This series is complete insanity. The Toronto Maple Leafs have not won a playoff series since 2004. Their franchise has been a disappointing year in and year out with how many downfall moments have happened. The collapse of 2013, the tanking for Matthews, and losing in round zero last year. These are just a few events that have happened in recent memory that live in the dark parts of Maple Leaf fans everywhere. Tonight, Nick Suzuki and the Montreal Canadiens are hoping they started a new memory for the collection.
The Canadiens have not looked confident all series long against these Maple Leafs. After a shocking victory in game one, the Habs have now dropped three straight to go down 3-1 in the series. Tonight got off to a promising start in keeping the canadiens season alive in game five. A huge lead one way turned into an amazing comeback the other way. In the end, it was Nick Suzuki who stabbed the dagger into the hearts of a Maple Leafs’ comeback.
Insane End to Regulation
The Canadiens were in complete control at the early stages of the second period. It was early on in the first period where the fun started. Joel Armia hasn’t had the best series for the Habs. He really wanted to see fans at the Bell Centre on Saturday night though with his performance tonight. Two goals in the first period gave Montreal a 2-0 lead into the second period. That is when Jesperi Kotkaniemi pounced on a loose puck and it is now 3-0. It seemed like Toronto was dead, but it was far from over.
Zach Hyman got the Leafs rolling by cutting the deficit to 3-1 shortly after the third Canadiens goal. The third period would see that score hold up until midway through. Jake Muzzin let go a slapper to make it 3-2. With the momentum in favor of Toronto, Jake Muzzin scores once again with a tip-in goal on Carey Price. A weak goal for Price, but we are now tied at 3-3 as the game shifts to overtime.
— NHL (@NHL) May 28, 2021
Nick Suzuki Shuts Down The Party
Maple Leaf fans were feeling really good after this comeback. It seemed like Montreal had no chance to recover from something like this. The towel was thrown in and Toronto seemed like it had a cakewalk to a meeting with Winnipeg. That would change quickly at the hands of Nick Suzuki. A great turnover was forced by Coel Caufield to lead a two-on-zero with Nick Suzuki. A ban-bang play ends with Nick Suzuki slamming home a pass from Caufield to win the game for Montreal. We are heading back to Montreal for game six on Saturday night. The Bell Centre will have approximately 2500 fans in attendance.
— NHL (@NHL) May 28, 2021
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