TORONTO - You can’t blame Matt Frattin for selective memory loss about his last spotlight moment as a Maple Leaf.
With Toronto up 4-2 in that fateful Game 7 in Boston some 14 months ago, that was Frattin forcing a turnover by the desperate Bruins at the Toronto line, then sweeping in for a breakaway on Tuukka Rask. He went to his backhand, but the puck slid off his stick wide. Less than four minutes remained and unbeknownst to him, the dagger hilt had just slid through Toronto’s hands.
Not that it was Frattin’s fault, but the whole Leaf bench froze in those dying minutes and the devastating overtime that followed. The Leafs were gone, and a few weeks later so was Frattin, as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade to Los Angeles.
“I haven’t even thought about that chance until now,” Frattin insisted Thursday in a phone interview. “All I can say is you have to bury those.”