Maple Leafs goalie Jack Campbell gets emotional after Game 7 loss: ‘Worst goal of my career’
For the 17th consecutive season, the Maple Leafs failed to win a playoff series.
And their latest setback is perhaps the hardest for Toronto fans to digest.
Despite a 3-1 lead over the Canadiens and needing just one win in the last three games to make it to the second round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, the favored Maple Leafs did not could not do the job. They lost the last three games of the series 4-3, 3-2 and 3-1 and saw their rivals in the North Division advance to play in Winnipeg.
After Game 7, Toronto goalie Jack Campbell was on the verge of tears and blamed himself for the loss.
“It’s just tough,” Campbell said. “I just think about how hard our team struggled and that it ended with the worst goal of my career, which comes in Game 7, is not acceptable.”
The goal Campbell allowed was not a good goal, as Brendan Gallagher scored on a low twist after entering the zone.
Still, Campbell shouldn’t blame himself for the Leafs loss. Toronto only scored in the final two minutes of the game when William Nylander finally broke through Carey Price, who saved 30 of 31 shots he faced.
Campbell was a solid 20 of 22 on blocking shots on goal. He might have allowed a bad goal, but he didn’t have a bad game. His offense did him a disservice.
And in fact, he’s pretty much matched Price’s production over the seven-game series.
|Jack campbell||Stat||Carey Award|
|1.81||Goals vs. Average||2.24|
But Campbell, despite his relative success, believes he can be better and help the Leafs finally break through and win a postseason streak. And the 29-year-old has a goal in mind as Toronto heads back into the offseason earlier.
“I think the team is counting on me to be better and I know I can be a lot better than that,” said Campbell, by USA Today. “I’m going to go back to work and be better.”