May 13, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Joffrey Lupul (19) and defenseman John-Michael Liles (24) console goalie James Reimer (34) after being defeated by the Boston Bruins 5-4 in overtime in game seven of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The exquisite pain of being, Maple Leafs' edition

Remember this pain, Maple Leafs’ fans.

Don’t avoid it or occupy yourselves with things to pass the time until it recedes.  Embrace this pain, because you have one hell of a hockey team – and when you do win the Cup, the pain that you feel from Monday night’s defeat at the hands of the Boston Bruins will make the joy that much sweeter.

Because just like good needs evil to be, success requires the pain of failure.

And you need to listen to me, now.  I have been a Boston Sports fan for decades and I know the agony of defeat very, very well.  This pain is something that I know a lot about.  No sense in going into specifics, for if you know sports, you know of both the goats and the dynasts who, combined, comprise Boston sports lore…

…so we have witnessed things such as Monday night’s heart muncher, but do not be fooled by what you hear and what you see – your beloved Leafs did not collapse nor choke, and Boston did not stage a comeback for the ages.

No, all Boston did was take back from you what you took from them, and the difference between you and them is a void so thin that it’s indiscernible.  You skated with the bully Bruins, you hit them in the mouth and didn’t back down, but when it came time to put up or shut up, the Bruins’ post season and big game experience dictated that they take the series.

Next time it will be you, Maple Leafs.

You have experienced the pain, now you can appreciate success…and success is headed your way.

But for now, experience your pain – swim in it, soak it all in, for it is exquisite and a precursor to better things to come.

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