Toronto Maple Leafs fans should probably look away.
In what is sure to bring up painful memories for the Toronto faithful, the NHL has named the Leafs’ Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins on May 13, 2013, as its game of the decade. The game is notable for Toronto’s epic collapse in the first-round decider when they held a three-goal lead at the near-midway mark of the third period only to allow four consecutive goals in an eventual 5-4 overtime defeat in Boston.
Goals by Boston’s Nathan Horton, Milan Lucic and Patrice Bergeron forced overtime, with the latter two tallies coming in the final 1:22 of regulation. With momentum firmly in the Bruins’ hands, Bergeron scored the dagger at 6:05 of the extra frame, sending the TD Garden crowd into raptures and stunning Leafs fans — thousands of whom were watching live on a big screen outside of what’s now known as Scotiabank Arena — into silence.
Needless to say, the Bruins players were pretty pumped.
“Sometimes when you get over the boards, you watch the guy next to you because he jumps, you don’t want to get cut, right?” Bruins forward David Krejci said, as quoted by NHL.com. “But that moment, there was so much adrenaline going. Nothing mattered. Just get as fast as you can to the pile, jump on each other.”
The Bruins went on to the Stanley Cup Final, where they lost to the Chicago Blackhawks in a similar, stunning manner, but their exploits in the first round had already made history.
As for the Leafs, they’re still waiting to win their first playoff series in the salary cap era.
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