Maybe it was karmic retribution for allowing the team to be the focal point of “The Love Guru.”
The Toronto Maple Leafs became the first team in NHL history to squander a three-goal lead in the third period of a Game 7 on Monday night, getting eliminated by the Boston Bruins by an improbable 5-4 score in overtime.
Toronto was up 4-1 with 10 minutes left, and 4-2 with two minutes left. Boston managed to score a pair of goals in the final 1:22 of regulation before Patrice Bergeron ended it at the 6:05 mark of overtime.
Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask summed up things nicely afterwards by telling NESN’s Mike Cole, “It’s do or die. You’re either a hero or an asshole.”
If that’s the case, the Leafs look like some of the biggest assholes in sports history. In terms of all-time playoff lore in any sport, this is up there among some particularly inglorious company. In other words, Cleveland Browns territory.
Certainly Denver’s drive in the 1986 AFC title game comes to mind, but this is more like...