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Leafs lose heartbreaker to Bruins, eliminated from the playoffs

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Leafs lose heartbreaker to Bruins, eliminated from the playoffs

Shock, confusion, and heartbreak. That’s how the Toronto Maple Leafs season ended Monday night during Game Seven of their first round match-up against the Boston Bruins

Up 4-1 with less than eleven minutes left in the third period, it seemed almost certain that the Leafs were about to upset the Boston Bruins and move onto the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. But, somehow, and against all odds, the Boston Bruins came back and rallied for three goals to tie the game and send it to overtime. Then, 6:05 into OT, Patrice Bergeron scored the winner to cap off the incredible comeback. 

The goal was Bergeron’s second of the game, with his first being the tying goal. His unbelievable performance earned him the first star of the game. 

Words can’t really describe how painful this loss was to Leafs Nation. 

In fact, it was the first time a team has overcome a three-goal deficit in the third period of a Game 7 in Stanley Cup playoff history, and fortunately for the Bruins, they were on the winning end. – ESPN 

In addition, the referees definitely did not help Toronto in anyway whatsoever during the game. They were an absolute joke the entire night missing call after call and letting the game go on. Now because I'm a bitter Leafs fan, I've chronicled some of calls they missed... 

1. Chara takes down van Riemsdyk behind the play in the first period (interference). 

2. Joffrey Lupul gets shoved into Tuuka Rask, then gets punched in the face by him and Chara. (roughing). Video Evidence. 

51.3 Match Penalty - If, in the judgment of the Referee, a goalkeeper uses his blocking glove to punch an opponent in the head or face in an attempt to or to deliberately injure an opponent, a match penalty must be assessed. 

3. James van Riemsdyk gets elbowed in the face by Chris Kelly during the second period (elbowing). Video Evidence. 

45.1 Elbowing - Elbowing shall mean the use of an extended elbow in a manner that may or may not cause injury. 

4. Brad Marchand throws a water bottle onto the ice at the start of overtime. (delay of game). Video Evidence. Bruins fans throw things onto the ice during the last minute of the third period (delay of game). 

Any of these calls could have played a major role in changing the outcome of this game and Toronto’s fate. Nevertheless, the refs are still no excuse for blowing a three goal lead with eleven minutes remaining in the third. 

"There’s no way to describe it I don’t think," Reimer said. "Just an empty feeling really. It’s over and there’s nothing you can do about it. When you go through the season and a goal goes in or somebody scores in the shootout or whatever deciding goal that it is, you know, it sucks but you’ll get them next time. But a case like tonight there is no next time, it’s just next year. So you know, it’s really just an empty feeling." 

Despite the heartbreak, there's no denying that the Leafs had a very successful season. They ended the nine year playoff drought and nobody expected them to go seven games with Boston. I’m proud of them and I really hope they can build on this in the future. 

Here's a great recap by Steve Dangle. 

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