James Van Reimsdyk is at a loss for words when asked what happened to the team during the third period.
Thank you for giving us an amazing seven game series, even when all the critics said it would be done in 4. Thank you for showing the city of Toronto how amazing the playoffs are.
Thank you for outlasting the Canucks and Habs. And finally, thank you for taking on the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions, the same team that has beaten us for two years straight, and fighting through it and beating the odds multiple times. The Bruins may have gotten the better of us at the end, but if there is one positive that came out of this series, it is that the Bruins are not infallible. Hockey in May is a beautiful thing. Maybe we’ll see it against next year. Thank you for not rolling over, and giving it all you had.
“I guess one of the quirky things I do is I turtle, I guess you could call it. I stick my head in my shoulder pads five, ten minutes before we go out and for me it just kinda feels like, you know, it kinda shuts everything out, whether it’s music playing or guys are talking. I just go in there and it’s a little quieter and I can focus.”
No matter what happens tonight, the Leafs have exceed all industry expectations by forcing a game seven against the Bruins, especially after being down 3-1 in the series. I couldn’t be more proud of them. This is a team that is here to win, and how sweet would it be to see them play in round two?
So what do you think, folks? Can they do it?