The Maple Leafs became the third team in NHL history to win a playoff game after following three goals in the final four minutes of the third period, joining the Edmonton Oilers in 1997 Western Conference Quarter-Finals Game 3 against the Dallas Stars and Anaheim Ducks in Game 5 of the Second round of the Western Conference 2017 against the Oilers.
Toronto won after trailing by at least three goals anytime in a postseason game for the third time in its history. In addition to Game 3 of the 1936 Cup final, they rallied to win 1993 Western Conference Semifinals Game 3 against Detroit. Mike Foligno, father of Captain Columbus Nick Foligno, scored the overtime winner for Toronto in that game.
Auston Matthews scored a power play goal at 1:10 p.m. in overtime Friday for the win, becoming the ninth different player from the modern-era Maple Leafs in the league (since 1943–1944) to score an overtime goal in a game where Toronto had to face elimination. He is the first since Travis Green to 2003 Eastern Conference Semifinals Game 6 against the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Maple Leafs pulled off their unlikely comeback less than 24 hours after the Blue Jackets rallied three goals in the second period for a 4-3 overtime win in Game 3. Toronto became the first team in history of the NHL to overcome a deficit of at least three goals to win a game after giving up a lead of at least three goals to lose its previous game (regular season or playoffs).
The Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets series is the first in League history to feature a team overcoming a minimum three-goal deficit to win in consecutive games, as well as the fifth postseason series in history of the NHL to feature multigoal comeback wins on consecutive days. The others: the 1950 Stanley Cup final between the New York Rangers and the Red Wings (Game 6 and Game 7), the 1987 Smythe Division semi-finals between the Calgary Flames and the Winnipeg Jets (Game 3 and Game 4), the 1989 Patrick Division semi-finals between the Washington Capitals and the Philadelphia Flyers (Game 1 and Game 2) and the 1995 Eastern Conference semi-finals between the Flyers and Rangers (Game 1 and Game 2).