Oilers: What is worse a game 7 heartbreak or being swept?

Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images)
Connor McDavid #97, Edmonton Oilers (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

The Edmonton Oilers were swept out of the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs a few weeks ago. The Toronto Maple Leafs lost in a game seven heartbreak a few nights ago as well. So, which is worse?

Two teams with expectations, Edmonton and Toronto’s seasons ended too soon, so when looking at which type of loss is worse, is it a game seven heartbreak or a sweep in the first round?

I think when we look at these two series in particular there are a couple of different factors that play a part in it. Toronto was up 3-1 in the series at one point, and Edmonton did lose three of their four games in overtime.

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Both of these series were so close to ending differently, and yet here were are talking about two series losses and how they both are heartbreaking in their own way. Edmonton and Toronto should be back next season better than ever, and they probably will hold the best chance at getting Canada a Stanley Cup.

So here is the rating in my opinion on each series:

Edmonton getting swept out of the first round: Rating 8

This has to be a frustrating moment for the Edmonton Oilers. Honestly the fact that they lost three of the games in OT was going to change my rating, but when considering the team did very little at the deadline, I have to stick with an 8.

This is the second year in a row of Edmonton just getting bounced early and quickly. They lost to Chicago in the play-in round which was frustrating, to say the least. That history also plays a part on this, but when talking about history nothing compares to Toronto.

Toronto failing to get in done, losing in a game seven: Rating 9

In my opinion, I would say Toronto’s exit from the playoffs is more disappointing than Edmonton’s. While both stink, the Maple Leafs were one game away from getting it done. That should be better and worse than Edmonton at the same time. Of course, it is great the Toronto at least won a game in their series, but at the same time, they failed to win a single game when it mattered the most when trying to close out the series.

There were flaws in Edmonton’s lineup, that is something everyone knew going into the postseason, but when we talk about the Maple Leafs there were not a lot of flaws to point out. This is going to sting for both teams until next season begins and a fresh start can begin.