Up 4-1, Maple Leafs fans were nervous about a repeat of the 2013 meltdown against Bruins

"Trying not to think about you-know-what."

Patrice Bergeron #37, Tyler Seguin #19, and Brad Marchand in 2013 Game 7 comeback vs. Maple Leafs
From 2013: Patrice Bergeron, Tyler Seguin, and Brad Marchand celebrate following Bergeron's series-winning overtime goal against the Maple Leafs in Game 7. –Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images

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:

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.


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