I can’t get the image of Maple Leafs golf bags out of my head.
Not that I don’t have faith the Toronto Maple Leafs can force a Game 6 back at the Air Canada Centre – I’m just so nervous about our boys being sent packing tonight.
If we are punted to the links, at least there’s still much to be proud of – we ended a nine year playoff drought; we hung in with the brutal Bruins; and we gained invaluable experience that can be carried into next season.
But let’s not think that way just yet – we just need to get this series back to Toronto.
We beat the Bruins in Boston once already, so let’s say we do so again tonight. That would mean Game 6 at the ACC, where we lost two games already – do you really think the Leafs would drop a third at home? No way. Not happening.
A Game 6 at the ACC would be a nightmare for Boston – and the Bruins know it.
We have too much pride as a team to fold over a third time at home. The players owe it to fans, and fans owe it to players; both would come together for a Game 6 victory.
If the Leafs repeat their Wednesday performance tonight, they can easily beat the Bruins if a few bounces go our way rather than not.
Too many open nets were just missed, too many posts were hit, for us not to take notice that the Game 4 result could have easily been in our favour if luck had been on our side.
But like the infamous Phaneuf pinch, the Leafs must forget the almosts, the shouldn’t haves, if onlys and c’mon refs – all that matters is winning tonight.
All that matters, to borrow a perennial hockey phrase, is taking it “one game at a time.”
Yes, we are down 3-1 now. Yes, we must face elimination three times to take the series. And yes, doing so seems impossible…but if we look forward as fans – we’ll leave the one game at a time to the players – it remains plausible…
We just need to get this series back to Toronto.
A win tonight will likely mean another visit back to Boston for Game 7. And, reaching back into the chest of perpetual hockey phrases, anyone can win Game 7s.
So Go Leafs Go. Bring this series back home where we’ll easily force Game 7. Cheers.