The Toronto Maple Leafs had a golden opportunity to finally cope with their playoff demons. A win in last night’s Game 6 against the Tampa Bay Lightning would see them advancing to Round 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2004.
But it didn’t start well.
Tampa was up 2-0 but three quick goals from the Leafs in the second period turned the game around. But when the Bolts got the opportunity to play with a two-man advantage in the third, the game got tied again, and late in the first period of overtime, Brayden Point scored the game-winning goal to take the series to Game 7.
And talk about an anti-climax in all of Toronto. Thousand of people had gathered at Leafs Square, hoping to celebrate together. But they had to leave disappointed and can now just hope to win the deciding game on Saturday.
But one person on Leafs Square had all the reasons to celebrate.
Cameras zoomed in on one person standing with a blue shirt, but as the camera got closer, it turned out that it actually was a Tampa Bay shirt.
The shot was taken as Tampa Bay won the game, and immediately, he took a quick look around, took off his shirt, and started walking.
It was a pure master class decision, and it probably saved him from some serious confrontation in the heat of the moment. On Twitter, he’s now getting some well-deserved praise.
”This guy would survive on a deserted island,” said one user.
”Business decision,” said another one.