They were the main architects of the Maple Leafs’ brilliant regular season outfit, but the disappointing behavior of the team’s big guns in that fatal Toronto first round playoff fueled the discussion.
For one, Auston Matthews, winner of the Maurice-Richard Trophy this year with 41 goals in 52 games, was not the threat or the spark plug that could have made the difference.
“It’s very frustrating,” said the Maple Leafs star center. I am looking for the words. We had the opportunity to end the series after the fourth game, but we failed in the task. “
“It’s a failure,” admitted the one who was limited to one goal in seven games.
Jack Campbell was as inconsolable as his teammates after his team’s heartbreaking loss.
The goal he gave Brendan Gallagher early in the second period made the difference. The rather innocuous shot from the Canadiens forward slipped between the pads of the Maple Leafs goaltender.
“It’s the worst goal of my career,” said Campbell. This is unacceptable. It’s not complicated, I have to be better in critical situations. ”
Merit to the Canadian
“We are devastated,” exclaimed Sheldon Keefe when he appeared before reporters after the game. We must give credit to the Canadian who did not give us much chance to respond. “
“The young players of this formation, added the head coach of the Maple Leafs, made the difference, without forgetting of course Carey Price.”
The mayoress wins her bet
This decisive victory for the Canadian also suited Valérie Plante. The mayoress of Montreal has, in fact, won the friendly bet that opposed her to John Tory.
Thus, not only will his counterpart in Toronto have to donate $ 500 to a charitable foundation headed by the CH, in this case the Montreal Canadiens Children’s Foundation, but he will offer Plante a case of local beers as well as a Losing City’s signature dish is a peameal bacon sandwich, a typical Toronto meal.
Finally, the city of Montreal flag will fly in front of Toronto City Hall over the next few days.