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Leafs' Matthews, Marner not looking back

(AP Photo/Rich Lam)

TORONTO (AP) The rear-view mirror is something Toronto stars Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner are doing their best to ignore as the season approaches.

The Maple Leafs' latest playoff failure - a stunning first-round collapse against the Montreal Canadiens - is still a bit fresh, coming just four months ago.

"It's pretty self explanatory," Matthews told The Canadian Press when asked if the setback hurt more than the previous four he has endured with Toronto, a team still in search of its first series victory in the NHL's salary cap era.

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