Cooper still refuses gives Maple Leafs credit makes hilarious excuse

JON COOPER STILL REFUSES TO GIVES MAPLE LEAFS CREDIT - MAKES HILARIOUS EXCUSE

MAY 11, 2022  (11H49)      DAN
Winning back-to-back Stanley Cup's allows Tampa Bay and their head coach Jon Cooper a bit of arrogance, even after a loss.

With the series tied 2-2 in a pivotal game 5 of the best of 7 series the Bolts saw the lead they had held for 2 periods slip away as Toronto rallied with 3 goals in the 3rd period to put the game away and take a commanding 3-2 series lead over the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Post-game Jon Cooper reflected on the loss saying:
"We're not really making them earn it. We're kind of giving it to them.



Again repeating Stanley Cup victories affords a coach and team respect but a single-score game that saw 9 different players on the Leafs contribute points is hardly giving the game away.

The Tampa/Toronto series has been one of the most exciting in the first round of the NHL playoffs and it will be interesting to see how the Bolts respond facing elimination, and how TO responds having their effort discredited.
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