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After argument with Leafs stars, Marner has a tantrum on the bench

Published April 28, 2024 at 7:00

The Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff woes deepened with a crushing defeat to the Boston Bruins, now trailing 3-1 in the series.

This latest loss adds another chapter to nearly a decade of postseason disappointments for the Leafs. Emotions boiled over during the game as tensions erupted on the team's bench.

During a heated exchange, Auston Matthews and William Nylander were seen calling out teammate Mitch Marner for his performance in the series.

The confrontation escalated when Marner, visibly upset, threw off his gloves in frustration. A clip of this incident has been circulating online, capturing Nylander's sharp words to Marner:

It appears that William Nylander actually says to Marner: «Stop F*****g crying bro. This isn't f*****g junior hockey.»

This incident underscores a recurring theme for the Leafs: faltering when it counts. Marner, in particular, has been criticized for his playoff performances, which seem to starkly contrast his regular-season play.

Despite the talents of Matthews and Nylander, who have consistently proven themselves, Marner's struggles have become a focal point for fans and analysts alike.

As the Leafs face the possibility of another early exit, speculation about major changes within the team is rampant. The continuity of President Brendan Shanahan, head coach Sheldon Keefe, and especially Marner with the team, is in serious doubt.

With expectations of a playoff success unmet, the organization might be poised for a significant overhaul in response to what many see as an entrenched pattern of underperformance in critical moments.
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