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Sheldon Keefe calls out Leafs fans following recent game


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Austin Sabourin
April 14, 2024  (9:27 PM)
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After a challenging game against the Detroit Red Wings, Toronto Maple Leafs' coach Sheldon Keefe surprised many with his post-game remarks.

Addressing the media following the 5-4 loss, Keefe took an unexpected turn by addressing the fans' impact on the game. He voiced his frustration with the distracting atmosphere in the arena, particularly when star player Matthews was on the cusp of scoring his 70th goal of the season.
Keefe remarked,
"The energy from the crowd was overwhelming. It created a significant distraction for our team."

However, Keefe's criticism was tempered with understanding. He acknowledged the excitement surrounding the milestone and admitted to getting caught up in it himself.
"It's electrifying," Keefe confessed. "I understand the anticipation, and I share it. But it's important to stay focused on the game."

Keefe on crowd temperature rising with Matthews one goal from 70: "That's a major distraction. It doesn't help us ... but it's exciting. I get it ... And now you're feeding it. I'm feeding it. I want it to happen, I wanted it for the fans." #Leafs

Despite the disappointment of not reaching the milestone that night, Keefe, Matthews, and the fans still have two more opportunities to witness history before the end of the regular season, albeit away from home ice.
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