Steve Russell - Staff Photographer
Why is that a season that the home side fails to make the post season seems like a long season?
Here is a look at last night's game followed by some of my favourite pictures from the games I covered in the 2010-11 season.
Toronto Maple Leafs' Dion Phaneuf takes to ice energy before player intros and the anthem.
The first goal of the game went to Montreal Canadiens centre Ryan White.
Call up Matt Frattin levels Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller.
Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mike Brown scraps with Montreal Canadiens centre Ryan White.
Montreal's second goal gets by Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer.
Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price looks at the puck get by him for Toronto's first goal.
Toronto Maple Leafs centre Darryl Boyce (47) tries to reach past Montreal Canadiens centre Scott Gomez.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer after he gave up the third goal.
Montreal Canadiens defenseman Roman Hamrlik is checked by Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joey Crabb.
The origional six rival scuffle in the corner.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer denies Montreal Canadiens left wing Mike Cammalleri on a breakaway.
Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Carl Gunnarsson (36) and right winger Nikolai Kulemin make a wall to foilMontreal Canadiens centre Scott Gomez.
Joe Colburne saw the puck cross the line and cannot believe the referee didn't as he thought he had his first NHL goal. The goal was waved off and replay did not overturn the on-ice call although most of the fans thought he had the goal after seeing a replay on the scoreboard.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer gives up the fourth goal to Montreal Canadiens centre Tomas Plekanec.
Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) loses his mask in a scramble.
My Leafs eulogy in pictures
Here are a few of my favourite pictures from the Leafs 10-11 season.
October 2, 2010. Captain Dion Phaneuf leaves the ice after warm-up as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Detroit Red Wings 4-2 in their final preseason game.
October 30, 2010 Toronto Maple Leafs tough guy Colton Orr growls at the Rangers in the pre-game warm-up with pink skates on, Orr and Mike Komisarek will wore the skates to support Breast Cancer.
October 30, 2010. Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Komisarek (8) fights New York Rangers right wing Brandon Prust.
October 30, 2010 Fans enjoy first period action as the Toronto Maple Leafs play the New York Rangers.
October 30, 2010. After being hauled down by Kessel, New York Rangers right wing Ryan Callahan converts on the penalty shot as he slips the shot past Toronto Maple Leafs goalie Jean-Sebastien Giguere.
March 2, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Nikolai Kulemin tries to get around Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Kris Letang.
Mrch 2, 2011. Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen takes Mike Brown into the end boards creating a blizzard.
March 19, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer waits under the spot light during player introductions, he would save 35 of 37 shots as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 5-2.
March 19, 2011. It might have been the prettiest goal of the season. Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn fires the puck by Tim Thomas for the first goal of the game.
March 19, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Fredrik Sjostrom (11) celebrates Mike Brown's goal that would chase Boston Bruins goalie Tim Thomas from the net as the Toronto Maple Leafs take a 5-1 lead after two periods.
March 19, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer is named the game's first star as the Toronto Leafs beat the Boston Bruins 5-2.
April 5, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs fans react as they realize that Buffalo was leading late in the third period, ending the Toronto Maple Leafs' play-off dreams.
April 5, 2011. Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) reacts after giving up the winner in the shoot out as the Toronto Maple Leafs lose their play-off dreams against the Washington Capitals 3-2 in an overtime shoot-out.