The Toronto Maple Leafs blew a 3-1 series lead and went down in burning fashion last night.

The Maple Leafs completely self obstructed last night against the Montreal Canadiens to lose game 7 (3-1) at home. Toronto once held a 3-1 series lead with chances to end the series in game 5 and game 6. Both of those games were lost in 0T, and Toronto was feeling all of the pressure last night against the free flying Canadiens. The Maple Leafs only scored a combined 6 goals in the last three games of the series including the overtimes of game 5 and 6. Toronto is now 0-8 in closeout playoff games.

One possible weakness that the Leafs limped into the playoffs with was there 5 on 4 powerplay. In the final 29 games of the regular season the Leafs goal differential on the powerplay was….ZERO! They gave up 5 short-handed goals in these 29 games and they only scored 5 powerplay goals…yikes. There’s no excuse for the Leafs not having a successful powerplay unit. The John Tavares injury didn’t help, but their first powerplay unit is extremely talented and only going 3 for 23 is embarrassing. The past 15 years for the Toronto Maple Leafs has gone like this…

  • 2006-2007 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2007-2008 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2008-2009 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2009-2010 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2010-2011 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2011-2012 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2012-2013 (1st Round Playoff exit)
  • 2013-2014 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2014-2015 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2015-2016 (Missed Playoffs)
  • 2016-2017 (1st Round Playoff exit)
  • 2017-2018 (1st Round Playoff exit)
  • 2018-2019 (1st Round Playoff exit)
  • 2019-2020 (1st Round Playoff exit)
  • 2020-2021 (1st Round Playoff exit)

So, 5 straight first round playoff exits and not one playoff series win since the 2003-2004 season. What an absolute joke of a franchise. When I think about Toronto I’ve always thought about hockey, but I’m not sure why…Can you imagine this Leafs team trying to stop the powerhouse of Colorado right now? It would be a 5 game series at most. The Toronto fans are going to be feeling this one for a while because of how much hype was around this team and how favored they were to at least advance past round 1. I guess we will see what moves Toronto makes in the offseason…regardless, it won’t take this pain away from their great fans.

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