Reflecting on the first Leafs and Habs playoff series in 42 years

As a kid born in Winnipeg I would have been perfectly happy to be treated to a first round between the Jets and Leafs. I would have had the opportunity to trash talk my relatives, I could gingerly walk the line between 80s Jets nostalgia, and my love of the Leafs. It could have been fun. That said, the matchup we are receiving is a whole lot better.
In my lifetime (I’m not young, and by internet standards I’m a damned dinosaur) there has never been a Leafs vs. Habs playoff series. Of course we should have had one in 1993, but Kerry Fraser is incapable of seeing a blatant high stick directly in front of him, and the world had to suffer through a Kings vs. Canadiens Stanley Cup Final instead of the Leafs-Habs series the world demanded (or probably just Canada, I’ll assume the rest of the hockey world was perfectly content to get more Gretzky). Anyway, that’s the closest we’ve come in 42 years. Despite the Leafs being in the same division as Montreal, the stars just haven’t aligned and either the two teams were incapable of being good at the same time …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Maple Leafs bring the heat with a 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames

From a near perfectly played first period, to a couple of unanswered goals, the Toronto Maple Leafs come back to hand the Calgary Flames their second regulation loss of the season with a 4-3 win. Wayne Simmonds wasn’t holding back and opened up the scoring less than four minutes in the first period as he capitalized on Justin Holl’s rebound with a shot that made it past Jacob Markstrom.

WAYNE SIMMONDS
FLAMES KLLER! 1-0 pic.twitter.com/8j6973o39e
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 27, 2021

The Leafs were dominating the game and held the Flames over 11 minutes without a registered shot on goal. The Calgary Flames had a chance to tie it up on a Power Play as Pierre Engvall was called for Tripping, but they were unable to convert. The Leafs then had their chance to double their lead on a Power Play as Elias Lindholm was called for Hooking, and they did just that. Auston Matthews delivered and made it a 2-0 game with a beautiful pass from Mitch Marner.

AUSTON MATTHEWS
WHAT A SHOT! pic.twitter.com/ZMwQQkt2k0
— Omar (@TicTacTOmar) January 27, 2021

The Flames were coming hot in the second period as Johnny Gaudreau cut the Leafs’ …

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Author: Roxanne Khasow / The Leafs Nation