Leafs picks bus over plane to cross US border during playoffs

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Rather than take the plane, the Toronto Maple Leafs took the bus to cross the US border ahead of Game 3 in their first-round playoff series.

The Leafs then flew to Tampa, Florida, from Buffalo, NY, on Thursday.

The slower travel will allow Toronto players to avoid COVID-19 testing, as people entering the US by air are currently required to take a negative COVID-19 test, which is not necessary for a land crossing.

And the Leafs aren’t the only Toronto professional sports team choosing to travel across the US border by bus, as both the Toronto Raptors and Toronto Blue Jays did and do the same thing.

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“The important thing was to just follow the lead of the NBA and MLB teams that made that journey across the border,” said Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe.

“I think the most important thing at this time of the year is to do everything we can to avoid false positives or anything like that that could affect our group.”

Toronto currently leads the series against the Lightning 2-1 after a 5-2 win on Friday night and Game 4 takes place in Tampa on Sunday night.

— With files from CP

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