Reliving Leafs-Bruins Game 7 collapse, three years later

Toronto Maple Leafs fans react to the Boston Bruins' overtime game winning goal in game 7 first round NHL action while watching the game at Maple Leafs Square in Toronto on Monday May 13, 2013. (Frank Gunn/CP)

To lose a game you led by three goals with 11 minutes to play would be crushing if it happened in February; to do it in Game 7 of a playoff series is nothing short of soul-destroying. – Chris Johnston,, May 13, 2013.

Sorry, Maple Leafs fans.

Today marks the third anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs‘ Game 7 collapse against the Boston Bruins. (Yes, we’re noting that it’s also Friday the 13th.) For many Leafs faithful, especially of a certain generation, it was the most devastating sporting event they have witnessed.

If you’re a Leafs fan, whatever point of Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’ stages of grief and loss you find yourself at, hopefully facing and reliving the trauma a bit will help you reach Stage 5: acceptance.

It’s going to be OK.

To commence the healing, let’s begin with acknowledging what actually happened that night. (Deep breaths, everyone.)

Here’s a look back at what some of the participants said post-game:

“I don’t know what happened to us,” then-Leafs winger Phil Kessel told reporters, including our own Chris Johnston.

“(Leading) 4-1, you can’t lose that game.”

“One minute you think you’re going to win the game, you’re up 4-1, and then 20 minutes later it’s all over,” Jake Gardiner said.

Here’s what the Hockey Central crew had to say:

And of course, the Twitterverse had its opinions too:

…and its jokes…

… and hey, even a little insight…

Fast forward three years later to today, and the (painful) memories are trickling in over Twitter.

Down Goes Brown on Twitter

Steve Dangle Glynn on Twitter

Steve Dangle Glynn on Twitter

Steve Dangle Glynn on Twitter

Mark on Twitter

Corey on Twitter

Down Goes Brown on Twitter

Stay strong today, Leafs nation.

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