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Maple Leafs equal painful NHL record after painful Game 7 loss to Bruins

The Toronto Maple Leafs are closing in on setting a very painful NHL record. The Leafs have now done that equaled a competition record for the fewest number of goals scored in a winner-take-all playoff game, according to Sports Net Canada. Toronto scored just one goal in its Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday.

The Maple Leafs have now scored one goal or less in five consecutive winner-take-all games in the playoff series. The Leafs bowed to the Bruins 2-1 in overtime in Game 7. It was a painful end to a promising season for Toronto. The Leafs extended their Stanley Cup drought and last won a championship during the 1967 season.

Leafs loss to the Bruins

Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Joseph Woll (60) celebrates with defensemen Ilya Lyubushkin (46), Simone Benoit (2) and forward William Nylander after a win over Boston in game six of the first round of the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Scotiabank Arena.
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The Maple Leafs looked poised for a miraculous series comeback, winning two straight games without star Auston Matthews. Toronto came from a 3-1 series deficit to force a seventh game. The offense just wasn’t there in the final battle, as the Leafs only scored that one goal. It was the third time in the seven-game series that Toronto was only able to score one goal against Boston.

“Look, I don’t think there’s a problem with the core. I think we were playing all the series there. We fought hard and went to Game 7 and OT. It’s a bad feeling,” Leafs forward William Nylander told The Athletic.

The Leafs dodged injuries throughout the series. Nylander missed the first three games due to injury, then star center Auston Matthews went down with an illness during Game 4. The Leafs got Matthews back for Game 7, but the offense couldn’t ignite. Toronto’s offense stalled in the playoffs after scoring the second-most goals in hockey during the regular season. Only the Colorado Avalanche scored more goals than Toronto on the year.

The frustrations seemed to be coming out for the Leafs. During Game 4, team members were seen yelling at each other on the bench. Although the club managed to recover, the Leafs defense was not strong enough to come away with the series. Maple Leafs goalie Ilya Samsanov put in a valiant effort in net, making 29 saves for the Leafs in Game 7.

The Leafs will have to figure out how to turn the tide. The club has thirteen Stanley Cup championships to its name, but has not won one in more than fifty years. The team has also returned early in every league season, going back to 2016-2017. It was certainly extremely frustrating being a Maple Leafs fan.

The Bruins now advance to the next round of the NHL playoffs. Boston will take on the Florida Panthers, with Game 1 scheduled for Monday at 8:00 Eastern.