Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander is about to suit up for his fourth career Game 7, and he's learned a couple lessons along the way.
"I think we came out a little flat in those games – like we were a little bit scared to lose," Nylander said of Toronto's previous Game 7 struggles, according to ESPN's Kristen Shilton. "We don't need to be scared to lose. We've got a great team."
Toronto hasn't closed out a series in a Game 7 since 2004, against the Ottawa Senators. The Maple Leafs have an all-time record of 12-13 in Game 7 and were outscored 15-6 in their last three (Montreal Canadiens in 2021, Boston Bruins in 2018 and 2019).
Heading into Saturday's Game 7 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, head coach Sheldon Keefe is staying calm under pressure.