Leafs' Matt Frattin not haunted by goal that got away

Matt Frattin is back with the Leafs after having been traded to Los Angeles in the deal that...

Matt Frattin is back with the Leafs after having been traded to Los Angeles in the deal that brought goaltender Jonathan Bernier to Toronto. (Dave Abel/QMI Agency)

LANCE HORNBY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:37 AM ET

TORONTO - You can’t blame Matt Frattin for selective memory loss on his last spotlight moment as a Leaf.

With Toronto up 4-2 in that fateful Game 7 in Boston some 14 months ago, Frattin forced a turnover by the Bruins at the Toronto line with three and half minutes to play. He swept in for a breakaway on Tuukka Rask, went to his backhand, but saw the puck slide off his stick wide. Unbeknownst to him at the time, the dagger had just slid through Toronto’s hands.

The whole Leafs bench froze in those dying moments and the devastating overtime that followed. The Leafs were done, 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 chances.”


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