Sportsnet panel reveals why Leafs stars were arguing during Game 4

Tyler Ball
May 1, 2024  (11:31)

The Sportsnet panel discussing the argument between Maple Leafs stars during Game 4 against the Boston Bruins.
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The Toronto Maple Leafs Game 4 meltdown between stars has been dissected down to the words said by each player. Last night a conversation on Sportsnet finally revealed why the altercation took place.

The Toronto Maple Leafs had a frustrating game in Game 4 of the first round against the Boston Bruins. This frustration led to a major argument on the bench that was caught on camera between Auston Matthews, William Nylander, and Mitch Marner.
The argument was originally blamed on Mitch Marner by the public who had seen the video. Now analysis from Sportsnet seems to believe the situation happened after a faceoff play gone wrong that was screwed up by William Nylander.
The panel breaks down the play that led to the Maple Leafs argument on the bench in Game 4.
On the play, William Nylander was supposed to gather the puck once the faceoff was won and pass it to Morgan Rielly who would feed it down low to Mitch Marner. Instead, William Nylander got the puck and passed it to Jake McCabe who was not expecting the puck.
This mishap led to the play being broken down and Mitch Marner never receiving the puck at all. This likely led Mitch Marner to complain about the failed play due to the decision made by William Nylander which led to William Nylander's response.
Nylander to Marner «stop f****** crying bro. This isn't Junior»
As in almost every fight that has ever happened it seems there is blame to go around to everyone. Regardless it seems as though the disagreement is in the past as the Maple Leafs were able to respond and pull out an overtime win in Game 5 to force a Game 6.