The Toronto Maple Leafs shocked the hockey universe with a 4-3 come from behind victory against the Blue Jackets on Friday night to keep their season alive. The Leafs had a meltdown in game 3 as they blew a 3 goal lead and eventually lost the game in overtime. The script was reversed in game 4 as the Leafs scored 3 unanswered goals late in the 3rd period to tie the game up and bring it to overtime. After going 0 for 3 on the powerplay during regulation, the Leafs capitalized on their only powerplay of the overtime period as captain John Tavares fed a wide open Auston Matthews who buried the game winner and sent this series to a 5th and final game.

The Leafs Make History

2020 has been the year where the most unlikely of scenarios have become reality. Nothing in 2020 has been more shocking than the Leafs being on the right side of a miraculous comeback in the dying seconds of an elimination game. The Leafs became just the 2nd team in NHL history to score 3 goals with an extra attacker on in a postseason game and the first team to come back from a 3 goal deficit with less than 5 minutes to go in an elimination game. They are also the first team in NHL history to blow a 3 goal lead and lose in overtime and then overcome a 3 goal deficit and win in overtime in back-to-back postseason games.

Leafs’ Superstars Earn Their Paycheque

All 4 of the Leafs’ most expensive forwards played a pivotal role in what what arguably the greatest postseason comeback in Leafs’ history. Mitch Marner, who has been the most criticized player in the series after picking up just one assist during the first 3 games, picks up 3 assists in game 4. It’s Marner’s first 3 assist game of his postseason career and the first 3 point game of his postseason career. Matthews matched Marner’s point total with 3 of his own including the game-winning goal in overtime. Tavares and Nylander picked you 2 points each. The only other Maple Leaf to hit the scoresheet besides Toronto’s big four was Zach Hyman who picked up a goal and an assist on Friday night.

Spezza Answers The Bell

Veteran centre Jason Spezza saw that his team was in trouble as Columbus was wearing down the Leafs and Toronto was showing no signs of life more than halfway through the game while down by multiple goals. The 37-year-old knew that the team needed a spark and so he decided to drop the mitts with Blue Jackets’ defenceman Dean Kukan. Spezza took some punches but also landed some heavy bombs in what was a spirited fight. Spezza knew this could have very well been the last postseason game of his career and so he sacrificed himself for the good of the team. The Leafs got a burst of energy from Spezza and became a feistier, more determined team from that point onward. Spezza finished the game with 7 penalty minutes which is a postseason high for the veteran who has appeared in 84 playoff games total. Spezza has been in the league for 17 years but has never hoisted the Stanley Cup. As his career winds down he is hungrier than ever to finally get a taste of Lord Stanley.

The Leafs and Blue Jackets will play their 5th and final game on Sunday at 8 pm. The Leafs have once again got everyone’s hopes up after their improbable rally in game 4 to even the series up and avoid elimination. The Leafs have a golden opportunity to win their first postseason series since 2004. Can the Leafs finally deliver on a win in the final game of a postseason series or is this yet another tease from the blue and white? Buckle up hockey fans, this should be one heck of a finish to a crazy series.