You almost knew it was going to happen. The Toronto Maple Leafs managed to hold on to their historic choking streak, losing again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, falling to Tampa Bay Lightning in seven games.
The team has failed to earn a trip to the second round of the playoffs since 2004, and it always seems to end in the most heartbreaking way.
It was a wafer-thin, hair-raising game, but the Leafs would lose the pivotal Game 7 to the Lightning on Saturday night by a score of 2-1adding another painful chapter to what certainly feels like the worst postseason curse the NHL has ever seen.
Leafs fans rn pic.twitter.com/HF8D3JNtzN
— Tim and friends (@timandfriends) May 15, 2022
The Leafs fell behind late in the first period and went into third 2-1, but despite some decent chances to tie the score in the final minutes with an extra attacker, the buttons couldn’t hold it for another year get together.
There were some questionable phone calls, a disallowed goal and all the classic evidence of a cosmic curse that the franchise can’t seem to shake off.
— Ben Power (@BenPower236) May 15, 2022
Many fans were dissatisfied with the umpires to say the least.
Due to failed interference calls, this game 7 made a swing of two goals. I enjoy fooling the Leafs as much as anyone else, but the fanbase has every reason to be fuming.
— Andrew Berkshire (@AndrewBerkshire) May 15, 2022
Saturday night’s defeat is just another heartbreaking gut punch in a long parade of misery, the team once again losing hold of a series lead and pushing the bad luck streak closer to the territory of mathematical impossibility.
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) May 15, 2022
Even as the Leafs held a one-goal lead in a potential Series win of Game 6 on Thursday, fans couldn’t count their chickens, and the team predictably lost the lead and then fell into overtime, forcing a deciding Game 7 .
Leaves start to choke
— Tom Wilson is the goat (@tomwilsondagoat) May 13, 2022
And based on the Toronto Maple Leafs’ many miserable Game 7 experiences in the first round over the past decade, a lot of fans rightly assumed this wasn’t going to end well.
Maples Leafs will choke on the Lightning, won’t they?
— Damien Woody (@damienwoody) May 14, 2022
Some of the NHL’s biggest stars will now get a head start in the golf season as off-season fans are likely to be out for blood as it seems neither the talented roster nor the franchise front office is capable of more than three. to deliver. play-off wins per year.
If you want to get an idea of how long it has been since the Leafs actually won a series in 2004, Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter had yet to launch. Leafs star Auston Matthews was just six years old, while linemate Mitch Marner was just seven.
— Darth Quint (@SithLordCanuck) May 15, 2022
The last time the Leafs won a series, the Toronto skyline looked like this, Google looked like this, Amazon was primarily known as an online bookseller, and Netflix was still a fledgling mail-based rental company.
But hey, there’s always next year, right?