Well, this sucks and is going to be painful to write because, to be honest, I’ve enjoyed writing these articles for all of you. Now look, someone is going to have to rip this Band-Aid off, and I’m going to have to do it.
This game got off to a rough start for the Maple Leafs, with Aaron Ekblad making it 1-0 and then Carter Verhaeghe making it 2-0. And just like that, two Ontario boys have the Panthers up and pushing the Maple Leafs to the brink of elimination.
— NHL (@NHL) May 12, 2023
Carter Verhaeghe extends the Panthers lead to 2-0 in the 1st period.
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) May 12, 2023
Things were looking quite bleak going into the second period. However, I weirdly had a sense of hope like the Maple Leafs weren’t out of it.
God, am I not enjoying writing this.
The second period started off with both teams exchanging chances, but it was one defenceman, one from Vancouver, BC, who wears blue and white who is the man. Morgan Rielly makes it a 2-1 game.
Morgan Rielly scores his fourth of the playoffs 🚨 pic.twitter.com/80SnGnMb8l
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 13, 2023
The second period did end 2-1, but not without controversy. Rielly streaked into the offensive zone with the puck on his stick and tucked it past Bobrovsky to make it a 2-2 game, right as the second period was getting close to ending. However, the refs thought differently. And, well, it’s a 2-1 game going into the third period and, because I’m a sick person, here is an angle of the goal.
They're looking at the Rielly might be goal pic.twitter.com/mQp7i345J4
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) May 13, 2023
The third period honestly pissed me off. The Maple Leafs played survival desperation hockey for most of the period and then, all of a sudden, a hero from Sweden emerged to make it a 2-2 hockey game late into the third period as William Nylander pots a beauty for the Maple Leafs.
"HOLY MACKINAW!" William Nylander Ties the Game courtesy of Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph.
— LeafsJellyHD (@LeafsJelly) May 13, 2023
Nothing else in the third period happened and, with that, we go to overtime in Game 5, where Nick Cousins snipes the puck and Hello Darkness my old friend. Panthers win 3-2 and take the series 4-1.
NICK COUSINS WITH THE OT WINNER AND THE HULK HOGAN EAR TO THE CROWD 🔥 pic.twitter.com/1dp4uB4ZRF
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) May 13, 2023
Now, as it pertains to what is next, I want everyone who is reading this and a part of Leafs Nation to do a few things for me: Go to sleep, enjoy your weekend, spend time with your mother, she deserves it and just know that the sun will come up tomorrow. As for what is next for the organization, expect a piece on what I think is next to be out in the next few days. I just want to collect my thoughts and let the dust settle. This sucks, believe me. This article took me a while to write as I collect my thoughts and look ahead to the 2023 – 2024 season. But before I go, thank you to all the readers. I really have enjoyed this and will try to cover this teams as best I can going forward. I have a 9-5 job you know, lol. Anyways, I will leave you with this: Go Leafs Go.
Hi, my name is Griff and I'm a complete sports nut. I love to play sports, watch sports and most importantly bet on sports too. If I'm not watching or betting on sports, you can find me on the golf course, between the pipes as your average beer league goaltender. Although sports take up most of my life, I also love spending time with my two dogs, streaming usually a 90's Simpson's or attempting to read more books.