Originally posted on isportsweb.com  |  Last updated 5/10/13
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When the Toronto Maple Leafs lost to the Boston Bruins 4-1 at TD Garden in first game of the Eastern Conference quarter finals,  I thought for sure it was going to be a four game sweep. Thankfully. the Leafs came back in game two to win 4-2 and tie the series 1-1.  Leading by a slim margin of 3-2, James Van Riemsdyk scored a highlight reel goal with less than three minutes to go in the third period to give Toronto some much needed insurance. When Toronto returned home for game three, Leaf fans were exited.  Unfortunately, the Bruins spoiled the party by defeating the Leafs 5-2. Game four started out okay the Leafs as they scored two goals in the first period.  However, the Bruins tied it up in the second period and took a 3-2 lead at one point.  Toronto tied it up by the end of the period. There was no scoring in the third period, so the game went into overtime.  Between the third and overtime periods, Don Cherry of  CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada said that the Leafs had to win this game.  Losing this game meant that the Leafs would have to back to Boston down 3-1 in  the series.  Cherry said the Leafs would have no chance against Boston in game five if they lost game four in overtime and I believed him. I was on the edge of my seat as I watched the Leafs and the Bruins battle it out in overtime.   I knew the Leafs were in trouble when Boston’s goalie, Tuukka Rask stopped everything that came his way.  Toronto’s Matt Frattin almost won the game for his team during the overtime period.  Unfortunately, Frattin’s shot hit the post.  To add insult to injury, seconds later, David Krejci scored the winning goal for Boston. them ca As my heart sank as I watched the puck go behind Toronto’s goalie, James Reimer, I knew it was basically over for the Leafs.  At this point,  I have no faith.  I can’t see them coming back from a 3-1 series deficit, not against the Bruins anyway.  They (Bruins) are just too good a team.

This article first appeared on isportsweb.com and was syndicated with permission.

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