It was the most shocking and painful way for a season to end.
The Toronto Maple Leafs had done nearly all of the hard work and had a 4-1 lead midway through the third period of the seventh game of their first-round playoff series. All they had to do was close out the Boston Bruins.
Instead, the Leafs fell apart and the Bruins found a way to survive and advance. The heartbreak was palpable for all concerned, and the defeat will stay with the Maple Leafs for years. Despite that collapse, the Maple Leafs have plenty of reasons to feel good about their future.
They should be competitive in 2013-14, and that painful defeat may serve to stiffen them in future postseason opportunities.
Here are the Maple Leafs' strengths and weaknesses going into the 2013-14 season.