Leafs die out in Game 7 as Oilers advance to second round: Here’s what fans are saying
Take a deep breath, Maple Leafs fans – there’s always next year.
A heavy cloud of disappointment hangs over the city this morning as Toronto hockey fans try to process another early exit from the Stanley Cup playoffs, this one after a 2-1 loss to the Lightning in the game 7 at Scotiabank Arena.
The Leafs haven’t won the Stanley Cup in 55 years and haven’t won a playoff round since 2004, when Paul Martin was premier.
Still, fans are reassured that the Maple Leafs — who fought hard against Tampa and had a franchise-best 115 points in the regular season — are in good shape for next season.
Meanwhile, just a few time zones away, the Edmonton Oilers advanced to the second round with a Game 7 win over the Los Angeles Kings.
Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist in the 2-0 victory, while 40-year-old goaltender Mike Smith made 28 saves for his second shutout of the series.
The Oilers will now advance to face the winner of the Calgary Flames/Dallas Stars series – which will be decided in Game 7 alone on Sunday.
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