Maple Leafs feel wrath of fans after loss to Jets in home finale

James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets on April 5....

James van Riemsdyk of the Toronto Maple Leafs and Mark Stuart of the Winnipeg Jets on April 5. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

MIKE ZEISBERGER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:17 AM ET

There was a time when, at the conclusion of the final home game of the season, Maple Leafs players would salute their fans by standing on the ice surface and give away their jerseys to the crowd.

It’s a good thing they didn’t do it after the regular-season finale on Saturday, dropping a 4-2 stinker to the Winnipeg Jets in a game that pretty much slammed the door on their playoff hopes.

Because had they handed out their blue-and-white sweaters, the bitter Leafs faithful likely would have thrown them right back at the players.

That’s how venomous the atmosphere was at the Air Canada Centre.

The locals have been restless on many a night at the Cashbox on Bay St. during the 2013-14 campaign, but this one may have reached the pinnacle on the disgust metre.

And rightly so.


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