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MLSE prez: Leafs’ meltdown vs. Bruins ‘is going to make us’

Jun 5, 2013, 2:53 PM EDT

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According to Tim Leiweke, a historic collapse will forever change the future of the Maple Leafs — for the better.

On Tuesday, the president of Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment discussed the infamous Boston meltdown and the future of his hockey club, saying the lessons learned from the Bruins series will help the Leafs for years to come.

“You go through that last game and it either makes or breaks an organization,” Leiweke told the Toronto Sun. “This is going to make us.

“That [Boston collapse] will be the image, the impression and the moment that we ingrain within everybody in the organization now to make sure we grow from that and we learn our lesson.”

Up 4-1 in Game 7 with 10:12 left in the third period, Toronto failed to seal the deal and allowed the Bruins to score three times in a span of 9:51 to even it up.

Discombobulated, Toronto only lasted six minutes into overtime before Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winner.

Leiweke said he was “extremely encouraged” by the Leafs this year and insisted the Game 7 collapse was an excellent opportunity for the organization to grow and learn.

“If that’s what we do,” Leiweke said, “it’s the best lesson we can ever go through.”

  1. 0ffsides - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    Not every team needs a “moment” but it can be used as a catalyst to propel a team forward.

    • freestyle1022 - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Bruins had their moment against the Flyers that propelled them the next year and going forward. Good thought, but its still the Leafs..

  2. hockey412 - Jun 5, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    As a Pens fan, I kind of hate that “moment” right now.

    • durrsaster - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:30 PM

      I dont think it matters who you played against. The pens didnt show up for more than 15minutes in either game. So pretty much pick your poison.

  3. 2dollarpbrs - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    Getting a goalie would help more than “the moment”

    • durrsaster - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Reimer was the only reason the Leafs forced a game 7. He stole game 5 and 6 for the Leafs. He has a bright future in the league.

  4. amityvillefun - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Umm, yeah. An epic choke in game 7 does wonders for a team’s confidence and self esteem!

    All kidding aside, aside from the lame “Toronto Strong” nonsense (and yes, there are morons everywhere, Boston included), I think Toronto has a lot to build from and has shown that they are not a team to take for granted anymore. They have certainly earned the respect of Bruins fans!

    I’d be much more likely to add a Leafs shirt to my collection over a stupid Pens jersey.

  5. neelybourque778 - Jun 5, 2013 at 5:44 PM

    Leiweke definitely has a point. Of course a collapse like that can be something to grow and learn from.

    • kingcobraman - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:07 PM

      yes do not get your hopes up … even up 3 goals and 10 minutes to go you are still going to choke and lose … its the Toronto way…

  6. mydoglouie - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:16 PM

    Sometimes ‘it’ happens

  7. whatdapuck - Jun 5, 2013 at 6:46 PM

    A good approach to take. As a Bruins fan I was impressed with the Leafs. I think we actually had more confidence in them throughout that series than Toronto fans.

    Obviously not a perfect team but on the upswing.

  8. kingcobraman - Jun 6, 2013 at 4:05 PM

    ya make you more like the blue jays…. hold the lead and then choke………

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