Toronto is a playoff-free zone. This is true for the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Argos, TFC and Blue Jays. I've referred to the Marlies as an anomaly is this town, because I expect them to actually make the playoffs.
This afternoon, I watched our Marlies fall to the Syracuse Crunch in a shootout. That tied the Crunch with us for the final playoff berth in the AHL's North Division. If we're not careful, my plans to watch playoff hockey in this city from the first row could go down the drain.
Otherwise, it was another great afternoon for the kids and I at the Ricoh Coliseum. We got Duke the Dog bobblehead dolls, great seats, feisty action, a close game and some Rogers TV face time. We PVR'd the game just in case we made the telecast, and late in the first period when Derek MacKenzie hit Ryan Hollweg from behind, we made the boob tube.
The final regular season game is here in Toronto on Saturday, April 11, against the Montreal Canadien affiliate Hamilton Bulldogs. That game could be huge.