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You know it was a crazy night of sports when a Stanley Cup Playoff Game 7 gets lost in the shuffle.

April 26, 2018 - 11:16 am

You know it was a crazy night of sports when a Stanley Cup Playoff Game Seven gets lost in the shuffle. Because that doesn't happen. You don't lose track of Game Sevens, especially Game Sevens in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. If there's a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup playoffs, you can guarantee that I'm gonna talk about it. 

Especially when you've got Boston and Toronto playing. Two Original Six franchises. Two die-hard fan bases. Two of the blue bloods of the sport, dropping the puck and playing win-or-go home in a series knotted at 3 games a piece. And if you're wondering if a game like that can live up to the hype, I’ll give you the answer: Hell yes it can.  

11 goals. Five lead changes. Toronto jumping out early and Boston responding. The Bruins taking the lead and the Leafs fighting back to take a 4-3 lead into the third. And a Boston team with legitimate Cup aspirations sitting in the locker room, in their own barn, needing to come back against a goalie they couldn't solve all series. And then the Bruins went OFF -- nearly bringing the Garden to the ground as they lit the lamp FOUR TIMES to send Toronto home. That's how you finish. And advance. By dropping a 4-spot in the final frame. By turning Freddie Andersen inside out after he stood on his head all series. And by manning the hell up after nearly blowing a 3-to-1 series lead.

For the Leafs, that had to hurt. For Toronto, that's another dagger. After a record-setting regular season it's still 1 and done in the playoffs. And it's another blown Game 7 lead against Boston and another Game 7 loss on the road. Toronto hasn't won a Game 7 in somebody else's barn in 25 years.

Look, better days are coming for Mike Babcock's squad. And while it didn’t look like it, they may already be here for the B’s. Only thing missing was Brad Marchand reaching for the mic.

And no clones, he is not family.  Because there is no family. Got that?

One round done. One Game Seven in the books. And just like it always does, the Stanley Cup Playoffs deliver. Round two starts tonight. Caps-Pens. Vegas-and-San Jose. CANT WAIT.