What's a little bit of rain -- okay, a lot of rain -- when the Leafs are fighting for their lives in their first playoff series in nine years? It certainly didn't stop legions of Leafs fans from swarming to Maple Leaf Square Friday night to watch the Buds hang on to win Game 5 in their series against the Bruins. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)
BOSTON - Like a boxer hanging onto the ropes in the final minutes of Round 12, the Maple Leafs are alive to fight another day.
It was that tense. That tiring. That impressive. That surprising. There will be a Game 6 Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre and with a victory at home - their first of the series, if possible, then a Game 7 back in Boston Monday night.
But no point in getting too far ahead.
The very frantic, just got a whole lot more frantic, and the Leafs without any quit in them at all, recovering from the heartbreak of Game 4, came back in such surprising fashion.
The result was stunning by the Leafs as was the ebb and flow of the game, a third period dominated by the Bruins who couldn’t find a way to beat James Reimer more than once.
But this was the Leafs at their surprising best. A different team than the one that began this series. A different team than the one that started the season in January.