Maple Leafs Fall to Bruins in Overtime to Extend Infamous Game 7 Losing Streak

May 4, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Simon Benoit (2) skates.
May 4, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Simon Benoit (2) skates. / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

In 2019, SI's S.L. Price christened the Toronto Maple Leafs' plight "one of the world’s last great championship droughts."

That sentiment will hold true for another year.

The Maple Leafs lost 2–1 in overtime Saturday to the Boston Bruins in Game 7 of the two teams' first round series, ensuring that Toronto will remain Stanley Cup-less as it has every year since 1967.

More immediately, in extended the Maple Leafs' infamous streak of Game 7 losses to six—four of which have come to the Bruins in 2013, '18, '19 and now '24.

All four of those losses came in Boston.

Boston right wing David Pastrňák netted the winner at 1:54 of the overtime to send the Bruins to the second round, where they will meet the Florida Panthers. The goal came after a wild sequence where Toronto nearly won the game late in regulation.

The Maple Leafs' last triumph in a Game 7 came against the Ottawa Senators in the conference quarterfinals on April 20, 2004.


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Patrick Andres

PATRICK ANDRES

Patrick Andres has been a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated since 2022. Before SI, his work appeared in The Blade, Athlon Sports, Fear the Sword, and Diamond Digest. Patrick has covered everything from zero-attendance Big Ten basketball to a seven-overtime college football game. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.