Honestly, I haven’t care too much about hockey for a long time. My sports are cycling, tennis and jai alai really–very much non-mainstream in North America. But I am a child of Toronto in the 79s, and so…I am a Leafs fan. It’s a burden I bear quietly.
And here we go again: in the playoffs first round, looking promising, despite a horrible injury to star John Tavares. This time–sacre bleu!–against the dreaded Habitants de Montreal, thanks to adjusted divisions caused by the Covid situation. It’s like 1979 and I’m 8 years old all over again. The Leafs take an early lead and run the series up to a 3-1 lead…only one win away from taking the series.
And they fall. The Canadiens win two in a row to tie the series and force the leafs into a sudden death winner takes all loser takes nothing series.
It’s be shocking, if we hadn’t seen it so many times before (hello Boston, and others.) In the end, it’s a tale as old as time…a collapse by hockey’s richest franchise. A win tonight may come, but it’s not deserved. Our confidence is shattered once again gentlemen. Well played.