Recap and farewell: GAME 7 Leafs v.s. Bruins
Hold your head high, Leafs Nation.
Save for that total third period, Game 7 collapse, the Toronto Maple Leafs played an outstanding series against the Boston Bruins.
The Leafs could not have asked for a worse first round matchup. The Bruins have dominated us over and over the last few seasons.
But, we took them to the brink – after falling behind 3-1 in the series, no less; that means something.
That this Leafs team also broke the nearly decade-long playoff drought for Toronto also means something…In this sad playoff departure, there’s hope.
This Leafs team led by Carlyle is the real deal. That should be clear to all by now.
A series like this builds character; it allows this young, inexperienced Leafs team to know what’s coming in the 2014 playoffs. We will make those, as well, by the way.
I can’t help but just be happy for this Leafs team despite the heartbreaking outcome. They battled, and battled, and battled.
To come back from down 3-1, to be that close to winning Game 7, well, it’s remarkable, really.
How many Leafs fans truly, honestly, really, really thought the Leafs could push the Bruins this far after losing Game 4? Not many.
Heck, not many thought they’d make the playoffs, win a single playoff game or make Torontonians proud again in any way.
But they did.
As I followed fans over the last month, I saw a change in them…they were no longer ashamed to be a Leafs fans.
For too long, the common response from fans was, “Yah, I’m a Leafs fan, unfortunately.”
That changed when the Leafs beat the Ottawa Senators to secure a playoff spot. And once the Leafs began this comeback against the Bruins, fans were proudly pumping their Leafs gear for all to see.
Forget the cynics who say this doesn’t really count, that it all means nothing because it was a shortened season.
Those guys on the ice still give it their all, so it does count. Don’t forget that.
Don’t forget that this Leafs team made us proud. Don’t forget we weren’t expected to win any playoff games. Don’t forget we now have the pieces to make annual playoff pushes.
And don’t forget that to succeed, one must first fail.
Go Leafs Go. Cheers. (As always, video highlights are inside the post...)
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