Some Maple Leafs fans cried, some tweeted their despair. One person put a tongue-in-cheek ad online, purportedly offering a TV that had been damaged in the wake of the devastating Game 7 loss on Monday night.
Watching the Leafs blow a three-goal lead in the third period was hard for fans, especially with a ticket to next round of the playoffs on the line. It got worse when Toronto lost in overtime, bringing the season to a sudden end.
Hours later, the members of Leafs Nation were still in disbelief.
"It's almost like a bad hangover that won’t go away," said Calvin Kwong, who spoke to CBC News when walking across Maple Leaf Square on Tuesday morning.
Kwong said that the team will have to try to learn from what happened in Boston.
"It is what it is and hopefully next year they’ll come back and they’ll be better for it next year if and when they get to the same situation," he said.
The loss was felt deeply by Leafs players. Joffrey Lupul issued the following Tweet on Tuesday:
That hockey game will haunt me until the day I die...— Joffrey Lupul (@JLupul) May 14, 2013
Tongue-in-cheek ad highlights fan frustration
An ad for a "parts only" Samsung plasma TV appeared on Toronto Kijiji on Monday night, not long after the Leafs’ game took a turn for the worse.
"Available immediately, one previously wonderful television," the ad reads. "Used lightly to watch Maple Leaf playoff hockey. Suffered an unrelated impact that rendered the screen useless approximately 20 minutes ago."
The ad's photo shows the television on the ground with a cracked screen and what appears to be a brick on top of it.
The ad lists 40 Bay St. — the address of the Air Canada Centre — as the contact address.
While the Kijiji post symbolized the crushed dreams of Leafs Nation, some fans said that despite it all, they were still proud of their team.
"Everybody will get over it. It's only a game," said Peter Hartel, a Leafs fan from Kingston, Ont.