canucks30 - May 14, 2013 at 3:30 AM

      • wikidpissah - May 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

        Canucks fans are talking? Please… The Leafs are a team on the rise. The Canucks? Underachieving chokers.

      • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

        I thought ethan was a Blackhawks fan?

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 12:15 PM

        wikidpissah, lame troll, Bruins are going down in 5.

        For actual Leaf fans, it’s better to lose in 7 in OT than to have rolled over in Game 5. Tough loss, but a ton to be proud of in that series.

  2. pariseinminnesotabichez - May 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Leafs suck and their fans are so arrogant

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


    • badintent - May 14, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Let the Hockey Riots begin !!! Oh my bad. It’s not Montreal or Vancouver.

    • arlingtonrob - May 14, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Funny…all the Leafs fans I’ve met act like Cubs fans, fatalistic and generally pessimistic.

    • thomasvanek - May 14, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      That’s interesting because most the Minnesota posts that I see are them saying that everyone who played in Minnesota in college should go back there as if it’s the best hockey city in the world

  3. polegojim - May 13, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Very painful… but they’ll be back.

    It may be empty… but look how far the Leafs have come.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 3:16 AM

      I didn’t see a choke. It was painful and quite disappointing to watch, but what I saw was the team that most people thought would win the series get seriously pushed to the limit, perhaps lose some confidence at times, perhaps grow quite fatigued from so many games in a short span, but finally, at the very end dig deep and come up with one last great effort against a less experienced opponent who, this time at least, lacked the reserve to prevail. The Leafs finished a very, very close second in this race, and I can think of several teams that wish they could have done this well.

      • fantasyhockeyguru - May 14, 2013 at 7:41 AM

        If you didn’t see a choke, you’re blind. The Leafs had a 3 goal lead with what, 8 minutes left? No matter what team was “supposed” to win, the game is what it is in the moment. Being in complete control with 8 minutes to go, giving up the lead and losing in OT, is the very definition of a choke

      • imleftcoast - May 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        Giving up a 3-1 games lead is a choke. Bruins were lucky to avoid that. Lucic should have been called for boarding – apparently that is a penalty called in elimination games against some NHL teams.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 14, 2013 at 2:35 PM

        My vision is fine, guru, thank you. So why do you not consider it a great comeback? Why do hockey fans call the 1982 Kings/Oilers game the Miracle on Manchester, the greatest comeback ever? Why is it not called the Great Oilers Choke? Why is the 1980 US Olympic victory called the Miracle on Ice and not the Great Soviet Choke? Is the glass half full or half empty?

  4. jernster21 - May 13, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    lol that’s so good. (that’s really what happened and what I said IRL and I figured I’d just post it here.)

    • sheckyrimshot - May 14, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      did you really say “lol”? that’s a violation, son.

      • jernster21 - May 14, 2013 at 8:14 AM

        I performed the act of the lol and all its glory.

      • comeonnowguys - May 14, 2013 at 8:53 AM

        lol + irl = WoW.

  5. nunan - May 13, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    JVR kind of deserved that elbow to the nose. He was one of the best players all series but his flopping and after the whistle antics were beyond annoying.

  6. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 11:58 PM

    When was the last time anyone bought a Sun, anywhere, other than to check page three cuties, check post time and race scratches, take camping in case you run short on bog roll or line the birdcage…?

  7. hushbrother - May 14, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    To paraphrase Sean McDonough:

    The losers, and still the most cursed franchise in all of sports other than the Cubs and Indians – the Toronto Maple Leafs!

  8. goodellisruiningtheleague - May 14, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    I’d take losing 5-4 in OT in game 7 away over losing 5-0 at HOME in game 7 any day.

    • arlingtonrob - May 14, 2013 at 2:40 AM

      Hmmm, not sure about that.

      5-0 is definitive and easy to take, while being the first team in NHL history to blow a 3-goal 3rd period lead in a game 7 is historically, gut wrenchingly painful.

      Each lose has the same result…you’re done, but one makes you want to jump out of a window, while the other just leaves you heading off to bed to sleep it off.

      • goodellisruiningtheleague - May 14, 2013 at 9:53 AM


        Losing game 7 away in OT is much better than 5-0 at home especially when it’s the first time making the postseason since 2007 meanwhile the Capitals have made it to the playoffs the past 5 years and continue to choke in the first round. It’s pathetic.

    • myopinionisrighterthanyours - May 14, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      So wait, we’re arguing which loss “felt” better? Is this an arguement you want to win?

