When the Maple Leafs return to their personal House of Horrors known as the TD Garden next Saturday, Dave Nonis had planned to have a secret weapon up his blue-and-white sleeve.
One named Dave Bolland.
As gut-wrenching as the “Gahden” was for the Leafs back in the spring when they belched up a 4-1 third-period lead in Game 7 of their first-round series en route to a 5-4 overtime loss to the Bruins, who better to alter Toronto’s karma in Boston than former Hawk Bolland, who scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in that same building in June?
So much for those plans.
Indeed, Bolland’s leg injury is yet another episode of adversity that recently has smacked Nonis’ Leafs in the face since their season began. But the Leafs general manager is a long way from waving the white towel like forward Frazer McLaren was doing in the visitors penalty box at Rogers Arena during Toronto’s ugly 4-0 defeat in Vancouver on Saturday.