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Leafs return to Boston for first time since Game 7 collapse

Nov 9, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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Last season was a huge success for the Toronto Maple Leafs. After all, making the playoffs for the first time in seven years is a positive thing.

Then again, blowing a three-goal lead in Game 7 of the first round against the Boston Bruins before losing in overtime made the end of the season feel like a disappointment.

On Saturday night, the Maple Leafs return to Boston with those bad memories lingering for fans but not so much for the players as The Globe and Mail’s David Shoalts shares.

“It’s a new year, two different teams, so realistically none of that stuff comes into play,” Kadri said. “But we’re excited to go back to Boston, we know it’s going to be a challenge and we’re excited about it.

“It was tougher before the season started and waiting all summer and just having to deal with it. But now that the season is started and we’re 15, 16 games into it, I think a lot of guys have forgotten about it. But it’s still in the back of your head.”

The Maple Leafs sit tied atop the Atlantic Division with Tampa Bay going into action Saturday. Boston has had a slightly slower start but sit just three points behind them. With the Leafs coming off a shootout win over the New Jersey Devils on Friday, they’ll look to keep the good times going. Boston would love nothing more than to make them relive their playoff nightmare one more time.

  1. valoisvipers - Nov 9, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    That was a nice souffle until it collapsed.

  2. crusty14 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    “a lot of guys forgot about it, but it’s still in the back of your head”.

    Then you obviously haven’t forgot about it if its in the back of your head!

    • pxland - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      I sooo want to troll you, but I won’t.

  3. dewzer - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Collapses like that can serve as a motivator the next season. Bruins had an epic collapse year before winning the cup. Doesn’t seem to be having a negative impact on Leafs so far. I will say that as a Bruins fan it was one of the greatest moments ever.

  4. 13datsyuk13 - Nov 9, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Reimer or Bernier tonight? Bernier played last night so do they go to Reimer and let him relive game 7?

  5. govtminion - Nov 9, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I’m saying this as a Bruins fan… They have nothing to be ashamed of.

    Serious! They played a great series, they came back in that series if you’ll recall, and until that last couple of freakish minutes they dominated Game 7. I honestly was ready to turn the TV off halfway through the third period, the B’s were showing zero signs of life and it appeared over.

    The collapse was an ugly thing, but it shouldn’t take away from what was a very good season by a team that hadn’t had one in far too long, and they took an excellent Boston team to the last few minutes of Game 7. That’s nothing to be ashamed of- that’s something to build on.

  6. muckleflugga - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    there is…

    in some smoke-filled back-room on the outskirts of toronto and just inside the corporate limits of kenora [ if you can believe the relative size of toronto every expat torontonian emigrating west claims ]

    a plot afoot designed to produce cell phone camera video proving beyond a whisp of doubt, mayor ford fairlane thunderfoot may have conspired to have leafs crack under third period pressure and blow that very seventh game

    sparking the controversy are two highly believable individuals named mohammed who, armed with unimpeachable connections to conservative and crime-free mogadishu, imply thunderfoot may have used underworld connections to prevent release of the video

    snippets of video leaked by a remarkably discreet constabulary with no grudge to bear against thunderfoot, show his worship at an undisclosed location threatening to rip some heads off and otherwise cause murder by death to big tony, louis five fingers and the entire fu [ details redacted to protect the innocent ] were the leafs to win

    though his speech was slurred and audio cracked from repeated overdubs, the mayor appeared enraged by leafs disregard for toronto’s need to preserve a 46 year losing history:

    “…hsssssssssssst hoooooooo, hitsh hour biggesht tourisht attraction you fu [ several nearly incomprehensible expletives deleted ] swine. they ushed to hate ush now they luff ush and come here by the millions to rub it in you fu [ several nearly incomprehensible expletives deleted ] holsh…somebody gi me shigarett…”

    adding fuel to the fire are rumours bruins seven goal gloves by inland fire-pot milan lucic had a hunch something was amiss:

    “…we took it all in man…it was like leafs will to win just vaporized, went up in smoke…their dream of a cup run proved to be nothing more than a pipe dream…they went from the highest high to the lowest low…”

    details are still hazy but the cbc has lined up a crack team of reporters hoping to give us breathtaking blow by blow accounts of proceedings as they unfold. world class anchor man peter lowbridge has promised to get to the bottom of this and hopefully, put that eight ball in the mayor’s pocket

    more to come when the smoke finally clears…

    • govtminion - Nov 9, 2013 at 1:30 PM

      …I’m thinking you may have found the mayor’s stash.

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