Simmons Says: Leafs lost because they were gassed in OT

Leafs defenceman Cody Franson was clearly gassed in overtime of Game 7. (GETTY IMAGES)

Leafs defenceman Cody Franson was clearly gassed in overtime of Game 7. (GETTY IMAGES)

STEVE SIMMONS, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:23 PM ET

Cody Franson knew the Maple Leafs were in trouble in overtime. He could feel it in his burning legs.

He had been on the ice for more than a minute and a half. His average shift length in the third period had been 44 seconds. When the Boston Bruins scored to eliminate the Leafs, Franson had been on the ice for an excruciating final 104 seconds. One minute longer than usual.

And for his partner, Jake Gardiner, who also played the final 1:44 of Game 7, whose giveaway resulted in Patrice Bergeron’s overtime winner, it was 53 seconds more ice time than he was averaging on the night.


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