The Toronto Maple Leafs are about to launch another first-round series

Auston Matthews and The Leaves face another game 7.

Auston Matthews and The Leaves face another game 7.
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No one had ever tweeted about the Florida Panthers’ play-off series victory before last night, when Carter Verheij, a pass from Claude Giroud – capturing the deadline-trade and bringing in tons of proxy Panthers fans from Philadelphia – lifted Florida to a 4-3 win in overtime. On the capitals, win 4-2 in the series.

The Panther’s victory meant two things. First, even though we were still gearing up for our dream hockey weekend, we missed one goal. Record year 1992 Half a dozen 7s in a round. It also means that the Panthers no longer have the longest drought in the NHL among the winning post-season streak. Now that Florida is out of Schneids after 24 years, the new team with the longest streak without a handshake not followed by their holiday season walk is…with a 16-year gap since their last series win…you already know it Because of the headline, but take a minute and pretend you’re not for the drama…

toronto maple leaf.

Yes, the Toronto Maple Leafs, whose last playoff series win in a long time, came in a year when the Ottawa Senators were already in the playoffs, 2004. In the eastern semifinals that followed, the host team between the Leafs and Flyers won With each of the first five games, Philly then finished the series in overtime in Game 6.

Toronto then didn’t even participate in the playoffs until after the pair locked down, and finally returned to the Stanley Cup championship in the abridged 2013 season, returning valiantly from 3-1 in the series, taking a 4-1 lead on goals by Phil Kessel and Nazim Qadri at the start of the third period, and You know the rest.

Then the Leafs suffered a rebuild, landed Auston Matthews in a completely untrammeled lottery, and returned to the playoffs in 2017, where they put in a good showing against the Capitals, dropping in six games in a series where Game 4 (Washington win 5-4) went to extra time.

2018: He came back from losing 3-1 to the Bruins again, losing only a 4-3 lead in Game 7 this time, losing 7-4.

2019: She managed not to go into a 3-1 hole against the Bruins, and instead took a 3-2 lead in the series before losing Game 6 at home and getting waxed, 5-1, in the playoff in Boston.

2020: In the Bubble – in Toronto – he lost his best of five series to the Blue Jackets, who had won 33 of 70 games during the regular season.

2021: Leading 3-1 in a series against a Canadian team that won 24 of 56 games in the regular season, and the Leafs had gone 7-2-1 in the regular season. Although Matches 5 and 6 went into overtime, Toronto didn’t advance in either, and Hell certainly didn’t advance in match 3-1, when William Nylander scored only after Montreal had already scored a free-kick on the ice. Series.

And now here we are, with the Florida Panthers moving in, and the Leafs facing two-time Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lightning, in a streak that led Toronto, 1-0, 2-1, 3-2. What could possibly go wrong?

There is another piece of history here. The Maple Leafs have not defeated the defending champions since beating the Habs in six games in the 1967 Stanley Cup Final. So all this stuff about the Leafs’ first-round misery? Either we add to it tonight, or they will finally win the cup.

Bucks can’t close the Celtics; Memphis warriors are sent to fish

Finished in the NBA, after not having a single first-round streak, all of the conference’s semi-finals made it to Game 6, and on Friday night, as on Thursday, one title contender moved on while another couldn’t close the deal.

The reigning Bucks need to return to Boston to make a decision after wasting their chance to return to the Conference Finals in a 108-95 loss at home. The other home team of the night grabbed serve and finished defeating the top seed, although it wasn’t as though Golden State really was the underdog against Memphis. The Grizzlies gave her everything they had Without Ja Morantbut dropped a 110-96 referee as the weak, but still elite three-time champions pulled out, with a 32-19 fourth quarter.

This still provides a sports weekend with seven 7 games, so buckle up, because it’s going to be a lot of fun – and in fact, record by itselfalthough it appears to be made up.

Meanwhile, in Arkansas…