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When The City Of Toronto Needed Them The Most, The Maple Leafs Delivered

Unfortunately, there is another city in Canada that is mourning the deaths of many lives that were taken from this world much too soon. This time it is Toronto after a horrific terror attack yesterday as a cowardly piece of shit ran over a large group of pedestrians with a van. A group of people who were doing absolutely nothing besides living their life the exact way they always would on a Monday afternoon lost their lives because one scumbag decided to get behind the wheel of a van and run them over. The last I’ve seen is that 10 victims have died and at least 15 others have been injured. It’s a devastating and senseless tragedy, but unfortunately this is not something that we’ve never seen before.

But what happens next after these devastatingly horrific tragedies never ceases to amaze me. Because every time something like this happens, almost without fail, the sports team in that city finds a way to rally together and pick their city up when they are needed the most. We’ve seen it with Mike Piazza’s home run after 9/11 as well as the Yankees going on to the World Series that year. We’ve seen it with the Boston Red Sox winning the World Series after the Marathon bombing. We’ve seen it with the historic year the Vegas Golden Knights have been having after the shooting there in October. It’s what makes sports unlike anything else in the world. We live in a time where these mass killings happen all too frequently. But despite it all, the sports teams are able to embody the resiliency and toughness of their city and prove to the rest of the world that a few cowards aren’t going to stop their city from being great. I understand it’s just a sports game and there are things in life that are far more important than a bunch of grown men playing a game created for children. But you also need to realize that it is so much more than that. This wasn’t a hockey game. This was a symbol for Toronto. A message to the rest of the world that nobody what you do, you will not break the spirit of that city. And the Toronto Maple Leafs made sure everybody knew that as they force game 7 against the Bruins after being down in the series 3-1.

Willy Nylander got the Leafs on the board first.

It was Mitch Marner scoring the game winner with 6:35 left in the 2nd period.

Frederik Andersen put on a clinic in between the pipes, including this ridiculous save with the paddle.

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Unbelievable.

Like I mentioned above. I know that it was a somber day in Toronto filled with a range of emotions from heartbreak to frustration to probably some rage as well. I’m sure that the Maple Leafs and Bruins could have postponed the game and played today just to give the people of Toronto some time to cope with the tragedy. But they played on anyway. And for at least a few hours on a heartbreaking day, the city of Toronto got to experience a little bit of joy as their Maple Leafs kept the season alive and forced game 7. That’s some powerful shit.

@BarstoolJordie