The Toronto Maple Leafs had their season come to an end once again in the first round of the playoffs last night as they lost to the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 at home in yet another Game 7.
The Leafs, who were roasted by fans after the loss, blew a 3-2 series lead against the NHL’s defending champs and haven’t gotten out of the first round since 2004.
Brutal times once again for the Leafs and their fans.
After the loss Toronto coach Sheldon Keefe had a really lame take on his team and the handshake line, saying:
“We got a lot of respect in that (handshake) line from that team, which is nice to see. It was a much different tone and much different feeling of respect from the other side from what we’ve experienced previously. We’re certainly earning respect in the league but, again, we’re not in the respect game. We’re in the winning game.”
Seriously, he said that:
For those who missed it last night: here’s Sheldon Keefe’s quote about the “handshake line” following Game 7. I’ve seen plenty of coaches draw positives from bad situations…but this is a new one. pic.twitter.com/ZvjqcTsYbj
— Sid Seixeiro (@Sid_Seixeiro) May 15, 2022
I guess that’s a positive to take away from another season-ending loss?
I dunno, man, that sounds pretty lame to me.
Twitter had reactions.
It’s not all about wins and losses, sometimes getting “More respect in the handshake line” is what you play all season to achieve 🤝 https://t.co/OsRkGg6eh9
— Joe (@joecomm10) May 15, 2022
— Rev. LeafsHeart #MapleLeafsGuBràth (@julianbronk) May 15, 2022
That's a parade-worthy achievement, isn't it? https://t.co/EtDAWswV5X
— Jim Locke (@jim_locke) May 15, 2022
This might be the most embarrasing quote in sports history https://t.co/hr23wgnAzv
— Aaron Cohen (@bearcohen1) May 15, 2022
Lol worse than a participation trophy 🏆 https://t.co/lMvYuuFTxb
— Nathan (@buffalononstop) May 15, 2022
HANG A BANNER https://t.co/Nxops9JUFy
— Kyle Powell (@DatDude_KP) May 15, 2022
What a joke of a team it’s honestly sad at this point 💀 https://t.co/BaE8wApsfM
— Pain for Shane (@LoganMailloux) May 15, 2022
This is the saddest thing I’ve ever read. https://t.co/GlrYisiP38
— Japers’ Rink (@JapersRink) May 15, 2022
Oh nice man that’s great. We should make a banner for this and hang it from the rafters. “Had a good post series loss handshake – 2022” https://t.co/BncA05Y9Xg
— mr. onion (@chairholderer) May 15, 2022
Lol what does this even mean? https://t.co/Ywz3es3bx1
— Beer League Chump (@YzermanSZN) May 15, 2022
Oh my god, this is the saddest quote of all time. https://t.co/b6URObLUQ3
— Woj (@WojNYR) May 15, 2022
Lol the participation ribbon. https://t.co/rxCXtu2oln
— Jonathan Felicetti (@jonnydigits) May 15, 2022
This can't be a serious comment. https://t.co/ZnGkSpIjk9
— todd skoczylas (@toddsko) May 15, 2022
Coming out with a quote this inane should be a firing offence. https://t.co/ef9Od9foEq
— Jonathon Jackson (@jonathonj1970) May 15, 2022
This has got to be a joke, right? https://t.co/XlZldZYs8X
— Benny Cass (@BennyCass48) May 15, 2022
Before this, I was fine with no real changes being made before next season, after this it's clear change is necessary.
More respect. LOL.
Culture of losing. https://t.co/Hx3FbxNnPL
— DaCoochie vs The Bookies (@DaCoochieBets) May 15, 2022
Fly the “More respect in the handshake line” banner https://t.co/x0ysNSvEUc
— Weather Delay Insider Jeff Everson (@EVR551) May 15, 2022
And truly, that the real reason why they play the games, right? 🙄 https://t.co/oBztuHsVHB
— 𝘿𝙞𝙙 𝙏𝙝𝙚 𝙃𝙖𝙗𝙨 𝙒𝙞𝙣? (@DidHabsWin) May 15, 2022