NHL Playoffs 2022: Maple Leafs have chance to exorcise a lot of demons in Game 7 vs. Lightning

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a possibility to liquidate the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday in Game 6 of their First Round playoff series. They didn’t take the chance, as the Lightning won 4-3 in overtime, and now the series will boil down to a Game 7.

Listen, it’s obvious that the Maple Leafs have actually had their reasonable share of dissatisfactions over the last few years. In each of the previous 5 seasons, Toronto has actually bailed out in the opening round of the playoffs. The Maple Leafs have actually just been to the postseason on 6 events considering that the 2003-04 project. Aside from the 5 successive postseason looks, the Maple Leafs’ other playoff season was available in the 2012-13 season … when they lost to the Boston Bruins in, you thought it, the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.

The Maple Leafs have a possibility to work out a devil on Saturday that has actually afflicted them for the previous 20 years. They have not advanced past the opening round of the postseason considering that the 2003-04 season, when they beat the Ottawa Senators in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in 7 video games.

With all of that in mind, here’s a much deeper take a look at how each of those current postseason looks lost.

2020-21 season

The 2020-21 NHL season was reduced to a 56-game slate as an outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic modifying the previous project. And as an outcome of United States/Canada border constraints, the Maple Leafs were required to play in the North Division, which was consisted of totally of Canadian NHL groups.

Even with the shortened season, the Maple Leafs still completed with 77 points and were at the top of the North Division when the routine season finished up. Toronto would be compared versus the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round of the playoffs after the Canadiens completed 4th in the department. That’s excusable for Toronto, right?


This needs to be among the worst postseason beats in the history of the franchise. The Maple Leafs dropped the opening video game of the series, however rattled off 3 successive wins to take a 3-1 series lead. Then the wheels totally fell off. Toronto lost Games 5 and 6 in overtime followed by a 3-1 loss in Game 7. Canadiens netminder Carey Price based on his head as he stopped 30 of the 31 shots that he dealt with in the series-deciding contest.

After just permitting 4 objectives in the very first 4 video games of the series, goaltender Jack Campbell gave up a mind-blowing 9 objectives over the last 3 video games, resulting in the Maple Leafs’ removal. Star center Auston Matthews just scored one objective in the whole series while fellow forward Mitch Marner has actually held goal-less. 

2019-20 season

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The 2019-20 project was totally turned on its head when the COVID-19 pandemic come down upon North America. On March 12, 2020, the NHL routine season was suspended. The league did choose to return on Aug. 1 with a really various playoff format that included a Qualifying Round.

The Maple Leafs wound up dealing with the Columbus Blue Jackets in a best-of-five series. It was quite a back-and-forth series that included the 2 groups rotating wins through the very first 4 video games. However, in a winner-take-all Game 5, remarkable goaltending was the story as Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 33 shots that he dealt with in a 3-0 Blue Jackets win.

2018-19 season

The Maple Leafs was among the league’s most dominant groups throughout the 2018-19 project. Toronto completed the routine season with 100 points, helpful for 3rd location in the Atlantic Division.

When the postseason rolled around, the Maple Leafs discovered themselves handling the Boston Bruins (a familiar enemy, which we will review listed below), who completed second in the Atlantic Division. The Maple Leafs had the upper hand in the series as they held a 2-1 benefit. But the Bruins wound up winning 3 of the last 4 video games of the series, consisting of outscoring the Maple Leafs 9-3 over the last 2 video games.

This series did wind up ending up being Matthews’ coming out celebration, as he scored 5 objectives. He scored objectives in 4 of the 7 video games, consisting of a two-goal efficiency in a Game 4 loss. 

2017-18 season

Much like the previous season, the Maple Leafs surface 3rd in the Atlantic Division and dealt with the Bruins in the opening round of the playoffs. The Bruins totally topped the Maple Leafs in the very first 2 video games of the series, outscoring Toronto 12-4. As an outcome, the Bruins rapidly took a 2-0 series lead. To their credit, the Maple Leafs fought back and won 3 of the 4 video games, which required a Game 7. 

Game 7 produced an offending surge with the 2 groups integrating for 11 objectives. Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron blazed a trail with an objective and 2 helps in a 7-4 win. The Maple Leafs were paced by a two-goal efficiency from experienced center Patrick Marleau, however the Bruins scored 4 times in the 3rd duration, consisting of 2 from star winger David Pastrnak. The Maple had actually held a 4-3 lead getting in the last 20 minutes.

For the 2nd time in 2 seasons, the Bruins were the source of the Maple Leafs’ aggravation.

2016-17 season

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After missing out on the playoffs the previous 3 seasons, the Maple Leafs had actually restored hope that their fortunes would alter getting in the 2016-17 season. That was since of the arrival of Matthews, who was chosen with the leading choice in the 2016 NHL Draft. In the routine season, Matthews burst onto the scene with a 40-goal project and ,unsurprisingly, won the Calder Memorial Trophy for the NHL’s leading novice when the season concluded.

The Maple Leafs completed the routine season in 4th location (95 points) in a top-heavy Atlantic Division. Their 95 points were the greatest in 12 years, so there was factor for optimism getting in the playoffs. The Maple Leafs took on versus the Washington Capitals, who won the Metropolitan Division after an 118-point season that saw them win the Presidents’ Trophy.

It was a closely-contested series that saw 5 of the 6 video games go to overtime. After dropping a 3-2 overtime choice in Game 1, the Maple Leafs won Games 2 and 3 thanks, consisting of a 4-3 victory in double overtime in Game 2. However, the Capitals won the next 3 video games by simply one objective each and removed the Maple Leafs at the same time. Matthews did have an objective in each of the last 4 video games of the series.

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