Nylander tackles Maple Leafs’ Game 7 fear: ‘We don’t need to be scared to lose’

Nylander tackles Maple Leafs’ Game 7 fear: ‘We don’t need to be scared to lose’

TORONTO – Fear. It can motivate, or it can paralyze. William Nylander admitted the latter may have played into all those past failures endured by this Toronto Maple Leafs core when the puck dropped on do-or-die playoff series games. Two Game 7s in Boston. One Game 5 in a best-of-five against Columbus, inside Toronto’s silent pandemic home. And another head-scratcher here at Scotiabank Arena in Game 7 last May against Montreal. On the morning of yet another Game 7, another chance to buck these Leafs’ 0-8 trend of failing to eliminate a postseason opponent when given the chance, Nylander said, yes, he was motivated by the past disappointments but could not dwell on them. "We came out flat in those games, maybe a little bit scared to lose,” Nylander said. …
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