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Thursday’s FTB: The hump day of the Maple Leafs California trip

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Shark we- I mean day.

NHL: Toronto Maple Leafs at San Jose Sharks Andrew Villa-USA TODAY Sports

The Leafs got their California road trip started the right way with a victory over the Los Angeles Kings. And not just any victory, a 5-1 defeat.

John Tavares scored, Nazem Kadri scored, Morgan Reilly scored. Everyone scored! But San Jose will be a different beast. Mostly because of the fact that the Kings are in the #LoseForHughes race while the Sharks...aren’t.

There should be incentive to push for this one though. It’s a rare feat to go through California without a loss if your name team name starts with a T. Additionally, the Leafs themselves have had several bad experiences playing games at the SAP Centre.

  • 2013/14: 6-2 loss (two-goal night for Joe Pavelski)
  • 2014/15: 3-1 loss (Marleau scored the game winner...irony)
  • 2015/16: 7-0 loss (Tomas Hertl with a three-point game)
  • 2016/17: 3-1 loss (but Josh Leivo got a primary assist!)
  • 2017/18: 3-2 loss (Tim Heed scored the game winner. Who is that? Exactly.)

The 16/17 defeat was a special one as the game was heading into overtime until this happened:

I think I’ve driven the point home.

Play well and win the game. And for the warriors who are staying up to watch it, let’s hope it doesn’t go into overtime yeah?

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