In the end, the Maple Leafs survived the Bruins’ comeback effort in Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs matchup. Toronto’s 4-3 win staved off elimination, with Game 6 now to come.
Yet despite amassing a 4-1 lead against the Bruins, many Maple Leafs fans remained unconvinced. Some were especially nervous, considering the two teams’ playoff history. In 2013, Boston trailed 4-1 in Game 7 against Toronto, only to rally miraculously and win 5-4 in overtime.
Five years later, the memory remains a painfully present one as Maple Leafs fans noted on Twitter:
Allow me to be the first person to make the joke about how I’m nervous about the Leafs holding a lead in an elimination game in Boston.
— VM (@v_m_phil) April 22, 2018
— ? Kolton (@MastahMasonMan) April 22, 2018
Leaf fans have every right to be nervous up 4-1 in a game …
— George Stanford (@gstanford34) April 22, 2018
Trying not to think about you-know-what pic.twitter.com/wfbTne45Kp
— seth tward (@SethTward) April 22, 2018
— Jeremy B (@JBSpeed) April 22, 2018
Uh oh. Leafs lead 4-1 in Boston while facing elimination. I'm even more nervous. #TMLtalk
— m mooser (@moose_80) April 22, 2018
For his part, Maple Leafs forward Nazem Kadri said he wasn’t thinking about 2013.
“That’s in the past and I think it’s about time that we just turn the page on that one.”
In the end, the Maple Leafs held on despite being thoroughly out-shot by the Bruins, 45-21. The series now heads back to Toronto, where Boston last won in Game 4.