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Maple Leafs lose in first round of playoffs: ‘We’re getting sick and tired of feeling like this’

The Toronto Maple Leafs lost Game 7 on home ice Saturday, 2-1, to the Tampa Bay Lightning. They are now 0-9 in elimination games in their last five playoff appearances.

“We’re getting sick and tired of feeling like this,” said Leafs forward Mitch Marner.

The Leafs haven’t won a playoff series since 2004. That came in the first round against the Ottawa Senators, where they won in seven games. Since 2017, the Leafs have lost four Game 7s: twice to the Boston Bruins (2018, 2019), once to the Montreal Canadiens (2021) and to the Lightning.

In back-to-back seasons, the Leafs had a 3-2 series lead, before eventually falling short.

“The outcome is very similar,” Leafs defenseman Morgan Rielly said.

Toronto set a franchise record in wins and points this season (56-35-14), finishing second in the Atlantic Division. Auston Matthews became the first Maple Leaf to record 60 goals in a single season.

But the streak of 18 years and counting without a playoff series win continues.

“I just told them they had lots of reasons to be proud of the work that they did to put us in this position,” said Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe.

“But we’re in the winning business and we didn’t get it done.”

(Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

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