Canadiens’ Magical Run Is Salt in the Wounds of Maple Leafs Fans

May 11th, 2010 by Jonathon Austin Leave a reply »

The saddest part of all for Leafs fans might be that the Buds had a golden opportunity to eliminate the despised Montreal Canadiens from playoff contention.

Over a month later, euphoria is the order of the day in the hockey hotbed of Montreal. Fans are done lamenting the nightmarish centennial season and crowds are as raucous as ever. The clocks have turned back for the hallowed Habs.

But this isn’t a team or fanbase that is eking out a meager existence by choking on the toxic fumes of nostalgia. New memories and new heroes are born every game, it seems.

Jaroslav Halak’s stunning performance between the pipes has evoked memories of Dryden and Roy.

Mike Cammalleri’s baseball goal is likely to be played out in the driveways of Montreal for years to come.

The story lines and the intrigue are all present. Perhaps the lumbering Hal Gill will make a triumphant return in Game Seven to join the fight against his former team.

Weeks ago it was a pipe dream. ...

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