When the Toronto Maple Leafs last found themselves in the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the year was 2004, Green Day’s American Idiot occupied the charts, Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman headlined Marvel’s cinematic universe and the NFL’s most discussed scandal involved Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl half-time performance.
To say a lot has changed would be an understatement. But after Sunday’s loss to the Bruins, the Leafs will have to wait at least a couple days longer to add their round two drought to the list of things that are no longer the same.
Following their 4-2 loss, fans took to Twitter to express their feelings heading to another Game 7 in Boston.
— Willie Handler is back at writing (@WillieHandler) April 21, 2019
— Ariana Spencer (@aaspencer_) April 21, 2019
Another Leafs vs Bruins game 7? pic.twitter.com/bwNmKfNgGp
— Kadri’s Red Mist (@BradyyMac_) April 21, 2019
While others lamented the Leafs’ inability to get the job done on home ice, finding explanations in a variety of different places.
When you live rent free in Maple Leaf’s heads. pic.twitter.com/E5Zx1GRl04
— Ajax (@BruinsSZN) April 21, 2019
And, as the dust settled, divergent views of how Tuesday night would play out quickly surfaced.
Bad news for the Leafs: Bruce Cassidy is one of the best in the league at using home ice advantage and Game 7 is in Boston.
Good news for the Leafs: Mike Babcock is one of the worst in the league at using home ice advantage and Game 7 is in Boston. pic.twitter.com/4uYfRGUd59
— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) April 21, 2019
A friendly reminder of the last 2 Game 7's between the Bruins and Maple Leafs.
— x-Will (13 Wins to Go) (@CharlieGOATavoy) April 21, 2019