Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Maple Leafs Fans Remember Today

May 4th - aside from having the distinction of being overused by Star Wars fans as "May the fourth be with you" - it's also the date of the Toronto Maple Leafs last playoff game. It's been 7 long years since May 4th, 2004, with the Maple Leafs failing to make the postseason since the NHL lockout of 2004-2005.

Many Leaf fans will remember that game 7 years ago. Trailing Philadelphia 3-2 in the Conference Semifinals, Game Six would go to overtime tied at 2-2. There was furious action and the Leafs fans at the ACC were all standing going nuts as the Leafs pressured the Flyers in their own zone. The puck comes back into the Leafs end and at 13:06 of the first overtime period, Darcy Tucker absolutely demolishes Sami Kapanen with a bodycheck against the boards. The play is not blown dead as Kapanen drunkenly stumbles to his feet and eventually makes it to the Flyers bench after a few spins and falls. The Leafs almost score on the play following the hit as they have a temporary man advantage which quickly turns into a Mark Recchi-John LeClair 2-on-1 - which is stopped by Ed Belfour. Mats Sundin tries to solo it into the offensive zone as the puck goes back down into the Flyers zone where the puck is taken off him and  shot up the ice for another 2-on-1. This time its Jeremy Roenick and Tony Amonte. JR goes glove side high and dances to centre ice as Leaf fans let out a collective "FUCK".

Here's the entire sequence of events:

9 comments:

  1. thanks for the reminder (takes a drink)

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  2. 7 years
    Leafs are a joke

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  3. Wow that is a long time ago. I was still a virgin back then..lol

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  4. hahahaha who typed my name in as the profile? thats awesome

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  5. I'm gonna cry in my beer..... again

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  6. That was so long ago. The Leafs will be alot better next year and should have a chance to sneak into the playoffs.
    Let's just hope Reimer is the real deal

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  7. @Mike

    I think Reimer will be a solid goalie next year. Forsure top 15 goalie in the league. Which is alot better then Toskala

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  8. @kazi

    I remember the bar I was at people were crying. Yes mostly women, but yes people were cying
    :)

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  9. Maybe the best period of hockey I've ever had the chance to watch. Amazing game. This should be up there with the Gretzky high stick though... doesn't that look to anyone else like a two-line pass? ;)

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