May 14, 2013
Most memorable catastrophic Leafs collapses
Team has seen many massive letdowns — but none as bad as collapse to Bruins
By LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

Stunned Leafs fans cannot believe what they witnessed in Game 7 against Boston Monday night. (Dave Thomas/Toronto Sun)
The Causeway St. Collapse will not easily be forgotten by the Maple Leafs and certainly not by the NHL records department.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that was the worst blown lead in a Game 7 in NHL history, with three goals in the final 10:42 of regulation and an overtime dagger.

The loss at Boston’s TD Garden joins some other catastrophic crashes in team history, both playoffs and regular season:

Playoffs

Philadelphia at Toronto, April 17, 1977

Revenge finally seemed at hand for the Leafs after the Broad St. Bullies had swept them in 1975 (out-scoring them 15-6) and won a seven-game war of attrition the following spring.

This time, the Leafs had outgrown their fear of the Spectrum, Kate Smith, God Bless America and Schultz’s Army. Toronto marched in and secured 3-2 and 4-1 wins.



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