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Video shows Marner and Nylander throwing the game against the Bruins


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Elliot Ben Jacob
May 6, 2024  (5:11 PM)
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Mitch Marner and William Nylander.
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In the unpredictable realm of NHL playoffs, some stories seem written in the indelible ink of fate, such as the recurring heartbreak of the Toronto Maple Leafs against the Boston Bruins in game seven matchups. This narrative unfolded yet again on a tense Saturday night, where despite a promising start with a goal from William Nylander, the Leafs suffered a 2-1 defeat in overtime, courtesy of a decisive goal by David Pastrnak.

The game's critical moment arrived during an overtime session that epitomized the Bruins' strategic prowess. Hampus Lindholm initiated a classic dump-and-chase, sending the puck deep into the Leafs' territory, setting the stage for Pastrnak's dramatic finish.
This play highlighted a noticeable dip in vigor from the Leafs, with Mitch Marner and William Nylander showing lapses in effort and defensive responsibility that were hard to miss.
Critics and fans alike pointed fingers, especially at Mitch Marner, whose momentary inaction allowed Pastrnak to slip by unnoticed — a lapse caught in a social media post:
Pasta sneaks right behind Marner

Further criticism was made against Nylander, who appeared to give up on the play, a moment captured and sarcastically celebrated online:
HUGE backcheck from Nylander on the OTGWG!

Yet, the blame extends beyond individual moments of frailty. Toronto's "big four" — John Tavares, Mitch Marner, William Nylander, and Auston Matthews — were collectively underwhelming, fading into the background when their team most needed their prowess and leadership. This group's repeated failures in critical moments have become a somber motif for Leafs enthusiasts.
Adding to the drama, Marner faced additional scrutiny for his post-game absence from media interactions, a decision that didn't sit well with the press or fans, sparking even more debate and disappointment
As Read on HabsFanatics - Video surfaces proving Marner and Nylander caused the Leafs' OT loss
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Video shows Marner and Nylander throwing the game against the Bruins

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