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League knows it’s better for business for this series to go 7. Just reminding them it’s even better for business if the Leafs go on a very deep run.
That didn't help them last year

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And the winner of this series gets to play Florida

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And the winner of this series gets to play Florida

If Boston wins wouldn’t Florida play Boston?

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And the winner of this series gets to play Florida

If Boston wins wouldn’t Florida play Boston?
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Nhl playoff seeding is so stupid.

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League knows it’s better for business for this series to go 7. Just reminding them it’s even better for business if the Leafs go on a very deep run.
That didn't help them last year

I thought about this a little bit.  I don't think the league is manufacturing series.  However, if they were, they may actually be against the Leafs advancing.  I think right now they have to keep the salary cap low to help teams stay afloat.  The Leafs making it far in to the finals in the playoffs could raise the cap number up.
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Marner and Matthews can't provide the level of killer instinct that's needed for the playoffs, they can provide a lot of entertainment for the 82 regular season games so either they need to go or we(the fans) need to be satisfied with what they can do.

I might be wrong but TO's ability to score in the playoffs was again challenged and again TO couldn't surmount the challenge, TO needed a 3rd line center basically all year, we were given Kampf a perfectly good 4th line center, TO's scoring depth needed to be addressed but again adding defensive depth was prioritized, TO's PP going into the playoffs was sputtering again and again wasn't properly rectified.

For some reason TO's management prefers TO loses in the playoffs, in crucial games by close scores, so continually adding defensive depth enables history to constantly repeat itself.

I'm certain nothing will be learned by the these last 6 years and we should expect the same again next year. 

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Trade everyone! Sack the coach. Sack the GM! Rabble rabble rabble.
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Don't wanna see anyone lose a job over that. Almost all of Dubas' moves looked good, except for Mrazek, wow what a miss. But Bunty, that's a hit if I ever saw one. Half credit goes to Carlton ofc. I like him more than Hyman I think. Keefe was fine. Shoot out or not, a team record for points isn't nothing. 5v5 we were a beast, PP and Pk, great all year. If our goaltending didn't go through a real rough patch we may not even play Tampa. Jackie bounced back, Papi was Hart worthy, Mitchy took rest over accolades. D I felt were more than up to the task. Team D was imo, better. Not great, but better. I'm still kind of amazed we've made the playoff's all but 1 year(I don't count the play-in's as play-offs) since Mitch and Papi came on the scene.

We hit an actual elite team, while we're still reaching for that next rung on the ladder. Really thought this was the year. We played well enough, and against any other team save Florida it's likely over in 5 or 6.

For all the "Burn it to the groudner's". Chill. We all saw what happened. That interference call on Holl, while by the book, was not by the book of that particular game. With any other crew or even with this one it had a 50/50 chance of being called. Reffing felt sus all series, including in the two games we benefitted. Even that hook in the third by Tampa, I was screaming at my TV. That, by "this game's" rule book, was not a penalty. If it was called like that all game, fine. But if Toronto would have scored and then won after that play TB fans would have been po'd and rightly so.

Last night I was not fit to be around. Managed to calm down a bit, but gonna be sour for a while I think. There are things about the game on and off ice that are making it harder and harder to digest what the NHL is putting out there for a product. Between the scandals in Chicago. The Officiating. DOPS. The need to change "hockey culture" at the grass roots level. Propping up the yotes in a way that could effect the HARD cap in a few seasons, following years of minimal growth. All the pain killers that have been pushed over the years, paired with their attempt to fight CTE cases at every turn, while directly benefitting from on ice violence. Regional blackouts, and likely more. Love Hockey, love the Leafs, NHL leadership can go afaic.

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I am going to take the total blame for the series loss. At the beginning of the first game I noticed Paul and I said to my son, "that Paul is a Leaf killer".   I remembered him scoring a few against the Leafs when he was with Ottawa.  Wish we had traded for him now.
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Are the Leafs the only team that has made the playoffs for five consecutive years, played the maximum number of games in the series, only to lose?  The 6 consecutive years without making it past the first round may also be a record.  I went through the playoff history of some teams, just to see what was out there. I looked at Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington, San Jose, and they don't have that sort of record. 
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Are the Leafs the only team that has made the playoffs for five consecutive years, played the maximum number of games in the series, only to lose?  The 6 consecutive years without making it past the first round may also be a record.  I went through the playoff history of some teams, just to see what was out there. I looked at Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington, San Jose, and they don't have that sort of record.


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Are the Leafs the only team that has made the playoffs for five consecutive years, played the maximum number of games in the series, only to lose?  The 6 consecutive years without making it past the first round may also be a record.  I went through the playoff history of some teams, just to see what was out there. I looked at Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington, San Jose, and they don't have that sort of record.


Well it was quite the record setting year, wasn't it?
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Are the Leafs the only team that has made the playoffs for five consecutive years, played the maximum number of games in the series, only to lose?  The 6 consecutive years without making it past the first round may also be a record.  I went through the playoff history of some teams, just to see what was out there. I looked at Pittsburgh, Detroit, Washington, San Jose, and they don't have that sort of record.


Well it was quite the record setting year, wasn't it?

I'm not going to lie, of all the records set this year, this one may be the toughest to beat. Let's see what happens next year though.