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Did the Leafs blow the first Toronto vs Montreal playoff series since 1979?

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Last night the Leafs dropped a game 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens putting our first playoff meeting with the Habs since 1979 in jeopardy.

A Leafs win would have set the table for the 16th playoff matchup between the teams.

Even worse the Leafs' loss puts their playoff destiny into the hands of the dreaded Ottawa Senators who with a victory in regulation tonight against Boston would send the Leafs to open the playoffs in Beantown against the Bruins.

I'm sure ever Leaf fan dreads that matchup, the Bruins are 3-1 against Toronto this year, but I'm sure that they hate having the Senators in a position to dictate our playoff future.


Toronto Star writer Paul Hunter is honoured with a spot on the Toronto Maple Leafs' media wall of honour.


Montreal Canadiens' P.K. Subban during the anthem.


Toronto Maple Leafs centre Leo Komarov checks Montreal Canadiens defenseman Jarred Tinordi.


P.K. Subban checks Joffrey Lupul.


Montreal Canadiens defenseman P.K. Subban checks Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Dion Phaneuf.


Toronto Maple Leafs Jay McClement is checked trying to wrap around.


Toronto Maple Leafs right wing Joffrey Lupul screens Montreal Canadiens goalie Peter Budaj on Phil Kessel's goal, Toronto only goal of the game.


Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski dives for the puck as he is checked by Montreal Canadiens centre Lars Eller.


Montreal Canadiens right wing Brendan Gallagher celebrates their first goal on Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer.


Montreal Canadiens' David Desharnais and Nazem Kadri face-off after the second Montreal goal.


Max Pacioretty is pancaked by Dion Phaneuf.


Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer (34) rolls as Brendan Gallagher celebrates the third Montreal goal.


John-Michael Liles gets tangled up with Travis Moen.


Toronto Maple Leafs goalie James Reimer gives up the fourth Montreal goal and was pulled.


Three minutes into the third period the Leafs had only mustered seven shots on goal, they woud finish with 17.


Joffrey Lupul, Nazem Kadri and Phil Kessel battle as the Toronto Maple Leafs drop the last game of the season 4-1 to the Montreal Canadiens.


Toronto Maple Leafs centre Mikhail Grabovski waits for the puck to drop.


Habs fans get dowsed with popcorn.


Linesman Jonny Murray takes down Ryan White.


A goaltender with Ned Flanders on his mask held the Leafs to one goal.






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"Linesman Jonny Murray takes down Ryan White."

nope... That was a dirty post-game cross check by Phaneuf

Fellow Leaf Fans and Followers:

Most of you are, however if an outside observer I am sure you will enjoy this heartfelt Blog from yours truly "Leaf fan extraordinaire Billy "Obviously" McDowell.
"I had the pleasure of watching last nights game vs The Bruins at Joe Doggs, packed with Leaf fans starving for the Playoffs,
the air was electric......at least until about the 5 minute mark of the first period. After the game I thought you know for the past few weeks we have heard about the tragic incident in Boston and CNN this and CNN that, weeks about the bad guys and so on and the fact that the Bruins were playing for more than a game but for the people of Boston and I thought how cool and perhaps that was so but now after all was said and done and people are getting their lives back together, I have two simple words going into game two Saturday night.......F**K BOSTON!!!!!

Go Leafs Go!!

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