The Maple Leafs say they never think about that Game 7 meltdown against the Bruins in the playoffs last year.
But they keep getting reminded of it. Sometimes, it’s in the line of questioning from the media when the two teams get together. But on Tuesday, it was as if the game was being played again.
This time, the Leafs prevailed 4-3 for a rare regular-season win in Boston and a rare regulation win — their first regulation win on the road since Oct. 30.
“It almost felt like it was the playoffs again,” said defenceman Jake Gardiner, who scored a goal and made a giveaway that led to Boston’s third goal. “This time we came out on top. Too bad it wasn’t last year.
“We did a better job, if we’re comparing it. Guys stepped up and we managed to get it done.”
It was almost the same scenario. Last year, it was a three-goal lead that vanished. On Tuesday, the Leafs had a two-goal lead thanks to two goals from Tyler Bozak in the first, Gardiner’s power-play goal in the second and an early ...