As expected, the Toronto press was not kind to the Maple Leafs after they were eliminated at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens on Monday night.
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The cover of the daily “Toronto Sun” was unequivocal the next day. With the English title “Running Choke”, he recalled the club’s playoff failures in recent years, illustrating some that followed previous Leafs eliminations, all accompanied by a photo of Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner rather annoyed. Both men are already widely criticized for their performance against the Habs, the second having been unable to score in seven postseason games this year.
Whether it is this newspaper or the “Toronto Star”, which spoke of disaster, all specify that the Leafs have not won the Stanley Cup since 1967. The 54-year famine has also equaled that of the New York Rangers , who held the exclusive record for the National Hockey League. The Blueshirts had triumphed in 1940 before waiting until 1994 to celebrate again.
In Toronto, several also mention the notorious inability of players in blue and white to complete their series. According to Sportsnet, Toronto’s eight straight losses when they have the chance to win a series are the second worst streak in Bettman Tour history. The Arizona Coyotes (formerly the Winnipeg Jets) franchise had dropped 13 straight games in such circumstances between 1990 and 2012.
The last time the Leafs captured a series honor was still in the spring of 2004. At the time, they had defeated the Ottawa Senators in seven games in the first round, before losing to the Philadelphia Flyers. in the semifinals of the Eastern Conference.
Sportsnet went back in time to say the least humorous on its website to show how this Toronto success dates back many years. In 2004, the match against the “Senses” had not been broadcast in high definition and Facebook had seen the light of day two months earlier. YouTube had been created a year before this series, while the most popular song at the moment was “Yeah”, by Usher (with Lil. Jon & Ludacris).