5 Things That Went Wrong for the Toronto Maple Leafs During the Playoffs

So what led to the Maple Leafs demise against the Boston Bruins once again?
May 4, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matthew Knies (23)
May 4, 2024; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Matthew Knies (23) / Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
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Making the Right Moves at the Right Time

Finally, when the game plan for the Toronto Maple leafs wasn’t working after the first few games of the series, they seriously needed some changes to help them get out of their losing ways.

However, many times the adjustments weren’t made in time by head coach Sheldon Keefe before it was too late.

This included changing up the lines when the offense apparently wasn’t clicking, making a goaltending switch that should have occurred before the Leafs were on the brink of elimination, and changing their style of play to a stronger defensive game that we witnessed during the last three games in the series, but it came just too little too late.

On the other hand, the Bruins were quick to recognize Swayman had the hot hand and stuck with him for the rest of the series after one struggling loss by Linus Ullmark.

In addition, Bruins head coach Jim Montgomery would often adjust his lines in-game, like stacking Brad Marchand with Pastrnak in offensive zone faceoffs to maximize their scoring chances, and shortening the bench when he saw a particular line not apparently working.

In the end, both teams did end up making the right moves, but Boston did it at the right time compared to the Leafs.


Hopefully, the Leafs can learned once again from their experience and be back and stronger next season when come playoff time.