We won't know until some point late Monday night whether it was an omen -- or merely a coincidence. But already we know this: The Maple Leafs have eliminated the Bruins in the round of 16 ...
... of the NHL 14 Cover Vote currently being conducted by EA Sports.
In a battle of former second-overall picks, Toronto's James van Riemsdyk ousted Boston's Tyler Seguin in a left-bracket quarterfinal that went final on Sunday night -- not long after the real-life Leafs beat the in-the-flesh Bruins to force Monday's deciding Game 7 at TD Garden.
The former University of New Hampshire Wildcat assisted on both of Toronto's tallies in its 2-1 victory, and his five points over the first six games could only have helped him in the vote, which is decided by fans making their picks at NHL.com/covervote and on Twitter. Seguin, in the meantime, is still looking for his first point in the series despite 27 shots on goal and nearly 104 minutes of ice time.
Van Riemsdyk next takes on Martin Brodeur -- and if he wins that he could find himself up against teammate Joffrey Lupul in a battle for a finals berth, with Lupul taking on Pavel Datsyuk in the quarters.
That'd probably be fine with Seguin and the Bruins, though, as long as they're able to make sure the tussle be on a video game cover is the only competition the Leafs are still fighting to win after tonight, and Toronto's only triumph comes in a popularity contest. Omens be darned.
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