Oh dear… Here we go again.
Everyone’s favourite whipping boy in a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey during Game 7s just can’t seem to catch a break during big games against the Boston Bruins.
Last year he finished a horrendous minus-five in a 7-4 loss at TD Garden, the deciding contest of that first round series. Just short of a full year after that awful performance and all of the flak that he took for it, Gardiner’s play in the first period of the Tuesday’s Game 7 had fans feeling deja vu.
With Toronto already down 1-0 to the Bruins, his play behind the Maple Leafs’ net resulted in a turnover that Marcus Johansson turned into the second goal of the game.
— Boston Bruins (@NHLBruins) April 23, 2019
When you look at the blueliner’s numbers in Beantown, it isn’t pretty.
How bad has it been for Jake Gardiner in Game 7s in Boston?
He's now been on the ice for 10 Bruins goals in seven-plus periods.
— Justin Cuthbert (@jccuthbert) April 24, 2019
The 28-year-old finished minus-three in Toronto’s 5-1 loss to Boston.
Thoughts and prayers, Mr. Gardiner. Thoughts and prayers.
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