A little over one year ago, an emotional Jack Campbell fielded questions from the media after yet another disappointing first-round exit for the Toronto Maple Leafs.
“For it to end on a goal… worst goal of my career to happen in Game 7…”
An emotional Jack Campbell after the @MapleLeafs Game 7 loss. pic.twitter.com/fdr2frILN0
— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) June 1, 2021
It was the kind of emotion and vulnerability we rarely see from professional athletes. Campbell, having allowed a soft opening goal that the Leafs ultimately could never come back from, felt he had let his teammates and the fanbase down with his performance, one he deemed “the worst goal of my career”.
Regardless of how much of the previous Game 7 loss can be put on the shoulders of Jack Campbell, there is one thing that is certain. Tonight against Tampa Bay, Campbell has a chance to redeem himself as he faces off against one of the best goaltenders in the world yet again.
If you told Leafs fans going into this first-round series against the Lightning that Jack Campbell would have a higher save percentage than Andrei Vasilevskiy, they probably would’ve been ecstatic and figured Toronto would have wrapped up the series before a Game 7 was even possible.
And yet here we are, with Campbell posting a .893 SV% compared to Vasilevskiy’s .885 SV%, and we’re still headed to the dreaded Game 7.
While Campbell hasn’t been spectacular in this series, he’s made important saves over and over again when the Leafs have been staging a comeback or trying to hold on to a lead. Sure, there are goals that you would’ve liked him to stop, but overall Campbell has been better than his counterpart across the ice, and that’s about all you can ask for when going up aga …
Author: Kyle Cushman / The Leafs Nation