Toronto Maple Leafs fans seemingly were going home happy Thursday night after their inconsistent team snapped a three-game skid with a 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Instead, Leafs players didn’t do their customary post-win salute to the Air Canada Centre crowd — and because this is Toronto and every little thing needs to be blown out of proportion, some viewed it as a slap to the paying public’s face.
When the Leafs looked listless during their 9-2 loss to the Nashville Predators earlier in the week, a fan threw a jersey onto the ice, so it’s easy to see why one might think players were refusing to acknowledge the crowd. But Joffrey Lupul, Dion Phaneuf and James van Riemsdyk said Friday that the decision to not salute the crowd had nothing to do with the fans.
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Well, there you have it. The Leafs finally find a way to win but they’re still criticized.
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