Toronto Maple Leafs fans take it out on each other.
At least two separate fan skirmishes broke out, video shows went viral after their team lost, 2-1, in Game 7 to the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday night. A shirtless man was chased in circles by another man, who swung at least four times but never seemed to connect. Police responded slowly to break up the second fight which saw fans rolling on the ground.
It is unclear what sparked the fighting.
But there are plenty of reasons Maple Leafs fans are frustrated after the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ most predictable first-round streak went exactly as planned.
The Lightning’s hope of a hat-trick lives on as they won the last two games against the Maple Leafs in the face of elimination to win their ninth straight series since a first-round elimination as heavy favorites in the playoffs of 2019.
Meanwhile, the Maple Leafs still haven’t won a series since 2004. The drought includes seven straight losing series since 2013, highlighted by six unique outings over the past six years.
What’s more scary? The Maple Leafs are 10 straight losses in the face of a chance to wrap up a series. The list includes a 3-1 lead over the Canadiens in 2021, but began with a memorable three-goal lead in the final nine minutes of Game 7 against the Bruins in 2013.
In this case, the Maple Leafs only lost a 3-2 lead. But the referees fanned the flames of controversy in the one-goal loss in game seven by disallowing John Tavares’ goal due to interference from team-mate Justin Holl .
Without any goal. Now in. See you next year.
They fight against words.
New York Post