One Down, One To Go (Or Why the Sens Suck)

stanleycupThis has been a rather gruelling stretch for us Leafs fans. The last fun playoff moment for my team was April 20, 2004. Here's my recap of our easy 4-1 win over the Senators in game 7.

Go Leafs Go!I would like to bottle this euphoric feeling I have right now in order to preserve it for moments in the future I'm feeling less joyous. What a fantastic night. For the fourth time in five years, the Ottawa Senators are going home early from the Stanley Cup playoffs thanks to my beloved Maple Leafs. Ottawa is 0-4 in series against Toronto and 0-4 in Game 7s overall.

Lest we forget Daniel Alfredsson's promise to win this series tonight at the ACC. Alfredsson, like the rest of his teammates, were all but invisible tonight. They have proven time and time again that they aren't built for the playoffs and can't win when it matters most. At the trade deadline, there was much speculation the Senators would upgrade between the pipes as Patrick Lalime was showing himself to be rather inconsistent. Staying with Lalime would prove to be their downfall. Tonight, in the most important game of the season, Lalime was horrible while Maple Leaf goaltender Eddie Belfour shone bright. Belfour was brilliant throughout the series and is the biggest reason I'm sitting here right now with a huge smile on my face.

Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie! Eddie!

Toronto wins series 4-3

The next day, I collected the reaction from the Ottawa press. The Sens had choked once more, and proven they can't beat the Leafs when it matters most. It was another collapse for a franchise with a rich history of collapses.

Fast forward to last night... I watched every second of the Pens vs. Sens, wondering when the Penguins would start trying. It looked awfully bad for Leafs fans, who root as passionately against the Sens and Habs as they do for the blue and white. But, the world reset itself, as it's apt to do. The Pens started trying, came back to force overtime, and ousted the Sens in six games.

When Pascal Dupuis scored 9:56 into overtime, eliminating the Senators from the playoffs, I cheered at the top of my lungs. In essence, it was a Leafs victory. When the Leafs aren't around come spring time, we root for ABO and ABM: Anybody But Ottawa and Anybody But Montreal. The Sens are done, and tomorrow I'll be a Caps fan cheering passionately for a Habs loss.

We're six years removed from our last playoffs, but there's still plenty to cheer about in the Barilkosphere. The Sens still choke.


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wow, Mike, i was a total reflection of you last night!! Good Job!!


Sens and Habs Suck!!

April 25, 2010 @ 12:01 PM


i hate the sens

i hate the habs

this blog needs a pulitzer

April 25, 2010 @ 12:04 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I don't know about a Pulitzer, but at least another Gemini Award.

April 25, 2010 @ 12:27 PM


I despise the Senators. It was great to see them kicked out last night as a result of a monumental collapse. It just makes them feel a little bit worse knowing they collapsed to lose the game.

April 25, 2010 @ 12:29 PM


Wonderful evening!

April 25, 2010 @ 12:46 PM

No fan of the Sens but it's sad to see a Canadian a team eliminated.

Now there are only two Canadian hockey clubs in the playoffs and if you Leafers get your way there will be only one after tonight.

I really do hope you folks get to see a Stanley Cup parade one year.

April 25, 2010 @ 4:49 PM

twins from bolton

Glad to see the Sen's out but at least they made playoffs, not like the Leafs. Mtl. probably done also.
Only hope is Vancouver for Cdn. team to continue.

April 25, 2010 @ 5:24 PM


Can't think of too many teams that I'd like to see snuffed out when the other option is Matt Cooke going through - and scoring 2 goals in the decisive game.

Restore The Roar - Go 'Hawks.

April 25, 2010 @ 6:01 PM


How pathetic you all are.

April 26, 2010 @ 8:17 AM


How pathetic you all are.

April 26, 2010 @ 8:17 AM


still, you have to admit that is fun having some playoff hockey in Ontario....non??

April 26, 2010 @ 8:22 AM


Not at all Anon.

April 26, 2010 @ 1:08 PM


agreed with least ottawa made it to the playoffs..

April 26, 2010 @ 2:10 PM


No, the Habs do not suck. The Habs are great. The Sens may suck, but not the Habs. Habs and Coyotes to the finals.

April 27, 2010 @ 7:57 PM


if its not the Leafs its the Canucks... im going for Vancouver, always my second choice

April 29, 2010 @ 5:54 PM


How has it been NOT making the playoffs for the last 5 seasons? Your golf game must be amazing!

FuCK THE leafs


August 21, 2010 @ 3:37 PM

mike is a fag

remember, this guy sucks random guys in the streets of toronto. Case closed.

November 11, 2010 @ 12:39 AM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike

@mike is a fag

That's silly. I don't suck random guys in the streets of Toronto. You must have been blown by someone else.

November 11, 2010 @ 9:08 AM

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