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Maple Leafs-Canadiens Game 7: Talk Like A Hockey Expert (Even If You’re Not)
Despite the rich history of both clubs, the Toronto Maple Leafs welcome the Montreal Canadiens to face off in Game 7 for the second time in 16 playoffs (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 7 p.m. ET). The winner comes forward to face the Winnipeg Jets in the next round of the playoffs. Here’s a look at some of the storylines: The Story The tribal loyalties of both clubs are well established on and off the ice, the latter perhaps most famous in Roch Carrier’s children’s book, The Sweater, which went on to follow. was hosted by the National Film Board. from Canada. The playoff game will pit the two NHL clubs against the most championships in league history. The Canadiens as a franchise have won 24 Stanley Cups, while the Maple Leafs have hoisted the Lord Stanley Cup 13 times. But this story, in a modern context, can be misleading. Toronto hasn’t won a Stanley Cup since 1967, so any Leafs fan under the age of 54, say, probably has no memory of their club being NHL champions. While a 54-year-old Habs fan may laugh happily, given that his club have won 11 Stanley Cups since 1967, the Canadians themselves are in a 27-year period of franchise and championship drought. These are the dangers of playing in a league with more than 30 clubs, not just six. WATCH | How the Leafs ‘playoff rivalry started with the Canadiens: The Canadiens have won eight of the clubs’ 15 playoff games in the past. A few generations of NHL players have come and gone since last meeting in 1979, when Cam Connor used little, with the only playoff goal he has ever scored for Montreal, helping to drive the dagger for fans of the NHL. Leafs, then with a key overtime. winner. The two clubs last met in Game 7 in a playoff series in 1964. The Leafs won that one and then beat Detroit for the Cup. The stakes The winner of this series qualifies for the final in the North Division and faces the Winnipeg Jets, inactive since May 24 after a sweep by the Edmonton Oilers. Leafs coach Sheldon Keefe and Canadiens bench chief Dominique Ducharme will celebrate their first-ever NHL playoff win on Monday night. “We are confident. We are going to Toronto to get to Winnipeg,” Ducharme said on Sunday. WATCH | The Canadiens are tied in the playoffs with the reopening of Quebec: Montreal has good reason to be confident, or at least to feel like it has nothing to lose. The Canadians overcame a change of coach in February, ignored a disheartened loss in Game 4 which was their eighth loss in their last nine games at that time, and then outlasted the late Toronto rallies in Game 5 and Game 6. . The Leafs, meanwhile, are dealing with the metaphorical monkey behind the back, and not just because they finished 18 points ahead of the Habs in the regular season. Toronto last won a playoff series in 2004. To put that lapse of time into context, in 2004, Canadiens defenseman Shea Weber was a teenager who won a Memorial Cup with the Kelowna Rockets and Leafs forward. Auston Matthews was not yet seven years old, beginning his ascent with the Arizona minor hockey system. John Tortorella lifted the Stanley Cup that season with Tampa Bay, the fourth NHL team he coached. But despite the relative youth of the Toronto club, a sports veteran in the city wrote that Game 7 was nothing less than the stage for Matthews and Mitch Marner to “save their reputations.” Fans Saturday’s game at the Bell Center in Montreal saw fans in a major Canadian gym for the first time since before the pandemic in early 2020. Quebec officials approved a scenario in which 2,500 fans were allowed to access the capacity of 21,000 people and more. building. On Monday morning, the Ontario government announced that 550 fully vaccinated frontline healthcare workers could attend Game 7 at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena. “This little token of appreciation does not measure up to the sacrifices they made during COVID-19, but it is an opportunity for us to recognize their heroic efforts to keep everyone safe. us, ”Premier Doug Ford said. in a report. How we got there The last two games offered a rush of emotions for fans of both clubs. Toronto had been one shot away from eliminating the Canadiens and advancing to the second round of the playoffs in each game, but it’s also true that Montreal has dominated the Leafs for long stretches in those two competitions. Leafs fans feared the worst given their recent franchise history when captain John Tavares sustained a head and knee injury early in Game 1 in a frightening incident and was hospitalized. The Leafs did well to keep their cool after that, but Canadiens goalie Carey Price was, in the words of teammate Josh Anderson, “an absolute wall” in a 2-1 win in Montreal. WATCH | Kotkaniemi propels the Canadiens to OT victory over the Leafs in Game 6: Toronto’s William Nylander scored in the first four games of the series and the rest of the Maple Leafs rallied in Tavares’ absence as the club Ontario took a 3-1 lead in the series. The Canadians controlled the game for much of Game 5 but coughed up a three-goal lead to lead to overtime. Two Toronto players then made mistakes on the same game, Nick Suzuki converting in the rare 2-0 overtime to breathe new life into the Habs in the series. Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jack Campbell makes a save on Montreal Canadiens forward Josh Anderson in their fight on May 20. Campbell will start the first playoff game 7 of his career. (Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press) Game six was more competitive, but Montreal again neutralized Toronto for much of the game, with Price stopping everything that came their way. The Canadiens scored two goals in the third period, but Toronto then matched that. Toronto seemed to carry the game for the most part in overtime, but Jesperi Kotkaniemi broke a shot past Leafs goalie Jack Campbell to force Game 7. Who to watch in Game 7 Matthews rallied the troops following the Tavares injured with a four-point effort in Game 2 victory for Toronto. He only collected one assist in the next four games. To call him a disappointment would be overkill – he’s shot 20 shots on goal in the last four and won more face-offs than he lost – but players of his caliber are invited to produce at times like this. -this. Fans attend the warm-up before Game 6 between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday at the Bell Center. Quebec’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions allowed 2,500 fans, mostly supporters, to visit the building for the first time in 14 months. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press) Clearly, the play between the pipes will be critical. Price and Campbell both impressed on the series, but there is a disparity in the big game experience. The Montreal goaltender has played a trio of playoff games in the NHL playoffs in addition to a host of major international competitions, while Campbell begins his first Game 7 of the NHL playoffs. Price has allowed only one goal in the first period of the series so far. Then there is the Toronto Blue Line. It’s unclear if Jake Muzzin is ready to go, so what he will look like if he dresses or how the Leafs’ pairs will be set up in his absence will be of note. The Future The NHL hasn’t set a date for the opening game of the North Finals, but the league wasted little time to kick off the postseason rounds. The Vegas Golden Knights, for example, faced Colorado in their opener in the second round on Sunday after a full day off after a seven-game first-round victory. Toronto has won six of ten games this regular season against Winnipeg, while Montreal has lost six of nine games against the Jets. Winnipeg, in both incarnations of the Jets, has never faced Montreal or Toronto in the playoffs. The reconfiguration of divisions this season due to COVID-19 ensures that a Canadian team will be among the last four teams competing for the Stanley Cup, for the first time since the Jets reached this stage in 2018. A Canadian team does not did not win the Stanley. Cup since the 1992-1993 Canadiens race.