The Canadiens simply can’t afford to lose this game against the Toronto Maple Leafs tonight. Not just because Montreal’s in a battle to move up the standings, but because it’s well, the Leaf’s. Let’s call it “Payback Night”.
On November 8th, the Habs lost 6-3 to Toronto. Then they lost 5-2 on Feb. 7th to those same Buds, and again, 5-2 on March 21st. The Leafs are eliminated from the playoffs and coach Ron Wilson has said he’d like nothing better than to whip Montreal’s backside once again.
How nice it would be to see the Canadiens trounce Toronto and move even further up in the standings. Don’t forget, the Habs are only a few points from jumping over Philadelphia, Carolina, and Pittsburgh and into fourth place. And they need to put some more distance between them and the two behind them, New York and Florida. So this game in Toronto is, as are most games against the Blue and White, very important.
I love the anticipation of Montreal-Toronto games. You’re never sure what’s going to happen. Even in this day and age, when the Leafs suck. Like most days and ages.
“There has never been, and never will be, an experience greater than a Toronto Maple Leaf and Montreal Canadiens hockey game.” Carl Brewer
“Nothing could compare with the Montreal Canadiens-Toronto Maple Leafs rivalry. Hockey has missed that and hockey needs that rivalry again.” John Ferguson
“Every time we went to Toronto, half the building was cheering for Montreal. And the same was true when the Leafs came to the Forum.” Serge Savard
“For Conn Smythe, beating the Canadiens was like winning the war.” Bob Baun