Maple Leafs have horrifying closeout record during Matthews/Marner era

What will happen tomorrow night?

Michael Whitaker

It's once again going to be a familiar refrain for the Toronto Maple Leafs, who enjoyed a 3-2 series lead over the Tampa Bay Lightning only to fall in overtime in Game 6 to set up a winner-take-all Game 7. 

And naturally, this brings up painful reminders to the Leafs faithful of their recent inability to close out a postseason series and advance. In fact, since Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner began suiting up for the Leafs, they've now lost eight straight opportunities to move on to Round 2 of the postseason.

For head coach Sheldon Keefe, tomorrow night is simply another opportunity to get the job done. 

"I am really just focused on the series here as the biggest thing, but certainly, all the work we put in to get in this series and compete in this series has prepared us to be in a situation where we give ourselves the chance to win the series," he said.

"We had the chance to win the series last night. We have a chance to win the series tomorrow night. Because of all of that work, the game so happens to be in Toronto. The feeling in our team is one of great confidence."

Puck drop is tomorrow night at 7:30 PM EST. Will the Matthews/Marner duo finally advance, or will they drop to 0-9 in closeout situations?