LFR6 - Game 45 - !!!!!!PLAYOFFS!!!!!!!

Steve Dangle
April 21 2013 02:27PM


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Maple Leafs beat Senators 4-1 on Hockey Night - PLAYOFFS!!1

Cam Charron
April 20 2013 08:59PM

Photo by Jana Chytilova/NHLInteractive via Getty

To be quite honest, I didn't think that Bob Cole's call of Joffrey Lupul's clincher was his best work. I remember a similar goal in 2002, when Joe Sakic scored on a breakaway with just over a minute to go for Team Canada in the Olympic Gold Medal Game. Cole blurted out "JOE! SAKIC! SCORES! SURELY THAT'S GOTTA BE IT!" as the visiting fans in attendance celebrated.

Joffrey Lupul's goal wasn't as big as Joe Sakic's that afternoon, but it may be remembered in Maple Leafs lore. He capitalized on a giveaway from whatever remains of Sergei Gonchar's corpse, sped past him and Chris Phillips and powered a wrist shot at Craig Anderson's shoulder. 

And, like the snows of yesteryear, the Toronto Maple Leafs' playoff drought is gone from this earth. I understand that the residents of Oilers Nation are accepting donations for their second degree burns—they accidentally dropped the playoff drought torch when we passed it over to them earlier this evening.

Leafs win 4-1. In the words of Navin Vaswani: "Playoffs!!1"

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The Toronto Maple Leafs have made the playoffs

Cam Charron
April 20 2013 07:43PM

"Now they come to centre ice. They Leafs slow to clear… they're onside! Sundin tried to go in… he lost the puck and it was cleared away to centre. Look out, they're out they're again these Flyers are coming hard… SCORES!

That is it! Jeremy Roenick got a break. He come in, and beat Ed Belfour after the Toronto Maple Leafs did everything but win the hockey game in the last two shifts. It comes at 7:39 of the first overtime period. The Leafs stunned, their season over, and the Philadelphia Flyers will go on to meet Tampa Bay."

-Bob Cole, Hockey Night in Canada

A lot happened there. I remember watching that game and being amazed at Sami Kapanen making it to the bench after being hit hard by Darcy Tucker. In today's game, that's a sure concussion and the play likely would have been called. Danny Gray had a post this summer about "the other uncalled high-stick" on Mats Sundin 

More importantly, it was the last time the Toronto Maple Leafs played a playoff game. That changes this season, as the Maple Leafs officially clinched a playoff berth Saturday night with a win over the Ottawa Senators.

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Preview: Game #45 Leafs @ Sens - Ohhh Baby!!!

Cam Charron
April 20 2013 02:17PM

It's going to be Bob Cole broadcasting tonight's Maple Leafs and Senators game. It ought to have a good playoff atmosphere. Say what you want about Hockey Night in Canada—their production is second-to-none and their microphones relay in the perfect amount of crowd, ice and broadcaster noise.

This will be the last game Ottawa and Toronto play against each other this season, barring some sort of wizardry that allows the two teams to meet up in the playoffs. The teams almost certainly won't be the 4-5 matchup. But with Cole calling the game, a loud, multi-partisan crowd at Scotiabank Place, and a relevant game between two winning teams playing against each other in April for the first time in nearly a decade… this is going to feel kind of cool. As long as the Senators wear their old red jerseys with the black swish and not the boring ones they have now.

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LFR6 - Game 44 - Still Waiting

Steve Dangle
April 19 2013 12:21PM


The Leafs lose momentum, and the game. It's not time to panic, so why does it feel like like my heart is raving to dubstep?


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