Game 5 tonight in beautiful downtown Newark, and because we won’t be seeing any bench-clearing brawls because this sort of thing has gone the way of the dodo bird, and because we probably won’t see overtime lasting seven or eight extra periods because for some reason, somebody always insists on scoring, I suppose the only drama we can hope for is a New Jersey victory and then another in game six, thus leading to a game seven where we ask ourselves – can the the New Jersey Devils come all the way back from being down three games to none to win the Stanley Cup?
The answer is - almost certainly not. In fact, it’s happened only once, in 1942, when the Toronto Maple Leafs clawed their way back and beat the Detroit Red Wings to win it all. It’s the best we can hope for, unless you’re a Kings fan of course.
When I think about this big Leafs achievement, I’m reminded of one thing. That there was a time when Toronto would make the playoffs. I know it’s hard to believe, and you’re calling me on this right now. Bullshit, you say. The Leafs in the playoffs? Gimme a break. Who do you think I am – Gaston?
But it’s true. They used too. Like in 1942, when they were champs and the Wings were chumps.
Please note: The Leafs have actually been in the playoffs a whack of times over the years, 64 in fact, and have won the Stanley Cup 13 times. It’s just much funnier when we say they never get there. Although it has been eight years!