Usually when a team goes up 4-1 on the road, its fan base gets excited — except when you cheer for the Toronto Maple Leafs and they have that particular three-goal lead against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden.
The Maple Leafs infamously botched a 4-1 third-period lead in a Game 7 against the Bruins in 2013 and history nearly repeated itself Saturday night as Toronto’s season was on the line.
Toronto came out of the gates strong and after 20 minutes they had a 2-0 advantage. When James van Riemsdyk scored his third of the series midway through the second frame to put the Leafs up 4-1, though, panicked Maple Leafs fans took to social media and for the second half of the game Twitter was en fuego.
Leafs with the 4-1 lead over Boston.
— Christine Simpson (@SNChrisSimpson) April 22, 2018
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 22, 2018
Boston made it 4-2 thanks to Sean Kuraly then Noel Acciari brought it to within one goal. The Bruins carried the play until the final buzzer but the Maple Leafs, thanks in part to a 42-save performance from Frederik Andersen, held on for the 4-3 victory.
Game 6 takes place at the Air Canada Centre Monday with the Leafs in another must-win situation.