      • goodellisruiningtheleague - May 14, 2013 at 4:24 PM

        Hahahaha well said.

  9. canucks30 - May 14, 2013 at 3:01 AM

    • dannymac17 - May 14, 2013 at 7:25 AM

      Hey remember when you guys lost in the finals in epic fashion only to tear your whole city apart?

      I do.


    • micasa81 - May 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

      From one Canucks fan to another, I can’t believe you’ve got the balls to come on here gloating right now. Leafs took a very good Bruins team to the brink, while our team got thrashed by a 6-seed that have, themselves, never won anything.

  10. thewaytonever - May 14, 2013 at 3:29 AM

    @nothanksimdriving no man that’s a choke by definition. its hard to call allowing 3 goals in 10 mins and then allowing to ot goal to ice your season anything but a choke. but still hard to not respect what the leafs dis in this series. some brass in that locker room. good luck to the leafs and co next year

  11. capsfan19 - May 14, 2013 at 4:34 AM

    Wow throw the leafs under the bus! Good for them, NOBODY thought itd go to 7.

  12. faulkner22 - May 14, 2013 at 6:34 AM

    BREAKING: The Buffalo Bills are considering filing a lawsuit for trademark infringement against Toronto. Buffalo patented the ‘epic playoff choke job collapse’ over a decade ago.

    • revansrevenant - May 14, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      I’m a Bills fan, and I nearly died choking on my coffee on that one. That was hilarious.

  13. gallyhatch - May 14, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Chin up Leafs fans, I was there for every Bruins home game against the Flyers in 2010. . . . sometimes these losses make your team better / stronger.

    Whoever called the Leafs fans arrogant should come to one of their games in Boston. They are very respectful polite fans. I love when Toronto comes to town.

    I give the Leafs & their fans all the credit in the world, that was one hell of a series, and I fully expect the Leafs to be back in the conversation next year.

  14. flyeredup - May 14, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Somewhere, Brian Burke is smiling and sipping scotch.

  15. buddysguys - May 14, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    Blow Leaves Blow!!!!!

    not much has changed for them losers.

    • andrewsabourin13 - May 14, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      yaa I would say making the playoffs for the first time in 9 years isnt much of a change, or the fact they finished top 10 on the PP, or the fact there goaltending went from almost last to top 10… not much change there…

  16. jrs45 - May 14, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Toronto Stronger!!!

    • jeff2000m - May 14, 2013 at 2:36 PM

      Boston strongEST!!!

  17. acuratech348 - May 14, 2013 at 8:01 AM

    That was a great series. Hope to do it again next year. Both teams had moments that were painful to watch, but if there weren’t it would be playoff hockey. My hats off to the leafs. Now Bring on the Rangers !

  18. bills4 - May 14, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    Yes, choke is on you, but that’s for the choke. In today’s hectic world, we all need to find the time to laugh.

    • andrewsabourin13 - May 14, 2013 at 12:49 PM

      you’re a Bills fan arent you? I would laugh at that before I would laugh at LEAFS playoff hockey…

  19. clefty1 - May 14, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    What a CHOKE job and the first team in the NHL to blow a 3 goal lead in the third period of a game 7..

  20. stefet - May 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Leave it to a writer (especially the sun) to hide behind his words. Would this writer say this to Carlyle’s face? Not a chance. The point is, the sun is a side show paper that does nothing but stir the pot….ie the Fox News of the north.

  21. helladonks - May 14, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    That’s one of the more epic collapses I’ve seen. Sucks to suck.

    • andrewsabourin13 - May 14, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      helladonks is a cool name

  22. lombardisshineinfoxborough - May 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    I’ve seen the Red Sox come back and in the WS after a devastating playoff loss the year before. I’ve seen the Bruins win the Cup after an horrific collapse. Maybe this is the precursor for something good to come to Leafs fans? I will always root for a US team to win the Cup, but if it has to be a Canadian team, I’d be happy for the Leafs and the city of Toronto.

  23. geauxshawx - May 14, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Leafing outta tall buildings right now.

  24. atahualpaoxford - May 14, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Fortunes have been made since 1967 betting AGAINST the Leafs….
    And there is more money to be made…
    Nobody alive today will see this team raising the Stanley Cup…

    • andrewsabourin13 - May 14, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      yo where’d you get your crystal ball from? I’d like to buy one

      • atahualpaoxford - May 15, 2013 at 2:48 AM

        Hey, pal….
        I have a crystal ball…
        That’s why I use light metal underwear…

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