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If the “Drake Curse” is real, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the latest victim.
The Toronto hip-hop artist has a lengthy public track record of attending various sporting events, most notably appearing courtside regularly at Toronto Raptors games.
Unfortunately, there’s also a lengthy track record of teams losing whenever Drake shows up to show his support.
It sounds funny, but the list is so long now it almost makes you wonder if there’s some substance to it.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 17, 2019
The Leafs did their best to buck the curse – scoring two quick goals midway through the third period to get within a goal – but the comeback fell short and they lost 6-4 in Game 4 after the Bruins scored an empty netter in the dying seconds.
Drake banned effective immediately
— Peter (@leafsin2020) April 18, 2019
Trailing 5-2 in the third, the Leafs got some life back in the building when Auston Matthews scored his second goal of the game on a power play.
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) April 18, 2019
Travis Dermott’s goal 1:37 later made it 5-4 and the Leafs pressed for the equalizer over the final minutes before the Bruins’ Joakim Nordstrom scored on the empty net.
Despite letting in five goals, Frederik Andersen turned in another strong performance. He made some key saves, including a first period glove stop that prevented the Bruins from an early 3-0 lead.
— Maple Leafs Hotstove (@LeafsNews) April 17, 2019
Shortly after, Toronto scored to get within a goal.
— Toronto Maple Leafs (@MapleLeafs) April 17, 2019
The Leafs had the game tied briefly in the second period after a Matthews wrist shot snuck under Tuukka Rask’s left arm, but a pair of David Pastrnak goals put the Bruins back on top for good.
With the series tied up at 2-2, it’s become a best-of-three as the series shifts back to Boston (and away from Drake) for Game 5.
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